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Sentence Correction: Comparatives - As vs. Like

As many people in cold climates do, Europeans love skiing although it can be expensive, and even amount to a sum of 900 euros for one week.

This answer choice is stylistically flawed. Using both amounted to and a sum is redundant.

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

amount to a sum

Although this answer choice corrects the original Redundancy error by removing the phrase a sum of, it is grammatically incorrect. A comparative section beginning with as should always include a conjugated verb. The comparative section in this answer choice (As many people in cold climates), however, does not include a verb.

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

Like, unlike, than, as

Although this answer choice corrects the original Redundancy error by removing the phrase a sum of, it is grammatically incorrect. A comparative section beginning with as should always include a conjugated verb. The comparative section in this answer choice (as many people in cold climates), however, does not include a verb.

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

Like, unlike, than, as

Although this answer choice corrects the original Redundancy error by removing the phrase a sum of, it uses the wordy phrase it can cost a lot of money which creates redundancy. Look for a more concise answer choice.

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This answer choice corrects the original Redundancy error by removing the phrase a sum of. It also correctly places a verb in the as section of a comparative (As many people in cold climates do).

As many people in cold climates do, Europeans love skiing although it can be expensive, and even amount to a sum of
As many people in cold climates do, Europeans love skiing although it can be expensive, and even amount to
As many people in cold climates, Europeans love skiing although it can be expensive, and even amount to
Europeans love skiing, as many people in cold climates do, although it can cost a lot of money, and even amount to
Europeans love skiing, as many people in cold climates, although it can be expensive, and even amount to