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The Hope Diamond is larger than usual for a precious stone, but it is

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The Hope Diamond is larger than usual for a precious stone, but it is prized chiefly because of its clarity and extraordinarily deep blue color.

A. usual
B. it is usual
C. one usually is
D. is usual
E. has been usual

Originally posted by FN on 21 Jun 2005, 10:30.
Last edited by Bunuel on 25 Sep 2018, 20:26, edited 1 time in total.
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Usual v/s. Is Usual: He is faster than is usual for any human being – Is correct.
He is faster than usual today – is correct

A Mercedes is more expensive than usual for a car – Incorrect
A Mercedes is more expensive than is usual for a car – Correct

When something is compared to a subgroup to which it belongs, is usual should be used. When something is compared to itself, usual is fine

e.g. He is nicer than usual.
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New post 21 Jun 2005, 11:21
"it is usual"...

"one usually is" is not correct since one refers to "a stone" so the sentence would be "larger than a stone usually is for a precious stone", which doesn't make sense.
"has been usual", who said it is not usual anymore?

usual/is usual/it is usual
do we need a verb? WHY yes or no? :help2

B if I must give an answer
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I was hoping someone could put in a better explaination...

THe OE is that larger is is being compared with usual so in order to keep em parallel we should use is usual....
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Maybe I'm having a brain fart, but how do you compare between two larger and usual? Wouldn't that fall under the common GMAT mistake of comparing between comparing between apple and orange? Could someone please explain this? Thanks.
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Usual v/s. Is Usual: He is faster than is usual for any human being – Is correct.
He is faster than usual today – is correct

A Mercedes is more expensive than usual for a car – Incorrect
A Mercedes is more expensive than is usual for a car – Correct

When something is compared to a subgroup to which it belongs, is usual should be used. When something is compared to itself, usual is fine

e.g. He is nicer than usual.
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