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Manager
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23 Jun 2004, 22:01
7.One noted economist has <<made a comparison of the Federal Reserve and an automobile as racing through a tunnel, bouncing >>first off one wall, then the other; the car may get where it is going, but people may be hurt in the process.
(A) made a comparison of the Federal Reserve and an automobile as racing through a tunnel, bouncing
(B) made a comparison between the Federal Reserve and an automobile racing through a tunnel, bouncing
(C) compared the Federal Reserve with an automobile as racing through a tunnel and which bounced
(D) compared the Federal Reserve to an automobile racing through a tunnel, bouncing
(E) compared the Federal Reserve with an automobile that races through a tunnel and it bounces

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24 Jun 2004, 00:27

A - "as" should not be there.
B - unnecessarily bulky.
C - "as" and "which" should not be there.
E - "and it bounces" distorts the sentence's flow.
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24 Jun 2004, 02:24
(D) is best.
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24 Jun 2004, 11:45
D too...

the setence here talks about a ''comparision'' and hence the correct form should help us get a better 'hunch' of the made comparision...

federal reserve = automobile racing through...

only D gives the right form ,whereas all the others seem to either differentiate the federal reserve and the automobile making them ''two'' different things or are grammatically flawed...

this is like a simile and metaphor what we need is a metaphor hewr and not a simile...

any more expalna'' are welcome ...

Hope that helps!

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24 Jun 2004, 22:58
here my confusion was ....whether to use idiom
compare to or compare with
Normally it is mentioned that Gmat perfer "compare with"

Though OA is D
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27 Jun 2004, 21:03
"compared with" is used to compare to similar things to emphasize their difference.

John looks foolish when compared with the intelligent Sara.
Sara and John are both humans.

"compared to" is used to compare to unlike things to emphasize their similarity.

The economist compared India's economy to a high-speed train.
India's economy and the train are two different entities.

Both idioms are used in GMAT english.

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28 Jun 2004, 16:34
thanks ashkg for the explaination
28 Jun 2004, 16:34
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