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GMAT Question Aug.31-Sept.6, 2015

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:37 am
Hi,
Here is a sample GMAT question for this week. Give it a try.

Identify the error.
The company said revenue rose 13 percent, or \$453 million, compared with the period a year earlier, but was lower than the \$675 million analysts predicted.

(A) or \$453 million, compared with the period a year earlier, but was lower than the \$675 million analysts predicted.
(B) an amount equal to \$453 million, in comparison to that period last year, but was lower than the \$675 million analysts predicted.
(C) or \$453 million, compared with the period a year earlier, but was lower than the \$675 million analysts had predicted.
(D) \$453 million, from the period a year earlier, but was lower than the \$675 million analysts had predicted.
(E) or \$453 million, compared with the period a year earlier, but lower than the \$675 million analysts predicted.

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Re: GMAT Question Aug.31-Sept.6, 2015

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:06 am
Hey, Is it possible that A is the right answer and is it possible that A is exactly the same as what is already in the question?

Re: GMAT Question Aug.31-Sept.6, 2015

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:46 am
Hi,
Answer A is always exactly the same as what is already in the text. So you can actually save time on reading it and move to the next options.

Re: GMAT Question Aug.31-Sept.6, 2015

Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:57 am
Hi everyone,

Here is the explanation to this GMAT question:

In this problem, you need to make sure that the comparisons are logical and correct. Also, the past perfect is preferred (but not obligatory) to make it clear that the prediction took place before the company “said” in (A),(B), (C), and (E) the comparison is imprecise and illogical. The goal is to show that the revenue rose 13 % from the figure before. You cannot say “it rose 13% in comparison to/with a period” it rose 13% in comparison to the increase or figure in the period before. Only (D) avoids this problem, as it is not making a comparison: it says that it rose 13% from the period a year earlier and uses the past perfect.