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Studies of test scores show that watching television has a markedly positive effect on children whose parents speak English as a second language, as compared to those who are native English speakers.

to those who are
with children who are
with
to those whose parents are
with children whose parents are

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Manhattan says E, but I think it could be D. The pronoun "those" is not ambiguous since parents is referred to in the answer choice?
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Re: Manhattan GMAT SC question [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2010, 09:07
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Compare usually takes the preposition “to” when it refers to the activity of describing the resemblances between unlike things: He compared her to a summer day. Scientists sometimes compare the human brain to a computer.

It takes “with” when it refers to the act of examining two like things in order to discern their similarities or differences: The police compared the forged signature with the original. The committee will have to compare the Senate’s version of the bill with the version that was passed by the House.


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Re: Manhattan GMAT SC question [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2010, 08:19
If those viewing could please post a comment as to why
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Re: Manhattan GMAT SC question [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2010, 09:54
Unquestionably E.

compared with - is used here to compare children with children.

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Re: Manhattan GMAT SC question [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2010, 19:04
The correct idiom here is 'compared with' and not 'compared to'.
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Re: Manhattan GMAT SC question [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2010, 10:23
Both "Compare to" and "compare with" are correct idioms.

1. “compare to” is to suggest resemblances between things that have essentially different natures:
In appearance, ripples in ocean water can be compared to frosting spread on a cake.

2. “compare with” is to suggest resemblances between things that have essentially similar natures:
Despite their different capacities, RAM can be compared with ROM in that both involve memory storage.

In the context of given Sentence, "compare with" is correct. Hence E.
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Re: Studies of test scores show that watching television has a [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2012, 05:49
according to manhattan, both D & E are acceptable now.

"those" is fine to use for "children" in D, so the only real difference between D and E is the preposition at the beginning. Since that is a distinction that appears to be irrelevant these days, we have referred the problem to our problem writing committee. As far as i'm concerned, both D and E are acceptable on this one and the question is thus invalid..
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Re: Studies of test scores show that watching television has a [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2012, 06:21
E seems to be the correct option in this case.
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