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# While market-driven competition encourages

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While market-driven competition encourages pharmaceutical companies to actively seek innovative new drugs, market analysts note that marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as research.

A) marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as research
B) marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as does research
C) the industry budget is accounted for twice as much by marketing than research
D) the industry budget is accounted for twice as much by marketing than by research
E) marketing new drugs is twice as expensive compared to research.

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16 Nov 2013, 20:20
B
as much as is an ideal usage.... so c, d, e are out....
out of a and b, do you compare "marketing accounts" with "research" or "research does"? So I will go with B

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16 Nov 2013, 23:58
B for me.

There has to be a verb preceding research, as there is for marketing (marketing accounts for twice as much as research (accounts)!

A) marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as research. Verb before research missing.
B) marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as does research. Correct !
C) the industry budget is accounted for twice as much by marketing than research. Passive construction , and "By" missing before "research"
D) the industry budget is accounted for twice as much by marketing than by research. Passive + Twice as much....than (twice as much ...as .. is correct)
E) marketing new drugs is twice as expensive compared to research. "marketing" drugs is being compared to research. Meaning changed from original sentence; twice as expensive...compared to - Incorrect construction .

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17 Nov 2013, 06:22
I will go with B, Right Idiom is as much as so rules out C,d and E

Out of A and B as much X as Y both needs to be parallel . SO I ll go with B
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27 Feb 2014, 03:50
I think A is much concise and better.

Lets see:
We have three times as many apples as you (have)

here verb is in ellipse.

A) marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as research (concise)

Lets look at the scope of ambiguity in above construction.

marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as marketing accounts for research (does it make sense) No.

marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as research

marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as research accounts or does
B) marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as does research (safer)

I would say this question is not a very good question, A and B both are grammatically Ok.
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27 Feb 2014, 13:37
I go for "A" , it is more concise .

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21 Aug 2015, 23:38
PiyushK wrote:
I think A is much concise and better.

Lets see:
We have three times as many apples as you (have)

here verb is in ellipse.

A) marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as research (concise)

Lets look at the scope of ambiguity in above construction.

marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as marketing accounts for research (does it make sense) No.

marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as research

marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as research accounts or does
B) marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as does research (safer)

I would say this question is not a very good question, A and B both are grammatically Ok.

I would go for B, because 'accounts' is an action performed in the 1st part of the sentence that is reflected as 'does' in the next part of the sentence.

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22 Aug 2015, 18:53
I think it's B) marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as does research , because the use of AS here is a comparison so you need a clause after AS to compare the budget of the industry with the budget of research...

Does someone knows the right answer?
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18 Feb 2016, 10:11
While market-driven competition encourages pharmaceutical companies to actively seek innovative new drugs,
market analysts note that marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as research.

A) marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as research
B) marketing accounts for twice as much of the industry budget as does research
C) the industry budget is accounted for twice as much by marketing than research
D) the industry budget is accounted for twice as much by marketing than by research
E) marketing new drugs is twice as expensive compared to research.

This is a clear comparison concept testing SC question.

While competition does X, analysts note Y.
Both X and Y should be in same voice. Since non-underlined portion of sentence is in active voice, whole sentence must follow active voice form.

options C and D are in passive form thereby violating rule of parallelism which is evident in form of words " is accounted " and "by".

both Research and marketing account for the same amount of budget. This is expressed best in option B.

A performs the classic error of comparison. It is not clear whether marketing accounts for budget or research.

E says that marketing new drugs is twice as expensive compared to research.............compared to and as expensive without as are both forms of comparison and thus redundancy is issue here.
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13 Mar 2016, 09:23
First, eliminate C and D for saying twice as much by marketing than; E is out for distorting the original meaning. In addition, the format of 'as x as y' is not found in the choice.
Between A and B, A is wrong for comparing what marketing accounts for with research rather than what research does to match the action of marketing. B prevails.
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