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In 1981 children in the United States spent an average of

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In 1981 children in the United States spent an average of slightly less than two and a half hours a week doing household chores; by 1997 they had spent nearly six hours a week.

A. chores; by 1997 they had spent nearly six hours a week
B. chores; by 1997 that figure had grown to nearly six hours a week
C. chores, whereas nearly six hours a week were spent in 1997
D. chores, compared with a figure of nearly six hours a week in 1997
E. chores, that figure growing to nearly six hours a week in 1997

I picked E, "that" qualifies previous clause.......A out of question; B - past perfect-seems wrong usage to me; in C "whereas" big NO; D is comparing with some other figure; so E..........views please???
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30 Sep 2007, 00:27
E is not correct, it should be "that figure grew"

between B and D

IMO B, because in D, it should be "compared to", instead of "compared with"
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30 Sep 2007, 02:25
IMO B..'had' is necessary cuz here 2 actions in d past is stated
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30 Sep 2007, 05:33
gmatnub wrote:
E is not correct, it should be "that figure grew"

between B and D

IMO B, because in D, it should be "compared to", instead of "compared with"

OA is B

U r correct! "Compared to" used to show resemblance while "compared with" used to show differences.............tell me if i'm WRONG????
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01 Oct 2007, 15:53
c,d,e sound awkward.

"A" pronoun error

"B" is error free.
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