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# Many investors base their choice between bonds and stocks on

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03 Oct 2007, 04:35
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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

between X and Y and comparing like things so narrowed down to C and E.

Please explain the difference (grammatical) in 'on comparisions of X with Y' (B) and 'on comparing X with Y'.

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03 Oct 2007, 05:12
base on (noun) and not a verb.

So I'll go with (C)

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03 Oct 2007, 05:17
Comparison of 'X' and 'Y' is idiomatic and not comaprison of 'X' with 'Y'.

So it should be 'E'

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03 Oct 2007, 05:41
I chose E.

The difference between "compare with" and "compare to":

1. compare with - used to imply difference
i.e.) Compared with Joe who likes apples, David does not like apples.

2. compare to - used to imply similarities
i.e.) Compared to Joe who likes apples, David likes apples.

The reason for choosing E:

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 (THE INVESTORS ARE CHOOSING BETWEEN 2 DIFFERENT TYPES OF INVESTMENTS THUS "COMPARING WITH" SHOULD BE USED)

(B) among bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields to (USE OF AMONG IS WRONG. BETWEEN SHOULD BE USED)

(C) between bonds and stocks on comparisons of bond yields with ("COMPARISONS OF....WITH" IS WORDY)

(D) among bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields and (USE OF AMONG IS WRONG. BETWEEN SHOULD BE USED)

(E) between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields with
(USE OF "BETWEEN IS CORRECT"; USE OF "COMPARING ...WITH" IS CORRECT; BETWEEN C AND E, E IS MORE CONCISE)

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03 Oct 2007, 06:56
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

I think we need comparison here !!

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03 Oct 2007, 08:31
lnaik 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

between X and Y and comparing like things so narrowed down to C and E.

Please explain the difference (grammatical) in 'on comparisions of X with Y' (B) and 'on comparing X with Y'.

Between C & E, chose C....

base their choice ...on comparison of...sounds better.

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03 Oct 2007, 08:46
i'll go for E..
take it d other way round..

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

on comparisons of bond yields with the dividends available on common stocks Many investors base their choice between bonds and stocks

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03 Oct 2007, 10:28
"E"

c is too wordy.

when you take the fillers out....choice "E" seems more concise and clear.

what's the OA?

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03 Oct 2007, 12:51
Just a side comment -- bond yields are measured in %, and dividends in \$.
Real SCs are always correct even in technical aspects. Bond yields should be compared with dividend yields. Investors who compare apples with oranges lose money. The sentence, however, correctly says that there are many of such people.

To correct, I propose the extention:

Many investors base their choice between bonds and stocks on comparing bond yields to the dividends available on common stocks--THIS IS WHY ONLY A HANDFUL OF THEM MAKE A BUCK.

Just kidding...

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04 Oct 2007, 03:59
OA is C.

Between X and Y

base their choice....on comparisions of ....with is correct.

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04 Oct 2007, 03:59
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