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Since 1981, when the farm depression began, the number of acres overseen by professional farm-management companies have grown from 48 million to nearly 59 million, an area that is about Colorado’s size.


(A) have grown from 48 million to nearly 59 million, an area that is about Colorado’s size

(B) have grown from 48 million to nearly 59 million, about the size of Colorado

(C) has grown from 48 million to nearly 59 million, an area about the size of Colorado

(D) has grown from 48 million up to nearly 59 million, an area about the size of Colorado’s

(E) has grown from 48 million up to nearly 59 million, about Colorado’s size


A&B opted out because of have.
between CE please suggest how to eliminate the wrong answer

Originally posted by RaviChandra on 04 Oct 2009, 04:57.
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Since 1981, when the farm depression began, the number of acres overseen by professional farm-management companies have grown from 48 million to nearly 59 million, an area that is about Colorado’s size.

(A) have grown from 48 million to nearly 59 million, an area that is about Colorado’s size
(B) have grown from 48 million to nearly 59 million, about the size of Colorado
(C) has grown from 48 million to nearly 59 million, an area about the size of Colorado
(D) has grown from 48 million up to nearly 59 million, an area about the size of Colorado’s
(E) has grown from 48 million up to nearly 59 million, about Colorado’s size


Ok so there are two main reasons as to why choice C is correct and not choice E.

First, C uses the correct idiom "from X to Y" and not "from X up to Y".

Second, C clearly states that "the area (of acres)" is about the size of "(the area) of Colorado". Answer choice E does compare "the number of acres" with "the size of Colorado" which is wrong. One can solely compare two similar things, such as the area of acres with the area of Colorado.
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Option A -- eliminated due to HAVE
Option B -- eliminated due to HAVE
Option C -- Correct
Option D & E -- redundant usage of words, grown & UP -- eliminated.
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Hi Experts , although C is correct because of "has .....", what is wrong with the second part of the underlined portion " an area that is about Colorado's size" ?
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Hi Experts , although C is correct because of "has .....", what is wrong with the second part of the underlined portion " an area that is about Colorado's size" ?


"an area that is about Colorado's size" is also right, though 'an area about the size of Colorado' in answer choice C is more concise and clear.
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'the number' is singular subject so singular verb should be used.
Eliminate A&B
Now correct idiom 'from...to...' is used in C
So C is the answer.
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in above sentence is it right to called "an area about the size of Colorado" ? In one of OG question I read comparing "AREA" with "Size" is not correct.
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GMATNinja, generis,

in above sentence is it right to called "an area about the size of Colorado" ? In one of OG question I read comparing "AREA" with "Size" is not correct.

ammuseeru , in this case, an area is not being compared to a size.
An area is being compared to an area. "Size" just tells us that the size of one area is similar to the size of another area.

Rather, Answer C means that the [area of] acres (overseen by . . . ) is roughly the same size as the area [of Colorado].

C) Since 1981, when the farm depression began, the number of acres overseen by professional farm-management companies has grown from 48 million to nearly 59 million [ACRES], an area about the size of Colorado.

An area heads up an appositive phrase, an area about the size of Colorado
That appositive phrase, including the word "area, is used to clarify another area—the area of "59 million acres."

The area [about the size of Colorado] does not refer to "59 million."
That area refers all the way back to "acres," which by definition constitute an area.

It may be easier to repeat the noun.
ACRES is very far away from its appositive.
Further, "59 million" means "59 million ACRES." The total square acreage area is described by the appositive phrase.

Since 1981, when the farm depression began,the number of acres overseen by professional farm-management companies has grown from 48 million to nearly 59 million [ACRES], an area about the size of Colorado.

Hope that helps.
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