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The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% mroe than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and newarly 3 times as much as the Basic Blocks line's sales.

chose E because I was looking at the sentence as the follows:

The Dancing Doll line sold 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line; The Dancing Doll line sold nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line.

we need two clean noun here, without the verbs following them, I.E. Basic Blocks line & Teeny Tiny Trucks line. without the (did/sales)

I did hesitate a little because the original sentence mentioned nearly 3 times as much as....so that's about 2 times more than? but again this is a sentence correction...i guess this can be ignored.

sprtng is correct in his explanation..to add to it as much as is normally used incase of the non-coutable and here it is mentioned 3 times, so more than is correct.. Happy to get this right at the first, offcourse without looking at the OA..

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The dancing doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, forty percent more than the Tenny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly three times as much as the Basic Blocks line’s sales.

A) the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly three times as much as the Basic Blocks line’s sales

B) the Teeny Tiny Trucks did and nearly three times what the Basic Block’s sales were

C) the Teeny Tiny Trucks line sold and nearly three times as much as Basic Block’s sales

D) the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly three times more than Basic Block’s sales

E) the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly three times more than the Basic Blocks line

The dancing doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, forty percent more than the Tenny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly three times as much as the Basic Blocks line’s sales.

A) the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly three times as much as the Basic Blocks line’s sales

B) the Teeny Tiny Trucks did and nearly three times what the Basic Block’s sales were

C) the Teeny Tiny Trucks line sold and nearly three times as much as Basic Block’s sales

D) the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly three times more than Basic Block’s sales

E) the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly three times more than the Basic Blocks line

I can eliminate D, and E for wrong comparisions ( dancing dolls sales vs Tiny trucks themselves), and B for akward construction ( what the Basic Block's sales ..)

Now it is between A and C.. both look really close but A has clear meaning (the Basic Blocks line’s sales) So I go with A.

IMO A.

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I am down to just (A) and (C) as well for comparison error.

(D) and (E) are comparing the dancing doll line to the teeny tine trucks --> wrong comparison. (B) - I don't like the construct of this sentence, though I can't really say what's exactly wrong with it.

Between (A) and (C), I went with (A) because (A) compares all the different lines of toys, whereas (C) compares the dancing doll line/teeny tiny trucks line to just the Basic Blocks' sales.

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The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% mroe than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and newarly 3 times as much as the Basic Blocks line's sales.

A. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and newarly 3 times as much as the Basic Blocks line's sales B. the Teeny Tiny Trucks did and nearly 3 times what the Basic Blocks' sales were C. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line sold and nearly 3 times as much as Basic Blocks' sales. D. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than Basic Blocks' sales E. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line

The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% mroe than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and newarly 3 times as much as the Basic Blocks line's sales.

A. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and newarly 3 times as much as the Basic Blocks line's sales B. the Teeny Tiny Trucks did and nearly 3 times what the Basic Blocks' sales were C. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line sold and nearly 3 times as much as Basic Blocks' sales. D. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than Basic Blocks' sales E. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line

the correct answer is E, but I do not know why. could anyone help me?

D & E are wrong : 3 times as much as is not same as 3 times more than , i.e., say x = 100. 3 times as much as x is 300 and 3 times more than x is incomplete - 3 times of what, let's assume if 3 times of x more than x then also it is 100 + 300 = 400. Meaning of sentence is changed.

B: Idiomatic usage : "as much as" is required, and "of" preposition is missing - 3 times of what

A: Tiny trucks line did ==> sold

Sold is more clear than did.

Ideally the parallel structure should be:

The Dancing Doll line sold : slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year 40% mroe than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line "sold" newarly 3 times as much as the Basic Blocks line "sold"

the Official answer is E. The book says that we are comparing sold.

Dancing Doll line sold.........the Teeny Tiny Trucks line (sold) and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line (sold).

sold following the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and the Basic Blocks line can be omitted.

therefore the correct answer is E.

But I do not think this is a right explanation. Because when we compare how Dancing Doll line sold with how Teeny Tiny Truck & Basic Block line sold, we must use sold or at least did.

Can anyone help me give the right answer for this problem.

A. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and newarly 3 times as much as the Basic Blocks line's sales AS MUCH is incorrect,MORE is correct B. the Teeny Tiny Trucks did and nearly 3 times what the Basic Blocks' sales were MORE is correct C. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line sold and nearly 3 times as much as Basic Blocks' sales. AS MUCH is incorrect,MORE is correct D. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than Basic Blocks' sales not PARALLEL. E. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line PARALLEL and MORE used ..CORRECT

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