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In California today, Hispanics under the age of eighteen

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In California today, Hispanics under the age of eighteen account for more than 43 percent, compared with a decade ago, when it was about 35 percent.

(A) In California today, Hispanics under the age of eighteen account for more than 43 percent, compared with a decade ago, when it was about 35 percent.

(B) Of the Californians under the age of eighteen, today more than 43 percent of them are Hispanic, compared with a decade ago, when it was about 35 percent.

(C) Today, more than 43 percent of Californians under the age of eighteen are Hispanic, compared with about 35 percent a decade ago.

(D) Today, compared to a decade ago, Californians who are Hispanics under the age of eighteen account for more than 43 percent, whereas it was about 35 percent.

(E) Today, Hispanics under the age of eighteen in California account for more than 43 percent, unlike a decade ago, when it was about 35 percent.

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14 Dec 2004, 11:12
Which one is idiomatic?
compare.. with
(or)
compare .. to

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16 Dec 2004, 15:23
(A) In California today, Hispanics under the age of eighteen account for more than 43 percent, compared with a decade ago, when it was about 35 percent.

comparison should be between percent, and percent, not percent, and decade

(B) Of the Californians under the age of eighteen, today more than 43 percent of them are Hispanic, compared with a decade ago, when it was about 35 percent.
comparison should be between percent, and percent, not percent, and decade

(C) Today, more than 43 percent of Californians under the age of eighteen are Hispanic, compared with about 35 percent a decade ago.

OK

(D) Today, compared to a decade ago, Californians who are Hispanics under the age of eighteen account for more than 43 percent, whereas it was about 35 percent.

Clearly wrong. It does not refer to anything, etc.

(E) Today, Hispanics under the age of eighteen in California account for more than 43 percent, unlike a decade ago, when it was about 35 percent.

It does not refer to anything, etc.

Compare .. to and Compare ... with, both are acceptable idioms.
When we try to equate A to B, you use 'A can be compared to B ...'.
When we try to see differeneces/similarities between A and B, you use 'A when compared with B is ....'.

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18 Dec 2004, 19:26
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Which one is idiomatic?
compare.. with
(or)
compare .. to

Suraksha,
Both the idioms are correct, but each has a different usage:

Compare with: is used to contrast similarity, or differences between two things.

Eg. The expert compared the forged signature with the genuine one.

Cmpare to: is used to compare two different things, basically to highlight the similarities between the two.

eg. Human brains can be compared to computers.

In the given question, 'compared with' is correct.

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18 Dec 2004, 19:26
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