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A recently published report indicates that the salaries of teachers

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A recently published report indicates that the salaries of teachers continue to lag far behind other college-educated professionals, because they make an average of nearly $8,000 a year less at the start of their careers and almost $24,000 less a year by the time they reach the age of 50.

A. other college-educated professionals, because they make an average of nearly $8,000 a year less at the start of their careers and almost $24,000 less- Wrong
illogically Compares Salaries to other college-educated prof..
Use of Because is wrong ( Because reports indicates something, salaries will not lag)

B. other college-educated professionals, by an average of nearly $8,000 a year at the start of their careers, to almost $24,000- Wrong
illogically Compares Salaries to other college-educated prof..
Use of to almost is not parallel and is seems to indicate a range

C. what other college-educated professionals are paid—making an average of nearly $8,000 a year less at the start of their careers and almost $24,000 less- Wrong

Note the subject of THAT clause is SALARIES, therefore the sentence after DASH should make sense with it. It illogically states that Salaries are making less money

D. those of other college-educated professionals—by an average of (UP TO) nearly $8,000 a year at the start of their careers to almost $24,000 less- Wrong
illogically tries to show a range.
Also note that the original GMAT PREP question had a different option here. The correct version had " UP TO" -I have added the portion in GREEN to correct the same. - Which also makes the sentence redundant


E. those of other college-educated professionals—by an average of nearly $8,000 a year at the start of their careers, and by almost $24,000- Corrects all the mistakes.
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A recently published report indicates that the salaries of teachers continue to lag far behind other college-educated professionals, because they make an average of nearly $8,000 a year less at the start of their careers and almost $24,000 less a year by the time they reach the age of 50.

A. other college-educated professionals, because they make an average of nearly $8,000 a year less at the start of their careers and almost $24,000 less

B. other college-educated professionals, by an average of nearly $8,000 a year at the start of their careers, to almost $24,000

C. what other college-educated professionals are paid—making an average of nearly $8,000 a year less at the start of their careers and almost $24,000 less

D. those of other college-educated professionals—by an average of nearly $8,000 a year at the start of their careers to almost $24,000 less

E. those of other college-educated professionals—by an average of nearly $8,000 a year at the start of their careers, and by almost $24,000


E will be the answer because of parallelism and comparison issue
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(E) those of other college-educated professionals—by an average of nearly $8,000 a year at the start of their careers, and by almost $24,000

I understand that this is the best option. Just had a doubt as to how the comma before and is right. Neither after and there is a independent claus, not there is a list of 3 or more items.

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Hi, I am still not clear why option D is incorrect. Kindly help please
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Hi, I am still not clear why option D is incorrect. Kindly help please

As described in this post, the use of "to" ("to almost $24,000") illogically implies a range of values ("... by an average of $8,000... to $24,000"). That makes it sound as though the amount of lag is, on average, between $8,000 and $24,000. But that's not the intended meaning.

We are told "that the salaries of teachers continue to lag far behind [the salaries] of other college-educated professionals". By how much do the salaries of teachers lag behind the salaries of other college-educated professionals? 1) By an average of nearly $8,000 a year at the start of their careers and 2) by almost $24,000 a year by the time they reach the age of 50.

At time 1, the salaries of teachers lag behind BY some amount (an average of nearly $8,000 a year). At time 2, the salaries of teachers lag behind BY some other amount (almost $24,000 a year). 1) and 2) both answer the question, "By how much do the salaries of teachers lag behind?". So each needs to start with "by", as in choice (E).

There also might be another issue with (D), if in fact there has been a typo ("...by an average of UP TO nearly $8,000..."). If anyone encounters this question on a practice test, please confirm the exact wording of choice (D) and/or post a screeenshot.

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(E) those of other college-educated professionals—by an average of nearly $8,000 a year at the start of their careers, and by almost $24,000

I understand that this is the best option. Just had a doubt as to how the comma before and is right. Neither after and there is a independent claus, not there is a list of 3 or more items.

Thanks in Advance

As we've mentioned in other threads, the "rules" governing comma usage can be subtle and subjective, so you don't want to be too rigid when debating whether a comma is appropriate. You won't run across many GMAT questions that explicitly test whether the presence or absence of a comma is correct, so it's best to find more concrete reasons to eliminate answer choices. For more on punctuation on the GMAT, check out this video.
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