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In contrast to the ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States trade deficit with Mexico declined by $500 million as a result of record exports to that country.


(A) In contrast to the ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States trade deficit with Mexico declined by $500 million as a result of record
exports to that country.
This is the correct answer. Trade imbalance of US with China & Japan is logically compared to trade deficit of US with Mexico.
(B) In contrast to ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States sold record exports to Mexico, reducing its trade deficit by $500 million.
Illogical comparison between trade imbalances with China and Japan and the US is made. Thus is incorrect. We should either compare trade deficit with trade
deficit or one country with another.
(C) When compared with ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States sold record exports to Mexico, reducing their trade deficit by $500
million.
Same mistake as in option B. Illogical comparison between trade imbalances with China and Japan and the US is made. In addition compared with is incorrect
here. Compared with is used for showing differences between two entities. Here we are comparing similarities in trade deficit of US with China & Japan to
that of Mexico.
(D) Compared with ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States sold record exports to Mexico, reducing the trade deficit by $500 million.
Same mistake as in option B. Illogical comparison between trade imbalances with China and Japan and the US is made.
(E) Compared to the ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the United States record exports to Mexico caused a $500 million decline in trade deficit with
that country.
Same mistake as in option B. Illogical comparison between trade imbalances with China and Japan and the US is made.
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Re: In contrast to the ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan, the  [#permalink]

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Fight Between A & E

In contrast to- means, there should be a contrast

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A) In contrast to the ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan-
either trade deficit or surplus. it should be the other one between mexico and USA.

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E) Compared to the ongoing trade imbalances with China and Japan


Compared to- comparison should be between same thing-(Trade surplus or trade deficit).

If you consider Trade imbalances as Trade deficit than, you should use compare to. E is correct.
If you consider Trade imbalances as Trade surplus than, you should use In contrast to. A is correct.
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