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A recent review of pay scales indicates <[#permalink]
26 Aug 2004, 02:41

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A recent review of pay scales indicates <<that CEOâ€™s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times>> in 1980.

A. that CEOâ€™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, CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
C. that, on average, CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
D. CEOâ€™s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
E. CEOâ€™s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times

Choice C
but I took a long time hesitating with B, and I still don't feel Cwould be a perfect answer but here it's seem the best of the given answers...

B doesn't sound right because of the way it connects to <in 1980> at the end.

Choice B
"...a ratio that compares to 42 times in 1980."

A recent review of pay scales indicates <<that CEOâ€™s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times>> in 1980.

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

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

I'm new to this, but I'm going with A.

In C, when it says THEIR, you cannot be sure whether they are talking about blue collar workers or CEO's.

A. that CEOâ€™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, CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
C. that, on average, CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
D. CEOâ€™s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio

passive 'CEO' is inappropriate here -- so A,B,C,D are out. C and D also have ambiguous pronoun 'their'

E. CEOâ€™s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times
E is correct.

A. that CEOâ€™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, CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times C. that, on average, CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio D. CEOâ€™s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio

passive 'CEO' is inappropriate here -- so A,B,C,D are out. C and D also have ambiguous pronoun 'their'

E. CEOâ€™s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times E is correct.

(E) does not make sense because the sentence leaves you hanging.

"A recent review of pay scales indicates CEOs now earning [X amount], compared to the ratio in 1980..." - this is not correct.

You could say "A recent review of pay scales indicates CEOs now earn [X amount].." - that's OK. But (E) uses "earning" instead of simply "earn" - so (E) is no good.

A. that CEOâ€™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, CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times C. that, on average, CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio D. CEOâ€™s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio

passive 'CEO' is inappropriate here -- so A,B,C,D are out. C and D also have ambiguous pronoun 'their'

E. CEOâ€™s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times E is correct.

(E) does not make sense because the sentence leaves you hanging.

"A recent review of pay scales indicates CEOs now earning [X amount], compared to the ratio in 1980..." - this is not correct.

You could say "A recent review of pay scales indicates CEOs now earn [X amount].." - that's OK. But (E) uses "earning" instead of simply "earn" - so (E) is no good.