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# The manager at the office supply store believes that the new CLP-300

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The manager at the office supply store believes that the new CLP-300 laserjet printer will be used more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than most other laserjet printers, which make about 50 decibels of noise each.

(A) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than

(B) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far quieter than

(C) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far less than

(D) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission of only 43 decibels is far quieter than it is for

(E) as a replacement more for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than than it is for

Originally posted by suchoudh on 27 Nov 2010, 16:42.
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Still confused with the answer choices.
Can someone explain briefly

The question seems to be flawed. The tested concept is parallelism but none of the answer choices establishes parallelism correctly. Let us start with a simpler example:

I like to play football MORE as a hobby THAN as a profession.

In the same line, the correct structure of the given sentence would have been:

The manager at the office supply store believes that the new CLP-300 laserjet printer will be used MORE as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries THAN as high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than most other laserjet printers, which make about 50 decibels of noise each.

None of the answer choices establishes parallelism as illustrated above. Option B would be correct if there were "as" before "high quality and feature-packed..."
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Official Explanation:

This sentence displays an illogical comparison and redundancy. Its noise emission...is far less than most other laserjet printers: it is illogical for emission to be less than a printer. Additionally, more than and rather than are redundant.

Choice B corrects both of these errors without introducing additional errors. The correct answer is B.

The redundant rather is erased. The printer will be used more as a replacement for.... than (for) high quality and feature packed machines. The for can be omitted because it appears in exactly the same form earlier in the sentence and is implied.

The modifying phrase far quieter than most other laserjet printers logically modifies 43 decibels of noise, and there is no illogical comparison between laserjet printers and a noise level present.

In choice C, the word "more" is misplaced in the sentence. The word "more" is used as an adverb for the verb "use"("used more for this than that"), not to express the fact that the new printer is used as a replacement for one thing more than it is for another; this is grammatically unclear.

Choices D and E are unidiomatic and unnecessarily wordy. The constructions is far quieter than it is for and is far less than it is for are both ambiguous and wordy. Choice E retains the more and rather than redundancy.

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I will go with E for maintaining prepositional parallelism in comparisons
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I think its B. it uses idiom 'more as x than y'.
x -> 'a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries'
y -> 'high quality and feature-packed machines in large ...'
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The manager at the office supply store believes that the new CLP-300 laserjet printer will be used more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than most other laserjet printers, which make about 50 decibels of noise each.

(A) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than
(B) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far quieter than
(C) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far less than
(D) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission of only 43 decibels is far quieter than it is for
(E) as a replacement more for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than than it is for

OA Later.

I think its B.....to me I read it as the manager is saying that this model will be used more as a replacement for X than y because it emits only 43 decibels of noise. I think also that its better to say far quieter than when we are talking about sounds compared to far less than.
A is wrong because we don't say "its noise emission". So i eliminated A.
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(C) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far less than
(D) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission of only 43 decibels is far quieter than it is for
(E) as a replacement more for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than than it is for]
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(E) as a replacement more for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than than it is for]
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28 Nov 2010, 20:55
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B does the job best and here is why:

Idiom is more x than y
x and y are parallel.
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05 May 2013, 21:20
I have one more doubt on the same.
In the official explanation from Knewton, while comparing option B and C, it says that "more" is misplaced in Option C. Also in their discussion they says that the comparison is not correct in C for the following sentence :

printer will be used as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than for high quality and feature-packed machines.

In option B , the sentence is as below:

printer will be used more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings.

But while solving the question I somehow felt that both the comparisons are same.

Could any one help me explain how both the comparisons are different.

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The main issue here is an idiomatic one. The proper construction is: 'The printer will be used more as a replacement for X than Y.' This tells us something concrete about the printer, and makes a clear comparison.

In choice C, however, we have this construction: 'The printer will be used as a replacement for X more than for Y.' This is unclear, and it is not correct idiomatically. It could be that the printer will be used as a replacement for X more than the printer will be used for Y, but that's not what the sentence is trying to say. The proper comparison suggests that the printer will be used more as a replacement for X than (as a replacement for) Y.

The comparison in choice B is clear and unambiguous. In choice C, however, the comparison becomes muddled, and the grammar unclear. It could be, in choice C, that the new printer will be used as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than the printer will be used for high quality and feature-packed machines

As such, it is the placement of the word 'more' in C that causes the comparison to be ambiguous, and the correct placement in B leaves everything clean and clear.
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Experts please explain following parts these 2 sentences :

B) .... it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far quieter than ....

C) ..... it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far less than .....

If "far quieter than " modifies "43 decibels of noise", then the meaning of the sentence in B) is distorted because "noise cannot be quieter".

Whereas "far less than " can correctly modify "43 decibels of noise", since noise can be less or greater than noise from other printers.
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I will go with E for maintaining prepositional parallelism in comparisons

its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than than it is for ....
"only 43 decibels" is what kind of modification???
wrong modification.

I think this last part also has pronoun issue.
its noise emission is far less than it is for other laserjet printers
"x is less than Y" in which x ll Y=> its noise emission ll it ---- I think "it" is referring to a new copy of noise emission here so instead of "it" we should have "that of other laserjet printers"
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The manager at the office supply store believes that the new CLP-300 laserjet printer will be used more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than most other laserjet printers, which make about 50 decibels of noise each.

Meaning analysis: the managers at the supply store believes that the new CLP-300 laserjet printer will be used more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries than as a placement for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it (new CLP-300's ) emits only 43 decibels, far quieter than most other laserjet printers do.

Error analysis:

modifier: I doubt. what kind of modification the "only 43 decibels" is??
llisim: yes; "its noise emission" is compared with "most other laser printers". the comparison entities are illogical; therefore, we have llisim issue here.
idiom: X more than Y. X ll Y=> for printers in small offices and libraries ll for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings correct (we have ellipsis here)

POE:

(A) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than

(B) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far quieter than

"for" is needed before "high quality" to make the comparison clear

(C) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far less than

(D) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission of only 43 decibels is far quieter than it is for
"for" is omitted before "high quality", making the comparison ambiguous
this option introduce pronoun issue. "its noise emission" is compared with "it" that has ambiguous referent.
"it" refers to the same noun as "its", and the intended meaning of "it" is a new copy of noise emission from most other laserjet printers. therefore, we cannot use "it" to refer to a new copy.

(E) as a replacement more for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than than it is for
errors are same as the errors in D
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The manager at the office supply store believes that the new CLP-300 laserjet printer will be used more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than most other laserjet printers, which make about 50 decibels of noise each.

(A) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than
(B) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far quieter than
(C) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far less than
(D) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission of only 43 decibels is far quieter than it is for
(E) as a replacement more for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than than it is for

While I am quite aware that the official response in B, I think that is not correct. The response should be E.Here is why ...
1. When we use more X than Y, the X and Y need to be logically parallel. The "as a replacement for printers.." is not parallel to " high quality feature packed printers..", whereas the option E takes the replacement out of the more x than Y structure, and strictly compares a type of printer to another.
2. noise emission is far quieter ... ?

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The manager at the office supply store believes that the new CLP-300 laserjet printer will be used more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than most other laserjet printers, which make about 50 decibels of noise each.

(A) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than>> Unidiomatic
(B) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far quieter than
(C) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far less than >> Wrong comparison.
(D) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission of only 43 decibels is far quieter than it is for > Lengthy than choice B
(E) as a replacement more for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than than it is for >> Unidiomatic & length
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27 May 2016, 20:39
Still confused with the answer choices.
Can someone explain briefly
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Unable to understand why choice (B) is chose over (C). The idiomatic construction of "more as ... than ..." is still unclear and there haven't been any satisfying explanations posted so far.
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Unable to understand why choice (B) is chose over (C). The idiomatic construction of "more as ... than ..." is still unclear and there haven't been any satisfying explanations posted so far.

Hi TheMastermind ,

I will try to explain this question.

More as a replacement for X than [for] Y is a correct form. I know it is a bit weird but is acceptable. Notice using "for" is also optional.

The main problem with most of the options is the comparison of noise with laserjet printers.

(A) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than --> Its noise is far less than the laser printers. ILLOGICAL.

(B) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far quieter than

(C) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far less than -> Same as A

(D) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission of only 43 decibels is far quieter than it is for --> Some thing is quieter than something else. Hence, using it is for is making the Illogical meaning.

(E) as a replacement more for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than than it is for --> Change in meaning. Replacement more for X than for Y. Hence, incorrect.
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The manager at the office supply store believes that the new CLP-300 laserjet printer will be used more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than most other laserjet printers, which make about 50 decibels of noise each.

Some basic takeaways before we plunge into this question:
1. It emits, only 43 decibels …. less than --- This is ok -- 43 decibels is a quantum number considered singular -- so 'less' is acceptable
2. its emission is quieter than ---- This is not ok because an emission cannot act, just as we cannot say, his height is short.

(A) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than (most other laserjet printers) emission compared with machines wrong --- That the 'emission is far less than- is acceptable. However, the emission is being wrongly compared with printers -- wrong choice

(B) more as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far quieter than(most other laserjet printers) ---- 1. 'it emits … far quieter than' is wrong 2. emits is a verb. Therefore, it requires another verb on the other compared thing namely printers. We must say, 'far quieter than do' wrong choice

(C) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because it emits only 43 decibels of noise, far less than - (most other laserjet printers) same thing as in B; verb required to indicate the action of the larger machines. --- wrong

(D) as a replacement for printers in small offices and libraries more than high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission of only 43 decibels is far quieter than it is for(most other laserjet printers) …. its noise emission of only 43 decibels is far quieter than -- should be less than --- wrong

(E) as a replacement more for printers in small offices and libraries rather than for high quality and feature-packed machines in large company settings because its noise emission, only 43 decibels, is far less than it is for (most other laserjet printers)-- correct choice.

Of course, there may be other errors in any of the choices. However, this much should be sufficient to arrive at the correct answer.
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D and E are overly wordy and unidiomatic. C uses more wrong, it uses ‘more’ as an adverb for ‘use’ instead of to compare the frequency of the printer’s uses. A improperly compares the printer to noise emissions.

B is the right choice.
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