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12 Apr 2012, 11:17
(A) US did.. and Japan's export ..not parallel
(B) same as A
(C) correct usage of parallelism
(D) same as A what is not required
(E) nearly double change in meaning.. what is not required.
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Re: The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Apr 2012, 11:04 2 This post received KUDOS Expert's post Hi, The European Economic Community exported just under$400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports.

It is very important to identify the parallel list in the sentence (if it has any) and then to ascertain the nature if the entities in the parallel list. In this sentence, parallelism has been introduced as a way of comparison. The entities compared here are the “verb” entities EEC “exported”… more than the US “did”. Till here the parallelism is fine because these two entities are parallel. But, the third entity “Japan’s exports” violates this rule because this entity is a noun phrase.
Since the first entity is that is in “verb” lies in the non-underlined portion of the sentence, we need all the three entities in the “verb” form.

With this understanding, when we perform the PoE, choices A, D, and E are eliminated. In choice B, the second and the third entities are now the noun phrases and hence choice B is incorrect. This leaves us with choice C which is the correct answer because it maintains the parallelism as all the three entities in the list are verb now.

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Re: The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Apr 2012, 20:49 nitya34 wrote: The European Economic Community exported just under$400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports.

(A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
(B) the United States' and nearly double what the Japanese exports were
(C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did
(D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
(E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports

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we need to make sure anything dealing with Japan and United States is the same "tier" level (same thing being compared) as "European Economic Community."

cross out a, d, b

there is a parallelism issue with E ("japanese exports")

leaves C.
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Re: The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 14 May 2012, 23:50 akhileshgupta05 wrote: The European Economic Community exported just under$400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports.

(A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
(B) the United States' and nearly double what the Japanese exports were
(C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did
(D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
(E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports

I chose E but now I see the faulty Parallelism.

I find questions such as this, involving comparisons of numbers, particularly challenging. How should I tackle such questions?

I saw the Thursdays with Ron video on this topic but it was under a different context. Can any expert elaborate and tell me an effective way to solve these kind of questions?

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sorry for some typo mistake.
Option E distorted the original meaning of the SC.

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Eliminate the options that have "double" as much as, the right form is "twice as much as"

We are left with 3 options.

Of these the split is "Japanese did/Japan's exports"

To maintain parallel structure you need a verb after Japan and after United States

Clearly only one option describes this.

Pick this option

Option C

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Re: The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 Jun 2012, 14:35 The answer is C because the following marked as bold are parallel(past tense). The European Economic Community exported just under$400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States exported and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports did.

Here, "exported" is in parallel with "did" and they are interchangeable after the first instance of "exported".
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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports. (A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports (B) the United States' and nearly double what the Japanese exports were (C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did (D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports (E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports C for correct parallelism Manager Status: Applying Joined: 01 Dec 2012 Posts: 92 Location: United States (OH) Concentration: Strategy, Entrepreneurship GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V42 GPA: 2.9 WE: Consulting (Consulting) Followers: 11 Kudos [?]: 86 [0], given: 67 Re: SC-EEC [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Apr 2013, 06:55 hacker wrote: The European Economic Community exported just under$400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports.

(A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports - US did.. and Japan's export ..not parallel
(B) the United States' and nearly double what the Japanese exports were - same as A
(C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did - correct usage of parallelism(D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports - same as A asn what is not required(E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports - nearly double change in meaning.. what is not required.

Thank you Hacker! That was a very simple clear explanation of the solution- I had chosen E initially because I felt " than what..." was essential to convery the comparison being made. Now it makes a lot more sense, thanks to the above .

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Re: The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Apr 2013, 07:47 crackgmat04 wrote: The European Economic Community exported just under$400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports.

A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
B) the United States and nearly double what the Japanese exports were
C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did
D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports
E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports

Rule tested here is parallelism on export done by 3 countries/communities. Non-underlined part "European Economic Community exported" need to be parallel to those in the underlined part.

A) "European Economic Community exported", "United States did", and "Japan's exports" are not parallel.
B) "European Economic Community exported", "United States", and "Japanese exports were" are not parallel. Export of EEC is compared with US and not export of US.
C) "European Economic Community exported", "United States exported", and "Japanese did" are parallel. Correct.
D) "European Economic Community exported", "United States did", and "Japan's exports" are not parallel.
E) "European Economic Community exported", "United States exported", and "Japanese exports" are not parallel.

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Re: The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Apr 2013, 07:51 All duplicate posts on the topic "The European Economic Community exported just under$400" are merged.
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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 billion in goods in 1988, sixty percent more than the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports. A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports B) the United States and nearly double what the Japanese exports were C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports Can someone explain the errors in the 4 wrong answers ..... OA: C Here is my approach: the correct idiom as much as is only used in A, C and D so that eliminates B and E. Also a subtle form of comparison is expressed by the sentence where it compares the "exports" by the EEC to that of the US and Japan. As the sentence uses a passive voice we need a past tense verb that will provide a logical comparison to exported which is correctly indicated by the verb did in C. Also A and E uses Japan's, a possessive form which is incorrect. This indicates that Japan the country exported something and not the Japanese people. So final answer C. ___________________________________________________________ Kudos please if you like my post _________________ ___________________________________________ Consider +1 Kudos if my post helped Re: The European Economic Community exported just under$400   [#permalink] 18 Apr 2013, 20:10

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