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# Many investors base their choice between bonds and stocks on

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Many investors base their choice between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to the dividends available on common stocks.

(A) between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to
(B) among bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields to
(C) between bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields with
(D) among bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields and
(E) between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields with

On what basis should I choose between comparison and compare? please shed some light!
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Let us not bother whether it is ‘comparison with’ or ‘comparison to’, which I understand is not being tested by GMAT these days. But the primary clue is that a preposition such as ‘on’ has to be followed by a noun or noun phrase. There is no escape from this rule. So it has to be ‘on comparisons of’. Any other expression may be ignored from consideration. So ADE are out. Between B and C, as the comparison is essentially between two things namely bonds and stocks, we have to use ‘between’ rather than ‘among’. Choice C is correct.
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26 Jul 2007, 13:32
"compare to" is for similarities
"compare with" is for differences

So then it's between C and E since this is a differences question. I say C because you base something on comparisons. You don't base something on comparing.
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27 Jul 2007, 10:44
I pick E here.
C and E are the only viable options for use of 'between'.

I look forward to other people's comments.
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27 Jul 2007, 11:56
AugiTh wrote:
Many investors base their choice between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to the dividends available on common stocks.
(A) between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to
(B) among bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields to
(C) between bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields with
(D) among bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields and
(E) between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields with

On what basis should I choose between comparison and compare? please shed some light!

E for me.

here 'compairing' is a gerund ( verb acting as a noun)

now ...decide urself:

1..... based on compairing A with B
2.....based on comparision A with B ( here 'comparision' has been used as a noun though it suppose to be a verb)
3. ......based on compairing x to y (are we looking for similarities? :p )
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27 Jul 2007, 20:26
AugiTh wrote:
Many investors base their choice between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to the dividends available on common stocks.
(A) between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to
(B) among bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields to
(C) between bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields with
(D) among bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields and
(E) between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields with

On what basis should I choose between comparison and compare? please shed some light!

E. the issue s are "between and among" and "comparing to or comparing with" not "compare and comparision"..

1. first chose between for 2 choices.

2. second chose comparing with becasue the comparision is between 2 similary things: bond yield and dividends. both are yeilds so "compare(ing) with" is more appropariate.
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24 May 2008, 00:57
it´s between c and e - guys, how do you think about it? oa says c, but doesn´t sound the ing-form better than the noun?
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24 Aug 2009, 22:58
OA is C
i think the difference between "compare with" and "compare to" needs no more explaination.
what confuse me is why "comparison" is better than "comparing" .

maybe one of the possible explanation is that the "ing" need a subject, and in this sentence, any noun before the "comparing" could be the subject.
One of GMCC's favorite tricks.

p.s. another explanation like this: when a verb has a nominal, the noun is superior to the "ing" form.

Can anyone help to confirm these explanations? Thx~
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04 Sep 2009, 21:23
Many investors base their choice between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to the dividends available on common stocks.
(A) between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to
(B) among bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields to
(C) between bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields with
(D) among bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields and
(E) between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields with

If you take the second half of the sentence with Comparison (Noun form) and Comparing (Gerundive form) separately, here is how they look -

X - on comparisons of bond yields with the dividends available on common stocks
XX - on comparing bond yields with the dividends available on common stocks

Now the first one sounds like a noun (an outcome) while the second one sounds like an ongoing activity (a complete sense in itself).

Seems like they want to base it on the results and not the activity. Therefore, I think C is the answer.
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11 Mar 2011, 09:01
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thank you for this clear answer.
Can we generalize this rule to all prepositions ?
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11 Mar 2011, 10:56
Yes without doubt. A preposition will have to be followed by a noun or noun phrase or a pronoun or a pronoun phrase. There is no exception to this rule, as far as I know. That is the reason,when the word "like" is used as a preposition in comparisons, it is always followed by a noun and not a verb or a clause
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05 Apr 2011, 04:32
You need not nitpick between 'comparing with' and 'comparing to' or in comparison with and in comparison to; you can totally ignore that aspect.

The right combination will have ‘between & and’ becos, the comparison is between bonds on one side and stocks on the other side. Among is out.

‘Comparing’ is wrong; ‘comparison of’ is right usage as per idiomatic conventions. We can not ask why.

The right combination is in C
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05 Apr 2011, 06:47
should the answer ideally not read "comparison of" instead of "comparisons of"?

Like C) between bonds and stocks on COMPARISON of bond yields with

daagh wrote:
You need not nitpick between 'comparing with' and 'comparing to' or in comparison with and in comparison to; you can totally ignore that aspect.

The right combination will have ‘between & and’ becos, the comparison is between bonds on one side and stocks on the other side. Among is out.

‘Comparing’ is wrong; ‘comparison of’ is right usage as per idiomatic conventions. We can not ask why.

The right combination is in C
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05 Apr 2011, 07:14
@chaitanyavmk:

1. Are we looking for the ideal choice or the best of the available choices?

2. Is there any choice that contains “comparison’? C also says comparisons and not comparison
Since no choice contains comparison, are we going to skip the question in the GMAT?
3. Why ‘comparisons’ is/ are not ideal? When there are multiple comparisons, how can we express that plurality?
4. Is ‘comparison’ a non-countable noun?
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05 Apr 2011, 07:31
absolutely agree with points 1, 2 & 3 daagh.

The question now is with 4 & 5.
Talking on the actual grammatical usage, the comparison is between bonds and stocks.
So should the correct usage not be "...comparison of bond yields with dividends..."?
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05 Apr 2011, 08:45
Whether comparison or comparisons, how does it help to get to the right answer in the given choice?

Secondly, the comparison is not limited to one stock with one bond. It is one stock with several bonds and several bonds with several stocks. Thus an internet of thousands of permutations and combinations decide the outcome of thee selection. In such a labyrinthine context, the singular comparison may be inadequate IMHO
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09 Apr 2011, 21:12
C is right...choice between X & Y..comparison of A with B
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29 Jul 2012, 00:47
flyinhair wrote:
OA is C
i think the difference between "compare with" and "compare to" needs no more explaination.
what confuse me is why "comparison" is better than "comparing" .

maybe one of the possible explanation is that the "ing" need a subject, and in this sentence, any noun before the "comparing" could be the subject.
One of GMCC's favorite tricks.

p.s. another explanation like this: when a verb has a nominal, the noun is superior to the "ing" form.

Can anyone help to confirm these explanations? Thx~

I think so too. " when a verb has a nominal, the noun is superior to the 'ing' form." And the nominal and the noun have to represent the same meaning.
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18 Jun 2014, 21:01
jlgdr wrote:
Could someone please explain C vs E please? Would be happy to throw some Kudos out there!

Cheers!
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" Many investors base their choice "

"Base their Choice" on existing "Comparisons" not "On Comparing" (Present cont)

You cannot base your choice on some activity which is still ongoing.
Hence I'd go with "C"
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daagh wrote:
Let us not bother whether it is ‘comparison with’ or ‘comparison to’, which I understand is not being tested by GMAT these days. But the primary clue is that a preposition such as ‘on’ has to be followed by a noun or noun phrase. There is no escape from this rule. So it has to be ‘on comparisons of’. Any other expression may be ignored from consideration. So ADE are out. Between B and C, as the comparison is essentially between two things namely bonds and stocks, we have to use ‘between’ rather than ‘among’. Choice C is correct.

I have a different idea
on arriving the hotel, I study gmat immediately

in this sentence, a correct one, on following by doing.

the point in this sentence is that if doing is used as pure noun, and a pure noun exist, specifically coparision, we should you noun form , and do not use doing as pure a noun. honestly, we need to do about gerund, participle and doing as pure noun to understand this question properly. these points are not explained enough in grammar book and in gmat og books and many persons fail.
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