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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
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17 Oct 2006, 21:36
My vote for C.
The sentence needs to continue with "that" and only C matches with the last "in 1980" (if not it should read, "42 times that in 1980").
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17 Oct 2006, 21:39

The ratio clearly references back to the 419 times.
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17 Oct 2006, 22:00
sangarelli wrote:

The ratio clearly references back to the 419 times.

Got B too. Also the 'their' in C in ambiguos.
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17 Oct 2006, 22:29
would you say 'times more' is redundant? i don't think it is as it could be 'times less' but .....

i think maybe their is a slight comparison problem in A, but i think C is pretty poorly constructed too.
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18 Oct 2006, 06:14
sangarelli wrote:

The ratio clearly references back to the 419 times.

42 times what in 1980?

(C)

"indicates that~"
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18 Oct 2006, 06:23
All seem to be weird but choose C even if I don't know if "as compared to" is correct. The others are worse...
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18 Oct 2006, 09:41
C

i could be wrong about this, but the way this is set up, x times more than _____ sounds weird, i prefer x times ______.

so for me that narrows down to B, C, E. E is definitely wrong.

between B and C, B needs something at the end of it

a ratio that compares to 42 times _____ in 1980. (their pay, something like that needs to be in there)

so C it is. not wild about it though.
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18 Oct 2006, 17:01
C for parallelism.

I believe there should not be any apostrophes in CEOs.
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19 Oct 2006, 06:10
GMATT73 wrote:
sangarelli wrote:

The ratio clearly references back to the 419 times.

42 times what in 1980?

(C)

"indicates that~"

I was somewhat confused in picking B and C, then who is "their" referring to? CEOs or workers?

I am still undecided lol. I'll still go with B because their just seems to bother me
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19 Oct 2006, 07:50
uvs_mba wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
sangarelli wrote:

The ratio clearly references back to the 419 times.

42 times what in 1980?

(C)

"indicates that~"

I was somewhat confused in picking B and C, then who is "their" referring to? CEOs or workers?

I am still undecided lol. I'll still go with B because their just seems to bother me

Unless there is a typo, the sentence should read CEO's (possessive) not CEOs (plural). Had it been the latter case, then we would need to shift the apostrophe.
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19 Oct 2006, 08:39
GMATT73 wrote:
uvs_mba wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
sangarelli wrote:

The ratio clearly references back to the 419 times.

42 times what in 1980?

(C)

"indicates that~"

I was somewhat confused in picking B and C, then who is "their" referring to? CEOs or workers?

I am still undecided lol. I'll still go with B because their just seems to bother me

Unless there is a typo, the sentence should read CEO's (possessive) not CEOs (plural). Had it been the latter case, then we would need to shift the apostrophe.

Finally found the bummer, it was a burried thread, sorry Matt but the "their" was just bothering me so I went looking for the thread.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=13662
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19 Oct 2006, 15:26
on a side note - is "419 times more pay than .." an idiomatically correct form and is it equivalent to "419 times the pay .." ?
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19 Oct 2006, 19:54
OA is C =)
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27 Nov 2006, 04:41
This is one of the most posted topics from GMATPrep. OA is C, but it is a very hard question to get it right.
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27 Nov 2006, 19:17
alobs wrote:
on a side note - is "419 times more pay than .." an idiomatically correct form and is it equivalent to "419 times the pay .." ?

Need not be. In PS, we take 100% more means double the number and not equal to the number.
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