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The problem with the original choice that it does not compare apples to/with apples!!Children's parents must be compared with children's parents..Choice "E" is the correct choice over here!! Note :- both the idioms, Compared with & compared to, are correct on GMAT!!
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Can someone please explain why "as compared to" does not work? ie why is it "as compared with"?
"Compared to" and "compared with" are both fine idioms. Honestly, when you add in the "as" they both become suspect, but neither "as compared with" or "as compared to" are grammatically or idiomatically wrong. As bad as they might sound, we can't cross off any answers for this reason.
The real issue here is one that you can discover by always remembering to ask: "What is this problem really about?" and then "What does the GMAT like to test within that subject?" You need to get in the habit of asking yourself these questions when you see certain trigger words. The word "compared" in this problem is a giveaway that this problem is really about comparisons, which are really just a special form of parallelism. With comparisons, you need to compare apples to apples. The GMAT loves to create wrong answer choices that compares two things that can't logically be compared. Here, you need to compare either:
-children with children
-parents with parents
but you can't compare
-children with parents.
This gets us quickly down to D and E. If you can get that far, you've done great work! Between D and E, don't worry about it. We're constantly working to improve our curriculum, and this is one we have under review.
i am confused, i just read somewhere a big discussion and an article on compared to/ compared with. And now what i read is GMAT doesn't care about the idiom. Appreciate if someone can help clarify this.
@agdimple333, you can read the distinction in Aristotle Prep. In case you are unable to do so, please holler.
subhashgosh - i know the distinction. what i mean is at one place it is posted that GMAT considers compared to / compared with equally and in the below link it is posted that GMAT does care about the terms' differenence and proper usage - 1000-sc-compare-to-vs-compare-with-77654.html
Ok, so here is the thing - you'll have to take a call based on the meaning of the sentence and the context, which is of course the deciding factor in SC questions. The point is that compare to and compare with are not too significant to make a difference between right and wrong answer choices.
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