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# Americans have a difficult time understanding the inability

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Project SC Butler: Day 108 Sentence Correction (SC2)

Americans have a difficult time understanding the inability to improve one's status under a feudal society, but feudalism's hierarchical system is much more rigid than a democracy.

A) than

B) than that of

C) than is so of

D) compared to

E) compared to that of

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22 Feb 2019, 17:45
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more..than... --> C, D, E out.

the sentence is trying to compare the ''hierarchical system'' so ''that'' refers to the ''hierarchical system''.

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22 Feb 2019, 23:21
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generis wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 108 Sentence Correction (SC2)

Americans have a difficult time understanding the inability to improve one's status under a feudal society, but feudalism's hierarchical system is much more rigid than a democracy.

A) than

B) than that of

C) than is so of

D) compared to

E) compared to that of

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Its gotta be B right? the hierarchy isn't compared directly to democracy so A is out. C - is jumbled, D and E are unidomatic. "More" X than Y
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23 Feb 2019, 01:11
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Here the comparison is between the feudalism's hierarchy system and democracy's hierarchy system(and not with the democracy itself ), hence "than that of" should be used. So option (B) is correct. With comparative usages like more, less, better, taller etc., than is used ans "as compared to" or "compared with" etc is the incorrect usage.
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generis wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 108 Sentence Correction (SC2)

Americans have a difficult time understanding the inability to improve one's status under a feudal society, but feudalism's hierarchical system is much more rigid than a democracy.

A) than

B) than that of

C) than is so of

D) compared to

E) compared to that of

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION.

The author intends to compare feudalism's hierarchical system with
democracy's hierarchical system.

Option A incorrectly compares the rigidity of a hierarchical feudal system to democracy itself.
The comparisons must be parallel, e.g., feudalism to democracy, or a hierarchical system to another hierarchical system.

Option C uses "than is so," a phrase that makes very little sense.
The other parallel item in the comparison is still missing; what is the IS in "is so"?

Options D and E both incorrectly have more and compared to in the same sentence.
That construction is not correct.
When used in a comparison,
more should be coupled with than: more . . . . than
More should not be coupled with compared to: more . . . compared to

Option B is correct.
We need the pronoun that to "make a copy" of the hierarchical system that belongs to democracy
so that we are comparing levels of hierarchy in feudalism to levels of hierarchy in democracy.

Feudalism's hierarchical system is more rigid than [THAT = the hierarchical system] of democracy.

shinichikudo and raghavrf , and MWithrock , welcome!
(I know MWithRock, I welcomed you on the other thread, so you get two today.)

Excellent! Three people new to my topic thread, three correct answers, all with good reasoning.

Kudos to all.
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24 Feb 2019, 06:53
Americans have a difficult time understanding the inability to improve one's status under a feudal society, but feudalism's hierarchical system is much more rigid than a democracy.

A) than --> "feudalism's hierarchical system" should be compare w/ "democracy's hierarchical system" i.e "that of democracy"

B) than that of --> correct

C) than is so of --> similar as A

D) compared to --> "more ... than ..." construction is required

E) compared to that of --> same as D
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30 Nov 2019, 20:38
shinichikudo wrote:
SC comparison

more..than... --> C, D, E out.

the sentence is trying to compare the ''hierarchical system'' so ''that'' refers to the ''hierarchical system''.

Can anyone please explain what is the correct way to use "compared to"?

I think it is quite common to see "x has increased by \$xx compared to the previous year" in business write-up. Not sure what is the difference here.
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