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# The new sports car is heavier than usual for a performance

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11 Jul 2006, 17:22
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The new sports car is heavier than usual for a performance automobile, but it is exceptional because of its high-powered engine.

A) usual

B) it is usual

C) one usually is

D) is usual

E) has been usual

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11 Jul 2006, 18:02
The new sports car is heavier than usual for a performance automobile, but it is exceptional because of its high-powered engine.

A) usual

B) it is usual

C) one usually is

D) is usual

E) has been usual

Heavier than usual means it is unusually heavy... So I think the answer is A.

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11 Jul 2006, 19:33
Options other than A are not making sense.
I would pick A.

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11 Jul 2006, 19:42
Regarding this Q:

Is it ok to say "heavier than is usual ... but it is exceptional"

wouldn't this be ||ism?

So the sentence "The new sports car is heavier than is usual for a performance automobile, but it is exceptional because of its high-powered engine."

readability is fine, but is the "is" in "is usual" redundant?

Thanks/

PS: BTW .. I picked D

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The new sports car is heavier than usual for a performance automobile, but it is exceptional because of its high-powered engine.

A) usual

B) it is usual

C) one usually is

D) is usual

E) has been usual

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11 Jul 2006, 19:59
Definitely D.

Just write it in your flash card "Use is usual in comparisons".
This is tested pretty frequently.

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11 Jul 2006, 20:01
Really... I picked the right one!!
I thought "is usual" is redundant... ??

Is this coverd in MGMAT? Still working through it?

deowl wrote:
Definitely D.

Just write it in your flash card "Use is usual in comparisons".
This is tested pretty frequently.

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11 Jul 2006, 20:05
A sounds the best, But as other members pinted out "is usual" is grammatically right.

But instinct says A

OA please..

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11 Jul 2006, 20:17
I picked A.
I was not aware of the ' is usual ' usage.
Whats the OA for this one.
Won't be surprised to see if it's D.

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11 Jul 2006, 20:20
haas_mba07 wrote:
Really... I picked the right one!!
I thought "is usual" is redundant... ??

Is this coverd in MGMAT? Still working through it?

deowl wrote:
Definitely D.

Just write it in your flash card "Use is usual in comparisons".
This is tested pretty frequently.

Sorry, I never used this book, so I have no idea whether it is covered there.

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11 Jul 2006, 20:57
Thanks... I actually meant Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction.

deowl wrote:
haas_mba07 wrote:
Really... I picked the right one!!
I thought "is usual" is redundant... ??

Is this coverd in MGMAT? Still working through it?

deowl wrote:
Definitely D.

Just write it in your flash card "Use is usual in comparisons".
This is tested pretty frequently.

Sorry, I never used this book, so I have no idea whether it is covered there.

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11 Jul 2006, 21:00
haas_mba07 wrote:
Thanks... I actually meant Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction.

deowl wrote:
haas_mba07 wrote:
Really... I picked the right one!!
I thought "is usual" is redundant... ??

Is this coverd in MGMAT? Still working through it?

deowl wrote:
Definitely D.

Just write it in your flash card "Use is usual in comparisons".
This is tested pretty frequently.

Sorry, I never used this book, so I have no idea whether it is covered there.

Yes, I know what MGMAT means

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13 Jul 2006, 13:35
deowl cracked this one

OA is D

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16 Jul 2006, 06:25
tht is some gud explanation deowl, evryone missd the obvious ll ism point...

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16 Jul 2006, 14:01
dis is a toughy....

eliminated c and e

so left with a, b, and d to guess from

my guess is d, because it sounds rite, but i don't have a clear explanation as to why.

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17 Jul 2006, 03:43
A sounds better, but looks like the sentence needs "is" for the proper comparison.

**add to error log

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19 Jul 2006, 06:06
D.
You can't compare heavier with usual as is the case in A.

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19 Jul 2006, 06:31
Ill pick A clear and not redundant go straight to the point
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Re: SC: Sports cars [#permalink]

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19 Jul 2006, 15:01
u2lover wrote:
The new sports car is heavier than usual for a performance automobile, but it is exceptional because of its high-powered engine.

A) usual

B) it is usual

C) one usually is

D) is usual

E) has been usual

please explain

I think all are wrong..
you want to say "heavier than what is usual for" ..

I would choose D..

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03 Aug 2006, 21:57
Guys, I found one question (Q73) in OG Verbal review where "usual" is used rather than "is usual".

u2lover, what is the source of this question???
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19 Aug 2006, 03:24
ps_dahiya wrote:
Guys, I found one question (Q73) in OG Verbal review where "usual" is used rather than "is usual".

u2lover, what is the source of this question???

Can you please post that SC w/answer choices Dahiya?

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