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Despite the increasing number of women graduating from law school and passing bar examinations, the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women have not risen to a comparable extent.

(A) the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women have not risen to a comparable extent
(B) the proportion of women judges and partners at major law firms have not risen comparably
(C) the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women has not risen comparably
(D) yet the proportion of women judges and partners at major law firms has not risen to a comparable extent
(E) yet the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women has not risen comparably

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28 Oct 2006, 20:10
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which one is better?

Despite the increasing number of women graduating from law school and passing bar examinations, the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women have not risnen to a comparable extent.

I'll spare you wrong answers besides these two:

C) the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women has not risen comparably

D) yet the proportion of women judges and partners at major law firms has not risen to a comparable extent.

I will go with D

In C, who is not having an antecedent correctly...It may refer to firms
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28 Oct 2006, 20:22
We do not want you to eliminate answer choices for us (you are not going to do the same in actual test, are you ?) so next time please post all five.

If possible, please post all 5 options and let us pick and explain the correct one.
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can "yet" come after "despite"? I guess not.

Hence I would say C. I think "who" refers to "female judges and partners"
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28 Oct 2006, 23:42
trivikram wrote:
Nsentra wrote:
which one is better?

Despite the increasing number of women graduating from law school and passing bar examinations, the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women have not risnen to a comparable extent.

I'll spare you wrong answers besides these two:

C) the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women has not risen comparably

D) yet the proportion of women judges and partners at major law firms has not risen to a comparable extent.

I will go with D

In C, who is not having an antecedent correctly...It may refer to firms

I am with D too for the same reasons.

Also, "to a comparable extent" is used in the original choice, hence, I'd keep that instead of some "comparably" mumbo-jumbo... is there even such a word?
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29 Oct 2006, 02:57
i think it's probably A, B or E
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despite and yet are redundant contradictions.

This leaves (C).

"who" in (C) doesn't need a specific antecendant because it refers to the proportion of judges AND partners...(plural)
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I concur with GMATT73. In D ..despite ..yet ...to a comparable extent ..sounds wordy and redundant
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29 Oct 2006, 07:54
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C
I concur with GMATT73. In D ..despite ..yet ...to a comparable extent ..sounds wordy and redundant

Guys, sorry for not posting all the answer. I didn't understand just these 2 choices and wanted to get your opinion on it. I will post all answers next time.

OA is C. But I don't understand how this sentence can be correct when "law firms" is directly followed by "who are women" making it ambiougous who the sentence is talking about?
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29 Oct 2006, 07:56
Yipe the first thing that caught my eye - the redundancy of despite and yet

Going with C

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29 Oct 2006, 10:05
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no idea honestly... however, I guess Despite and Yet do the damage in D... somehow didn't see "yet"

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22 May 2010, 06:54
I doubt OA is B?

Reasons:
1. In A, C and E: major law firms who - this part is weired. Incorrect.
2. In B:
The proportion - singular. So, HAS is required. Therefore, D should be the OA.

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Despite the increasing number of women graduating from law school and passing bar examinations, the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women have not risen to a comparable extent.

(A) the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women have not risen to a comparable extent
(B) the proportion of women judges and partners at major law firms have not risen comparably
(C) the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women has not risen comparably
(D) yet the proportion of women judges and partners at major law firms has not risen to a comparable extent
(E) yet the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women has not risen comparably

And also explain wy the remianing options are incorrect.

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23 May 2010, 08:14
i will go with option D . OA please
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24 May 2010, 07:27
I did not pick (D) because 'Despite' already conveys a constrast....we dont need 'yet' again....'yet' is redundant.

My pick is (B).

what is the OA?
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25 May 2010, 11:09
papillon86 wrote:
Despite the increasing number of women graduating from law school and passing bar examinations, the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women have not risen to a comparable extent.

(A) the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women have not risen to a comparable extent
(B) the proportion of women judges and partners at major law firms have not risen comparably
(C) the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women has not risen comparably
(D) yet the proportion of women judges and partners at major law firms has not risen to a comparable extent
(E) yet the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women has not risen comparably

And also explain wy the remianing options are incorrect.

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This question seem weirdo. A , C, E are out. Between B and D both have own problem, D suffers redundancy despite .. yet. B suffers subject-verb agreement. I go with 'B' subject-verb has higher order than reudndancy. wats OA and esp its Oexplanation??? wats the source of this question?
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25 May 2010, 11:31
I will go for D .. though i am not sure about use of "yet" but subject here is "the proportion" so have will no do.. has should be used.

And one more thing i doubt about B is " risen comparably "
" to a comparable extent" seems better.

Please post OA.. this is tricky.
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Agreement; Rhetorical construction

When a number of plural nouns appear in phrases between a singular subject and the verb, it can be easy to overlook the true subject of the verb. Here, judges, partners, firms, and women all occur between the singular subject, proportion, and the verb, which should also be singular, has risen. Concise expression is particularly important in a long construction; to a comparable extent may be more concisely expressed as comparably.

A Plural verb, have risen, does not agree with the singular subject, proportion.

B Have risen does not agree with proportion; here, women applies only to judges, not to partners at major law firms.

C Correct. In this sentence, has risen agrees with proportion, and comparably is more
concise than to a comparable extent. The modifying clause who are women follows
(1) judges and (2) partners at major law firms as closely as is possible given the content of the sentence; this positioning has the virtue of being clear in its meaning.

D The contrast has already been introduced by despite, so the addition of yet is illogical and ungrammatical; to a comparable extent is wordy.

E Despite introduces the contrast; adding yet is illogical and results in an ungrammatical construction.

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This is from OG12. OE is:

Agreement; Rhetorical construction

When a number of plural nouns appear in phrases between a singular subject and the verb, it can be easy to overlook the true subject of the verb. Here, judges, partners, firms, and women all occur between the singular subject, proportion, and the verb, which should also be singular, has risen. Concise expression is particularly important in a long construction; to a comparable extent may be more concisely expressed as comparably.

A Plural verb, have risen, does not agree with the singular subject, proportion.

B Have risen does not agree with proportion; here, women applies only to judges, not to partners at major law firms.

C Correct. In this sentence, has risen agrees with proportion, and comparably is more
concise than to a comparable extent. The modifying clause who are women follows
(1) judges and (2) partners at major law firms as closely as is possible given the content of the sentence; this positioning has the virtue of being clear in its meaning.

D The contrast has already been introduced by despite, so the addition of yet is illogical and ungrammatical; to a comparable extent is wordy.

E Despite introduces the contrast; adding yet is illogical and results in an ungrammatical construction.

I don't understand how "women" in "the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women" refers to both judges AND partners.

and how "women" in "the proportion of women judges and partners at major law firms" refers ONLY to judges.

After all, in both the sentences, 'AND' connects judges and partners.
I would really appreciate if somebody could clarify.
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22 Jan 2011, 01:27
IMO B

(A) the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women have not risen to a comparable extent - Grammatically correct but can be made more concise

(B) the proportion of women judges and partners at major law firms have not risen comparably
- Grammatically Correct and most Succinct

(C) the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women has not risen comparably
- Grammatically Correct but " women judges and partners at major law firms" in B is better than "judges and partners at major law firms who are women" in C

(D) yet the proportion of women judges and partners at major law firms has not risen to a comparable extent - Use of "yet" with the presence of "Despite" in previous clause is wrong

(E) yet the proportion of judges and partners at major law firms who are women has not risen comparably - Use of "yet" with the presence of "Despite" in previous clause is wrong

whats the OA??
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