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03 Nov 2004, 22:16
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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 [Reveal] Spoiler: OA If you have any questions you can ask an expert New! Director Joined: 16 Jun 2004 Posts: 892 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 63 [6] , given: 0 ### Show Tags 03 Nov 2004, 23:42 6 This post received KUDOS 6 This post was BOOKMARKED quick notes.. 1. We are talking European Economic community, United States and yes it should be Japan or Japanese. NOT Japan's - the possesive form. With this we have b, c and e in our first pass 2. do we need 'what' - I dont think so. 'what' is intrusive and does not add value. We now have b and c in our second pass 3. look at C. 'as much as' - right idiom, OK. Next 'DID'. Yes we need 'DID' - its a keyword, when comparing actions. Does b have it. NO. Also, b sounds very awkward - read it..'....sixty percent more than the United States...'. The sentence is dying for a logical completion 60% more than US - US What. Is it US imports or exports or what is it? Thus, "DID" becomes a keyword. Hence C. Senior Manager Joined: 21 Jun 2004 Posts: 337 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 11 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 04 Nov 2004, 11:56 Also, Double should be used as verb whereas twice/thrice, etc shud be used as nouns. _________________ 510 on my first GMAT. 610 on second GMAT.! The struggle continues. SVP Joined: 16 Oct 2003 Posts: 1805 Followers: 5 Kudos [?]: 154 [0], given: 0 Re: SC - EU, US and Japan [#permalink] ### Show Tags 04 Nov 2004, 15:47 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

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

OA: C

crackgmat04,

Please so not post the answer with the question. Take some time, hang around in the club and get few responses and then post the answer. C should be it and welcome to the Club.
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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 17 Jan 2005, 21:06 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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17 Jan 2005, 22:12
One more for D.

more than what the united states is correct.
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18 Jan 2005, 06:27
OA is C.

bsarora, can you explain your choice? Thanks!
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18 Jan 2005, 12:17
I had a difficult decision between B or E but I choose B. But I don't feel comfortable with my choice.

I just don't like "did" in any of the sentence. "...twice as much as the Japanese did" or "...what the United States did..." B and E both refrain from that so that is why I selected those....but I could be dead wrong I'm confused on this one...OA?
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18 Jan 2005, 12:20
Iam confused by the OA.

In C , we are comparing european union, united states and japanese?

Gayathri,
Can you double check the source? I did a quick google search and found this post on the test magic forum where the person claims OA is D

Thanks!
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18 Jan 2005, 12:25
talk2sunder@gmail.com wrote:
Iam confused by the OA.

In C , we are comparing european union, united states and japanese?

Gayathri,
Can you double check the source? I did a quick google search and found this post on the test magic forum where the person claims OA is D

Thanks!
Sunder

Sunder, I saw that too. I checked the OA given, it is C.

I found this question also discussed here
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=11272

I would definitely welcome some more discussion on this tough
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18 Jan 2005, 12:36
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C it is

tests parallelism of the phrases
in c we have
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 E comes close by phrase after and is wrong _________________ Praveen Director Joined: 07 Nov 2004 Posts: 688 Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 148 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 18 Jan 2005, 12:44 praveen_rao7 wrote: C it is tests parallelism of the phrases in c we have 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

E comes close by phrase after and is wrong

shouldn'y it be "more than what the United States exported"?
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The European Economic Community exported just under $400 [#permalink] ### Show Tags 08 May 2005, 14:16 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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09 May 2005, 00:30
I'll go with 'E'.

'what' is required as 60% of (exports) the US did. Of D and E, double the Japanese exports sounds better.

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09 May 2005, 00:38
the vs. what -> I'll go with the latter. (it just sounds better to me with the 'what' in the sentence)

In (D), 60% more than what the united states did (export) and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports <-- Japan's exports makes it sound like we're comparing a volume to type of export from Japan

I'll go with E on this one.
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09 May 2005, 04:29
I go with C because "the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did" is perfect parallel
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09 May 2005, 04:39
jpv wrote: