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# Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves

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102. Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves an average of 14.1 percent on health-care costs each year in the United States.

A. Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves
B. Compared with nonrunners, people who run three days a week save
C. Compared to not running, those running for three days a week save
D. When compared with those who do not, people running three days a week save
E. When compared to nonrunners, running three days a week saves

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13 Jan 2009, 16:57
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Ans B. Use 'compare with' when comparing similar things and 'compare to' for dissimilar things. e.g. Compare my signature with your signature (signatures are two similar things). I compared her smile to the sun (person and sun and dissimilar)

Even if I didn't know the difference btn compare to and compare with, the other answers have issues as shown below

Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves an average of 14.1 percent on health-care costs each year in the United States.
A. Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves
those should be compared to people not the verb running.
B. Compared with nonrunners, people who run three days a week save
Correctly compares nonrunners to people
C. Compared to not running, those running for three days a week save
Same as A, comparing verb running to 'those'
D. When compared with those who do not ??, people running three days a week save
When is unnecessary here. Secondly, when compared with those who do not do what? Sentence shouldn't leave you hanging
E. When compared to nonrunners, running three days a week saves
Same as A, cannot compare nonrunners to a verb.
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20 May 2008, 18:50
The answer would be D - and compared is right.
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20 May 2008, 20:14
I see your point - B seems more appropriate.
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Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves an average of 14.1 percent on health-care costs each year in the United States.
A. Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves
B. Compared with nonrunners, people who run three days a week save
C. Compared to not running, those running for three days a week save
D. When compared with those who do not, people running three days a week save
E. When compared to nonrunners, running three days a week saves

Originally posted by sandipchowdhury on 13 Jan 2009, 13:06.
Last edited by JarvisR on 09 Apr 2016, 23:13, edited 1 time in total.
Moved to correct forum and added OA
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13 Jan 2009, 14:24
Interested in why C would be wrong...
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13 Jan 2009, 14:36
In C IMO you are comparing running vs those....i.e. verb vs noun...which is wrong
Interested in why C would be wrong...
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13 Jan 2009, 19:11
I too think its B.Only B has the correct comparison comparing those who do not run with people who run.
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13 Jan 2009, 21:58
Good explanation leswm.
I kudo to you.
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14 Jan 2009, 01:07
compare with is used for similar things while compare to is used for dissimilar things. So, A,C and E are out. now b/w B and D, D is unnecessarily wordy. B uses correct comparison, correct idiom and is most precise. so ans B.
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Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves an average of 14.1 percent on health-care costs each year in the United States.
A. Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves
B. Compared with nonrunners, people who run three days a week save
C. Compared to not running, those running for three days a week save
D. When compared with those who do not, people running three days a week save
E. When compared to nonrunners, running three days a week saves
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20 Jan 2010, 12:24
Compared with -- emphasizes differences
Compared to-- emphasizes similarities.

OA is B
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29 Mar 2014, 01:39
I think everybody has given correct answer , but not a good explanation.

This question is dealing with two issues

a) Comparisons b) Subject Verb Agreement (People --->save)

Now let's analyze the choices

a) Comparing People with running ---------------- wrong choice.
c) Compares not running with People.---------------- wrong choice.
d) Comparison is correct , but the use of when is ambiguous. ---------------- wrong choice.
e) Comparing Non-runners to running.---------------- wrong choice.

The only obvious choice is B.
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30 Nov 2014, 05:25
Compared to OR
Compared with.

Logic: We use 'Compared to' when we compare 'Similarities' and we use 'Compared with' when we compare the 'Differences'.

Here we are comparing nonrunners with people who do not run.
A,C and E are out.

B. 'Nonrunners' parallel to 'People' (Noun // Noun)- Correct answer
D. 'Those who do not run' not parallel to 'people running' (Pronoun // Gerund or ING Verb)

Hope it helps!

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sandipchowdhury wrote:
Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves an average of 14.1 percent on health-care costs each year in the United States.
A. Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves
B. Compared with nonrunners, people who run three days a week save
C. Compared to not running, those running for three days a week save
D. When compared with those who do not, people running three days a week save
E. When compared to nonrunners, running three days a week saves

The issue at hand is not with the usage of compared to and compared with. Their usage is a debatable topic and has been inconclusive.
Refer to this link, where Ron admits that the usage is uncertain.
https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... t2071.html

If you see this on your exam, be assured that the GMAC guys are not testing you for this. Coming back to the original question - you cannot compare apples to oranges.
You want to compare non runners to runners!
A. You are comparing non runners to running. OUT
B. Comparing non runners to runners. CORRECT
C. Comparing not running to runners. OUT
D. Awkward sentence. B is clearer. OUT
E. Comparing non runners to running. OUT

B is the only answer choice free of logical and grammatical problems.

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27 Dec 2015, 10:12
sandipchowdhury wrote:
Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves an average of 14.1 percent on health-care costs each year in the United States.
A. Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves
B. Compared with nonrunners, people who run three days a week save
C. Compared to not running, those running for three days a week save
D. When compared with those who do not, people running three days a week save
E. When compared to nonrunners, running three days a week saves

This question is not testing the difference between "compared to" vs "compared with" -- either approach could potentially be fine.

But what this question is testing you on is apples vs oranges -- what we refer to as framework #2.

The left side needs to match the right side.

For (A) -- you'd have to say "Compared to those who do not run, those who DO run blah blah blah" -- that's how you maintain consistency. The "running three days a week" is not consistent with "those who do not"..

Same thing with (C) ----and really all the choices except (B). With (B) - you are comparing "nonrunners" with "people who run 3 days a week" -- so you are comparing people with people -- so that matches.

Make sure you know what is being tested -- because if you think you are being tested on something else, you can waste a lot of time -- and on a test like this, every second counts.
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28 May 2016, 22:09
sandipchowdhury wrote:
Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves an average of 14.1 percent on health-care costs each year in the United States.
A. Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves
B. Compared with nonrunners, people who run three days a week save
C. Compared to not running, those running for three days a week save
D. When compared with those who do not, people running three days a week save
E. When compared to nonrunners, running three days a week saves

Mirror mirror on the wall.. who's the fairest of them all..

A--Well ofcourse you cant compare humans to an activity---ELIMINATE
B--A PROMISING OPTION
C-- Reason of elimination is same as that of A.
D--In my opinion, the sentence is wrong as the words 'those who do not' just dangle in between creating confusion.
E--Reason of elimination is same as that of A.
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Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves an average of 14.1 percent on health-care costs each year in the United States.

A. Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves

B. Compared with nonrunners, people who run three days a week save

C. Compared to not running, those running for three days a week save

D. When compared with those who do not, people running three days a week save

E. When compared to nonrunners, running three days a week saves

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Originally posted by StoicBread on 30 Dec 2016, 13:53.
Last edited by StoicBread on 31 Dec 2016, 09:17, edited 1 time in total.
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31 Dec 2016, 02:56
to me its B.
correct comparison , rest it either lengthy or doesn't make sense
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Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves an average of 14.1 percent on health-care costs each year in the United States.

A. Compared to those who do not, running three days a week saves

B. Compared with nonrunners, people who run three days a week save

C. Compared to not running, those running for three days a week save

D. When compared with those who do not, people running three days a week save

E. When compared to nonrunners, running three days a week saves

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