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Today’s technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their production history.

(A) small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their

(B) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their

(C) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in

(D) more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their

(E) more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in

Originally posted by Orange08 on 03 Oct 2010, 09:58.
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Today’s technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-efficient now
than at any time in their production history.
A. small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their
B. small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their
C. small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in
D. more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their
E. more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in



I will go with C....what is the OA?
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Today’s technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-efficient now
than at any time in their
production history.
A. small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their
B. small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their
C. small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in
D. more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their
E. more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in


in D,E the meaning has changed, the point is not larger number of FE small cars but more FE
in B, I feel there's sth wrong with THAN THEY WERE, it's a bit vague.
A, than what?

thus, I go for C
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IMAO B?

than those were --- refers to the cars
than were at --- referes to fuel efficiency!
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IMO - C

Between B and C, well I think B is wrong because B says:
'Small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their'

Replacing the pronoun with the antecedent:
Small cars that are more efficient than Small cars were at any time in history.

Clearly the comparison is incorrect.

C is correct because 'Those' is a demonstrative pronoun used to indicate a new copy of the Noun they represent.
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The first thing to note in this case is that there is a comparative degree of comparison (more than …., any other thing)involved. One should not miss the word other in such comparisons in order to distinguish the one compared with the others. As per that norm, we can straight away reject, A. B and E. Between C and D, D suffers from a logical predication in that it is more fuel efficiency that is discussed rather than a greater number of more fuel efficient cars. Secondly, the pronoun there is rather ambiguous with more than one plausible antecedent such as the manufactures or the small cars.
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IMO - C

Between B and C, well I think B is wrong because B says:
'Small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their'

Replacing the pronoun with the antecedent:
Small cars that are more efficient than Small cars were at any time in history.

Clearly the comparison is incorrect.

C is correct because 'Those' is a demonstrative pronoun used to indicate a new copy of the Noun they represent.


Thanks for the explanation..
I chose B but now I am convinced its C.
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Today’s technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their production history.

(A) small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their

(B) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their

(C) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in

(D) more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their

(E) more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in

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Between B and C which one is best
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+1C ||ism, they in B, their in D.
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This can get complex, if you so desire. However, just limit it to two aspects.
1. ‘Their’ has no clear antecedent. We cannot say, whether 'their' is the possessive pronoun of producers or small cars. So drop A, B, and D.
2. When in comparisons between two things, use of 'other' is a customary adjective for excluding the one compared from the rest of others. Note that choice E does not use the term ‘other’. So C is the choice.

Alternately, we can also see whether the comparison is 1)between cars of more fuel efficiency and of the current efficiency or 2) between more number of and the same number of small cars. Whichever way you take, you will finally land in C
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This can get complex, if you so desire. However, just limit it two aspects.
1. ‘Their’ has no clear antecedent. We cannot say, whether 'their' is the possessive pronoun of producers or small cars. So drop A, B, and D.
2. When in comparisons between two things, use of 'other' is a customary adjective for excluding the one compared from the rest of others. Note that choice E does not use the term ‘other’. So C is the choice.

Alternately, we can also see whether the comparison is 1)between cars of more fuel efficiency and of the current efficiency or 2) between more number of and the same number of small cars. Whichever way you take, you will finally land in C



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daagh wrote:
This can get complex, if you so desire. However, just limit it two aspects.
1. ‘Their’ has no clear antecedent. We cannot say, whether 'their' is the possessive pronoun of producers or small cars. So drop A, B, and D.
2. When in comparisons between two things, use of '[color=#0000FF]other' is a customary adjective for excluding the one compared from the rest of others[/color]. Note that choice E does not use the term ‘other’. So C is the choice.

Alternately, we can also see whether the comparison is 1)between cars of more fuel efficiency and of the current efficiency or 2) between more number of and the same number of small cars. Whichever way you take, you will finally land in C

thank you for the 'other' concept
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Today’s technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their production history.

(A) small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their

(B) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their

(C) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in

(D) more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their

(E) more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in

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Between B and C which one is best


Between C and E, C seems perfect.
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Today's technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-efficient now than at anytime in their production history.

(A) small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their

(B) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their

(C) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in

(D) more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their

(E) more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in

If we remove the "their" at the end of B, is it better than C ?
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C is the answer.

a) more efficient now than at any time in their...awkward
b) this is like c) except "than they were at any time in their" is awkward and wordy
c) ANSWER - than those at any other time...those refers to small cars, any other time means anytime before now
d) the original sentence talks about increasing the efficiency of small cars, not making more small cars in general
e) same problem as d)
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In the above question there are two sets of cars. first set, those were manufactured earlier and the new set which is manufactured now. So in order to separate these two sets clearly we should use ".. than those at any other time..." to clearly differentiate the two sets.

So i guess A,B and D are out. I chose C because in D "their" can either refer to manufacturers or small cars.
Also "small cars that are more fuel-efficient" seems to more idiomatic.
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Today's technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-efficient now than at anytime in their production history.

(A) small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their

(B) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their

(C) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in

(D) more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their

(E) more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in

If we remove the "their" at the end of B, is it better than C ?


Hi,
The sentence starts with Today's technology, in this case now over here becomes redundant. So eliminate A and E.
In B and D, there is no proper noun that can be referred by they and their respectively.
Also,the sentence does not talk about more number of small cars as mentioned in D. It has to do more about the efficiency.
C stands to be the right choice.

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In addition E changes the meaning. making more fuel efficient cars is not the same as making cars more fuel efficient.
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TomB wrote:
Today’s technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their production history.

(A) small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their

(B) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their

(C) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in

(D) more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their

(E) more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in

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How can B and C be considered as correct choices? Both of these items have lost the comparative object. Comparison is suppose to be between now and production history. B, C, D all lost the comparative element now.
I would have considered A or E. Probably would prefer E because more fuel efficient would serve as adjective for small cars. Please advise.
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