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Legislation in the Canadian province of Ontario
requires of both public and private employers that pay be the same for jobs historically held by women as for jobs requiring comparable skill that are usually held by men.
(A) that pay be the same for jobs historically held by women as for jobs requiring comparable skill that are
(B) that pay for jobs historically held by women should be the same as for a job requiring comparable skills
(C) to pay the same in jobs historically held by women as in jobs of comparable skill that are
(D) to pay the same regardless of whether a job was historically held by women or is one demanding comparable skills
(E) to pay as much for jobs historically held by women as for a job demanding comparable skills
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2004, 11:38
A IS THE ANSWER...THE RULE IS

REQUIRED THAT X Y.OR REQUIRES X TO Y.....
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2004, 12:22
The official answer is A.

A and B uses correct idiomatic construction. But A is better.


My question is releted to other part of the sentence.

In the official explanation, it is given that "usually held by men" will modify "comaparable skill" if B, D or E is selected as answer. Why that would not be case if A is selected?
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2004, 12:45
gmatblast wrote:
In the official explanation, it is given that "usually held by men" will modify "comaparable skill" if B, D or E is selected as answer. Why that would not be case if A is selected?


I'm not sure, if I can clearup your confusion, as I'm not even close to picking the correct answers, let alone explain concepts.


Original construction with answer choice E:

Legislation in the Canadian province of Ontario
requires of both public and private employers to pay as much for jobs historically held by women as for a job demanding comparable skills.


Stripped down version:

Legislation requires Gmatblast to pay $1000 for a job demanding typing skills usually held by men.

What a man holds? Job or Skills?

A man holds job, but he has skills.

E absurdly shifts the meaning of the original sentence.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2004, 13:01
kpadma wrote:
gmatblast wrote:
In the official explanation, it is given that "usually held by men" will modify "comaparable skill" if B, D or E is selected as answer. Why that would not be case if A is selected?


I'm not sure, if I can clearup your confusion, as I'm not even close to picking the correct answers, let alone explain concepts.


Original construction with answer choice E:

Legislation in the Canadian province of Ontario
requires of both public and private employers to pay as much for jobs historically held by women as for a job demanding comparable skills.


Stripped down version:

Legislation requires Gmatblast to pay $1000 for a job demanding typing skills usually held by men.

What a man holds? Job or Skills?

A man holds job, but he has skills.

E absurdly shifts the meaning of the original sentence.


I think you misinterpreted my question.

I understand that in B,C, or E, the participle "usually held by men" modifies "comaparable skill" rather than "jobs". And that is wrong...I understand that.

My question is: How the above is NOT true for A?. Even with A, when you read the full sentence, it is ambiguous as to what is modified by "usually held by men" Jobs or comparable skill? How can we say with certainty that with A, "usually held by men" will modify "jobs" only and not "comparable skill"?
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2004, 13:24
gmatblast wrote:
I think you misinterpreted my question.

My question is: How the above is NOT true for A?. Even with A, when you read the full sentence, it is ambiguous as to what is modified by "usually held by men" Jobs or comparable skill? How can we say with certainty that with A, "usually held by men" will modify "jobs" only and not "comparable skill"?



From A:

jobs[Plural] requiring comparable skill[singular] that[???] are[Plural] usually held by men.

'what "that" refers to in the above sentence?' is the question?

The verb is plural. So, the pronoun "that" should refer to a plural
antecedent, which is "jobs".

Thus, "usually held by men" will modify "jobs".

I Hope I've answered your question this time!

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 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2004, 13:26
hERE IS MY EXPLAINATION........ONLY A AND C USE THE KEYWORD "THAT ARE" WHICH CLEARLY INDICATES THAT IT IS THE JOBS THAT IS BEING MODIFIED...AND NOT COMPARABLE SKILLS...BUT THE USE OF IN IS WRONG IN C AND SO IS DISCARDED...B, E, AND D ARE ABSURDLY BECAUSE THEY LACK THE USE OF "THAT"...I HOPE THIS IS CLEAR


Legislation in the Canadian province of Ontario
requires of both public and private employers that pay be the same for jobs historically held by women as for jobs requiring comparable skill that are usually held by men.
(A) that pay be the same for jobs historically held by women as for jobs requiring comparable skill that are
(B) that pay for jobs historically held by women should be the same as for a job REQUIRING COMPARABLE SKILLS.............

(C) to pay the same in jobs historically held by women as in jobs of comparable skill that are

(D) to pay the same regardless of whether a job was historically held by women or is one demanding comparable skills
(E) to pay as much for jobs historically held by women as for a job demanding comparable skills
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2004, 13:34
kpadma wrote:
gmatblast wrote:
I think you misinterpreted my question.

My question is: How the above is NOT true for A?. Even with A, when you read the full sentence, it is ambiguous as to what is modified by "usually held by men" Jobs or comparable skill? How can we say with certainty that with A, "usually held by men" will modify "jobs" only and not "comparable skill"?



From A:

jobs[Plural] requiring comparable skill[singular] that[???] are[Plural] usually held by men.

'what "that" refers to in the above sentence?' is the question?

The verb is plural. So, the pronoun "that" should refer to a plural
antecedent, which is "jobs".

Thus, "usually held by men" will modify "jobs".

I Hope I've answered your question this time!


Yes it is true."that" in A should refer to jobs and not to skills. Thanks kapadma!!
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