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31. 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 _________________

Year, OA is C, and with a BIG question WHY? in my head

B - a ratio that compares to 42 times (of What?) C avoids that confusion. However I am not comfortable with CEO's Is it CEOs ? If yes then then we have 'their' problem in C. If No, then the sentence does not make sense to me. ....., on average, CEO’s now earn ....., on average, CEOs now earn I see some difference here..but cannot expln what it is..can anyone help ..Thanks

We are comparing between ratio nowadays and ratio in 1980. Ok, INDICATES need THAT followed. => Rule out D, E.

A:ratio of 42 times in 1980. , B: 42 times ("of" what) in 1980. ==> Eliminate A, B. C:AS compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio in 1980. C containS AS. C has only problem with THEIR but can be ACCEPTABLE and C is also the best choice among 5 choices.

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

My answer is C. Could some one provide insight why C is wrong. A - average of 419 times - Eliminate B - a ratio that compares to 42 times - Felt akward - since both are ratios. Compared with is better - Eliminate C - as compared to looks correct, the ratio correctly modifies 42 times their pay. D and E - Eliminate. Sentence should start with that. _________________

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31. 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

Very weird question, Sondenso. I believe that the apostrophe (') is wrong in all the choices. All choices should have CEOs not CEO's. But, if we neglect this error then,

D and E are out because they don't use "that".

A is out because it uses "more".

B is wrong because "a ratio" modifies workers.

So, only C is left.

what is source?

Last edited by sanjay_gmat on 22 May 2008, 07:42, edited 1 time in total.

Year, OA is C, and with a BIG question WHY? in my head

B - a ratio that compares to 42 times (of What?) C avoids that confusion. However I am not comfortable with CEO's Is it CEOs ? If yes then then we have 'their' problem in C. If No, then the sentence does not make sense to me. ....., on average, CEO’s now earn ....., on average, CEOs now earn I see some difference here..but cannot expln what it is..can anyone help ..Thanks

31. 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 - compared to? error of comparison B. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times - Seems OK 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 - "their" in 42 times their has no clear referrent 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 - "their" in 42 times their has no clear referrent E. CEO’s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times - no need for continuous present tense

IMO: B

Still in favor of B. Am I wrong if I say

A recent review of pay scales indicates that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 timesthe ratio in 1980. isn't "the ratio" implied?? Is there anything else that can be compared? If there is no ambiguity about it then B should be OK.

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