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06 Jan 2008, 03:13
A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1980.

A. that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times
B. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
C. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
D. CEO’s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
E. CEO’s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times
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06 Jan 2008, 12:00
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06 Jan 2008, 20:12
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A, pay scale indicate needs to be follow by "that" because it is restritive sentence. even through I don't like "more pay" but since it is follow by "than" it is using the right idiom.
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06 Jan 2008, 21:58
marcodonzelli wrote:
A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1980.

A. that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times
B. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
C. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
D. CEO’s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
E. CEO’s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times

A looks the best.
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07 Jan 2008, 04:16
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Nothing looks good .. so I would just say A looks least ugly..

What are you comparing in A: a fact ( that CEO's now earn 419 times to workers) to a ratio.. This is preposterous
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25 Jan 2008, 08:22
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i think 'an average' is not idiomatic ...
the correct construction should have 'on average' ... so A and E are elimiated

Indicates has to be followed by 'that' .. so D is eliminated

In option C, 'the ratio' is incorrectly modifying 'the pay' ... hence eliminated

that leaves us with option B ...

So B must be the right answer.

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15 Feb 2008, 17:48
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What is the OA?
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15 Feb 2008, 23:22
B for me...
A: is wrong becuase CEO's don't earn "an average of 419 times more pay" not only is it unidiomatic but it also changes the meaning of the sentence.
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19 Feb 2008, 16:25
Originally, I thought it was A, but rereading it, I think the answer is B.

In addition to the reasons cited by gpulluri, 'more' in A is redundant when it is stated that it is 4xx times.
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22 Feb 2008, 03:58
Its B for me, comment please.
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22 Feb 2008, 05:48
jimmy23 wrote:
Its B for me, comment please.

OA is B
Re: comparisons   [#permalink] 22 Feb 2008, 05:48
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