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# SC4-8

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08 Jun 2004, 20:26
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08 Jun 2004, 21:20
I believe B to be right here
I'm not sure what the exact rule here is but I'll try to back it up with examples.
Ex: A mercedes is more expensive than usual for a car --> wrong
A mercedes is more expensive than is usual for a car --> sounds better

Warren Buffet is richer than usual for a human being --> wrong
Warren Buffet is richer than is usual for a human being --> sounds better

I believe the difference between the 2 is that the former is equivalent to normal and you usually intends "compared to the subject's self"
Ex: He is nicer than usual --> ok

The latter "is usual" is used to compare the subject, being part of a subgroup, to the overall group as shown in my examples.
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08 Jun 2004, 21:42
Tough one!!
Will go with B

(Same explanation as Paul)
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10 Jun 2004, 20:59
got B.

"..is larger" than "..is usual" holds the key
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10 Jun 2004, 22:00
great problem, just curious why can't it be E?
here it refering to parthenon??
any takers?
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11 Jun 2004, 01:02
praveen_rao7 wrote:
great problem, just curious why can't it be E?
here it refering to parthenon??
any takers?

I think " it usually is" is the correct usage in the context
And it sounds parallel as well i.e. The Pathe*** is (larger than) it usually is ...
11 Jun 2004, 01:02
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