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Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail, the failure rate for businesses in the Amish community hovers around 5 percent.

A. Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail
B. Unlike mainstream American businesses, in which the failure rate is more than half
C. Unlike mainstream American businesses, where more than half of them fail
D. While the rate of mainstream American businesses failing is more than half
E. While more than half of mainstream American businesses fail

Shouldn't D be the answer because it is comparing two failure rates? Only D mentions failure rate. But the OA is E.

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12 Apr 2007, 21:19
ricokevin wrote:
Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail, the failure rate for businesses in the Amish community hovers around 5 percent.

A. Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail
B. Unlike mainstream American businesses, in which the failure rate is more than half
C. Unlike mainstream American businesses, where more than half of them fail
D. While the rate of mainstream American businesses failing is more than half
E. While more than half of mainstream American businesses fail

Shouldn't D be the answer because it is comparing two failure rates? Only D mentions failure rate. But the OA is E.

D uses present progressive "Failing!". Which is not correct"" It is not something happening at present. It is just a comparison... E makes this comparison more correctly. Without mentioing the word "rate!"
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13 Apr 2007, 00:07
ricokevin wrote:
Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail, the failure rate for businesses in the Amish community hovers around 5 percent.

A. Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail
B. Unlike mainstream American businesses, in which the failure rate is more than half
C. Unlike mainstream American businesses, where more than half of them fail
D. While the rate of mainstream American businesses failing is more than half
E. While more than half of mainstream American businesses fail

Shouldn't D be the answer because it is comparing two failure rates? Only D mentions failure rate. But the OA is E.

Rate should be compared to rate only. So A, B and C are out. D is wordy while E is concise and too the point. so E
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13 Apr 2007, 04:42
D-> the rate cannot be "more than half". This is incorrect usage. The rate has to be tangible - say 5% - as mentioned in the latter half.

E is correct in all respects
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14 Apr 2007, 05:57
ricokevin wrote:
Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail, the failure rate for businesses in the Amish community hovers around 5 percent.

A. Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail
B. Unlike mainstream American businesses, in which the failure rate is more than half
C. Unlike mainstream American businesses, where more than half of them fail
D. While the rate of mainstream American businesses failing is more than half
E. While more than half of mainstream American businesses fail

Shouldn't D be the answer because it is comparing two failure rates? Only D mentions failure rate. But the OA is E.

In D the comparision is incorrect. What is rate of failure for AMerican businesses? half what? %, nos of businesses?
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14 Apr 2007, 06:22
goalsnr wrote:
ricokevin wrote:
Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail, the failure rate for businesses in the Amish community hovers around 5 percent.

A. Unlike mainstream American businesses, more than half of which fail
B. Unlike mainstream American businesses, in which the failure rate is more than half
C. Unlike mainstream American businesses, where more than half of them fail
D. While the rate of mainstream American businesses failing is more than half
E. While more than half of mainstream American businesses fail

Shouldn't D be the answer because it is comparing two failure rates? Only D mentions failure rate. But the OA is E.

In D the comparision is incorrect. What is rate of failure for AMerican businesses? half what? %, nos of businesses?

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goalsnr, you've got a point there.
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