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# When the real estate market is uncertain homeowners are more

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When the real estate market is uncertain homeowners are more likely to put money into stocks or certificates of deposit than into home improvements.

(A) than into
(B) than they do into
(C) than they are into
(D) as into
(E) as

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22 Sep 2008, 17:50
bdumpala wrote:
When the real estate market is uncertain homeowners are more likely to put money into stocks or certificates of deposit than into home improvements.

(A) than into
(B) than they do into
(C) than they are into
(D) as into
(E) as

More than, so D and E out. Subject of the sentence is the homeowners and they are put money into stocks or certificates of deposit more...than into home improvements. So A should be the answer. No need to use "they do" once again.
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22 Sep 2008, 19:10
comparison. "more likely X than Y"

we need "than". So D and E are out.

B,C : "they" does not have a clear referent. it could refer to stocks or certificates

IMO A.
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22 Sep 2008, 20:57
I selected A also..but the OA is B
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22 Sep 2008, 22:04
bdumpala wrote:
I selected A also..but the OA is B

I also selected A. But after seeing the OA, B makes more sense because the parallelism is between "put money into....." and "than into home improvement".....and looks awakward.

Parallelism should be between "homeowners put money into .... than they do into .....".
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22 Sep 2008, 23:16
bdumpala wrote:
When the real estate market is uncertain homeowners are more likely to put money into stocks or certificates of deposit than into home improvements.

(A) than into
(B) than they do into
(C) than they are into
(D) as into
(E) as

The answer has to be B. There is a tough call between A & B. First eliminate D & E on the basis of idiom " More likely X than Y". Now just try to make X & Y parallel. Structure of X is 'to+verb+into'. Same should be the structure of Y.
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23 Sep 2008, 09:52
what is wrong with C?

when to use "do" for comparision?

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23 Sep 2008, 09:57
bdumpala wrote:
what is wrong with C?

when to use "do" for comparision?

Thanks

You put something. Parallel: You do something. It is different with "You are something". Put is the action of doing something & not being someone.
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02 Oct 2008, 11:07
i choose A too.

but i think because the verb "to put" is inside the idiom so we've to use a verb after "than"

A should have been correct if it were something like this

When the real estate market is uncertain homeowners are to put money more likely into stocks or certificates of deposit than into home improvements.
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02 Oct 2008, 16:03
This is the perfect example of verb comparison. The action "put money" should be compared with another action. so B
bdumpala wrote:
When the real estate market is uncertain homeowners are more likely to put money into stocks or certificates of deposit than into home improvements.

(A) than into
(B) than they do into
(C) than they are into
(D) as into
(E) as

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