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# Twenty years ago, only 6 percent of students at Dunmore College who in

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21 Aug 2017, 10:48
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Twenty years ago, only 6 percent of students at Dunmore College who intended to major in chemistry were women; today that figure is at least as high as 40 percent.

A. at least as high as 40 percent
B. higher than at least 40 percent
C. higher by 40 percent at the least
D. 40 percent high or more
E. more higher than 40 percent

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21 Aug 2017, 10:59
Kritesh wrote:
Twenty years ago, only 6 percent of students at Dunmore College who intended to major in chemistry were women; today that figure is at least as high as 40 percent.

A. at least as high as 40 percent
B. higher than at least 40 percent
C. higher by 40 percent at the least
D. 40 percent high or more
E. more higher than 40 percent

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21 Aug 2017, 11:41
Imo A. Isn't using 'higher than' and 'at least' redundant?

A seems apt here.

Other options seem wrong.

Option C is wordy. B seems better than C. But B has the error as point above.

Hence I prefer 'A'

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21 Aug 2017, 15:47
Kritesh wrote:
Twenty years ago, only 6 percent of students at Dunmore College who intended to major in chemistry were women; today that figure is at least as high as 40 percent.

A. at least as high as 40 percent
B. higher than at least 40 percent
C. higher by 40 percent at the least
D. 40 percent high or more
E. more higher than 40 percent

Question.
If we had a number of students in the first part of sentence, would the right answer be "C"?

Example: Twenty years ago, only 100 students at Dunmore College who intended to major in chemistry were women; today that figure is higher by 40 percent at the least
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15 Jun 2018, 07:39
Hello, it shouldn??t be "B" the answer? It sounds more logical, "A" sounds redundant
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19 Jun 2018, 15:13

The intent of the sentence is to say that women majoring in chemistry at the school is at minimum 40%.

Also A has the proper structure as X as Y
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19 Jun 2018, 20:16
Comparisons are being tested in this sentence .Look for the construction that makes the comparison as clear and correct as possible. This sentence compares the previous figure, or “6 percent,” with today’s figure, so you want something that is as similar in structure as possible to “6 percent.”
Scan and Group the Answer Choices
The comparison sounds good as is,
Reasons to Eliminate Choices :
(B) is awkward and redundant; it doesn’t make sense to have both “higher than” and “at least” next to each other. (C) changes the meaning of the sentence by saying “higher by 40 percent,” which means something different from “higher than 40 percent.” (D) introduces the awkward and confusing “40 percent high,” which is hard to decipher. Finally, (E) uses the egregious construction “more higher.”
So A it is.
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20 Jun 2018, 06:16
DharLog wrote:
Kritesh wrote:
Twenty years ago, only 6 percent of students at Dunmore College who intended to major in chemistry were women; today that figure is at least as high as 40 percent.

A. at least as high as 40 percent
B. higher than at least 40 percent
C. higher by 40 percent at the least
D. 40 percent high or more
E. more higher than 40 percent

Question.
If we had a number of students in the first part of sentence, would the right answer be "C"?

Example: Twenty years ago, only 100 students at Dunmore College who intended to major in chemistry were women; today that figure is higher by 40 percent at the least

C is not right because higher than and atleast together is redundant. When you say atleast, it itself means equal to or higher than a given quantity.

Thus, C won't be right in either of the cases.

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