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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

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

Comparing number to number, Should have equal. Equivalent is wrong. A & B out

C equates numbers to people. Wrong

D equates numbers to the visitation? Holy Molly. Out

Hi , 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.

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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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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(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

B.
I think there is an error in underlining.
If you want to attach post-comma section as an appositive phrase, it should start with a noun. (hundreds of people =noun)

bmwhype2 wrote:

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 last year’s Impressionist show. B. the equivalent of those that visited last year’s Impressionist show. C. equal to those who visited D. as many as the visitation to E. as many as visited

Please post the technical grammar rule on why an answer is wrong.

None of the options looks good enough. I try POE and get C.

A. equivalent to the number of visitors to last year’s Impressionist show.
B. the equivalent of those that visited last year’s Impressionist show.-- ambiguity. It appears the people who visited the 2 events were equivalent, NOT their numbers
C. equal to those who visited - the use of equal should be more restrictive
D. as many as the visitation to - "number of people" is compared to "visitations"
E. as many as visited - misses "those who". But that could be implied.

Between A and E I choose the less wordy - E.
Moreover, I feel that "equivalent to the number" should be used when some concrete number is specified in the non-underlined part before.

you got a reason why you like it?? or just guessing???

I think A is a run-on! we need a proper connector, that leaves B, D and E

B makes the appropriate use of "the" , that is correctly refering to the vistors...

B it is..

D and E are just weird...

dahcrap wrote:

bmwhype2 wrote:

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 last year’s Impressionist show. B. the equivalent of those that visited last year’s Impressionist show. C. equal to those who visited D. as many as the visitation to E. as many as visited

Please post the technical grammar rule on why an answer is wrong.

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 last year’s Impressionist show. B. the equivalent of those that visited last year’s Impressionist show. C. equal to those who visited D. as many as the visitation to E. as many as visited

Please post the technical grammar rule on why an answer is wrong.

E looks good to me, there is a proper conjunction and ellipsis. none of the other answers looks right to me. equal is very precise so can't be used here, equivalent is used when slightly abstract comparisons are needed, not sure if that is the case here.

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 last year’s Impressionist show. B. the equivalent of those that visited last year’s Impressionist show. C. equal to those who visited D. as many as the visitation to E. as many as visited

Please post the technical grammar rule on why an answer is wrong.

E. "the equivalent of those that" is not an idiomatic expression.

you got a reason why you like it?? or just guessing???

I think A is a run-on! we need a proper connector, that leaves B, D and E

B makes the appropriate use of "the" , that is correctly refering to the vistors...

B it is..

D and E are just weird...

dahcrap wrote:

bmwhype2 wrote:

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 last year’s Impressionist show. B. the equivalent of those that visited last year’s Impressionist show. C. equal to those who visited D. as many as the visitation to E. as many as visited

Please post the technical grammar rule on why an answer is wrong.

I like D

To be honest I felt I could eliminate A,B, C. I didnt like E and honestly I havent heard of a word "visitation". So I attributed my ignorance to this word and was forced to choose D. I hope the OP doesnt say there was a typo in E. I feel E shud have been as many as those visited

The exhibition of ancient Egyptian funerary art — imposing statues, intricately painted coffins, and numerous accoutrements, drew hundreds of people each day, as many as visited last year’s Impressionist show.

The exhibition of ancient Egyptian funerary art drew hundreds of people each day, as many as (those who) visited last year’s Impressionist show.

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The exhibition of ancient Egyptian funerary art — imposing statues, intricately painted coffins, and numerous accouterments, 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

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

Comparing number to number, Should have equal. Equivalent is wrong. A & B out

C equates numbers to people. Wrong

D equates numbers to the visitation? Holy Molly. Out

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

Comparing number to number, Should have equal. Equivalent is wrong. A & B out

C equates numbers to people. Wrong

D equates numbers to the visitation? Holy Molly. Out

E remains and is the best of the lot.

can you please explain how C is wrong

IMO, those directly refers to the people and the does not imply the total number of "those"

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

agree with E.

exhibition..drew hundreds of people , as many as <people> visted last year's impressionist show.

C is wrong

hundreds of people <>(can' be equal to) people who visted.
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