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The European Economic Community exported just under \$400 [#permalink]

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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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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.

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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.

Explanation:
When we say that,
Japan's exports saw a record plunge in February OR
Japanese exports saw a record plunge in February
we are referring to the goods and not to the amount (in figures).

The original sentence tries to compare the amount of total exports, which is correctly stated in option C.
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(A) the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports ---> Usage of the words Japan's exports is wrong. Changes the original meaning of the sentence.

(B) the United States' and nearly double what the Japanese exports were ---> Usage of the words Japanese exports is wrong. Changes the original meaning of the sentence.

(C) the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did ---> Correct

(D) what the United States did and nearly twice as much as Japan's exports ---> Same explanation as that stated in option A.

(E) what the United States exported and nearly double the Japanese exports ---> Same explanation as that stated in option B.
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Hope that helps.

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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
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There are three countries, EEC, the US and Japan whose exports are being compared. So we need three verbs overall and two in the underlined portion to keep their actions parallel. You will notice only choice C exhibits three verbs(they must be equal in form and function)
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Re: The European Economic Community exported just under \$400 [#permalink]

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Hi ishaniscrazee,
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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Source : GMAT Paper test 42

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

good one.

Will go with C for parallelsim.

X exported.., 60% more than Y exported and nearlytwice as much as the Z did <exported>
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+1 C

Logical comparison:
EU exported vs. US exported vs. Japan did

In E, you are comparing countries vs. Japan's exports; it is not parallel.
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Re: The European Economic Community exported just under \$400 [#permalink]

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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.

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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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 --- Parallel and correct (exported and 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 know the answer, but I am not clear why it is so. Can someone answer & give the exp.

Thanks.

My choice is (C). C has parallel construction.

the United States exported and nearly twice as much as the Japanese did is parallel with European Economic Community exported

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17 May 2012, 21:15
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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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3/2 split right in the beginning. Yes! Eliminate D&E.

A - Eliminate. Not parallel.
B - Eliminate from United States'
C - Well this is all we're left with so let's go with it if we are rushed for time or review it if not. After a review, it seems to work fine.

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Double should be used as verb whereas twice/thrice, etc shud be used as nouns.
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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

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]

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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

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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!
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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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