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# A recent review of pay scales indicates

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A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEO's now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1990.

A. that CEO's now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times

B. that, on average, CEO's now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times.

C. that, on average, CEO's now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio

D. CEo's who now earn on average 419 time more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio

E. CEO's now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times
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24 Dec 2008, 16:14
I'd go with (B).

In this context, the review indicates THAT X, so I'd eliminate (D) and (E) immediately.

I'd eliminate (A) because the original sentence is comparing the CEO's pay to blue collar workers themselves, which is not apples to apples.

(B) and (C) are both awfully constructed sentences-- but "their" is ambiguous in (C), so I'd be left with a very unfortunate-looking (B).

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25 Dec 2008, 14:52
Mikus wrote:
I'd go with (B).

In this context, the review indicates THAT X, so I'd eliminate (D) and (E) immediately.

I'd eliminate (A) because the original sentence is comparing the CEO's pay to blue collar workers themselves, which is not apples to apples.

(B) and (C) are both awfully constructed sentences-- but "their" is ambiguous in (C), so I'd be left with a very unfortunate-looking (B).

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same reason D & E out.

A is out because A says now earn an average of 419 times more pay. Does not make any sense to me.

C uses ambiguous their and is way awkward.

B is clear and concise
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26 Dec 2008, 11:28
I picked C.
I don't think B corrected expressed what it is comparing. C, although long, but not necessarily wordy, made the correct comparison.
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28 Dec 2008, 11:32
B looks better than C. Both are not really GMATish sentences...wonder which source this question comes from....
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28 Dec 2008, 15:23
IMO B....C is confusing because of the use of their....however B is clear and concise.
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its B
as i know this:
"X indicates that Y is verb/participle Z" is the correct idiom.
Also "indicate" must be followed by "that"
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30 Dec 2008, 02:31
hbs2012 wrote:
Set 1 Question 7

A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEO's now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1990.

b. that, on average, CEO's now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times.
c. that, on average, CEO's now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
d. CEo's who now earn on average 419 time more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
e. CEO's now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times

B also

"indicate" + that, thus, cross out D and E.

"their" in C is ambiguous, it refers to what?

A is akward.

Plz, post the OA as soon as possible
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30 Dec 2008, 02:44
Whew......... Im confused b/w B and C.Though B seems concise but somehow in B, a ratio that compares to 42 times looks awkward.At the same time, in C "their" is ambigious
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Set 1 Question 7

A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEO's now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1990.

b. that, on average, CEO's now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times.
c. that, on average, CEO's now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
d. CEo's who now earn on average 419 time more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
e. CEO's now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times
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08 Jan 2009, 13:49

sorry for tihe delay in replyin...

although im still confused between b and c myself
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09 Jan 2009, 18:07
C is definitely not correct. One ratio is recent and one is in 1990. The last bit, "the ratio in 1990", applies only to the compared ratio, not the whole thing.

Example:
This fact, compared to this fact, at this date <--- correct, both facts relate to that some date
This recent fact, compared to this fact, at this date <--- incorrect

B is better because the sentence now reads

Fact at one date, compared to fact at an other date.

Hope that helps.
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10 Jan 2009, 17:28
d& e are clearly out.
a is out because x times more pay.
b & c are somewhat tricky. I went with c because I did not like "compares to" in b.
May be b is the most appropriate.
BTW I was also confused with the use of apostrophe s (CEO's as opposed to CEOs).
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Set 1 Question 7

A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEO's now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1990.

b. that, on average, CEO's now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times.
c. that, on average, CEO's now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
d. CEo's who now earn on average 419 time more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
e. CEO's now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times

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B. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
C. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
IN C as compared to to refers to blue-collar workers but not to The Ratio(in the Question the ratio should be compared. so we can easily eliminate C

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28 Sep 2009, 03:09
I think this question has somewhere has already been discussed. I say E.

What's the OA?
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28 Sep 2009, 03:30
OA is B i think not sure
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28 Sep 2009, 07:14
It's a GMAT Prep question. OA: C
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billyjeans wrote:
I picked C.
I don't think B corrected expressed what it is comparing. C, although long, but not necessarily wordy, made the correct comparison.

i agree with Billyjeans,
D&E: out as we need "that" here
A: out as wrong comparison
between (B) and (C) I vote for (C) for 2 reasons:
- We need "X times something" but not "X times" alone.
- "that compares to ..." is awkward
people can say "their" in (C) is ambiguos but i dont think so. I think it paralel to "the pay of blue-collar workers"
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A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEO's now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1990.

a. that CEO's now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times - that and correct comparison "compared to (unlike things)"
b. that, on average, CEO's now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times.
c. that, on average, CEO's now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
d. CEo's who now earn on average 419 time more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio - not starting with "indicates that" - that restricitve pronoun is required to refer back the subject in context.
e. CEO's now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times - same as D
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03 Dec 2010, 14:21
OA is C.
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