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613. Sales of United States manufactured goods to nonindustrialized countries rose to \$167 billion in 1992, which is 14 percent more than the previous year and largely offsets weak demand from Europe and Japan.

(A) which is 14 percent more than the previous year
(B) which is 14 percent higher than it was the previous year
(C) 14 percent higher than the previous year’s figure
(D) an amount that is 14 percent more than the previous year was
(E) an amount that is 14 percent higher than the previous year’s figure
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21 Oct 2009, 12:33
E for me.

A,B out for misplaced 'which'.
For C, there is no clear subject of the verb 'offsets'.
In D, 'previous year was' is a bad comparison.
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21 Oct 2009, 12:44
I also choose E....Economist explained it very well.....
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10 Nov 2009, 06:02
But...amount is only used with non countable things, and in this case is referring to billions of \$, which is countable....With this reasoning, should be C, should not?
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10 Nov 2009, 11:31
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E for me as well..

and what do you have to say to my post above?
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10 Nov 2009, 12:33
"An amount of" should be used only with non-countable nouns....however,here the context is a little different one....
We can always say "\$100 billion is a very big amount".....can't we? here amount is used to refer to money...I hope this helps...
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10 Nov 2009, 14:50

why is C) not the answer?

in 1992, ----,
Now, the 15% increase modifies the year 1992 or the amount -- there is ambiguity as to what is being modified.
But, the phrase "amount ..." in E) clearly points to 162\$. So, E is the obvious choice.

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10 Nov 2009, 23:08
Economist wrote:
E for me.

A,B out for misplaced 'which'.
For C, there is no clear subject of the verb 'offsets'.
In D, 'previous year was' is a bad comparison.

can you please elaborate on the "misplaced which"?
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16 Nov 2009, 07:46
Hi
What about "the amount higher", is it ok?
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12 Jan 2011, 21:45
But what is the OA???
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20 Jan 2011, 11:36
For choice E , I would like to understand the construction of the sentence.

Sales of United States manufactured goods to nonindustrialized countries rose to \$167 billion in 1992, an amount that is 14 percent higher than the previous year’s figure and largely offsets weak demand from Europe and Japan.

Sales of .. 1992 is the main clause
An amount that is ... figure - modifier ?
and largely offsets ....Japan - What's the subject of offsets ?

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07 Apr 2011, 05:18
Many thanks, that is quite helpful
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13 May 2011, 22:51
I shot for E! And, I am sure the answer is E, as well.
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14 May 2011, 11:36
fine E is right and whatever, but can someone explain what precisely is wrong with C ? if you are sure , give your precise reason for rejecting C.
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14 May 2011, 21:27
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fine E is right and whatever, but can someone explain what precisely is wrong with C ? if you are sure , give your precise reason for rejecting C.

which is 14 percent more than the previous year was the wrong part. Here which is just after the Year and a comma. So, as if, which is indicating the year. But this is wrong. There has to be something that indicates the amount. C is directly mentioning the percentage without linking it with the amount of money. That's the reason why E is correct. Because, it's rectified the wrong-part given in the question stem.
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16 May 2011, 09:55
usage of appositive clause here to describe \$amount is clear. E it is.
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fine E is right and whatever, but can someone explain what precisely is wrong with C ? if you are sure , give your precise reason for rejecting C.

C is wrong because it modifies the year 1992 instead of the figure in 1992.
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17 Jul 2011, 09:59
Go for E.

Eliminate A,B and C as they make it seem 1992 is 14% higher than previous years. Obviously wrong.

Eliminate D as it has improper comparison. The \$167B is 14% higher compared to last year's figure, NOT last year itself.

Hence E remains.
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fine E is right and whatever, but can someone explain what precisely is wrong with C ? if you are sure , give your precise reason for rejecting C.

613. Sales of United States manufactured goods to nonindustrialized countries rose to \$167 billion in 1992, which is 14 percent more than the previous year and largely offsets weak demand from Europe and Japan.

(A) which is 14 percent more than the previous year
(B) which is 14 percent higher than it was the previous year
(C) 14 percent higher than the previous year’s figure
(D) an amount that is 14 percent more than the previous year was
(E) an amount that is 14 percent higher than the previous year’s figure

If C were right:

Sales of United States manufactured goods to nonindustrialized countries rose to \$167 billion in 1992, 14 percent higher than the previous year’s figure and largely offsets weak demand from Europe and Japan

then "14 percent higher than the previous year’s figure"(noun modifier) is incorrectly modifying 1992.

A noun modifier always modifies the preceeding NOUN.
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