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    22. A recent national strudy of the public schools shows that there are now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were four years ago.
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    B) there is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were
    C) there is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as manay as there were
    D) every thirty-two pupils now have one computer, four times as many then there were
    E) every thirty-two pupils now has one computer, four times as many as


    SPOILER: C, why? I get confused with there is / there were

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    I'd go with C
    A - there are one microcomputer - subject-verb agreement
    B - as many than - incorrect
    D - as many than usage
    E - the "four times" appears to be comparing wiht "computer" rather than the pupil count.

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    Shouldn't "there is" match "there was" instead of "there were" in C?
    In another word, "There is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as manay as there WAS four years ago".
    (C) makes it "There is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many as there WERE four years ago"

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    C seems to be the best option.
    But divnamite, you are right. I am too not sure whether usage of 'were' is correct.
    It might depend upon the meaning of the sentence. As I understand, there were 1/4 computers per 32 people four years ago. Possibly, for any value other than 1 we cannot use 'was'.

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    Will go with C

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    My answer is C as well. Simply because A/B/D/E is CLEARLY incorrect. However, I don't think C is correct either.

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    >Shouldn't "there is" match "there was" instead of "there were" in C?
    >In another word, "There is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two >pupils, four times as manay as there WAS four years ago".
    >(C) makes it "There is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, >four times as many as there WERE four years ago"

    Expl: The phrase "four times as many as there" is referring to the pupils and not to the microcomputers and hence "were" is correct. It is modifying the nearest subject.

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    Ah, I see now. I guess I better work on my sentence correction a little bit more.

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