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The earnings of women are well below that of men in spite of

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The earnings of women are well below that of men in spite of [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2005, 01:58
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The earnings of women are well below that of men in spite of educational differences that are diminishing between the sexes.
(A) well below that of men in spite of educational differences that are diminishing
(B) much below that of men’s despite educational differences diminishing
(C) much below men in spite of diminishing educational differences
(D) well below those of men in spite of diminishing educational differences
(E) below men’s despite their educational differences that are diminishing
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Re: SC frm 885SC [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2005, 07:22
I chose D coz those should be used instead of that because it refers to the earnings. So the option D is clear and concise

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The earnings of women are well below that of men in spite of educational differences that are diminishing between the sexes.
(A) well below that of men in spite of educational differences that are diminishing
(B) much below that of men’s despite educational differences diminishing
(C) much below men in spite of diminishing educational differences
(D) well below those of men in spite of diminishing educational differences
(E) below men’s despite their educational differences that are diminishing
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[#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2005, 10:32
Both B and D look correct but D sounds more apt.
Can some one say why B shud not be the answer? Is it because of the usage "below that of" ??

One more question. Can earnings be used as singular, by any chance?


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Re: SC frm 885SC [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2005, 10:47
B can't be used because it contains that instead of those. Earnings is plural (different combined amounts of income, i.e. salary, rental income, dividends) so you have to use "those of" instead of "that of"

The sentence would be correct if it said: The salary of women IS well below that of...

Plus, much below isn't correct because earnings can be counted. You use much when you can count the thing, i.e. much talent
Re: SC frm 885SC   [#permalink] 28 Aug 2005, 10:47
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