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The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million

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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?

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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?


I would have taken E only because of parallelism of "more than" but your suspicion to compare "Apples with Oranges" is valid and unfortunately I don't see any explaination for the same.

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Hi guys, i must disagree with you.

E is very parallel and it does refer to sales. See if this makes sense :

The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than the Teeny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line

Tio me it seems parallel, and the best choice. I also looked at A, but E is shorter and more concise, and that is exactly what GMAt wants.

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Hi guys, i must disagree with you.

E is very parallel and it does refer to sales. See if this makes sense :

The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than the Teeny Trucks line and nearly 3 times more than the Basic Blocks line

Tio me it seems parallel, and the best choice. I also looked at A, but E is shorter and more concise, and that is exactly what GMAt wants.


That's right, therefore I chose E because of parallelism but still one question is open: Are we comparing sales or product lines?

E seems to compare product lines not sales.

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To me E is wrong. Here we are comparing what Dancing line sold to what other sold. So in E its comapring what Dancing Line sold to the Teeny Trucks line and is wrong. "More than" is a parallel marker and therefore the sentence before and after should be in same format. So lets dissect the sentence.

The Dancing Line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys.

This is 40% more than what the Teeny Tiny Trucks line sold. However in E it says This is 40% more than the Teeny Trucks line, and so wrong. So does choice D.

In choice A and C also comparing Dancing Line sold (verb) to the Basic Blocks sales (noun). Also, I think (though not sure) nearly and as much as is redundant. What you guys think?

So my answer is B.

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This question has already been discussed on this forum once. However, I didn't find a convincing explanation in that thread.

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

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Answer option E is the most precise and removes the redundant word/expression "sales".

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E for ||ism. However, I do feel it slightly changed the meaning of the sentence, but I do not see any better answers.

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E for ||ism. However, I do feel it slightly changed the meaning of the sentence, but I do not see any better answers.


How is E || ?

which one of the following would u choose as correct ?

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.

The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line.

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E for ||ism. However, I do feel it slightly changed the meaning of the sentence, but I do not see any better answers.


How is E || ?

which one of the following would u choose as correct ?

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.

The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line.


Namurad, first of all you can not use "did" || with "sales", make sense? One is a verb and the other is a noun. ABCD are not ||.
And to answer your second question, I think the second one is right.

Consider the following:

She sold more candies than I did.
She sold slightly more than 40 candies, 40% more than me.

Her candy sale is more than me, but she is not more than I did.
The E is the only one ||.
Hopefully this clears it.

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E for ||ism. However, I do feel it slightly changed the meaning of the sentence, but I do not see any better answers.


How is E || ?

which one of the following would u choose as correct ?

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.

The Dancing Doll line sold slightly more than $3.5 million worth of toys last year, 40% more than the Teeny Tiny Trucks line.


Namurad, first of all you can not use "did" || with "sales", make sense? One is a verb and the other is a noun. ABCD are not ||.
And to answer your second question, I think the second one is right.

Consider the following:

She sold more candies than I did.
She sold slightly more than 40 candies, 40% more than me.

Her candy sale is more than me, but she is not more than I did.
The E is the only one ||.
Hopefully this clears it.


Thanks billyjeans. I am still confused :? I am comparing the verb "sold" (not the noun "sales") with the verb "did".

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A, B and C are out for using "much" . Between D and E would go for E for //ism

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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

OA after some discussion. Please put reasoning along with your answers.

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IMO A

We are discussing about (Y) line's sales. Only A has it for all 3 lines.

D and E need verb 'did'.

C should be Basic Block Line's sales
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verb did is reqd and the is reqd for llism
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A.
Between A and C, A is more parallel and the 'did' is preferred over repeating 'sold'.

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We need to maintain the comparison and parallelism of the sentence. Option A and E compares doll line to other two toy lines, but only option A maintains the parallelism as well.

Answer is A.

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A is not the OA. Any more thoughts?

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New post 07 Oct 2009, 07:46
Well in that case only E seems correct. :?

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Yes. It is E. Can you guys think of any good reason for E to be correct?
I was totally confused by the reason given by Kaplan.

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