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# There are a practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are den

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Re: There are a practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are den [#permalink]
I think which seems to be better answer which doesn't oppose the previous statement that there are unlimited number of air routes. IMO C
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Re: There are a practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are den [#permalink]
Here number is subject of sentence and its a noun. How can "practically" which is adverb modify noun "number" in a sentence?
Please correct me if i am wrong.

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There are a practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser over the North Atlantic, inside North America and Europe, and over the North Pacific.

Split #1: Practical vs Practically
Based on this split we can eliminate multiple options. So since a has been used just before underlined sentence, this a should refer to only singular word in next part i.e. number. Therefore use of adverb practically (which modified this number) is more appropriate than noun practical.

So A, C and D are eliminated.

Split#2: Dense vs Denser
Since sentence seems to compare different number of air routes, comparative form of verb denser is more appropriate.

Therefore E is the answer.

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There are a practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser over the North Atlantic, inside North America and Europe, and over the North Pacific.

A. practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser over

B. practically unlimited number of air routes, but they are dense over

C. practical unlimited number of air routes, which are denser over

D. practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are dense over

E. practically unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser above

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Re: There are a practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are den [#permalink]
Subject : number
Prepositional phrase: of air routes
Adjective: Unlimited
Adjective: Practical
Adverb: Practically

Instead of original adjective PRACTICAL, use of Adverb PRACTICALLY is more suitable. Adverb is modifying adjective IMO.

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Here number is subject of sentence and its a noun. How can "practically" which is adverb modify noun "number" in a sentence?
Please correct me if i am wrong.

walterwhite756 wrote:
There are a practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser over the North Atlantic, inside North America and Europe, and over the North Pacific.

Split #1: Practical vs Practically
Based on this split we can eliminate multiple options. So since a has been used just before underlined sentence, this a should refer to only singular word in next part i.e. number. Therefore use of adverb practically (which modified this number) is more appropriate than noun practical.

So A, C and D are eliminated.

Split#2: Dense vs Denser
Since sentence seems to compare different number of air routes, comparative form of verb denser is more appropriate.

Therefore E is the answer.

Bunuel wrote:
There are a practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser over the North Atlantic, inside North America and Europe, and over the North Pacific.

A. practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser over

B. practically unlimited number of air routes, but they are dense over

C. practical unlimited number of air routes, which are denser over

D. practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are dense over

E. practically unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser above

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Re: There are a practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are den [#permalink]
adverb: (Practically) modifies anything other than noun/pronoun
Adjective: (Practical) modifies noun / pronoun

'Practically' modifies 'unlimited', which is an adjective to the noun 'number'

Denser is preferred over Dense for comparison purpose

These leave us with Answer option E
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Bunuel wrote:
There are a practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser over the North Atlantic, inside North America and Europe, and over the North Pacific.

A. practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser over

B. practically unlimited number of air routes, but they are dense over

C. practical unlimited number of air routes, which are denser over

D. practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are dense over

E. practically unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser above

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There are a practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser over the North Atlantic, inside North America and Europe, and over the North Pacific.

A. practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser over

Incorrect.

This answer choice is illogical. The adjective practical, which means 'useful', cannot logically describe unlimited number (it's not the unlimited number of air routes which is practical).

B. practically unlimited number of air routes, but they are dense over

Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the original logical mistake, by changing the adjective practical to the adverb practically it also changes the meaning of the original sentence by replacing denser with dense.

C. practical unlimited number of air routes, which are denser over

Incorrect.

This answer choice repeats the original logical mistake: the adjective practical which means 'useful', cannot logically describe unlimited number (it's not the unlimited number of air routes which is practical).

D. practical unlimited number of air routes, but they are dense over

Incorrect.

This answer choice repeats the original logical mistake: the adjective practical which means 'useful', cannot logically describe unlimited number (it's not the unlimited number of air routes which is practical).

In addition, this answer choice changes the meaning of the original sentence by replacing denser with dense

E. practically unlimited number of air routes, but they are denser above

This answer choice corrects the original logical mistake, by changing the adjective practical to the adverb practically. In this context, practically is an idiom that means "almost", or "in effect, virtually", and in this usage it creates a logical sentence.
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