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Sentence Correction: Comparatives - Superlatives

Fur coats are probably the cruelest fashion items available and can amount to a sum of more than \$8,000 each.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Redundancy by not using both amount to and sum, it is grammatically incorrect. The Superlative form, indicated here by the use of the words the cruelest, requires that the group under comparison be defined. However, this answer choice does not provide information about the group of which these fashion items is the cruelest.

In order for this Superlative to be complete, this group must be defined.

This answer choice is stylistically flawed. Using both amount to and a sum is redundant and is one of the Specific Redundancies that should always be corrected.

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 by not using both amount to and sum, it is grammatically incorrect. The correct Superlative form is the cruelest, not a cruelest.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Redundancy by not using both amount to and sum, it is grammatically incorrect. The correct Superlative form is the cruelest, not just cruelest.

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This answer choice corrects the stylistic flaw in the original sentence. Using both amount to and a sum is redundant

are probably the cruelest fashion items available and can amount to a sum of more than \$8,000 each
are probably the cruelest fashion items and can amount to more than \$8,000 each
are probably a cruelest fashion items available and can amount to more than \$8,000 each
can amount to more than \$8,000 each and are probably cruelest fashion items available
are probably the cruelest fashion items available and can amount to more than \$8,000 each