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

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01 Sep 2008, 19:01
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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 when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970’s.

(A) extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than
(B) extinction; its numbers are now five times more than
(C) extinction, their numbers now fivefold what they were
(D) extinction, now with fivefold the numbers they had
(E) extinction, now with numbers five times greater than

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01 Sep 2008, 20:47

C,D has S-V agreement issue.

E is run on

Numbers are compared to numbers. greater than is the correct usage.
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02 Sep 2008, 06:41
IMO B. "Their" and "they" are wrong in C and D. E is wrong because its unclear. Between A and B: greater than vs more than. I think that greater is ok only with numbers and more is ok with groups of objects.
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02 Sep 2008, 06:55
Guys, I am not sure I like the expression "five times greater than when...". But the only answer choice that corrects this, also introduces an agreement error.
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02 Sep 2008, 10:06
spriya wrote:
The gyrfalcon, an Arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970’s.

(A) extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than
(B) extinction; its numbers are now five times more than
(C) extinction, their numbers now fivefold what they were
(D) extinction, now with fivefold the numbers they had
(E) extinction, now with numbers five times greater than

Between A and B.

A is good when comparing numbers vs numbers.

we say number is greater (countable - Number)
we say cost is more. ( uncountable - cost )
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02 Sep 2008, 17:27
Not quite true.

I have ten dollars more than you.

ten dollars is countable.

I've searched all over the place, and I still can't find a straight answer for greater than vs more than.

I wonder if I ask the makers of the test, they can give me a straight answer
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03 Sep 2008, 19:34
Not quite true.

I have ten dollars more than you.

ten dollars is countable.

I've searched all over the place, and I still can't find a straight answer for greater than vs more than.

I wonder if I ask the makers of the test, they can give me a straight answer :evil:

I believe the above sentence will be correct if we put it this way :

I have ten dollars more than you do.

we are comparing having ten dollars ,or possising ten dollars=> uncountable

ten dollars is greater than 5 dollars

here countable(ten dollars) hence greater used

checkout this link good explanation for this issue:
http://gmatsentencecorrection.blogspot. ... %E2%80%99s.
found this in the net

thanks all for the explanations
OA is A

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