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# The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treas

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The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.

(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have

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15 Apr 2010, 01:52
Good post. Well, IMO D.

Here, the comparison is not b/w the significance and the particulars of the plan rather thann is b/w the what the guiding principle have and what the particulars of the plan have.
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03 May 2010, 01:24
is it true that when a verb is repeated in the same tense and mood, it is replaced with the verb "do"?

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04 May 2010, 08:44
Can someone provide a more detailed explanation on how the OA is (D) and not (A)? May be tommy or xsuresh can provide their valuable insights?

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11 May 2010, 05:33
Can somebody elaborate... Option by option???

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14 May 2010, 07:15
Any moderators who can weigh in??

Why is "could have" parallel to "do"?

WHich one of the following is correct?
1. I can do this better than you can
2. I can do this better than you do

Isn't it 1 and 2 are different in meanings?

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14 May 2010, 07:21
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calvin,

You may want to take a look at the link
doubt-from-manhattan-sc-93768.html

I have given some explaination for such issues. Refer the example # 2.

calvinhobbes wrote:
Any moderators who can weigh in??

Why is "could have" parallel to "do"?

WHich one of the following is correct?
1. I can do this better than you can
2. I can do this better than you do

Isn't it 1 and 2 are different in meanings?

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14 May 2010, 08:30
Let me try to give a shot.

CAN is used when you need to modify the meaning of the main verb (I can do) in a sentence. Remember, CAN is used to indicate possibility/potential while at the same time, it doesn't mean an action.

1. I can do this better than you can
What I understood is that - I have the better potential to perform this task than you can (your potential).
I don't think this sounds well to me. We are not comparing the potential/possibility to perform some actions. Moreover, I never saw a case in which can was the last word. I think CAN is always followed by some verb.

2. I can do this better than you do
Similarly, what I understood is that - I have the potential to perform this better than the way you perform. I think this sounds well now.

calvinhobbes wrote:
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Why is "could have" parallel to "do"?

WHich one of the following is correct?
1. I can do this better than you can
2. I can do this better than you do

Isn't it 1 and 2 are different in meanings?

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14 May 2010, 08:37
Check this link on Helping Verbs.
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb ... elping.htm

do
to make negatives (I do not like you.)
to ask questions (Do you want some coffee?)
to show emphasis (I do want you to pass your exam.)
to stand for a main verb in some constructions (He speaks faster than she does.)
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16 May 2010, 04:18
D is indeed best in SAE.

In SAE, we generally use do to replace "regular" verbs, i.e., verbs that are not linking verbs, verbs that use modals, etc.

For example:

Megumi speaks Japanese better than I do.

But you already knew that, I'm sure.

Look at the following examples for something (perhaps) new:

Megumi has visited more countries than I have.

We can use have again because have is an auxiliary verb here.

Megumi has more skirts than I do.

Here, has is NOT an auxiliary verb, and in SAE, we cannot use the verb have in the second bit.

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24 Sep 2010, 19:32
I think it should be D

The comparison is between the guiding principles and the particulars, not between the economy and the particulars of the plan. Eliminate:
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have

The guiding principles "have" a greater significance. In order to draw parallelism between that verb and that for the particulars, we would need a verb after "than" too. Eliminate:
(A) even a greater significance for the economy than

I can't remember the specific rule but D in this case sounds better than C.
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do

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03 Jan 2011, 23:13
ITS D,because the auxiliary verb "do"clearly compares the two and its parallel to could.

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24 Mar 2011, 00:52
The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have
even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.
(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have

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24 Mar 2011, 01:00
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A- compares significance to the particulars of the plan.
B- even greater wrongly modifies the economy. (significance is greater here)
C - same prb as A,plus not sure the use of have here. if it refers to significance shud be single has.
D - correct, use of do after than makes the comaprision parallel.
E- same as B
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24 Mar 2011, 01:31
The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have
even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.
(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have

The correct order of the phrase would have to imply that guiding principles have greater significance than the particulars for the economy. The emphasis of even- guiding principles are even more significant than particulars - should be maintained.
er significance for economy
A. & B.the emphasis of 'even' shifts to economy. sentence seems to imply that guiding principles have even a greater significance for the economy than for something else (for which it has lesser significance) Wrong placement of even.
C & D - Use of do more appropriate than have.
E. Problem similar to A & B in terms of positioning of E and use of have.
D is the right option.

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24 Mar 2011, 02:21
The essential point is to note that the comparison is between two actions of what the 'guiding principles' of the plan have for the economy and what the particulars have. We must maintain the parallelism of action in both arms of the comparison.

Hence choices A and B, which compare ‘the action of the principles’ with just ‘the particulars’ are required to be ignored.

Secondly while ‘have’ and ‘do’ both indicate actions as in C, D and E, the verb ‘do’ is preferable over ‘have’ in the second arm for the sake of avoiding repetition. D thus remains the best.
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07 Jun 2011, 11:13
can we initiate the topic again? why DO not HAVE is correct?

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07 Jun 2011, 21:31
vivektripathi wrote:
The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.
(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have

Here's my 2 cents:
This sentence compares singnificance of the guiding principles and the particulars of the plan.
A - This is ambigious it may say the guiding principles are more significant to the economy than it is to the particulars of the plan. In order to tackle this ambigiuty we will need to introduce a helping verb. This is corrected in D. It is good to watchout for such errors when we have a "than" kind of parallelism.

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10 Jul 2011, 10:47
i agree C is best. however, can anyone please answer why "do" not "have" is correct. what is the rule involved?

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10 Jul 2011, 18:57
Have is not correct here. Have is used to make perfect tenses. Do on the other hand can be used to replace the main verb.

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07 Jan 2012, 17:44
Went with C because I thought the sentence is more parallel using a second "have". D sounds more correct. I'm guessing this has nothing to do with parallelism...right?

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