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A recent United States Census Bureau report shows that there are more than three times as many households where the children and grandchildren are living in their grandparents' home as compared to households where the grandparents are living in their children's or grandchildren's home.

(A) as compared to households where the
(B) as there are households where the
(C) as those whose
(D) than compared to those where the
(E) than there are whose
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Can someone explain the error in A I know its wrong but what's the error is it a double comparison?

As many as and then we have compared to?


compared to/with ..together with better/more/less..than is always wrong...because it adds to redundancy...
so on basis this you can easily eliminate option A and D

A recent United States Census Bureau report shows that there are more than three times as many households where the children and grandchildren are living in their grandparents' home as compared to households where the grandparents are living in their children's or grandchildren's

(A) as compared to households where the==>As explained above
(B) as there are households where the
(C) as those whose==>those is referring to children as per the meaning and hence incorrect comparison between households and children.
(D) than compared to those where the==>As explained above
(E) than there are whose==>as many ..than is incorrect

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A recent United States Census Bureau report shows that there are more than three times as many households where the children and grandchildren are living in their grandparents' home as compared to households where the grandparents are living in their children's or grandchildren's home.

Remember:
1) Correct Idioms is : as X ... as Y ...
2) "compared to" can NEVER be used together with another comparison word (more, less, twice, half, three times...).

Here we have "three times as many as...", so we CANNOT include "compared to", because we're then saying the same thing twice - REDUNDANCY.

(A) as compared to households where the --> Wrong: wrong usage of "compared to" - as explained above redundant

(B) as there are households where the -->correct meaning and comparison: as many households where as there are households where

(C) as those whose -->Wrong meaning: as many household where as those (households) whose grandparents
If you say "households whose", the households have grandparents. If you say "households where", then the households are merely the place in which the living arrangements exist.


(D) than compared to those where the --> i) Wrong idiom: as many household than compared ii) wrong usage of "compared to"

(E) than there are whose -->Wrong idiom: as many household than
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A recent United States Census Bureau report shows that there are more than three times as many households where the children and grandchildren are living in their grandparents' home as compared to households where the grandparents are living in their children's or grandchildren's home.

(A) as compared to households where the -- redundancy - "compared to" can NEVER be used together with another comparison word (more, less, twice, half, three times...).
(B) as there are households where the - Correct
(C) as those whose -- The word "those" is a pronoun, and needs an antecedent. The structure of this comparison dictates that the antecedent for "those" be "households"... and then you follow that pronoun with the possessive "whose". So, do the households have grandparents?

Or is the sentence merely comparing households where the living arrangements are different?

If you say "households whose", the households have grandparents. If you say "households where", then the households are merely the place in which the living arrangements exist.

(D) than compared to those where the - idiom issue - as many ... as
(E) than there are whose - idiom issue - as many ... as

Option B -->
The second "there are..." isn't strictly necessary. Without it, you'd have a sentence with the same structure as "In most countries, there are as many men as women."

Its primary value lies in making the sentence easier to read.
This is not an issue of right and wrong"”it's a style issue"”and so it will never be dispositive in a real problem. Still, you should know it's a thing.
Try writing out the entire sentence without the second "there are".

The same principle is at work behind the inclusion of many other technically unnecessary things, e.g., the use of Just as xxxxx, so yyyy rather than just "Just as xxxxx, yyyy".

Answer B
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