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The United States Department of Defense is the single largest bureaucratic institution in the United States, with an annual budget of $220 billion dollars a year, greater than the Gross Domestic Product of several nations on earth.

(A) greater than
(B) greater than that of
(C) more than that of
(D) more than in
(E) which is more than


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The United States Department of Defense is the single largest bureaucratic institution in the United States, with an annual budget of $220 billion dollars a year, greater than the Gross Domestic Product of several nations on earth.

(A) greater than
(B) greater than that of
(C) more than that of
(D) more than in
(E) which is more than


Please explain your answer.


we are comparing the "annual budget of USDD" with "GDP of several nations"

I choose A.
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The United States Department of Defense is the single largest bureaucratic institution in the United States, with an annual budget of $220 billion dollars a year, greater than the Gross Domestic Product of several nations on earth.

(A) greater than
(B) greater than that of
(C) more than that of
(D) more than in
(E) which is more than


Please explain your answer.


we are comparing the "annual budget of USDD" with "GDP of several nations"

I choose A.


Can you explain why not E? Can the budget be more than the GDP?

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we are comparing not the numbers rather we are comparing US.... with the GDP of other nations....
So it can be 'E'

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tarek99 wrote:
The United States Department of Defense is the single largest bureaucratic institution in the United States, with an annual budget of $220 billion dollars a year, greater than the Gross Domestic Product of several nations on earth.

(A) greater than
(B) greater than that of
(C) more than that of
(D) more than in
(E) which is more than


Please explain your answer.


we are comparing the "annual budget of USDD" with "GDP of several nations"

I choose A.


Can you explain why not E? Can the budget be more than the GDP?


in E, we have "which" which seems to modify "year"

I don't know for sure if budget can be greater than GDP. But IMO other options don't make much sense ....

I may be wrong ..
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we are comparing not the numbers rather we are comparing US.... with the GDP of other nations....
So it can be 'E'


I chose E but I do not think I agree with your explanation. I do not think the comparison is between US and the GDP of other nations; rather between the budget and the GDP.

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OA is A.

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OA is A.


really? What's the source? Greater than should be used when comparing raw numbers (e.g. 4 is greater than 2). More than is used when comparing things (US $ is a thing too)

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tarek99 wrote:
The United States Department of Defense is the single largest bureaucratic institution in the United States, with an annual budget of $220 billion dollars a year, greater than the Gross Domestic Product of several nations on earth.

(A) greater than
(B) greater than that of
(C) more than that of
(D) more than in
(E) which is more than


Please explain your answer.



Do we need annual budget and year to start with in the same sentence? Jeez annual budget is yearly. There is no need for year. Where is this Q from? We have a number on both sides of the comparison 220Billion and GDP which is again a number. greater than is correct.

A remains but I find the Q bad to start with.

E is wrong. the way it is which refers to year and not the 220Billion USD

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tarek99 wrote:
OA is A.


really? What's the source? Greater than should be used when comparing raw numbers (e.g. 4 is greater than 2). More than is used when comparing things (US $ is a thing too)


well, here's what I did. you're right. "greater than" should be used with numbers. If this is what this question is trying to do, then we should be able to find "which" so that we can refer to the number immediately before it. we do have option E, but it uses "more than." This is obviously wrong and there is no other choice that could correct this. So obviously, the intent of this question is not to refer to the number. So it must refer to the annual budget. But again, do you want to use "more than" for budget? if you do, then you're implying that there is more than 1 budget. If you want to talk about the same 1 budget but then the figure is just higher, then you would need "greater than". Since option doesn't use "which", we can safely use it to refer back to "annual budget."

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I choose in between A and B and choose B which is wrong :cry:

Please help to understand why not B? I can understand it is having "that of".....but can somebody let me know when to use that of and when not to use it?

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I have A and B left but I choose A.

What's wrong with B!!!!! sb plz explain.

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The windshield of car X is bigger than that of car Y.
The comparison is between the windshield of car X and car Y. We can replace the phrase "that of" with "the windshield".
The windshield of car X is bigger than the windshield car Y. This sentence still means the same as original sentence.


USDD has annual budget of X millions greater than that of GDP of many nations. This is how choice B would read

Literally, this means --- USDD's annual budget is greater than annual budget of GDP of many nations

This is illogical ... GDP does not have annual budget .... That is why B is wrong.
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The wheels of car X are bigger than that of car Y.
The comparison is between the wheels of car X and car Y. We can replace the phrase "that of" with "the wheels".
The wheels of car X are bigger than the wheels car Y. This sentence still means the same as original sentence.


USDD has annual budget of X millions greater than that of GDP of many nations. This is how choice B would read

Literally, this means --- USDD's annual budget is greater than annual budget of GDP of many nations

This is illogical ... GDP does not have annual budget .... That is why B is wrong.



wrong! "wheels" is plural, so you need "those." If we had "wheel", which is singular, THEN we can use "that."

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wrong! "wheels" is plural, so you need "those." If we had "wheel", which is singular, THEN we can use "that."


Thanks tarek !! :) I'll change it now ...
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Can somebody comment on the grammatical construction of this sentence please?

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What exactly is the intended meaning of the sentence? Can someone please explain?
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Could you please explain why we cant mark E here?



tarek99 wrote:
The United States Department of Defense is the single largest bureaucratic institution in the United States, with an annual budget of $220 billion dollars a year, greater than the Gross Domestic Product of several nations on earth.

(A) greater than
(B) greater than that of
(C) more than that of
(D) more than in
(E) which is more than


Please explain your answer.

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The correct comparison of US Budget and GDP of several other nations can be made by usage of ' greater than '.So correct Answer is option A

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