Reader’s Question…and My Response

Originally Posted by XXXX

The guiding principles of the tax plan released by the Treasury Department could have even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan.

(A) even a greater significance for the economy than
(B) a significance that is even greater for the economy than
(C) even greater significance for the economy than have
(D) even greater significance for the economy than do
(E) a significance even greater for the economy than have

Is the answer D?  I spent about 5 minutes reading all the choices an I’m still undecided..how are you thinking about this one?

Yes, (D) is correct, but there is a faster way to get there.
This is a classic case of apples vs oranges. You are comparing:
1) guiding principles of the tax plan
2) particulars of the plan

But wait…you’re not actually comparing the two different parts of the plan..you’re comparing their significance on the company..so we are really comparing:
1) guiding principles’ significance on the economy
2) particulars’ significance on the economy

Because of this you MUST have something additional added on. There’s two ways to do this:
1) “even a greater significance for the economy than the particulars of the plan do”
or
2) “even a greater significance for the economy than do the particulars of the plan”

(D) is option #2…You can even scan the answer choices for the word “do” to see try reading through that option choice and see if it makes sense to save you time.

 

 

My text responses can only show you so much. Keep in mind the GMATPill Method as you study.

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