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This year's pool of business school applicants includes three times

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This year's pool of business school applicants includes three times, or more, as many liberal arts majors as last year's.

    A.includes three times, or more, as many liberal arts majors as last year's
    B.include three times, or more, as many liberal arts majors as last year's
    C.includes at least triple the number of last year's liberal arts majors
    D.include at least triple the liberal arts majors as last year
    E.includes at least three times as many liberal arts majors as last year's

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Originally posted by AnkitOrYadav on 28 Jul 2018, 20:44.
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New post 29 Jul 2018, 00:14
ketkichaudhary1992 wrote:
why c is wrong ?


C changes the meaning of the sentence slightly. The original sentence compares the number of liberal arts majors in last year‘s pool to the number of liberal arts majors in this year’s pool. (C) compares the number of liberal arts majors in last year's pool to the total number of applicants in this year’s pool. For example, imagine there were 100 liberal arts majors in last year's pool. (C) is stating that this year’s pool of applicants contains at least 300 applicants. Hence Eliminate (C).
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Confused on why three times, or more, (A) is incorrect while at least three times is (E). I was down to either answer A or E.
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AnkitOrYadav wrote:
This year's pool of business school applicants includes three times, or more, as many liberal arts majors as last year's.

    A.includes three times, or more, as many liberal arts majors as last year's
    B.include three times, or more, as many liberal arts majors as last year's
    C.includes at least triple the number of last year's liberal arts majors
    D.include at least triple the liberal arts majors as last year
    E.includes at least three times as many liberal arts majors as last year's


A.includes three times, or more, as many liberal arts majors as last year's - Three times or more is wordy lets look at other options if we have a better one.
B.include three times, or more, as many liberal arts majors as last year's - Include doesn't agree with pool. Singular 'Pool' needs singular 'includes'
C.includes at least triple the number of last year's liberal arts majors - Triple the number of X is unidiomatic
D.include at least triple the liberal arts majors as last year - Same as B
E.includes at least three times as many liberal arts majors as last year's - At least three times is much concise and clear compared to three times or more, and 'as many as' is used correctly

Hence +1 for E
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Originally posted by Akash720 on 29 Jul 2018, 20:42.
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New post 30 Jul 2018, 16:46
Thanks Akash720! I just wasn't sure if there is more to it than (A) being wordier
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New post 30 Jul 2018, 21:37
Akash720 wrote:
AnkitOrYadav wrote:
This year's pool of business school applicants includes three times, or more, as many liberal arts majors as last year's.

    A.includes three times, or more, as many liberal arts majors as last year's
    B.include three times, or more, as many liberal arts majors as last year's
    C.includes at least triple the number of last year's liberal arts majors
    D.include at least triple the liberal arts majors as last year
    E.includes at least three times as many liberal arts majors as last year's


A.includes three times, or more, as many liberal arts majors as last year's - Three times or more is wordy lets look at other options if we have a better one.
B.include three times, or more, as many liberal arts majors as last year's - Include doesn't agree with pool. Singular 'Pool' needs singular 'includes'
C.includes at least triple the number of last year's liberal arts majors - changes the intended meaning by rewording 'liberal arts majors as last year's'

D.include at least triple the liberal arts majors as last year - Same as B
E.includes at least three times as many liberal arts majors as last year's - At least three times is much concise and clear compared to three times or more, and 'as many as' is used correctly

Hence +1 for E



Thanks Akash for this nice explantion but i cant understand how C changs the intended meaning ...can you help me pls
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New post 30 Jul 2018, 23:14
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Thanks Akash for this nice explantion but i cant understand how C changs the intended meaning ...can you help me pls


I think there is no change in intended meaning but the idiom X times as many as is correct and D is unidiomatic.

I've edited my above response accordingly - Thanks for pointing it out janadipesh
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