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# A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEOs now earn

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A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEOâ€™s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1980.
A. that CEOâ€™s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times
B. that, on average, CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
C. that, on average, CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
D. CEOâ€™s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
E. CEOâ€™s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times

Explain why you picked the answer in detail pl.

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28 Jan 2005, 22:59
A. that CEOâ€™s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times
average compared to a ratio
Wrong

B. that, on average, CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
Usage of "on average" is good, 419 times the pay compare to 42 times, missing "the pay", not parallel

C. that, on average, CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
Usage of "on average" is good, parallel is achieved

D. CEOâ€™s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
The "who" here is wrong

E. CEOâ€™s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times
an average compare to the ratio, not parallel

(C)
Explain why you picked the answer in detail pl.[/quote]

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28 Jan 2005, 23:12
I'd pick B
A) to "earn more pay than" is unidiomatic
C&D) usage of "their" is ambiguous
E) The sentence does not even stand since there is no verb!

B is perfectly parallel because of ellipses.
CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times [the pay of blue-collar workers] in 1980
The portion in brackets is ellipsed
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29 Jan 2005, 02:16
All the choices are incomplete and have mistakes. But B seems to be the best amongst given lot.

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29 Jan 2005, 10:13
B

correct use of verb tense agreement....first of all, its on avg. that CEO's earn more pay....this correct use... I think that is the only reason I picked it over A.

I think a statment that says...for example, CEO's on avg earn more pay, is wrong, it should be on avg, CEOs earn more...

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30 Jan 2005, 10:47
I have an answer that says B, but it is not Official.
B is very convincing to me.

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31 Jan 2005, 10:47
fresinha12 wrote:
B

correct use of verb tense agreement....first of all, its on avg. that CEO's earn more pay....this correct use... I think that is the only reason I picked it over A.

I think a statment that says...for example, CEO's on avg earn more pay, is wrong, it should be on avg, CEOs earn more...

Tha's what i was indicating.........................

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31 Jan 2005, 13:18
I agree that all choices have flaws in them, but it boils down to (B) or (C) for me. I am looking forward to the explanation for this

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24 Mar 2005, 02:32
Paul wrote:
I'd pick B
A) to "earn more pay than" is unidiomatic
C&D) usage of "their" is ambiguous
E) The sentence does not even stand since there is no verb!

B is perfectly parallel because of ellipses.
CEOâ€™s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times [the pay of blue-collar workers] in 1980
The portion in brackets is ellipsed

Excuse me,

Could you tell me why 'earn more pay' sound weird?

I'm not very clear.

Thanks

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24 Mar 2005, 11:26
Hi, I know the OA is B.

But could you tell me why 'earn more pay' sound weird?

ThX

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