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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

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This is in response to your PM.

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.

Meaning Analysis:

The ECC exported goods in 1988. So did the US and Japan. But the ECC’s exports were 60% more than those of the US and twice as much as those of Japan.

Error Analysis:

So here action of exporting of three political entities has been compared. The action of ECC and US export has been correctly compared. But this is not the case with the action of Japan because there is no action mentioned here. This is not a parallel comparison.

PoE:

A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports: Incorrect for the reason stated above.

B) the United States and nearly double what the Japanese exports were: Incorrect.
i. Action of export of the ECC has been compared to the US. This is illogical.
ii. Use of “double” is not idiomatic here.

C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did: Correct. All the actions are correctly compared.

D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports: Incorrect. Repeats the same error as in choice A.

E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports: Incorrect. Repeats the comparison error of choice A and the “double” idiom error of choice B.

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30 Apr 2013, 21:14
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D&E are out because causes incorrect comparison,

A&B are out because what exactly did the US do?
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17 Jun 2013, 09:43
why D and E is wrong? pls explain

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17 Jun 2013, 09:51
in D and E, why
"4000 is 60 percent more than what US exported"
is wrong
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18 Jun 2013, 00:47
@vietmoi999

Pls. refer to the egmat post, two posts above your's, in D & E, the second comparison is wrong.

D & E -> the action of exporting is incorrectly compared to Japan's exports.

Hope its clear.

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18 Jun 2013, 04:53
Though I still feel the sentence is a bit awkward.
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08 Jul 2013, 12:46
Was torn between C and E. Unfortunately i went for E because i missed out on the comparisons of the EU, US and Japan.

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12 Oct 2013, 17:59
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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

How is (C) correct, 60% more than the United States exported? That sounds terrible to me, would someone shed some light here?
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26 Nov 2013, 00:56
Have a question here.

If choice 'D' were "what the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did ", will it make sense?

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27 Nov 2013, 23:56
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

Can someone explain the errors in the 4 wrong answers .....

OA: C

Good one;
Need to find what were the errors in original sentence then we can rectify the coming options. European Economic Community exported Verb - simple past - as the time/ period clearly mentioned. So the remaining comparison list should follow the same verb tense for comparison. Here the Europe , USA and Japan compared. Hence the Japan export's is noun , need verb form. Also the did used in the USA needs the original verb form. The right answer C.

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29 Nov 2013, 07:16
C.
If we cut the "United States" part from the sentence, we have to have: European Economic Community exported... twice as much as Japanese did. This is only available in C

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21 Feb 2014, 11:40
I have modified C and D as following to correct the comparison

c. the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japan + (exported is in ellipse as per my understanding)
d. what the United States did and nearly twice as much as the Japan + (exported is in ellipse as per my understanding)

my examples
European nations exported as much goods as the Japan
European nations exported goods twice as much as the Japan (did)

Experts, Do you think C and D in above form are now correct ?
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26 Feb 2014, 12:41
Here we have a similar question :
the-dancing-doll-line-sold-slightly-more-than-3-5-million-150432.html

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 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

Above thread is locked by someone and answer is not convincing me.

What you guys think about above question in comparison with this thread question ?
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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

Can someone explain why option E is wrong
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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

Can someone explain the errors in the 4 wrong answers .....

OA: C

Can someone explain why option E is wrong

Lack of parallelism.

Structure X AND Y
X = 60% more than what the US exports
Y = double the Japaneses exports

The blue highlighted parts are not parallel.

X should have been 60% more than the US exports in order to maintain parallelism with double the Japanese exports .

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29 Apr 2016, 19:56
egmat wrote:
ii. Use of “double” is not idiomatic here.

E) the “double” idiom error of choice B.

egmat, your explanation is very helpful. Can you let me know what is the correct idiom for "double" (is it..."double of"), because this seems to be an important point here.

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egmat wrote:
B) the United States and nearly double what the Japanese exports were: Incorrect.
i. Action of export of the ECC has been compared to the US. This is illogical.
ii. Use of “double” is not idiomatic here.

egmat: your explanation makes sense. Please if you can take a moment and explain the correct usage of 'double'. Thanks!

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13 May 2016, 00:18
Can any expert reply on this ? Not sure how C is the right answer

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Can any expert reply on this ? Not sure how C is the right answer

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

The comparison structure here is "X 60%more than/ twice as much as Y " - Y in turn is comprised of a parrallel structure "P and Q"

Hence the overall structure is " X 60% more than P and twice as much as Q"

X = European Economy exported
P = United States exported
Q = the Japaneses did (exported).

Moreover,
The comparison between X and P is: 60% more than
The comparison between X and Q is:nearly twice as much as (= 200% of = 100% more than)

In the correct option C, the above parallelism is maintained properly:

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 the Japanese did.

Option A: The element Q (Japan's exports) is not parallel to X and P.
Option B: P (United States) is not parallel to X. Q is also wrong since it uses "were" rather than "exported" or "did".
Option D: The element Q (Japan's exports) is not parallel to X and P.
Option E: The element Q (Japanese exports) is not parallel to X and P.

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