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# A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet by the

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A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet by the nation’s top business leaders found that nearly ninety-five percent of them are subscribed to business-related RSS feeds, almost the same as the number of those who have subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal.

A:...
B: similar to the number who subscribe to
C: equivalent to those who have subscriptions for
D: as much as the number of those who subscribe to
E: as much as are subscribed to

I did not pay attention to answer "% of what (count /non-count)"
to establish my response.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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gmatbull wrote:
A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet by the nation’s top business leaders found that nearly ninety-five percent of them are subscribed to business-related RSS feeds, almost the same as the number of those who have subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal.

A:...
B: similar to the number who subscribe to
C: equivalent to those who have subscriptions for
D: as much as the number of those who subscribe to
E: as much as are subscribed to

I did not pay attention to answer "% of what (count /non-count)"
to establish my response.

notice the "subscribed to" from first part so you need subscribed to for second part - so E. Also, you are comparing to uncountable things (cant "count" percent) so you use much - if it were 95 subscribers you use as many. But the key here is subscribed to
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07 Sep 2010, 08:25
Beautiful explanation...Kudos!
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07 Sep 2010, 08:40
E because of correct idiom usage 'as much as' and correct tense.Subscriptions to and for can be eliminated.'Similar to the number' in B is incorrect usage.D is wordy and unclear.hence E.
Moreover the best catch is parallelism.Refer to the usage of subscribed in third line.
A definite E.Hope my explanation is correct.
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08 Sep 2010, 06:23
Bit confused between D and E
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09 Sep 2010, 10:59
E is parallel and is using the correct idiom. (as mush as).
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09 Sep 2010, 15:15
gmatbull wrote:
A recent survey regarding the use of the Internet by the nation’s top business leaders found that nearly ninety-five percent of them are subscribed to business-related RSS feeds, almost the same as the number of those who have subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal.

A:...
B: similar to the number who subscribe to
C: equivalent to those who have subscriptions for
D: as much as the number of those who subscribe to
E: as much as are subscribed to

in this comparison, the first phrase has are subscribed to. So to make || with it we need to have are subscribed to.

Only E has that. Again we are comparing non countable noun(%of something)so we are using as much as

A- the same as the number of those is wordier.
B as we are comparing the % of people, it cannot be similar
C same for equivalent to. numbers cannot be equivalent. either same or not.
D has tense issue hence not ||
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This looks more like a comparison issue. In A, B and D we are comparing ninety-five percent, a ratio with the number, an absolute figure. This is not correct. In C, we wrongly seem to be comparing a percentage with to those, probably business leaders.
So E is the remainder
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31 Dec 2015, 20:24
daagh wrote:
This looks more like a comparison issue. In A, B and D we are comparing ninety-five percent, a ratio with the number, an absolute figure. This is not correct. In C, we wrongly seem to be comparing a percentage with to those, probably business leaders.
So E is the remainder

completely agree with you on A, B, and C.
D in addition - slightly changes the meaning.
the intended meaning - people who are subscribed to WSJ = we are talking about a survey that analyzed the % of people who are subscribed.
the meaning from D - subscribe - or do smth on a regular basis. - this is incorrect.
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