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A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEOs now earn [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2005, 21:48
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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 1980.
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 times 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

Explain why you picked the answer in detail pl.
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Re: SC - CEO [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2005, 21:59
A. that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times
average compared to a ratio
Wrong

B. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
Usage of "on average" is good, 419 times the pay compare to 42 times, missing "the pay", not parallel

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
Usage of "on average" is good, parallel is achieved

D. CEO’s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
The "who" here is wrong

E. CEO’s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times
an average compare to the ratio, not parallel

(C)
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2005, 22:12
I'd pick B
A) to "earn more pay than" is unidiomatic
C&D) usage of "their" is ambiguous
E) The sentence does not even stand since there is no verb!

B is perfectly parallel because of ellipses.
CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times [the pay of blue-collar workers] in 1980
The portion in brackets is ellipsed

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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2005, 01:16
All the choices are incomplete and have mistakes. But B seems to be the best amongst given lot.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2005, 09:13
B

correct use of verb tense agreement....first of all, its on avg. that CEO's earn more pay....this correct use... I think that is the only reason I picked it over A.

I think a statment that says...for example, CEO's on avg earn more pay, is wrong, it should be on avg, CEOs earn more...
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2005, 09:47
I have an answer that says B, but it is not Official.
B is very convincing to me.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2005, 09:47
fresinha12 wrote:
B

correct use of verb tense agreement....first of all, its on avg. that CEO's earn more pay....this correct use... I think that is the only reason I picked it over A.

I think a statment that says...for example, CEO's on avg earn more pay, is wrong, it should be on avg, CEOs earn more...



Tha's what i was indicating.........................
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2005, 12:18
I agree that all choices have flaws in them, but it boils down to (B) or (C) for me. I am looking forward to the explanation for this :?
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2005, 01:32
Paul wrote:
I'd pick B
A) to "earn more pay than" is unidiomatic
C&D) usage of "their" is ambiguous
E) The sentence does not even stand since there is no verb!

B is perfectly parallel because of ellipses.
CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times [the pay of blue-collar workers] in 1980
The portion in brackets is ellipsed


Excuse me,

Could you tell me why 'earn more pay' sound weird?

I'm not very clear.

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 [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2005, 10:26
Hi, I know the OA is B.

But could you tell me why 'earn more pay' sound weird?

ThX :cry:
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