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Tom maintained that his scholastic record was better or at least as good as hers.

(A) was better or at least as good as hers
(B) at its least was as good as hers
(C) was as good or better than hers
(D) was better or at least as good as her scholastic record
(E) was better than or at least as good as hers
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This one is testing the idiomatic structure of common comparisons. Your main comparison structures are:

1) Better than / greater than / taller than / faster than, etc. Basically if you have an -er comparative adjective, you want to find a "than" to complete the structure. (Also note that less than, worse than, etc. fit this...it doesn't *have* to have an -er but most do)

2) As many as / as much as / as good as / as bad as, etc. Basically if you start a comparison with "as" you need to finish it with "as" - it either shows equality (I have as much money as you do) or it can show orders of magnitude (Jeff Bezos has 100,000 times as much money as I do)

3) Tall compared to / fast compared to, etc. If you want to use "compared to" you can only use a simple adjective, not a comparative adjective. You can say that I'm tall compared to my wife because I may or may not be tall, but in the context of comparing me to her I am. If you say "taller compared to" that's redundant - "compared to" and "-er" both express that a comparison is being drawn.

Now...in this case there are really two comparison structures, #1 ("better than") and #2 ("as good as"). Note that (A), (C), and (D) each omit a "closing" word of one of the two comparisons - you're either missing a second "as" to complete "as good as" or you're missing the "than" that needs to be paired with "better." And then (B) uses a strange meaning...to say "its scholastic record at its least" puts a strange quantifier on "scholastic record" at a specific point in time, but you're then not doing that with "hers." Plus scholastic record isn't really a numerical item...if you said "GPA" you'd be able to say "at its least" (grade point average is a number that changes over time) but you'd still need to put a time frame on hers (e.g. "than hers at its best") to have a parallel comparison.
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Re: Tom maintained that his scholastic record was better or at least as go  [#permalink]

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Tom maintained that his scholastic record was better or at least as good as hers.

(A) was better or at least as good as hers --> "than" after "better" is missing
(B) at its least was as good as hers --> at its least ??
(C) was as good or better than hers--> "as" after "as good" is missing
(D) was better or at least as good as her scholastic record--> "than" after "better" is missing
(E) was better than or at least as good as hers --> correct
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