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# The architectural problem of how to enclose and articulate

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The architectural problem of how to enclose and articulate interior space becomes increasingly critical as the size of the space gets larger.
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(a) increasingly critical as the size of the space gets larger
(b) ever more critical as the size of the space increases
(c) more and more critical as the size of the space will increase
(d) one that is increasingly critical as there is an increase in the size of the space
(e) more critical with the size of the space getting larger

I picked a, but I am wrong.
So I googled, and most people picked a as the answer like me.
Some picked b, but they assumed "ever" was a typo.(It is not a typo)

If ever in b were even as some assume, I would agree that OA is b.
But I've never heard 'ever more critical', and it sounds awkward to me.(Maybe because it's I am not a native English speaker.)

Anyone can explain what's wrong with a and how b can be OA?
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13 Feb 2012, 00:40
Hey,

IMO,

meaning of the sentence - Architectural problem becomes increasingly problematic with the increase in the size of the space.
'Size of the space' - This phrase will give us a 3-2 split. Size can increase or decrease. This eliminates 'A' and 'E'

a) size of the space gets larger -> usage of word 'larger' warrants for a comparison, which the sentence does not make.
b) Correct
c) size of the space will increase - awkward construction
d) as there is an increase - awkward
e) cannot associate larger with a size without making a comparison.

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08 Apr 2012, 08:31
BigNasty wrote:
Hey,

IMO,

meaning of the sentence - Architectural problem becomes increasingly problematic with the increase in the size of the space.
'Size of the space' - This phrase will give us a 3-2 split. Size can increase or decrease. This eliminates 'A' and 'E'

a) size of the space gets larger -> usage of word 'larger' warrants for a comparison, which the sentence does not make.
b) Correct
c) size of the space will increase - awkward construction
d) as there is an increase - awkward
e) cannot associate larger with a size without making a comparison.

Hope this helps.

Yes, but in answer B the word larger disappears, therefore the use of more to make a parallel comparison is not necessary.... I still think IMO is A.
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08 Apr 2012, 08:51
Saurajm wrote:
BigNasty wrote:
Hey,

IMO,

meaning of the sentence - Architectural problem becomes increasingly problematic with the increase in the size of the space.
'Size of the space' - This phrase will give us a 3-2 split. Size can increase or decrease. This eliminates 'A' and 'E'

a) size of the space gets larger -> usage of word 'larger' warrants for a comparison, which the sentence does not make.
b) Correct
c) size of the space will increase - awkward construction
d) as there is an increase - awkward
e) cannot associate larger with a size without making a comparison.

Hope this helps.

Yes, but in answer B the word larger disappears, therefore the use of more to make a parallel comparison is not necessary.... I still think IMO is A.

Hi,

Space cant get larger.... Space increases

I hope this is more clear from the below definition (Citation : http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/larger?s=t)
1.of more than average size, quantity, degree, etc.; exceeding that which is common to a kind or class; big; great: a large house; a large number; in large measure; to a large extent.
2.on a great scale: a large producer of kitchen equipment.
3.of great scope or range; extensive; broad.
4.grand or pompous: a man given to large, bombastic talk.
5.(of a map, model, etc.) representing the features of the original with features of its own that are relatively large so that great detail may be shown. "

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14 Sep 2015, 15:43
Nice finding. Very difficult to get this difference in allotted time in exam

boomtangboy wrote:
Saurajm wrote:
BigNasty wrote:
Hey,

IMO,

meaning of the sentence - Architectural problem becomes increasingly problematic with the increase in the size of the space.
'Size of the space' - This phrase will give us a 3-2 split. Size can increase or decrease. This eliminates 'A' and 'E'

a) size of the space gets larger -> usage of word 'larger' warrants for a comparison, which the sentence does not make.
b) Correct
c) size of the space will increase - awkward construction
d) as there is an increase - awkward
e) cannot associate larger with a size without making a comparison.

Hope this helps.

Yes, but in answer B the word larger disappears, therefore the use of more to make a parallel comparison is not necessary.... I still think IMO is A.

Hi,

Space cant get larger.... Space increases

I hope this is more clear from the below definition (Citation : http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/larger?s=t)
1.of more than average size, quantity, degree, etc.; exceeding that which is common to a kind or class; big; great: a large house; a large number; in large measure; to a large extent.
2.on a great scale: a large producer of kitchen equipment.
3.of great scope or range; extensive; broad.
4.grand or pompous: a man given to large, bombastic talk.
5.(of a map, model, etc.) representing the features of the original with features of its own that are relatively large so that great detail may be shown. "

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05 Feb 2018, 14:12

I chose B purely because - "it sounds better". What is the real grammatical reason?
I presume, something to do with Adverb/adjective, but cannot quite put my finger on it.

Help will be appreciated.

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06 Feb 2018, 14:50
Hi eybrj2,

Thank you for your question. This is a tricky one, so let's tackle it one problem at a time. When looking over the answers quickly, it's clear there are a couple differences we can address to narrow down answers:

1. the use of "increasingly" vs. "more"
2. the use of "increases" vs. "getting larger"

So the trick with this sentence is to decide which part gets to use the word "increase": the growing intensity of the problem or the change in size of the space. Since it makes more sense to use the word "increase" to show the growing size of the space, let's take out any answers that use a version of "increase" to describe the problem. This means we can rule out answers A & D.

Now that we're left with answers B, C, & D, let's check for one of the most common errors in GMAT sentence correction questions - parallel format. In this case, the parts in bold need to be parallel in format and style to the original verb "becomes." Let's see how they stack up:

(b) becomes / ever more critical as the size of the space increases (CORRECT = parallel format)
(c) becomes / more and more critical as the size of the space will increase (WRONG = not parallel)
(d) becomes / one that is increasingly critical as there is an increase in the size of the space (WRONG = not parallel)

So, based on the more appropriate use of "more" instead of "increases," and based on the correct parallel format, it's clear that B is the correct answer.
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