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Sentence Correction: Parts of Speech - Articles

Due to the creation of the Spanish National Transplant Organization, which is responsible for the coordination of transplants as well as for public education and outreach, organ donations in Spain today are three times as much as in 1989.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and stylistically flawed. The article much can describe only non-count nouns whereas organ donation is a count noun.

What helps us identify this mistake is the following Stop Sign:

much, (a) little, less, the amount of

In addition, three times is redundant as the same meaning can be expressed in fewer words. Look for a more concise answer choice.

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Incorrect.

This answer choice is stylistically flawed. The pronoun they is ambiguous because it agrees with two plural nouns that appeared before it - donations and transplants.

What helps us identify this question as a Pronoun question as well as identify the ambiguity mistake is the following Stop Sign:

Every pronoun in the underlined part of the sentence or after it

Incorrect.

This answer choice is illogical and stylistically flawed.

It is illogical to say that a country -- Spain -- had organ donations.

In addition, the pronoun it is ambiguous because it agrees with several singular nouns that appeared before it - organization, education, outreach, and Spain.

What helps us identify this question as a Pronoun question as well as identify the ambiguity mistake is the following Stop Sign:

Every pronoun in the underlined part of the sentence or after it

Well done!

This answer choice corrects the redundancy mistake in the original sentence by changing three times to triple. The idiom triple the number is correctly used to compare the number of (countable) organ donations today and in 1989.

Incorrect.

This answer choice changes the meaning of the original sentence. The phrase greater than refers to organ donations but the original sentence mean that the number of organ donations was greater, not the organ donations themselves.

In addition, three times is redundant as the same meaning can be expressed in fewer words. Look for a more concise answer choice.

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three times as much as
triple as many as they were
a tripling of what it had
triple the number
three times greater than