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

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251. 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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03 Sep 2004, 08:09
A?

C & D. I guess these two choices miss as/than/compared-to. I don't know where we can use fivefold as opposed to five times (Do they mean the same)?
E. means like the gyrfalcon had a number (not their count).
Of A and B, B sounds better for the usage of "greater".

To my knowledge,
# More is used for counts, %, fraction (more than one hundred fishes)
# Greater is used for describing numbers (5 is greater than 3)
I guess, greater can also be used with "times" (the stock value today is five times greater than that of yesterday)
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03 Sep 2004, 08:24
Should be A.

Agree with hardworker's explanation.
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03 Sep 2004, 09:05
Agree with A
C and D are out because they use wrong plural pronoun referent
B is rejected as explained by hardworker
E has dangling modifier problem. Sounds as if it were the "extinction" which has a number 5 times greater...
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03 Sep 2004, 09:12
Between A and B with an final choice for A.

I also think you should use greater instead of more.

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09 Jul 2011, 18:27
+1 A

[quote="saurya_s"]251. 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 - correct
(B) extinction; its numbers are now five times more than - "numbers" requieres "greater"
(C) extinction, their numbers now fivefold what they were - wrong pronoun
(D) extinction, now with fivefold the numbers they had - wrong pronoun
(E) extinction, now with numbers five times greater than - changes the meaning [quote]
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09 Jul 2011, 20:56
yes would go with A.
C, D are no good because the simpler version is better.
B greater is preferable than more for countable stuff.
E- in the original sentence, its refers to gry... and now the meaning is changed.
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10 Jul 2011, 09:59
According to the The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, OA is
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