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The exhibition of ancient Egyptian funerary art — imposing statues, intricately painted coffins, and numerous accoutrements, drew hundreds of people each day, equivalent to the number of visitors to last year’s Impressionist show.

A. equivalent to the number of visitors to
B. the equivalent of those that visited
C. equal to those who visited
D. as many as the visitation to
E. as many as visited
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The exhibition of ancient Egyptian funerary art — imposing statues, intricately painted coffins, and numerous accoutrements, drew hundreds of people each day, equivalent to the number of visitors to last year’s Impressionist show.
A. equivalent to the number of visitors to
B. the equivalent of those that visited
C. equal to those who visited
D. as many as the visitation to
E. as many as visited

Please under line the problem and also make sure that answer choices are typed correctly.

exhibition drew..100's<Number> of people ..

B, C --> equating "Number of people" with "people" --> This is illogical
D -> visitation to --> awkward
between A and E

E sounds clear and concise
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15 Nov 2009, 22:26
Between A & E, I would choose A.

'as many as visited' is missing a pronoun comparison. IMO, it should have been 'as many as those' visited.
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15 Nov 2009, 22:53
I think "A" is better than "E".

Agree with proych. "As many as visited" is missing some pronoun.
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16 Nov 2009, 21:24
Actually, a comparison IS intended. The sentence is comparing the number of people that look at Egyptian art and the number of people at the Impressionist show.

sasen wrote:
The OA is E

what is the source and OE..
AS MANY AS seems like a comparison when none such is intended.

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04 Feb 2010, 20:13
Hi guys! My two cents (my first comment actually)! For those of you who wonder about choice C. As icandy mentioned : "C equates numbers to people. Wrong".

People equal to people (social status, money, education, etc.). But in the sentence it is required to compare to the number of people. So as it is already known E is the answer.

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(A) equivalent to the number of visitors to hundreds plural vs the number singular so wrong
(B) the equivalent of those that visited equivalent of those unidiomatic
(C) equal to those who visited hold
(D) as many as the visitation to awkward
(E) as many as visited hold

between C and E I chose as many as is more concise than choice C

so I chose E
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Good Question. It is the question on comparison. Let me first simplify the question. We can strike of prepositional phrase 'of ancient Egyptian funerary art — imposing statues, intricately painted coffins, and numerous accoutrements'

The exhibition drew hundreds of people each day,equivalent to the number of visitors to last year’s Impressionist show.

A is wrongly comparing exhibition to the number of people visiting last year impressionist show
B and C are out for similar reason

Here we need to compare the number of people visiting(drawn by) the exhibition with the number of people visiting the last year impressionist show.

'as' should be the preposition that should be used to compare two actions and 'like' should be used to compare two nouns. D and E correctly uses 'as' but in D visitation is wrongly used instead of visited. E corrects the same.

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09 Feb 2011, 07:03
Some further explanation of the comparison words "equal" and "equivalent" on the GMAT:

"Equivalent to/of" and "equal to" suggest a similarity between the two groups compared that is beyond the scope of this question. These two phases would be more appropriate for a comparison between uncountable things, such as in the following example:

"The amount of water spilled on the floor was about equal to the amount left in the glass."

(Source: Veritas Sentence Correction II, page 93)

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09 Feb 2011, 10:14
what is really being compared here, it's the number of people that did the visiting, to both the Egyptian exhibit and the impressionist exhibit, as many as, is the correct idiom and because the impressionist happened in the past, no specifics simple past form of visited is best fit. E is the correct answer as it fulfills all these requirements
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09 Feb 2011, 22:26
Between C and E, I have gone for E because I think in option C 'those' is referring to the 'people', which is a singular subject. So, C will be out based on subject verb agreement.
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The answer is indeed E. Because equal or equivalent means more than just numbers. It has more to do with probably quality, uncountable abstractions than countable numbers.

In a similar OG question, let’s look at OG’s reasoning (OG 10 SC Q 132 )

According to a study by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, companies in the United States are providing job training and general education for nearly eight million people about equivalent to the enrollment of the nation's four-year colleges and universities,
(A) equivalent to the enrollment of
(B) the equivalent of those enrolled in
(C) equal to those who are enrolled in
(D) as many as the enrollment of
(E) as many as are enrolled in

OG's OE

The phrases equivalent to in A, the equivalent of in B, and equal to in C have too broad a range of meanings to be used precisely here: that is, they can suggest more than merely numerical equality. Also, as quantitative expressions, equivalent and equal often modify nouns referring to uncountable things, as in "an equivalent amount of resistance" or "a volume of water equal to Lake Michigan." To establish numerical comparability between groups with countable members, the phrase as many as is preferable. Choice D, however, uses this phrase improperly in comparing eight million people to enrollment, not to other people. The comparison in E, the best choice, Is logical because people is understood as the subject of are enrolled.

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14 Feb 2011, 00:30
'as many as' is the correct idiom to use when comparing two quantities. Good question.
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19 Feb 2011, 00:13
I agree with A.
I disagree with expln given for B and C. "those" is plural. how can those refer to exhibition which is singular?

I chose E bcos the use of "equal" and "equivalent" is restricted and cannot be used to compare vague number - like "hundreds of people" the number has to be exact.

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Good Question. It is the question on comparison. Let me first simplify the question. We can strike of prepositional phrase 'of ancient Egyptian funerary art — imposing statues, intricately painted coffins, and numerous accoutrements'

The exhibition drew hundreds of people each day,equivalent to the number of visitors to last year’s Impressionist show.

A is wrongly comparing exhibition to the number of people visiting last year impressionist show
B and C are out for similar reason

Here we need to compare the number of people visiting(drawn by) the exhibition with the number of people visiting the last year impressionist show.

'as' should be the preposition that should be used to compare two actions and 'like' should be used to compare two nouns. D and E correctly uses 'as' but in D visitation is wrongly used instead of visited. E corrects the same.

Hope this helps. Thank You
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13 Feb 2012, 10:40
Have a question regarding C vs. E. Seems like E is missing a verb "as many as (those who) visited" ?
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13 Feb 2012, 12:53
I was able to remove A B and D pretty quickly from my choices, but had a much harder time deciding between C and E. I ended up choosing C which was the one that sounded the most natural to me. Looking at the breakdown and explanations above, I would agree that E is the better option now. Lesson learned!

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15 Feb 2012, 18:14
I agree with the explanation for equivalent to because when we say X is equivalent to Y, it means they are not exactly same units but are still comparable.
With regards, to equal to I think the problem here is that it can take up several meanings.
e.g. John is equal to Mike in rank (Here we are not saying they are both the same but their ranks are equal)
e.g. Michael Johnson equaled Tom Meyers record in the 100m dash. (So, here he equaled his time)
So, equal to can mean different things and the context is important here.

The very first question which pops up when we use equal to is "in terms of what"? Here the answer should be numbers. But there is no reference to numbers. So, thats the reason we should rule it out.

With respect to D : I don't think there is a comparison error here because 8 million can be compared those who are enrolled in but when you say "THE ENROLLMENT OF" its awkward usage. And also enrollment of has a different meaning and changes it completely. Enrollement of here could mean that people studying in these universities and colleges are enrolling in something else but we need to talk about people enrolling in these universities and colleges.

Hope this clears up some doubts.
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26 Feb 2012, 21:22
E is the winner here.

The logical comparison is to compare numbers with numbers. E does that.

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The exhibition of ancient Egyptian funerary art — imposing statues, intricately
painted coffins, and numerous accoutrements, drew hundreds of people each day,
equivalent to the number of visitors to last year’s Impressionist show.
A. equivalent to the number of visitors to
B. the equivalent of those that visited
C. equal to those who visited
D. as many as the visitation to
E. as many as visited
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17 Dec 2012, 01:19
Kamal if you have not read the rules before posting such questions, then its an utter request to read those. No underlining, bad topic name etc.
Such violations have prevailed from your side. If this continues, then sorry to say, I have to issue a warning to you. I am leaving onto you to correct the format of the question.

Now coming to the question:
We are comparing the number of people on both shows.
Only E does it correctly, and others don't.
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