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In contrast to ongoing trade imbalances with China and

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In contrast to ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States trade deficit with Mexico declined by $500 million as a result of record exports to that country. a. In contrast to ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States trade deficit with Mexico declined by$500 million as a result of record exports to that country.
b. In contrast to ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States sold record exports to Mexico, reducing its trade deficit by $500 million. c. When compared with ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States sold record exports to Mexico, reducing their trade deficit by$500 million.
d. Compared with ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States sold record exports to Mexico, reducing the trade deficit by $500 million. e. Compared to ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States sold record exports to Mexico caused a$500 million decline in the trade deficit of that country.
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Re: In contrast to ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan [#permalink]  04 Mar 2013, 23:16
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A question of comparison! What is being compared is the trade imbalance of the US with those of China and Japan. It is improper to compare a trade imbalance or deficit with the some country. Except A, all other choices indulge in this mis-comparison. Hence A is the correct choice.
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Re: In contrast to ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan [#permalink]  04 Mar 2013, 23:59
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A question of comparison! What is being compared is the trade imbalance of the US with those of China and Japan. It is improper to compare a trade imbalance or deficit with the some country. Except A, all other choices indulge in this mis-comparison. Hence A is the correct choice.

+1 & Agree with u..only one question-
which is the right usage- compared with or compared to..??
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Re: In contrast to ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan [#permalink]  05 Mar 2013, 00:07
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Both can be correct, there is a subtle difference in usage.

Both prepositions, to and with, can be used following compare. Neither is more correct than the other, but a slight distinction can be made in meaning.

To has traditionally been preferred when the similarity between two things is the point of the comparison and compare means ‘liken’: I hesitate to compare my own works to those of someone like Dickens.

With, on the other hand, suggests that the differences between two things are as important as, if not more important than, the similarities: We compared the facilities available to most city-dwellers with those available to people living in the country; to compare like with like.

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Re: In contrast to ongoing trade imbalances with China and [#permalink]  09 Feb 2014, 17:01
First look on what I wanted to test: Idiom (in contrast to x, y), comparison, misplaced modifier

a. In contrast to ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States trade deficit with Mexico declined by $500 million as a result of record exports to that country. Correct - the comparison doesn't match exactly the idiom, so I checked for a better answer. b. In contrast to ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States sold record exports to Mexico, reducing its trade deficit by$500 million. Wrong - illogical comparison: trade imbalances and United States

c. When compared with ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States sold record exports to Mexico, reducing their trade deficit by $500 million. Wrong - "When compared" is not idiomatic. "Reducing their trade deficit" is so appealing that it's a trap sentence. d. Compared with ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States sold record exports to Mexico, reducing the trade deficit by$500 million. Wrong - "Compared with" is not idiomatic.

e. Compared to ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States sold record exports to Mexico caused a \$500 million decline in the trade deficit of that country. Wrong - illogical comparison, same as above.

IMO A
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Re: In contrast to ongoing trade imbalances with China and [#permalink]  26 Mar 2015, 16:17
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Re: In contrast to ongoing trade imbalances with China and [#permalink]  15 Apr 2015, 09:05
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Hi Pariearth,

Both can be correct, there is a subtle difference in usage.

Both prepositions, to and with, can be used following compare. Neither is more correct than the other, but a slight distinction can be made in meaning.

To has traditionally been preferred when the similarity between two things is the point of the comparison and compare means ‘liken’: I hesitate to compare my own works to those of someone like Dickens.

With, on the other hand, suggests that the differences between two things are as important as, if not more important than, the similarities: We compared the facilities available to most city-dwellers with those available to people living in the country; to compare like with like.

US trade deficit with Maxico was declined/ declined...?? which one is correct verb
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