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The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 07:52
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The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and resources dedicated to the endeavor.

The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and

As with other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases with both the time and

Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases both with the time and

As other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases both with the time and the

The growth rate of a startup business, like other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and the
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Re: The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2013, 13:07
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The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and resources dedicated to the endeavor.
(A) The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and
(B) As with other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases with both the time and
(C) Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases both with the time and
(D) As other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases both with the time and the
(E) The growth rate of a startup business, like other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and the

I am responding to a pm from fameatop:

Split #1: we use "like" for comparing nouns (X, like Y, is Q). We use "as" for comparing verbs/predicates (X does P, as does Y). Choices (A) & (D) use "as" with a noun --- these are incorrect. The structure "as with [noun]" is highly suspicious --- I don't believe I've ever seen this correct on the GMAT, so (B) is out as well. Only (C) & (E) survive this first split.

Split #2: the order of "both" and "with". The sentence wants to say "with" two things --- P = "the time dedicated to the endeavor" and Q = "the resources dedicated to the endeavor". Obvious, we are not going to repeat that long common phrase "dedicated to the endeavor" --- we only use that once. The question is --- where should be put the word "both"? If we use the word "both" after "with" --- "with both P and Q" --- this correctly emphasizes: with both of the items. By contrast, if we put "both" before the word "with", that implies that the two elements of the "both" are two prepositional phrases, the first beginning with "with" and the second, presumably, beginning with another preposition --- "both with P and under K" ---- technically, if both terms have the same preposition, we would need to repeat that, to emphasize the same preposition is coming twice --- "both with P and with Q" --- of course, that's terribly wordy. The word "both" is the "joining word", the word that introduces some sort of parallelism --- a common word applying to both terms of the parallelism can appear once before the joining word, or in each term after the joining word, either once outside the parallel structure or before each term inside the parallel structure, either "with both P and Q" or "both with P and with Q". See this blog for more info:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/common-par ... orrection/
The structure "both with P and Q" is incorrect, a violation of parallelism, and choices (C) & (D) make this mistake, so both of these are incorrect.

The only answer choice that survives both splits is (E), the OA.

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The main thing that separated C and E was the parallelism of "with the time and the resources. "
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growth rate Vs Performance indicators - both are nouns,hence need "Like" for comparison - this eliminates A,B and D
C and E both use "like"
C - both with the time and resources - not parallel
E - both with the time and the resources - parallel and correct
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If C had had "the" before "time, it would have been the right answer. I dont seem to find any problem with the modfiers. Can someone please correct me if I'm wrong.



C. Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases both with the time and

You are absolutely right in that there is no problem with the modifier. Option C lacks parallelism because of missing "the" at the end of option.
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Re: Modifiers and comparison [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 14:58
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Why is it E? I answered C....
we are modifying the business not the performance indicators and we are comparing the these things using like.

C modifies the indicators.
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Re: Modifiers and comparison [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 08:05
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Re: Modifiers and comparison [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2012, 10:01
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Why is it E? I answered C....
we are modifying the business not the performance indicators and we are comparing the these things using like.

C modifies the indicators.


Another possible issue with C might be parallelism.

(C) increases both with the time and resources

(E) increases both with the time and the resources

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Re: Modifiers and comparison [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2012, 14:00
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Why is it E? I answered C....
we are modifying the business not the performance indicators and we are comparing the these things using like.

C modifies the indicators.


I think in both options we are modifying "The growth rate of a startup business", and comparing it to "other performance indicators".

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the only reason why C is not correct is parallelism like Swoosh617 said. If they added "the" at the end, the answer would have been fine IMO.
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Re: Modifiers and comparison [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2012, 08:22
The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and resources dedicated to the endeavor.

The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and

As with other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases with both the time and

Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases both with the time and
--> non parallel

As other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases both with the time and the

The growth rate of a startup business, like other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and the
--> parallel and correct
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Re: The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 06:50
How is E correct? The use of like is incorrect:
The growth rate of a startup business, like other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and the

You are comparing a rate with an indicator which are not nouns
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Re: Modifiers and comparison [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2012, 22:31
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The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and resources dedicated to the endeavor.

The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and

As with other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases with both the time and

Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases both with the time and
--> non parallel

As other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases both with the time and the

The growth rate of a startup business, like other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and the
--> parallel and correct


In my opinion, The basic difference in using AS and Like is that:
Like, Which is a Preposition, Modifies Nous (Including Gerunds -Ing form), Pronouns, and Noun phrases.
As:, which is Both a Preposition & a conjunction, Modifies nouns, pronouns, and clauses.

In this question,
1: "The growth rate of start up Business" is a noun phrase, Hence preferable comparative marker is Like. Using Like, we can compare Growth rate (which is one performance indicator) with other performance Indicators.
2: Both X & Y is the correct idiomatic form, which eliminate A, B, & C.
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Re: The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2012, 22:45
If C had had "the" before "time, it would have been the right answer. I dont seem to find any problem with the modfiers. Can someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Re: The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 16:16
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The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and resources dedicated to the endeavor.

The growth rate of a startup business, as other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and

As with other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases with both the time and

Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases both with the time and

As other performance indicators, the growth rate of a startup business generally increases both with the time and the

The growth rate of a startup business, like other performance indicators, generally increases with both the time and the


"Both" and "Only", modify the words immediately following them. C and D are out because both with.
Out of A, B and E. E is the best.
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