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# GMAT prep: Compared to Vs Compared with

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13 Jan 2009, 14:03
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In the United States, while the number of foreign-born residents and their children is higher than ever, the percentage of the population they represent is not, in 1910 this group made up 35 percent of the population when compared to 20 percent in 2000.
A. population when compared to 20 percent in 2000
B. population as compared to 2000, when it was 20 percent
C. population, comparing it with 20 percent in 2000
D. population, unlike 2000, with 20 percent
E. population, compared with 20 percent in 2000
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13 Jan 2009, 16:01
IMO A....B is wrong compariosion
B?
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13 Jan 2009, 22:46
OA is E.
Can anyone explain this?
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14 Jan 2009, 02:27
sandipchowdhury wrote:
In the United States, while the number of foreign-born residents and their children is higher than ever, the percentage of the population they represent is not, in 1910 this group made up 35 percent of the population when compared to 20 percent in 2000.
A. population when compared to 20 percent in 2000
B. population as compared to 2000, when it was 20 percent
C. population, comparing it with 20 percent in 2000
D. population, unlike 2000, with 20 percent
E. population, compared with 20 percent in 2000

sandipchowdhury wrote:
OA is E.
Can anyone explain this?

1. "when" + a subordinate clause, so A out
2. B suggests "the group" is compared to "2000", making B awkard. Furthermore, no reference is for "it", B out
3. No reference is for "it", C out
4. D has the same error as B, D out

E wins the game. "compared with..." correctly modifies "this group", suggesting that " in 1910 this group made up 35 percent of population and 20 percent in 2000"
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14 Jan 2009, 02:31
yes E . here we are comparing similar things so compare with should be used. compare to is used when comparing different things. hence A and B are out. C and D have their issues as given in red highlightying. E is the best choice.
sandipchowdhury wrote:
In the United States, while the number of foreign-born residents and their children is higher than ever, the percentage of the population they represent is not, in 1910 this group made up 35 percent of the population when compared to 20 percent in 2000.
A. population when compared to 20 percent in 2000
B. population as compared to 2000, when it was 20 percent
C. population, comparing it with 20 percent in 2000
D. population, unlike 2000, with 20 percent wrong comparison
E. population, compared with 20 percent in 2000
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16 Jan 2009, 22:03
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ritula wrote:
yes E .here we are comparing similar things so compare with should be used. compare to is used when comparing different things.hence A and B are out. C and D have their issues as given in red highlightying. E is the best choice.
sandipchowdhury wrote:
In the United States, while the number of foreign-born residents and their children is higher than ever, the percentage of the population they represent is not, in 1910 this group made up 35 percent of the population when compared to 20 percent in 2000.
A. population when compared to 20 percent in 2000
B. population as compared to 2000, when it was 20 percent
C. population, comparing it with 20 percent in 2000
D. population, unlike 2000, with 20 percent wrong comparison
E. population, compared with 20 percent in 2000

compared to: He compared me to a tiger.
compared with: He compared the fake writing with the real one.
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23 Nov 2014, 11:10
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vscid wrote:
ritula wrote:
yes E .here we are comparing similar things so compare with should be used. compare to is used when comparing different things.hence A and B are out. C and D have their issues as given in red highlightying. E is the best choice.
sandipchowdhury wrote:
In the United States, while the number of foreign-born residents and their children is higher than ever, the percentage of the population they represent is not, in 1910 this group made up 35 percent of the population when compared to 20 percent in 2000.
A. population when compared to 20 percent in 2000
B. population as compared to 2000, when it was 20 percent
C. population, comparing it with 20 percent in 2000
D. population, unlike 2000, with 20 percent wrong comparison
E. population, compared with 20 percent in 2000

compared to: He compared me to a tiger.
compared with: He compared the fake writing with the real one.

I know this is an old discussion, but 'compared to' and 'compared with' are still common sources of confusion. Some of the explanations here overcomplicate things a little. The example that vscid has posted above is a good one. Simply put, 'compared to' highlights a similarity, whereas 'compared with' highlights a difference.
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24 Dec 2014, 10:43
For purposes of the GMAT exam, the distinction between COMPARED TO vs COMPARED WITH is meaningless. Both can be used correctly - it depends more on the context of the structure of the sentence surrounding the phrase. For example, two sentences that are exactly the same - but one says TO and the other says WITH -- this kind of scenario will never happen on the exam.
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25 Mar 2019, 20:25
I am not exactly sure now of the standards of correct answers given by the test forums and the confidence of answers.

Till date all books said "with" implies difference and "to" implies similarity. But suddenly this forum discussion states just the opposite, along with a veritas question such as below:

He was less successful after he had signed with the Washington Bullets "compared to" the New York Knicks, small forward Bernard King nevertheless earned a steadfast group of admirers who consider him one of the greatest scorers in basketball history.

In the above "compared to" is absolutely fine - two teams are being compared - except Veritas thinks its "compared with"

Its almost like I want a 720 score - god please and god will modify the answers according to my wishes and depends on which god I am praying to and in case its a god with some vengeance - then forbid me lord!

Are the answers standardized or it will also depend on a proctor for a region? For me definitely a Chinese speaking proctor is being given, with very little knowledge of how "concise-to the point -grammatically correct english" works....
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