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(SC) An exceptionally literate people, more Icelanders

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An exceptionally literate people, more Icelanders publish books per capita than do the people of any other nation.

A. more Icelanders publish books per capita than do the people of
B. more Icelandic books are published by Icelanders per capita than by the people of
C. Icelanders publish more books per capita than do the people of
D. Iceland’s per capita publication of books is higher than that by
E. the per capita publication of Icelandic books is higher than that in

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26 Dec 2016, 18:36
An exceptionally literate people must modify Icelanders.

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26 Dec 2016, 20:49
An exceptionally literate people, more Icelanders publish books per capita than do the people of any other nation.

A. more Icelanders publish books per capita than do the people of
B. more Icelandic books are published by Icelanders per capita than by the people of
C. Icelanders publish more books per capita than do the people of
D. Iceland’s per capita publication of books is higher than that by
E. the per capita publication of Icelandic books is higher than that in

IMO C
An exceptionally literate people modifies Icelanders and correct comparison
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26 Dec 2016, 22:40
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An exceptionally literate people, more Icelanders publish books per capita than do the people of any other nation.

A. more Icelanders publish books per capita than do the people of
B. more Icelandic books are published by Icelanders per capita than by the people of
C. Icelanders publish more books per capita than do the people of
D. Iceland’s per capita publication of books is higher than that by
E. the per capita publication of Icelandic books is higher than that in

IMO C
An exceptionally literate people modifies Icelanders and correct comparison

Yes, you got it. C is the OA.

Icelanders modifies exceptionally literate people

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27 Dec 2016, 04:16
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An exceptionally literate people, more Icelanders publish books per capita than do the people of any other nation.

A. more Icelanders publish books per capita than do the people of
B. more Icelandic books are published by Icelanders per capita than by the people of
C. Icelanders publish more books per capita than do the people of
D. Iceland’s per capita publication of books is higher than that by
E. the per capita publication of Icelandic books is higher than that in

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people -> Icelanders

Simply C :D
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12 Aug 2017, 17:34
A: An exceptionally literate people, more Icelanders publish books per capita than do the people of any other nation.

Error 1:
In A, “an exceptionally literate people” serves to modify “more Icelanders”.
The implication is that MORE ICELANDERS constitute A PEOPLE.
This meaning is nonsensical.
Whereas “more Icelanders” refers to a NUMBER of Icelanders (10 Icelanders, 100 Icelanders, etc.), “a people” refers to an ENTIRE NATION.
Thus, A implies that a NUMBER of Icelanders constitute an ENTIRE NATION.
Not the intended meaning.

Error 2:
“books PER CAPITA” means (total number of books)/(total population).
This phrase cannot serve to refer to “more Icelanders”, which -- as noted above -- implies a NUMBER of Icelanders.
Rather, “per capita” must refer to the entire NATION of Icelanders, as in the OA:
“Icelanders publish more books per capita”.
Here, Icelanders refers to the entire population.

Error 3:
“More Icelanders publish...than do the people of any other nation”.
This comparison is illogical.
Whereas “more Icelanders” refers to a NUMBER of Icelanders, “the people” refers to an entire NATION of people.
A NUMBER cannot be compared to a NATION.
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12 Sep 2017, 04:15
Is this really a 600 level question ?

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12 Sep 2017, 05:00
C. Equating poeple in non underlined part 6with icelanders in the underlined part.

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