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Can you please explain me why "are" is incorrect before Statutory employees in options A,D and E

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Can you please explain me why "are" is incorrect before Statutory employees in options A,D and E

Thanks in advance :)


Adyy96,

The "are" in A, D and E is not necessary and make the comparison incorrect. Make the sentence as small as possible (by taking out the independent clauses, etc.) and you will see. FOr example, if you were to say "Independent contractors pay higher taxes" would it be "than statutory employees" or "than is statutory employees"? In this case, the test makers are trying to get us to buy off on the "are" and throw us off the scent of the correct answer.

Let me know if this helps.
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Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely perform the same type of work for multiple businesses.

(A) taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely

(B) taxes and are paid less consistently than statutory employees; unlike statutory employees, though, independent contractors are free to

(C) taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees, but they, unlike statutory employees, are freely allowed to

(D) taxes and are paid less consistently than are statutory employees; in addition, unlike statutory employees, independent contractors can freely

(E) taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees; moreover, unlike statutory employees, they are allowed to



A - "unlike" should be followed by noun (only contractors). "they" is a pronoun issue
B - B is the correct choice.
C - same issue as A
D - can and freely are redundant.
E - same issue as A
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I do appreciate the wrong sentence structure in D. It should be rather ‘than do statutory employees instead of ‘than are statutory employees’. But in the reported OA B, how good is it to combine a subordinate clause and a main clause with a semicolon?. The second clause is a sub - clause because of the intrusion of the conjunction ‘though” Any reason?

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IMO, do is not required at all. for eg. Jon is paid more than Sam is correct. We dont require Jon is paid more than do Sam. Is my understanding correct. Can you please explain different uses of do and are in comparisons.
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Yes!. do is not necessary in D.
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Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely perform the same type of work for multiple businesses.

(A) taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely
'pay' and 'are paid' are not parallel.

(B) taxes and are paid less consistently than statutory employees; unlike statutory employees, though, independent contractors are free to

correct choice.

(C) taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees, but they, unlike statutory employees, are freely allowed to
firstly the 'than are' is not parallel with pay higher taxes, secondly the but they is a pronoun error as we don't know what 'they' is referring to .

(D) taxes and are paid less consistently than are statutory employees; in addition, unlike statutory employees, independent contractors can freely
'are' is not parallel

(E) taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees; moreover, unlike statutory employees, they are allowed to
allowed to is new, but it also changes the meaning in some way.
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Option B is the correct answer: - Independent contractors pay higher taxes and are paid less consistently than statutory employees; unlike statutory employees, though, independent contractors are free to perform the same type of work for multiple businesses.
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(A) taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely
Different clauses , and is must here

(B) taxes and are paid less consistently than statutory employees; unlike statutory employees, though, independent contractors are free to
Seems correct with right contrast due to presence of "though"

(C) taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees, but they, unlike statutory employees, are freely allowed to
lack of verb in highlighted part

(D) taxes and are paid less consistently than are statutory employees; in addition, unlike statutory employees, independent contractors can freely
In addition sos not present contrast

(E) taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees; moreover, unlike statutory employees, they are allowed to
Lack of verb
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A breaks //ism with ‘they’
B doesn’t seem to have errors… currently considering this one
C and E can be dropped, in both ‘pay’ and ‘paid’ are joined by and even though they are not //
D ‘in addition’ implies a continuity that does not actually exist in this sentence. Not correct.

B is clearly the best option.
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Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely perform the same type of work for multiple businesses.

(A) taxes, are paid less consistently than statutory employees, and, unlike statutory employees, they may freely

(B) taxes and are paid less consistently than statutory employees; unlike statutory employees, though, independent contractors are free to

(C) taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees, but they, unlike statutory employees, are freely allowed to

(D) taxes and are paid less consistently than are statutory employees; in addition, unlike statutory employees, independent contractors can freely

(E) taxes and paid less consistently than are statutory employees; moreover, unlike statutory employees, they are allowed to

I marked D as an answer and didnot understand the explanation given " The helping verb to be (appearing here as are) cannot be used to stand for an action verb, so the construction are statutory employees is not parallel to pay higher taxes" . Can someone explain the concept behind not using "are" before "statutory employees in option D ? Also can someone the usage of "though" if already "unlike" is there to show the contrast


Regarding B, if I simplify the sentence in active voice, then the following sentences are correct? kindly advise me if I am wrong.

Government pay independent contractors less consistently than statutory employees. ( here compared independent contractors to statutory employees.)
Government pay independent contractors less consistently than statutory employees do . ( here compared government to statutory employees.)
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Regarding B, if I simplify the sentence in active voice, then the following sentences are correct? kindly advise me if I am wrong.

Government pay independent contractors less consistently than statutory employees. ( here compared independent contractors to statutory employees.)
Government pay independent contractors less consistently than statutory employees do . ( here compared government to statutory employees.)
Government is singular, so you'd need a singular verb for it. Something like "the government pays..." would do. Of course, the sentence isn't restricted to the government, but if we assume that it is, the rest of what you've written is fine. That is, in some questions, we may have to decide between:

1. X pays A more than B.
Here the most likely interpretation is that X pays A more than X pays B.

and

2. X pays A more than Y does.
X pays A more than Y pays A.
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