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As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

(A) As rare as something becomes, be it
(B) As rare as something becomes, whether it is
(C) As something becomes rarer and rarer, like
(D) The rarer something becomes, like
(E) The rarer something becomes, whether it is

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Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:15 am
A, B are gone. incorrect comparison.

in C and D like is used to give examples - hence incorrect

E is the best

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Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:16 am
I'm going with E.

A,B,C are incorrect as "the more avidly" makes no reference to.
You need to have the "the more rare" or in this case, the rarer something is.

SO you're left with D and E.

In D, it's:
The rarer something becomes, like A,B,C ......

This isn't parallel. If you choose D, it should be "Noun", like A,B,C
So Eliminate D

Hence, I'm picking E on this one.

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Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:20 am
Ignore the phrase after the comma....we get " As rare as something becomes the more avidly it is sought by collectors"....doesn't make sense...So A and B are out.Similarly with C.

With D and E we get " The rarer something becomes the more avidly it is sought by collectors"...sounds good....between D and E, I would go for E because D uses like to introduce examples.. Answer = E??

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Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:24 am
atulmangal wrote:
As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

(A) As rare as something becomes, be it
(B) As rare as something becomes, whether it is
(C) As something becomes rarer and rarer, like
(D) The rarer something becomes, like
(E) The rarer something becomes, whether it is

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'D' looks good to me.
e.g. The bigger, the better

A and B are incorrectly using as ... as idiom. as ... as is used for comparison
C is incorrect. rarer and rarer is incorrect usage

E is incorrect, whether is used for prefernce betwen two objects.

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Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:38 am
sharmasumitn1 wrote:
atulmangal wrote:
As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

(A) As rare as something becomes, be it
(B) As rare as something becomes, whether it is
(C) As something becomes rarer and rarer, like
(D) The rarer something becomes, like
(E) The rarer something becomes, whether it is

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'D' looks good to me.
e.g. The bigger, the better

A and B are incorrectly using as ... as idiom. as ... as is used for comparison
C is incorrect. rarer and rarer is incorrect usage

E is incorrect, whether is used for prefernce betwen two objects.
like is used to compare things.
e.g. Can you buy me fruits like mango or banana?

Here "a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp" are not examples, they are used for comparision.

E distorts meaning. It implies that the rarer something becomes like it is a baseball card etc...
This is incorrect. The rarer something becomes like a a baseball card becomes rare.

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Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:58 am
'Like' is used to show similarity...a baseball card, a musical recording and a postage stamp are not similar....I might be wrong....would like an expert to comment...

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Very strange question. I still have some doubt on "whether"

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Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:58 am
atulmangal wrote:
As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

(A) As rare as something becomes, be it
(B) As rare as something becomes, whether it is
(C) As something becomes rarer and rarer, like
(D) The rarer something becomes, like
(E) The rarer something becomes, whether it is

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I received a PM asking me to comment.

In C and D, like should not be used to introduce examples. Eliminate C and D.

In A and B, the comparison as rare...the more is not parallel. The correct idiom is the X-er, the Y-er:

The longer I visit, the more I want to stay.
The bigger they come, the harder they fall.
The more I eat ice cream, the less I enjoy it.

Thus, the construction needed in the SC above is the rarer...the more. Eliminate A and B.

The correct answer is E.

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Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:00 pm
GMATGuruNY wrote:
atulmangal wrote:
As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

(A) As rare as something becomes, be it
(B) As rare as something becomes, whether it is
(C) As something becomes rarer and rarer, like
(D) The rarer something becomes, like
(E) The rarer something becomes, whether it is

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I received a PM asking me to comment.

In C and D, like should not be used to introduce examples. Eliminate C and D.

In A and B, the comparison as rare...the more is not parallel. The correct idiom is the X-er, the Y-er:

The longer I visit, the more I want to stay.
The bigger they come, the harder they fall.
The more I eat ice cream, the less I enjoy it.

Thus, the construction needed in the SC above is the rarer...the more. Eliminate A and B.

The correct answer is E.
Thanks Mitch for the explanation.
Can you please throw some light on usage of 'whether' ?

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Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:01 am
sharmasumitn1 wrote:
GMATGuruNY wrote:
atulmangal wrote:
As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

(A) As rare as something becomes, be it
(B) As rare as something becomes, whether it is
(C) As something becomes rarer and rarer, like
(D) The rarer something becomes, like
(E) The rarer something becomes, whether it is

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I received a PM asking me to comment.

In C and D, like should not be used to introduce examples. Eliminate C and D.

In A and B, the comparison as rare...the more is not parallel. The correct idiom is the X-er, the Y-er:

The longer I visit, the more I want to stay.
The bigger they come, the harder they fall.
The more I eat ice cream, the less I enjoy it.

Thus, the construction needed in the SC above is the rarer...the more. Eliminate A and B.

The correct answer is E.
Thanks Mitch for the explanation.
Can you please throw some light on usage of 'whether' ?
In the SC above, whether it is a baseball card...or a postage stamp is an adverbial clause modifying the rest of the sentence. The clause is set off by commas because it could be removed without altering the basic meaning of the sentence:

The rarer something becomes, the more avidly it is sought.

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Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:47 am
GMATGuruNY wrote:
atulmangal wrote:
As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

(A) As rare as something becomes, be it
(B) As rare as something becomes, whether it is
(C) As something becomes rarer and rarer, like
(D) The rarer something becomes, like
(E) The rarer something becomes, whether it is

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I received a PM asking me to comment.

In C and D, like should not be used to introduce examples. Eliminate C and D.

In A and B, the comparison as rare...the more is not parallel. The correct idiom is the X-er, the Y-er:

The longer I visit, the more I want to stay.
The bigger they come, the harder they fall.
The more I eat ice cream, the less I enjoy it.

Thus, the construction needed in the SC above is the rarer...the more. Eliminate A and B.

The correct answer is E.
Awesome explanation by Mitch , i m too with E .

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Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:11 am
GMATGuruNY wrote:
sharmasumitn1 wrote:
GMATGuruNY wrote:
atulmangal wrote:
As rare as something becomes, be it a baseball card or a musical recording or a postage stamp, the more avidly it is sought by collectors.

(A) As rare as something becomes, be it
(B) As rare as something becomes, whether it is
(C) As something becomes rarer and rarer, like
(D) The rarer something becomes, like
(E) The rarer something becomes, whether it is

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I received a PM asking me to comment.

In C and D, like should not be used to introduce examples. Eliminate C and D.

In A and B, the comparison as rare...the more is not parallel. The correct idiom is the X-er, the Y-er:

The longer I visit, the more I want to stay.
The bigger they come, the harder they fall.
The more I eat ice cream, the less I enjoy it.

Thus, the construction needed in the SC above is the rarer...the more. Eliminate A and B.

The correct answer is E.
Thanks Mitch for the explanation.
Can you please throw some light on usage of 'whether' ?
In the SC above, whether it is a baseball card...or a postage stamp is an adverbial clause modifying the rest of the sentence. The clause is set off by commas because it could be removed without altering the basic meaning of the sentence:

The rarer something becomes, the more avidly it is sought.
Thanks Mitch

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Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:22 pm
GMATGuruNY wrote:
In the SC above, whether it is a baseball card...or a postage stamp is an adverbial clause modifying the rest of the sentence. The clause is set off by commas because it could be removed without altering the basic meaning of the sentence:

The rarer something becomes, the more avidly it is sought.
Mitch, how did you find that it is working as an ADVERBIAL clause(clause modifying a verb). Isnt it working as ADJECTIVAL clause(clause modifying a noun) and modifying ."something" ..

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