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# Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the

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Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater proportion than it was in any previous election.

A. a greater proportion than it was
B. a greater proportion than
C. a greater proportion than they have been
D. which is greater than was so
E. which is greater than it has been
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22 Aug 2008, 04:07
Pl. uunderline the Qs.

The key is identify what the second part of the Q means.
=>a greater proportion than it was in any previous
Trying to mean,
a greater proportion than television costs were in any ........

D and E > Out because of improper usage of which.

A, B and C correctly use a modifier "a greater proportion ....." , but
A > Out : As "IT" cannot be associated with COSTS ( plural ) .
B> than WHAT? . We need a pronoun or noun to compare with. We cannot assume as "costs" ellipsed here. As it can be
"spending" also. ellipse doesnot work out here.

C is the remaining choice.
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22 Aug 2008, 04:22
I guess "C" can also be ruled out becuase of the dangling modifier "they" and secondly "a greater prportion" here refers to the spending not costs. and hence "it" in option 'A' is jusitified.
This is just my opinion.
But sure the ans shud be either 'A' or 'C'.
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22 Aug 2008, 04:33
Nihit wrote:
Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater proportion than it was in any previous election.

A. a greater proportion than it was
B. a greater proportion than
C. a greater proportion than they have been
D. which is greater than was so
E. which is greater than it has been

'Soaring television costs accounted (past tense) for~, a greater proportion...' See the past tense? and the later part of the passage after the comma says "in any previous election". I don't think C could be the answer since it has present tense. Likewise, E can't be the answer either. And D is out. Now the choice gets narrowed down to either A or B. But what "It" indicates in choice A? I have no clue...so B could be better answer. Any other thoughts? Thx.
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22 Aug 2008, 05:28
I am sorry but I would eliminate B on the grounds that "a greater proportion than any previous election" is wrong because we cannot compare spending/costs whatever and election...again A stands out as invincible..
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22 Aug 2008, 06:37
jainu wrote:
I am sorry but I would eliminate B on the grounds that "a greater proportion than any previous election" is wrong because we cannot compare spending/costs whatever and election...again A stands out as invincible..

you are missing the "in" in B.

It would read "a greater proportion than in any... "

B seems correct.
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22 Aug 2008, 07:05
bhushangiri wrote:
jainu wrote:
I am sorry but I would eliminate B on the grounds that "a greater proportion than any previous election" is wrong because we cannot compare spending/costs whatever and election...again A stands out as invincible..

you are missing the "in" in B.

It would read "a greater proportion than in any... "

B seems correct.

B would have been looks nice.. if the orignal statement was like below.

soaring costs are greater proportion in 1992 than in previous years.
Here it is clear that
======>
Soaring costs are greater proportion in 1992 than soaring costs in previous years

In the B.
Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater proportion than in any previous election.
===> this eventually can mean.

Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992,
a greater proportion than [Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992] in any previous election.

But this could be wrong..

C was close... but tense "have been" looks little suspicious.

Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992,
a greater proportion than they[Soaring television costs] have been in any previous election

What is OA.
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22 Aug 2008, 07:28
Its B

the correct comparison and the complete sentence
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22 Aug 2008, 09:28
I am really anxious to know the answer. My gut feeling still says it is "A".
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22 Aug 2008, 11:58
OA is C
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26 Aug 2008, 06:44
I think the answer should be A, as proportion here means cost/spending, not costs or spending.
Nihit, are you sure of the OA. I did this question on a GMAT test. I don't know its source, however, some of the answers are not correct.
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27 Aug 2008, 05:25
C for me.

Nihit wrote:
Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater proportion than it was in any previous election.

A. a greater proportion than it was - pronoun "it" (singular) doesn't agree with "costs" (plural)
B. a greater proportion than - by omitting a pronoun, it doesn't clearly refer back to "costs" and confuses the comparison
C. a greater proportion than they have been - "they" correctly refers to "costs". "have been" - read below
D. which is greater than was so - "which" modifies the presidential campaign so this is awkward
E. which is greater than it has been - "which" modifies the presidential campaign. "it" in this case refers back to the campaign which totally alters the intent of the sentence.

My only problem with this question is the "have been" in C. I feel that the simple past "were" would work here but "have been" is OK. "have been" means that the costs in 1992 took up a greater proportion of spending ANY time before that and REMAINS TRUE TODAY. Which is correct if you think about it - the sentence is simply stating a fact. That's how I justify the use of present progressive "have been" in C. Hope that helps.
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21 Jul 2009, 20:55
Bumping this post. Original Poster gave the wrong OA.

Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater portion that it was in any previous election.

(B) a greater portion than
(C) a greater portion than they have been
(D) which is greater than was so
(E) which is greater than it has been
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21 Jul 2009, 22:38
why the hell he gave wrong answer ?
I think its A.
OA plzz ?
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