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So, after long explanation, what is your choice sasen???

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New post 01 May 2010, 13:54
i choose c but after the expalanation it cud be E

coz ven v dunt have a helping verb like here it is sold only... no helping verb ....
to make it compact v can write nouns only ... verb is understood...

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New post 02 May 2010, 23:24
sasen wrote:
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


I suppose "3 times as much as sth" is idiomatic as well? no?

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


Now, my first instinct was to pick E - which is also the OA. But then I thought, hey what's being compared in E? sales of the Dancing Doll line are being compared with the Teeny Trucks line and Basic Blocks line. Shouldn't the comparison be between their sales? So that made me eliminate both D and E and I picked A, which was of course, the wrong answer.

Can someone please explain to me why E is correct and why it is ok to exclude the verbs for sale later in the sentence?


Chose E
reasoning: Its not "the dancing doll line" that SOLD something. The DDL in itself got sold (by some co.). . thus it being sold has to be compared with other two lines that is TTTL and BBL .

A) & B) is wrong. as 'did' means TTL did somthing. but its isnt the case
C) could have been right if we had (1) many in place of much (2) 'sold' was repeated after BBL too
D) "more" is ok. but we needed Basic Books "line"
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I think A is wrong because of the use of "much". Sales are countable. E uses " more than"

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can some expert explain this please . i went with B which is not the OA. So can any expert explain how E maintains parallel structure ?
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I picked B :(

I am concerned about "3 times more than", can anyone help me clear this? thanks
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I picked B :(

I am concerned about "3 times more than", can anyone help me clear this? thanks



Hi.

we use 'more' for countable nouns. in this case 'sales' is countable
we use 'much' for un-countable nouns. e.g. too much water (we cant count water)

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I chose A .

E cannot be the answer as it modifies the meaning of the sentence.
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The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line's sales.

we can compare the the verb:
The Dancing Doll line sold more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line did.

OR we can compare the sales:
The Dancing Doll line's sales is 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line's sales and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line's sales.

the correct answer should be similar to one of them.
In this case, E is the most likely answer when we ellipse the verb for the truck line and the Basic Block

The Dancing Doll line sold 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line (did) and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line (did).

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

E. the Teeny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line

I see E as || and comparing the correct things:

Re-Writing the sentence like this helped me:

The dancing doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% more [toys sold] than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more [toys sold] than the Basic Blocks line.

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


Now, my first instinct was to pick E - which is also the OA. But then I thought, hey what's being compared in E? sales of the Dancing Doll line are being compared with the Teeny Trucks line and Basic Blocks line. Shouldn't the comparison be between their sales? So that made me eliminate both D and E and I picked A, which was of course, the wrong answer.

Can someone please explain to me why E is correct and why it is ok to exclude the verbs for sale later in the sentence?


In one of the other forum -Thebeatthegmat , The kaplan instructor herself has quentioned the correctness of the problem. So I wouldnt waste too much time on this this.. Its looks bad to me as well
"E changes the meaning. Three times as much as is not the same as three times more than. That leaves out D as well.

A line can in fact sell - note that usage in the not-underlined portion of the sentence.

IF E is the official answer it is a bad question.

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it is perfectly acceptable to say:
A sold ..., more than B (sold) and more than C (sold)

so E is correct, changes the meaning slightly tough but is still the best pick.
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i think that this is not a good question. 'three times more than' and 'three times as much as' don't mean the same.
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The problems with B, D and E have been addressed in the above posts.
The real problem is narrowed down to A and C.

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

In C, thit omits the Basic Block's LINES which is probably an important piece of information.

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Per MGMAT book, "x times as much as" is correct while "x times more than" or "x times greater than" should be avoided. So really doubtful about this question.

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I think the only time when a verb needs to be repeated is when their is ambiguity in meaning. Ex :
I know Akash more than my sister.

One meaning is : I know more about Akash than my I know about brother.
Another meaning : I know more about Akash than my brother knows about him.

In such cases we use verbs to remove the ambiguity. Having said that we dont need any helping verb here as it is clear we are talking about the sales figures of different lines.

That takes sold/did out. So A,B and C are out.

In between D and E. E wins as D is breaking the parallelism or introducing error by using sales as if something else is being compared before.

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

In the original sentence , DID after tiny truck line isnt required because we are comparing ... ABC line sold more than the XYC line . sounds more correct than ABC line sold more than the XYC line did , or ABC line sold more than the XYC line scored. The third part of this comparison is also awkward, the passage should try to convey , that ABC line sold 40% more than XYZ line and nearly 3 times as much as the basic blocks line .. (no need to mention sales again and again ) ...

E. the Teeny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line



E removes the DID or sales at the end of Teeny trucks line , and also removes sales from the third comparison point. .I do not think that by removing those we loose the meaning whereby we can think that we are comparing TT line's sales to the other two products rather than the sales of those products..
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I have another question if E is the correct answer, is it ok to use "3 times more than" instead of "3 times as much as"? According to Manhattan GMAT SC, "3 times more than" is wrong.

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I guess we are comparing sales .

A. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line did and nearly 3 times as much as the Basic Block line's sales. ( Parallel)
..i chose A

B. the Teeny Tiny Trucks did and nearly 3 times what the Basic Blocks' sales were (Comparing sales, concise, but use of "trucks did" not parallel)

C. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line sold and nearly 3 times as much as Basic Blocks' sales ( Not parallel)

D. the Teeny Tiny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks' sales ( Not parallel)

E. the Teeny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line ( They forgot the tiny part, if its a noun how can u modify noun ? )
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