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# The gyrfalcon, an arctic bird of prey, has survived a close

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The gyrfalcon, an arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.
(A) its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when
(B) its numbers now fivefold what they were when
(C) its numbers now five times more than when
(D) now with fivefold the numbers it had when
(E) now with its numbers five greater since
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21 Jan 2005, 09:51
Though (A) is the best choice, it still looks like something is wrong with (A)
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21 Jan 2005, 15:37
OA is (A)
I don't know how to choose between (A) and (B).
I thought the use of "times" and "-er than" is always wrong. By what I know, "times" goes with "as [blank] as". So in (A),

"five times greater than what" mean "its numbers are now five times as much as what they were..." because the "five times" is

However, in (B), it means "its numbers now" equal five multiply by "what they were". (B) means
"its numbers now" = 5 x "what they were"
And (C) means
"its numbers now" = 6 x "what they were"
How can I possibily know what the sentence supposed to mean?
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Notice the semicolon. The next sentence needs to be a complete sentence. Only A fits this criteria.
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B's problem is not the use of "fivefold". It is missing a verb.
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23 Jan 2005, 12:57
Got it! I thought "fivefold" is a verb. I was wrong. Thanks.
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22 Nov 2013, 04:49
Can someone explain the question?
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Can someone explain the question?

Hi Moniriewel

Note 1: for abstract numbers such as "numbers" ==> we must use "greater than". We mean the quantity is greater, not the number itself. We CAN'T count 1 quantity, 2 quantity
Note 2: After the semicolon, we must use a clause that has its own subject and own verb. The clause after the semicolon is a dependent clause.

The gyrfalcon, an arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

(A) its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when
Correct.

(B) its numbers now fivefold what they were when
Wrong. "fivefold" is NOT a verb. The sentence is incomplete.

(C) its numbers now five times more than when
Wrong. "five times more than when" is wrong comparison.

(D) now with fivefold the numbers it had when
Wrong. awkward sentence.

(E) now with its numbers five greater since
Wrong. "five greater" is wrong. In addition, we need "than" after "greater".

Hope it helps.
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pqhai wrote:
monirjewel wrote:
Can someone explain the question?

Hi Moniriewel

Note 1: for abstract numbers such as "numbers" ==> we must use "greater than". We mean the quantity is greater, not the number itself. We CAN'T count 1 quantity, 2 quantity
Note 2: After the semicolon, we must use a clause that has its own subject and own verb. The clause after the semicolon is a dependent clause.

The gyrfalcon, an arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

(A) its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when
Correct.

(B) its numbers now fivefold what they were when
Wrong. "fivefold" is NOT a verb. The sentence is incomplete.

(C) its numbers now five times more than when
Wrong. "five times more than when" is wrong comparison.

(D) now with fivefold the numbers it had when
Wrong. awkward sentence.

(E) now with its numbers five greater since
Wrong. "five greater" is wrong. In addition, we need "than" after "greater".

Hope it helps.

@pghai --> what is the the noun for "they " here?? They refers to nothing.
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monirjewel wrote:
Can someone explain the question?

Hi Moniriewel

Note 1: for abstract numbers such as "numbers" ==> we must use "greater than". We mean the quantity is greater, not the number itself. We CAN'T count 1 quantity, 2 quantity
Note 2: After the semicolon, we must use a clause that has its own subject and own verb. The clause after the semicolon is a dependent clause.

The gyrfalcon, an arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

(A) its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when
Correct.

(B) its numbers now fivefold what they were when
Wrong. "fivefold" is NOT a verb. The sentence is incomplete.

(C) its numbers now five times more than when
Wrong. "five times more than when" is wrong comparison.

(D) now with fivefold the numbers it had when
Wrong. awkward sentence.

(E) now with its numbers five greater since
Wrong. "five greater" is wrong. In addition, we need "than" after "greater".

Hope it helps.

@pghai --> what is the the noun for "they " here?? They refers to nothing.

The pronoun "they" refers to "numbers".

Gyrfalcon's (its) numbers now and its numbers (they) in the early 1970's are compared. The two elements of comparison are:
X: its numbers (Gyrfalcon's numbers) are now....
Y: they (Gyrfalcon's numbers) were when....
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I thought a semicolon cannot function as a connector of two independent clauses, only FANBOYS?
Am I right that the two clauses are independent clauses?

Thanks.
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The gyrfalcon, an arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.
(A) its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when
(B) its numbers now fivefold what they were when
(C) its numbers now five times more than when
(D) now with fivefold the numbers it had when
(E) now with its numbers five greater since

After semi colon there should be a complete sentence. Only A is a complete sentence.
Greater is also better than "more" because number is not more but greater.

Numbers are more => more numbers (doesnt make sense in this context)
Number is greater => greater number

they in "A" correctly refers to "numbers"
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I thought a semicolon cannot function as a connector of two independent clauses, only FANBOYS?
Am I right that the two clauses are independent clauses?

Thanks.

Semicolon is used to connect independent clauses .
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The gyrfalcon, an arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

(A) its numbers are now five times greater than what they were when
correct - subject = its numbers |verb = are |comparison - numbers now and numbers when the use of DDT...

(B) its numbers now fivefold what they were when
this is not a sentence because there is no verb for the subject 'its numbers'. we need a clause after semi colon.

(C) its numbers now five times more than when
same as B

(D) now with fivefold the numbers it had when
we need a clause after semi colon.

(E) now with its numbers five greater since
we need a clause after semi colon.
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sayantanc2k wrote:

The pronoun "they" refers to "numbers".

Gyrfalcon's (its) numbers now and its numbers (they) in the early 1970's are compared. The two elements of comparison are:
X: its numbers (Gyrfalcon's numbers) are now....
Y: they (Gyrfalcon's numbers) were when....

Hi sayantanc2k,
Then what does "what" refer to?
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