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# Comparison Problem

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15 Jun 2012, 06:59
1. Zebras are MORE vicious COMPARED TO horses.
2.WHEN COMPARED TO horses,zebras are vicious.
Can anyone explain why these sentences are wrong ? Thanks

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15 Jun 2012, 08:06
farukqmul wrote:
1. Zebras are MORE vicious COMPARED TO horses.
2.WHEN COMPARED TO horses,zebras are vicious.
Can anyone explain why these sentences are wrong ? Thanks

Hi,

1. There are some things about idioms that you just need to memorize. This is just not appropriate. You are better off writing -> Zebras are more vicious THAN horses.

2. As compared with (or to) horses, zebras are vicious. Note that the GMAT doesn't really emphasize the difference between compared with and to.

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Shouvik.
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30 Apr 2015, 19:30
farukqmul wrote:
1. Zebras are MORE vicious COMPARED TO horses.
2.WHEN COMPARED TO horses,zebras are vicious.
Can anyone explain why these sentences are wrong ? Thanks

As mentioned by Ron in one of his "Thursday's with Ron" sessions, the word COMPARED is used to put 2 statistics together.. Let the reader judge and make her/his conclusions of what is or MORE / LESS..

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09 May 2015, 23:27
The first one is a straight-up idiom problem, as Edvento said. The second one has a flaw in meaning. It says that zebras are vicious when compared with horses. This makes it seem that zebras become vicious when this comparison happens. (Imagine a zebra shouting "Don't compare me to a horse!" and biting at your arm.) It might make sense to say that when compared to horses, zebras appear more vicious, but that still doesn't work as well as a straight comparison: "Compared to horses, zebras are more vicious" or (best of all) "Zebras are more vicious than horses."
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Re: Comparison Problem   [#permalink] 09 May 2015, 23:27
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