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SAT

Unit 11: Lesson 3

Writing: Grammar

Logical comparison | Quick guide

What is logical comparison?

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  • piceratops tree style avatar for user li.mic
    Can't seem to find the report a mistake button, so I'll write it here. For practice question 2, it says the choice "compared with a typical office worker" is wrong because "less...compared with" is unconventional, but "less" is not even in the sentence. I think it means "longer...compared with" is unconventional.
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  • male robot donald style avatar for user Isaiah Walker
    I think number 2 is wrong. "than does" doesn't make any sense.
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  • female robot ada style avatar for user AmazingIndianna
    I think that number two is wrong?? it doesn't seem wright??
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    • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user Hecretary Bird
      The explanation for choice d) in number two is messed up a little bit, but the question should have the right answer marked as correct. B) is the answer to #2 because you're comparing the trucker to the office worker directly, not their hours. A) compares trucker with hours, C) compares trucker with whatever "those" refers to, and D) makes the right comparison, but the construction doesn't meet the conventions we use ("longer" must be paired with a word like "than"), which leaves only B).
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  • male robot hal style avatar for user JohnnyBear
    I'm pretty sure that practice question 2 is wrong.

    Than does a?

    Surely it can't be right

    I think maybe question 4 is better.
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    • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user Hecretary Bird
      The structure may be a bit off-putting, but it is grammatically correct. B) directly compares the office worker with the trucker, which is the correct comparison to make. It also doesn't have any other mistakes in it, like D) does. Sometimes the SAT words things in a different and weird way. Just remember: if you don't have a concrete reason to cross an option out, keep it in.
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