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Today's technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-e

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New post 23 Oct 2016, 09:58
karthikb wrote:
Today's technology allows manufacturers to make small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their production history.

1) small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their
2) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their
3) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in
4) more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their
5) more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in


Key takeway:
- Nouns are MORE Adj THAN Nouns
- the now is suppose to confuse us
- Notice that "More + Adj" dictates the the noun/s being compared - and not the "than".

1. (Cars) MORE [fuel-efficient] THAN (at any time)
- Comparison does not makes sense.

2. (Cars) MORE [fuel-efficient] THAN (they were)
- Comparison does not makes sense.

3. (Cars) MORE [fuel-efficient] THAN (those - can refer only to cars)
- correct

4. MORE (cars) THAN (those - can refer only to cars)
- does not makes sense

5. MORE (cars) THAN (time)
- does not makes sense

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

1) small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their
"Now" is incorrect because "any time" includes now. So it the comparative form falls apart (something cannot be "more" than itself." Moreover, "their" is ambiguous (in the history of the cars or the manufacturers?).

2) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their
Here the issue is related to meaning. It's implying that these cars are more efficient than they themselves were previously. Those same cars haven't been improved. Instead, the cars today represent a break from the past or a new fleet of automobiles.

3) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in
Correct answer. The "those" pronoun properly refers to a class of small cars, not the same exact small cars at a later date.

4) more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their
Change of meaning here--this sentence implies that more fuel-efficient cars have been made or, possibly, the cars are more fuel efficient. "Their" is still ambiguous.

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

Change of meaning here--this sentence implies that more fuel-efficient cars have been made or, possibly, the cars are more fuel efficient.

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

1) small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their
2) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their
3) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in
4) more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their
5) more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in


1) small cars more fuel-efficient now than at any time in their WRONG
2) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than they were at any time in their WRONG
3) small cars that are more fuel-efficient than those at any other time in Right
4) more fuel-efficient small cars than those at any other time in their WRONG
5) more fuel-efficient small cars now than at any time in WRONG
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Hi ,
I have a specific query regarding the use of anytime , any time and any other time .
Please explain differences among these three .
Thanks in advance .
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nimrod wrote:
C it is...
A can be eliminated because of their..whom does 'their' refer to.. Also now is redundant...
D and E change the meaning of the sentence by introducing 'fuel efficient small cars'..
Between B and C.. B can be eliminated for the same reason as A...
left with C...

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Weird, I chose D because I liked the meaning of more fuel efficient small cars over small cars that are

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nimrod wrote:
C it is...
A can be eliminated because of their..whom does 'their' refer to.. Also now is redundant...
D and E change the meaning of the sentence by introducing 'fuel efficient small cars'..
Between B and C.. B can be eliminated for the same reason as A...
left with C...

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I think you need to be careful eliminating (a) as something GMAT takes a somewhat ambiguous antecedent. Plus the main subject is manufacturers. I agree that C is better but don't just eliminate (a). It's not grammatically wrong and would be the right answer if C was worse. C has a clearer meaning than (a) and hence is correct.

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