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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

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05 Jan 2005, 22:51
A. correct idiom - comparing X to Y. correct use of between - comparison of 2 objects.
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05 Jan 2005, 23:55
'between' is correct, 'among' is not as we are comparing A and B. That eliminates B and D.
The idioms 'compare A to B' and 'compare A with B', both are valid.

Here, we are comparing the characteristics of A and B, therefore 'compare A with B' is the correct idiom. This leaves C and E

C is the correct choice as it uses the noun form 'comparisons of bond yields with ..'
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06 Jan 2005, 08:15
(C)

Compare with and compared to are both correct idioms.
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06 Jan 2005, 09:49
C

option A says that the act of comparing will guide the investors.

C correctly says that "comparisons of" means the result of comparing will guide the invertors.

hence (C)

Thanks for resolving the doubt that I had compated with/to.

something I picked from net

Compare can be followed by a preposition to or with, depending on the meaning. These two are often used indiscriminately, but, in formal English, TO should be used when similarities are compared: e.g., Finnish politics are sometimes compared to, or are considered similar to, Swedish politics. However, in technical writing we usually want to compare both similarities and differences, so it is correct to use compare WITH. E.g., The heart can be compared to a pump or likened to a pump. (A clear comparison or likeness can be seen between the two). But, e.g., In the figure below, pumps made by X are compared with pumps made by Y. (Here, we are interested in knowing about both the similarities and the differences, though often the differences are more important)

There is more elobrate discussion @ http://www.eng-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=90937&page=7
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06 Jan 2005, 22:15
thanks for all the explantions i originally thought of C. good question, i guess i didnt understand the difference b/m compare to and compare with. no i do thanks again
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07 Jan 2005, 08:41
The OA is C.

Good discussion!

I was wondering whether there can be any other reason like: 'compared to' can be used between two subjects which are not together, where as 'campared with' can be used between two subject which are together or related prior to the comparision. Does it make sense ? ..
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