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

(A) between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to
(B) among bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields to
(C) between bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields with
(D) among bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields and
(E) between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields with
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20 Jun 2005, 17:44
we have a 3/2 split because the correct linkage should be between thus we eliminate B and D.

Left with A, C and E
I pick C because comparsion is a noun and i think it's more grammatical to base something on another thing than a action. The verb comparing in A and E makes the sentence awkward IMO so i pick C
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20 Jun 2005, 22:23
I will pick C.

A is out - "on comparing to" is not a correct form.
B is out - use of "among" between two items is not correct
D is out - same as b also
E isout - on comparing-- with

I think on comparision x with y should be the correct use.
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497. Many investors base their choice between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to the dividends available on common stocks.

(C) between bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields with

I'd say (C) for three reasons reasons, three things are tested here.

1) compare with vs compare to (and by extension, comparison with/to)
...Either preposition may be correct, but it depends on usage. Compare with stresses differences, while compare to stresses similarities. Here, we're comparing differences between bond yields and stock dividends, something different enough so as to cause one to choose one investment versus the other.

2) between vs. among.
Here we're comparing two entities, stocks vs. bonds. So between is correct. (If you have any trouble with that, by the way, know that 'tween' comes from the same roots as 'two' and 'twice')

3) comparisons vs. comparing.
Just need a simple noun here to be the object of the preposition "on". Comparing can be a noun, but it sounds awkward here, whereas comparisons is perfect.

(C) gets all these right.
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21 Jun 2005, 09:05
E is correct

Make their choice....on comparison with???sounds awkward

make their choice ...on comparing with....sounds better..
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21 Jun 2005, 13:34
The OA is C.
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05 Aug 2012, 13:58
Many investors base their choice between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to the dividends available on common stocks.

A between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to

B among bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields to

C between bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields with

D among bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields and

E between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields with

Ok . This is a old question from gmatclub. I was able to narrow it down to C and E. and after that i need a explanation for choosing the correct answer.
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05 Aug 2012, 18:38
I am no expert but I used the concept of modifier and meaning to reach to the solution on this.

(C) the phrase and idiomatic use of "on comparison of bonds"
(E)Here comparing is used as modifier which is modifying "bond" and in turn changes the meaning.

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05 Aug 2012, 21:02
Here is my take on it:

Firstly, according to MGMAT, the GMAT ignores the difference between 'compare to' and 'compare with'. (pg.148 Sentence Correction guide)

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

A between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to
seems to imply the choice is based on the act of comparing rather than the comparison itself

B among bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields to
incorrect use of 'among'

C between bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields with OK
seems kosher: between is correctly used and the choice is based on the outcome of the comparison rather than the on act of comparing.

D among bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields and
incorrect use of 'among'

E between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields with
seems to imply the choice is based on the act of comparing rather than the comparison itself
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