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Independent contractors pay higher taxes and paid less consistently

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Re: Independent contractors pay higher taxes, are paid less consistently  [#permalink]

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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


A: "are paid less consistently than statutory employees" doesn't have a subject
B: "pay and are paid" is correct parallel
C: "paid taxes and paid.." incorrect parallelism
D: "in addition, unlike.., .. can freely" is too wordy!
E: "pay and paid" is incorrect parallelism.

Correct answer is B.
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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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