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Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely perform the same type of work for multiple businesses.

A taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely

B taxes and are paid less consistently than statutory employees; unlike statutory employees, though, independent contractors are free to

C taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees, but they, unlike statutory employees, are freely allowed to

D taxes and are paid less consistently than are statutory employees; in addition, unlike statutory employees, independent contractors can freely

E taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees; moreover, unlike statutory employees, they are allowed to

I marked D as an answer and didnot understand the explanation given " The helping verb to be (appearing here as are) cannot be used to stand for an action verb, so the construction are statutory employees is not parallel to pay higher taxes" . Can someone explain the concept behind not using "are" before "statutory employees in option D ? Also can someone the usage of "though" if already "unlike" is there to show the contrast
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Re: Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2012, 08:07
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Let us see if I can help...

Here is the full sentence for D:

Independent contractors pay higher taxes and are paid less consistently than are statutory employees; in addition, unlike statutory employees, independent contractors can freely perform the same type of work for multiple businesses.

I've highlighted in red the 2 pieces that are not paralel.

The 'are' with statutory employees should be the same form as the first 3 words, and it is not so we should not have it. It's a tricky question because you have the 'are' repeated, but the first 'are' is not linked to the second one so they do not need to be the same construction.

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Re: Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2012, 02:34
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Let us see if I can help...

Here is the full sentence for D:

Independent contractors pay higher taxes and are paid less consistently than are statutory employees; in addition, unlike statutory employees, independent contractors can freely perform the same type of work for multiple businesses.

I've highlighted in red the 2 pieces that are not paralel.

The 'are' with statutory employees should be the same form as the first 3 words, and it is not so we should not have it. It's a tricky question because you have the 'are' repeated, but the first 'are' is not linked to the second one so they do not need to be the same construction.

Does that help?!



Ok ...

Independent contractors pay higher taxes and are paid less consistently than statutory employees;

u mean both attributes (in green color )of Independent contractors are getting compared to the attributes( which are understood in this case) of Statutory employees.

did i get right ?
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Re: Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2012, 10:10
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I do appreciate the wrong sentence structure in D. It should be rather ‘than do statutory employees instead of ‘than are statutory employees’. But in the reported OA B, how good is it to combine a subordinate clause and a main clause with a semicolon?. The second clause is a sub - clause because of the intrusion of the conjunction ‘though” Any reason?
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Re: Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2013, 20:52
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Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely perform the same type of work for multiple businesses.

A taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely

B taxes and are paid less consistently than statutory employees; unlike statutory employees, though, independent contractors are free to

C taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees, but they, unlike statutory employees, are freely allowed to

D taxes and are paid less consistently than are statutory employees; in addition, unlike statutory employees, independent contractors can freely

E taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees; moreover, unlike statutory employees, they are allowed to

I marked D as an answer and didnot understand the explanation given " The helping verb to be (appearing here as are) cannot be used to stand for an action verb, so the construction are statutory employees is not parallel to pay higher taxes" . Can someone explain the concept behind not using "are" before "statutory employees in option D ? Also can someone the usage of "though" if already "unlike" is there to show the contrast

I think D is wrong because "in addition" and "unlike" are both connecting words and they presents 2 different functions. They shouldn't put so close like in D
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Re: Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2013, 21:21
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Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely perform the same type of work for multiple businesses.

A taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely

B taxes and are paid less consistently than statutory employees; unlike statutory employees, though, independent contractors are free to

C taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees, but they, unlike statutory employees, are freely allowed to

D taxes and are paid less consistently than are statutory employees; in addition, unlike statutory employees, independent contractors can freely

E taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees; moreover, unlike statutory employees, they are allowed to

I marked D as an answer and didnot understand the explanation given " The helping verb to be (appearing here as are) cannot be used to stand for an action verb, so the construction are statutory employees is not parallel to pay higher taxes" . Can someone explain the concept behind not using "are" before "statutory employees in option D ? Also can someone the usage of "though" if already "unlike" is there to show the contrast

I think D is wrong because "in addition" and "unlike" are both connecting words and they presents 2 different functions. They shouldn't put so close like in D


'In addition' changes the meaning a bit because in addition is used when you want to build on a idea/situation. Whereas we need a contrast between the two.
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Re: Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less [#permalink] New post 19 May 2014, 22:42
In option B, is ellipsis in play?
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Re: Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less [#permalink] New post 20 May 2014, 00:40
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Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely perform the same type of work for multiple businesses.

A taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely

B taxes and are paid less consistently than statutory employees; unlike statutory employees, though, independent contractors are free to

C taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees, but they, unlike statutory employees, are freely allowed to

D taxes and are paid less consistently than are statutory employees; in addition, unlike statutory employees, independent contractors can freely

E taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees; moreover, unlike statutory employees, they are allowed to



Here two things are happening: one, we are talking about contractors and how they are at an disadvantage vis-avis regular employees and two, how the contractors reduce the disadvantage by the doing the same work for different businesses.

A: The list is wrong. It is trying to show a list of 3 things whereas the reality is that the list is of two things - the disadvantages faced by the contractors.
B. Correct. The list is correct and contrast is shown by showing the advantage of the contractors vis-a-vis regular employees.
C. Parallelism error across the AND - its is shown as verb versus modifier but it should be verb versus verb.
D. Incorrect comparison. Comparing noun (Independent contractor) versus verb + noun (are employees).
E. Parallelism error across the AND - its is shown as verb versus modifier but it should be verb versus verb.
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Re: Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less [#permalink] New post 23 May 2014, 11:25
I believe that working freely is a good thing, the first part of the sentence denotes a negative thing about the contractors and second one tells a +ve thing. These 2 segments can fit good with a "though"...
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