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Many investors base their choice between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to the dividends available on common stocks.

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(B) among bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields to
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Let us not bother whether it is ‘comparison with’ or ‘comparison to’, which I understand is not being tested by GMAT these days. But the primary clue is that a preposition such as ‘on’ has to be followed by a noun or noun phrase. There is no escape from this rule. So it has to be ‘on comparisons of’. Any other expression may be ignored from consideration. So ADE are out. Between B and C, as the comparison is essentially between two things namely bonds and stocks, we have to use ‘between’ rather than ‘among’. Choice C is correct.
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Can we generalize this rule to all prepositions ?
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Yes without doubt. A preposition will have to be followed by a noun or noun phrase or a pronoun or a pronoun phrase. There is no exception to this rule, as far as I know. That is the reason,when the word "like" is used as a preposition in comparisons, it is always followed by a noun and not a verb or a clause
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daagh wrote:
Let us not bother whether it is ‘comparison with’ or ‘comparison to’, which I understand is not being tested by GMAT these days. But the primary clue is that a preposition such as ‘on’ has to be followed by a noun or noun phrase. There is no escape from this rule. So it has to be ‘on comparisons of’. Any other expression may be ignored from consideration. So ADE are out. Between B and C, as the comparison is essentially between two things namely bonds and stocks, we have to use ‘between’ rather than ‘among’. Choice C is correct.


I have a different idea
on arriving the hotel, I study gmat immediately

in this sentence, a correct one, on following by doing.

the point in this sentence is that if doing is used as pure noun, and a pure noun exist, specifically coparision, we should you noun form , and do not use doing as pure a noun. honestly, we need to do about gerund, participle and doing as pure noun to understand this question properly. these points are not explained enough in grammar book and in gmat og books and many persons fail.
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daagh wrote:
Let us not bother whether it is ‘comparison with’ or ‘comparison to’, which I understand is not being tested by GMAT these days. But the primary clue is that a preposition such as ‘on’ has to be followed by a noun or noun phrase. There is no escape from this rule. So it has to be ‘on comparisons of’. Any other expression may be ignored from consideration. So ADE are out. Between B and C, as the comparison is essentially between two things namely bonds and stocks, we have to use ‘between’ rather than ‘among’. Choice C is correct.


I have a different idea
on arriving the hotel, I study gmat immediately

in this sentence, a correct one, on following by doing.

the point in this sentence is that if doing is used as pure noun, and a pure noun exist, specifically coparision, we should you noun form , and do not use doing as pure a noun. honestly, we need to do about gerund, participle and doing as pure noun to understand this question properly. these points are not explained enough in grammar book and in gmat og books and many persons fail.


I agree. I think that here we have a test between "comparison" and "comparing". Since "comparing" has a noun form we should use C and eliminate A and E
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thangvietnam wrote:
daagh wrote:
Let us not bother whether it is ‘comparison with’ or ‘comparison to’, which I understand is not being tested by GMAT these days. But the primary clue is that a preposition such as ‘on’ has to be followed by a noun or noun phrase. There is no escape from this rule. So it has to be ‘on comparisons of’. Any other expression may be ignored from consideration. So ADE are out. Between B and C, as the comparison is essentially between two things namely bonds and stocks, we have to use ‘between’ rather than ‘among’. Choice C is correct.


I have a different idea
on arriving the hotel, I study gmat immediately

in this sentence, a correct one, on following by doing.

the point in this sentence is that if doing is used as pure noun, and a pure noun exist, specifically coparision, we should you noun form , and do not use doing as pure a noun. honestly, we need to do about gerund, participle and doing as pure noun to understand this question properly. these points are not explained enough in grammar book and in gmat og books and many persons fail.



thangvietnam With the same reasoning that you have furnished, wouldn't "on arrival" be more appropriate than "on arriving"? This in turn would lead to the same explanation that Daagh provided: the preposition "on" followed by a noun.

whichscore wrote:
thank you for this clear answer.
Can we generalize this rule to all prepositions ?


daagh wrote:
Yes without doubt. A preposition will have to be followed by a noun or noun phrase or a pronoun or a pronoun phrase. There is no exception to this rule, as far as I know. That is the reason,when the word "like" is used as a preposition in comparisons, it is always followed by a noun and not a verb or a clause


However I beg to differ with the opinion that any preposition must be followed by a noun (phrase) or a pronoun (phrase).

After reaching the hotel, I called up John...... is there any error in this sentence?

The preposition "after" is followed by a gerund - the same structure as that in A,D and E. daagh Sir, kindly correct me, if I am making any mistake.
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