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20 Apr 2016, 13:25
I agree with the post above. We would see 'that of' in that type of construction.
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21 Apr 2016, 02:54
KyleWiddison wrote:
I agree with the post above. We would see 'that of' in that type of construction.

Kyle, what would "that" refer to in that case?
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KyleWiddison wrote:
I agree with the post above. We would see 'that of' in that type of construction.

Kyle, what would "that" refer to in that case?

The pronoun "that" would refer to "rate".

Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to that (the rate) of the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.
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21 Apr 2016, 04:23
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The pronoun "that" would refer to "rate".

Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to that (the rate) of the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

Thanks sayantanc2k for your reply. So, "the rate of the United States" seems unclear to me. I mean, is that valid? Do countries have a "rate" ?
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sayantanc2k wrote:
The pronoun "that" would refer to "rate".

Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to that (the rate) of the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

Thanks sayantanc2k for your reply. So, "the rate of the United States" seems unclear to me. I mean, is that valid? Do countries have a "rate" ?

You are correct, we cannot miss out certain words because it makes the sentence illogical in comparison..
the correct sentence could be
Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to that (the rate) of the people in the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.[/quote]
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sayantanc2k wrote:
The pronoun "that" would refer to "rate".

Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to that (the rate) of the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

Thanks sayantanc2k for your reply. So, "the rate of the United States" seems unclear to me. I mean, is that valid? Do countries have a "rate" ?

Your observation is correct. As chetan2u rightly explained, the preposition should be "in" (to be parallel with "in France"), not "of". I missed out on that.
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21 Apr 2016, 20:10
sayantanc2k wrote:
Your observation is correct. As chetan2u rightly explained, the preposition should be "in" (to be parallel with "in France"), not "of". I missed out on that.

But even with "in", how do we know what "rate" is being talked about?
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sayantanc2k wrote:
Your observation is correct. As chetan2u rightly explained, the preposition should be "in" (to be parallel with "in France"), not "of". I missed out on that.

But even with "in", how do we know what "rate" is being talked about?

Hi,
we have just spoken of ONLY one kind of rate in the entire sentence, so the rate would logically refer back to its earlier antecedents and also usage of "comparable to" refers to the previous RATE being talked about..
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26 Apr 2016, 14:30
sukanyar wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
The pronoun "that" would refer to "rate".

Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to that (the rate) of the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

Thanks sayantanc2k for your reply. So, "the rate of the United States" seems unclear to me. I mean, is that valid? Do countries have a "rate" ?

Responding to a PM here.

"That" as a pronoun can serve as a "new copy" of a previously mentioned noun. In this case, we are trying to compare the separate rates - France's (death) rate and the United States' (death) rate. The rates are separate, but we don't want to repeat the use of rate so we use "that" to represent the US' rate.

Here is another example:
The money spent on food for three days at Disneyland is slightly less than THAT spent for an entire month at home (but only slightly).

Here "that" is referring to a different pile of money spent on food for a month, but it is still money so using "that" is appropriate.

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06 Jul 2017, 05:12
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26 Sep 2017, 21:28
I think it's B

Although people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their death rates from heart disease are far lower in France.

A. people in France consume fatty foods at a rate comparable to the United States, their (wrong compaerison=>OUT)
B. people in France and the United States consume fatty foods at about the same rate, the (OK)
C. fatty foods are consumed by people in France at a comparable rate to the United States’s, their (awkward and passive construction=>OUT)
D. the rate of fatty foods consumed in France and the United States is about the same, the (how it can be the rate of fatty foods??? The rate of consumption is right, so=>OUT)
E. the rate of people consuming fatty foods is about the same in France and the United States, the (the same as D=>OUT)

Right! The 'Rate of consumption' !
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