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In the five most important battleground states–-New York, California, Illinois, Ohio, and Massachusetts–-Democrats reported $48.7 million in cash on hand, compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million.

A) compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million

B) in comparison to the Republicans, with $35 million

C) compared with $35 million for the Republicans

D) compared with the reporting of the Republicans of $35 million

E) in comparison to the Republicans’ report of having $35 million
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A seems best here :compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million
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I think in A compared is modifying the cash. is it correct?
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i think A uses the comparison and modifies Republicans correctly.
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A looks fine to me.. What is the OA ?
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In the five most important battleground states – New York, California, Illinois, Ohio, and Massachusetts – Democrats reported $48.7 million in cash on hand, compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million.

A)compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million

B)in comparison to the Republicans, with $35 million

C)compared with $35 million for the Republicans

D)compared with the reporting of the Republicans of $35 million

E)in comparison to the Republicans’ report of having $35 million


This is a comparison question - I believe intent of the sentence is to compare the amount.

A)compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million
Incorrect

B)in comparison to the Republicans, with $35 million
Incorrect

C)compared with $35 million for the Republicans
Looks OK

D)compared with the reporting of the Republicans of $35 million
Incorrect

E)in comparison to the Republicans’ report of having $35 million
Incorrect
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In the five most important battleground states – New York, California, Illinois, Ohio, and Massachusetts – Democrats reported $48.7 million in cash on hand, compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million.

A)compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million

B)in comparison to the Republicans, with $35 million

C)compared with $35 million for the Republicans

D)compared with the reporting of the Republicans of $35 million

E)in comparison to the Republicans’ report of having $35 million



The sentence compares $48.7 million reported by Democrats with $35 million reported by the Republicans.

A) $48 million is compared with Republicans  Incorrect
B) $48 million is compared with Republicans  Incorrect
C) $48 million is compared with $35 million  Correct. “for” is used to denote the ellipsis.
D) $48 million is compared with the reporting  Incorrect
E) $48 million is compared with the Republicans’ report Incorrect

To understand more about ellipsis in comparison, please refer to this exercise: while-it-costs-about-the-same-to-run-nuclear-plants-as-other-134755.html#p1198433
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In the five most important battleground states – New York, California, Illinois, Ohio, and Massachusetts – Democrats reported $48.7 million in cash on hand, compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million.

A)compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million - Wrong because comma+who makes it an unessential modifier. And the sentence doesn't make a lot of sense without the money reported by Republicans.

B)in comparison to the Republicans, with $35 million - 'with' makes its awkward. I know 'with' is an area of problem with a lot of people. please rid this for better understanding - http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/sc- ... 3d3f41d4b3

C)compared with $35 million for the Republicans - O.K.

D)compared with the reporting of the Republicans of $35 million - 'reporting of $35 million BY republicans' would've been meaningful, but 'reporting of the Republicans of $35 million' is just devoid of any meaning.

E)in comparison to the Republicans’ report of having $35 million - a) we're not comparing reports ; b) 'Republicans' report of having $35 million' doesn't mean Republicans have that money, rather it just means that Report is of $35 million, and who owns it is unclear.
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Only Answer Choice C followed "money" to "money" comparison.My Answe is C
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I am still not clear why is the cash being compared here.
I guess the thing that should be compared should be democrats reported X to republicans reported Y
Clause <comparision> Clause.

Can anybody shed more light on this one.
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I am still not clear why is the cash being compared here.
I guess the thing that should be compared should be democrats reported X to republicans reported Y
Clause <comparision> Clause.

Can anybody shed more light on this one.


Democrats and Republicans are reporting their cash on hand.
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In the five most important battleground states – New York, California, Illinois, Ohio, and Massachusetts – Democrats reported $48.7 million in cash on hand, compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million.

A)compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million

B)in comparison to the Republicans, with $35 million

C)compared with $35 million for the Republicans

D)compared with the reporting of the Republicans of $35 million

E)in comparison to the Republicans’ report of having $35 million


compare cash with cash.
A. compares cash with republicans. out.
B. same mistake
C. correct.
D. compares cash with the reporting.
E. compares cash to the report.
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Experts please help me clear my doubt :

Why is democrats not compared with republicans in this Question.

As far as I know if we need to compare the objects we need to add a preposition to the compared object.

For ex : Even though it costs about the same to run nuclear plants as for other types of power plants, it is the fixed costs that stem from building nuclear plants that makes the electricity they generate more expensive.

RULE : The cost(s) of running X is (are) same for Y: Object to object comparison needs Preposition.

So in this question is compared "WITH" acting as a preposition to the objects.

Please reply experts and my fellow GMAT friends.
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This is a comparison question - I believe intent of the sentence is to compare the amount.

A)compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million
Incorrect

B)in comparison to the Republicans, with $35 million
Incorrect

C)compared with $35 million for the Republicans
Looks OK

D)compared with the reporting of the Republicans of $35 million
Incorrect

E)in comparison to the Republicans’ report of having $35 million
Incorrect

C is cool
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Sentence looks for difference, so "compare with" is a correct idiom

only C and D are contenders, but D is wordy and awkward

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Hello, mikemcgarry,

can you please explain these issues in details?

I can't understand how A is wrong, How cash is compared here....

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In the five most important battleground states–-New York, California, Illinois, Ohio, and Massachusetts–-Democrats reported $48.7 million in cash on hand, compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million.

A) compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million

B) in comparison to the Republicans, with $35 million

C) compared with $35 million for the Republicans

D) compared with the reporting of the Republicans of $35 million

E) in comparison to the Republicans’ report of having $35 million

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Hello, mikemcgarry,

can you please explain these issues in details?

I can't understand how A is wrong, How cash is compared here....

Thanks in advance :)

Dear nahid78,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

For a few reasons, I don't think this is the best question. Veritas often has excellent questions, but this one is not one of their finest. This is irrelevant for a test taker such as yourself, but the subject matter of GMAT CR questions is usually quite realistic. In fact, since the 1980s, neither NY nor CA nor MA has been a "battleground" state in a US Presidential election---in 1992 through 2016, all three of those states have been no-doubt blue states from the get-go. The subject is "contrary to fact" in a way that a real GMAT CR questions would not be. Again, this is a concern for question writers, but it is irrelevant for a student trying to answer the question.

My friend, think about it this way: what comes immediately before the underlined section? "$48.7 million in cash on hand." That's the first term of the comparison. We want to compare money to money, so most obvious choice for the second term would be money as well. The only answer choice that directly sets up money as the second term of the comparison is (C). That is the obvious choice for the OA.

I will say, though, that "Democrats" is close enough to the underlined section, and has rhetorical prominence as the subject, that (A) is plausible. It's hard to say that (A) is totally wrong. This is also why I have criticisms of this question. In a good practice SC question, each of the four incorrect answers should be definitively wrong for a clear reason. This is not the case here.

My friend, if you were confused between (A) & (C), it was not entirely your fault.

Here's a higher quality practice question:
The income categories

Does all this make sense?
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i think A uses the comparison and modifies Republicans correctly.

Only C does proper comparison of the amounts
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Of course, C compares cash to cash. However, the problem with C is that it is not clear who reported for the Republicans. It looks as if Democrats reported both their own cash balance the Republican's cash balance. This is not tenable. If C were "compared with $35 million reported by the Republicans", it would mean better.
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guerrero25 wrote:
In the five most important battleground states–-New York, California, Illinois, Ohio, and Massachusetts–-Democrats reported $48.7 million in cash on hand, compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million.

A) compared to the Republicans, who reported $35 million

B) in comparison to the Republicans, with $35 million

C) compared with $35 million for the Republicans

D) compared with the reporting of the Republicans of $35 million

E) in comparison to the Republicans’ report of having $35 million


Comparison is between the cash in hand reported by Democrats and Republicans.

Option A is making a comparison between Money and Republicans. Hence, incorrect.

Option C makes the right comparison, hence correct.
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