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World War II, which resulted in the death of over 70 million individua

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World War II, which resulted in the death of over 70 million individuals, proved to be the deadliest conflict in human history, claiming nearly twice as many lives than would be killed in World War I.


A. lives than would be killed in World War I

B. lives as would World War I

C. lives than those who were killed in World War I

D. lives than World War I

E. lives as World War I

Originally posted by gmatprep09 on 27 Oct 2009, 12:48.
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New post 27 Oct 2009, 12:54
correct Idiom in this would be 'as many as'
Secondly, World War 2 is the object in comparison
So it has to be compared to World War 1.

As per the idiom we can eliminate choices A, C and D
Out of B & E....E states correct comparison with World War 1.

IMO E is the correct ans.
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What I am confused about is that 'How is World War II compared to World War I'? Isnt it a comparison between 'lives killed in World war II vs lives killed in World War I?". Nevertheless, E is the OA. Thanks
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World War II, which resulted in the death of over 70 million individuals, proved to be the deadliest conflict in human history, claiming nearly twice as many lives than would be killed in World War I.
A. lives than would be killed in World War I
B. lives as would World War I
C. lives than those who were killed in World War I
D. lives than World War I
E. lives as World War I

since we see "as many" in the not-underlined part, we need "as many as" which is correct and idiomatic, so eliminate A,C,D

left with B, E
Bis wrong because it uses "would" as if world war 1 has not yet happened and will happen in future, so B is wrong.

Answer E
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World War II, claiming nearly twice as many lives as World War I

Isn't comparision between ww2 and ww1 ???
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gmatprep09 wrote:
World War II, which resulted in the death of over 70 million individuals, proved to be the deadliest conflict in human history, claiming nearly twice as many lives than would be killed in World War I.
A. lives than would be killed in World War I
B. lives as would World War I
C. lives than those who were killed in World War I
D. lives than World War I
E. lives as World War I

Pl. explain in detail. thanks


Hello,

first of all, we cannot say " would", because it really happened. So A and B are out.

I would first look for a "twice as many X as Y" construction. E has this one, so this is my answer. It is still awkward to me because we are comparing "lives" with "WWI"
But, it is still the best answer.
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World War II, which resulted in the death of over 70 million individuals, proved to be the deadliest conflict in human history, claiming nearly twice as many lives than would be killed in World War I.
A) lives than would be killed in World War I
B) lives as would World War I
C) lives than those who were killed in World War I
D) lives than World War I
E) lives as World War I


1) Currect usage is "as many as" not "as many than" -> A, C, D are wrong
2) Use of would is wrong after "as", as there is no uncertainty/ imaginary scenario. Word War I has already claimed lives, not would claim lives.

OA : E
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E is correct.

'as many as' is an idiomatic expression
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New post 10 Jan 2019, 04:36
First thing to note here is that when using a comparison with the word 'as', than cannot be used to complete the comparison. We need to use to complete it. This understanding itself eliminates options A, C and D.

Next, WW I happened before WW II. Hence, we cannot use would in this sentence because would conveys a hypothetical situation. Total lives killed in WW I is a fact and not a hypothetical situation. This eliminates option B.

Hence, correct option is E.
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