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Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed virtually every other immigrant group in the increasingly diverse United States economy.

(A) Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed

(B) Mideast immigrants are exhibiting rates of entrepreneurship exceeding

(C) Immigrants from the Mideast exhibit rates of entrepreneurship exceeding those of

(D) The rates of entrepreneurship in immigrants from the Mideast exceed

(E) The rates of Mideast immigrants’ entrepreneurship exceeds those of
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I irrationally sort of love this question as an example of how the GMAT deals with comparisons (more on comparisons in this video and this sequel), so here's a QOTD-style explanation:

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Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed virtually every other immigrant group in the increasingly diverse United States economy.

A. Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed

The most important thing on GMAT comparison questions is to be maniacally literal. In this case, "Mideast immigrants' rates of entrepreneurship" is being compared to "virtually every other immigrant group." And it makes no sense to compare the rates of entrepreneurship to the immigrant groups themselves.

So (A) is out.

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B. Mideast immigrants are exhibiting rates of entrepreneurship exceeding

(B) has a similar problem as (A): "Mideast immigrants are exhibiting rates of entrepreneurship exceeding virtually every other immigrant group." And once again, it doesn't make sense to compare "rates of entrepreneurship" to immigrant groups.

Also, there's no good reason to use the progressive verb tense "are exhibiting" when we could just use a nice, simple present tense ("exhibit"). It's not WRONG, exactly, to say "are exhibiting", but that particular verb tense emphasizes that there's an ongoing action, and we really don't need to do that here.

So (B) is gone.

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C. Immigrants from the Mideast exhibit rates of entrepreneurship exceeding those of

The pronoun "those" has to refer to a plural noun, and "rates of entrepreneurship" is the nearest candidate. So that gives us: "Immigrants from the Mideast exhibit rates of entrepreneurship exceeding [the rates of entrepreneurship] of virtually every other immigrant group..." That's perfect! Now we're comparing entrepreneurship rates of one immigrant group to entrepreneurship rates of other groups. Nice.

So let's keep (C).

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D. The rates of entrepreneurship in immigrants from the Mideast exceed

(D) has all sorts of problems. First, it makes no sense to say that the rate of entrepreneurship is in immigrants. That's pretty ridiculous.

Second, we still have the same comparison problem as in (A) and (B): "The rates of entrepreneurship... exceed virtually every other immigrant group..." Again, it doesn't make sense to compare "rates of entrepreneurship" to immigrant groups.

So (D) is gone.

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E. The rates of Mideast immigrants’ entrepreneurship exceeds those of

In theory, I like the use of "those" as a pronoun in (E). In practice, it doesn't quite work. "Those" seems to refer to just "rates", and that gives us: "The rates of Mideast immigrants' entrepreneurship exceeds [the rates] of virtually every other immigrant group..." That's much less clear than the version in (C), which tells us that "immigrants from the Mideast exhibit rates of entrepreneurship exceeding [the rates of entrepreneurship] of virtually every other immigrant group..."

You could also argue that the possessive construction is less than ideal in (E). There's no good reason to write "the rates of immigrants' entrepreneurship" when (C) has a better, clearer way to say the same thing.

And best of all, there's a nice, clear subject-verb error in (E): "the rates [of... entrepreneurship] exceeds." That's a killer.

So (C) is our winner.
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Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed virtually every other immigrant group in the increasingly diverse United States economy.
A. Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed - rates are compared with immigrant group. so wrong
B. Mideast immigrants are exhibiting rates of entrepreneurship exceeding - rates cannot exceed immigrant group itself but should exceed rates of immigrant group. Again illogical comparison. So wrong
C. Immigrants from the Mideast exhibit rates of entrepreneurship exceeding those of - correct comparison; rates of Mideast vs rates (those) of every other immigrant group
D. The rates of entrepreneurship in immigrants from the Mideast exceed - rates are compared with immigrant group. so wrong
E. The rates of Mideast immigrants’ entrepreneurship exceeds those of - comparison correct, but the verb (exceed) doesn't match the plural 'rates', so wrong

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IMO C

C & E are the contenders & E can be ruled out because "rates" should have "exceed" i.e. a plural verb
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15 Jun 2010, 09:02
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Between C and E
E fails the SV agreement

C is perfect.

noboru wrote:
Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed virtually every other immigrant group in the increasingly diverse United States economy.
A. Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed
B. Mideast immigrants are exhibiting rates of entrepreneurship exceeding
C. Immigrants from the Mideast exhibit rates of entrepreneurship exceeding those of
D. The rates of entrepreneurship in immigrants from the Mideast exceed
E. The rates of Mideast immigrants’ entrepreneurship exceeds those of
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15 Jun 2010, 00:31
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vannbj wrote:
D

D cannot be the ans because there's a comparison problem. you cannot compare rates with a group
The rates of entrepreneurship ... exceed every other immigrant group

noboru wrote:
Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed virtually every other immigrant group in the increasingly diverse United States economy.
A. Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed
B. Mideast immigrants are exhibiting rates of entrepreneurship exceeding
C. Immigrants from the Mideast exhibit rates of entrepreneurship exceeding those of
D. The rates of entrepreneurship in immigrants from the Mideast exceed
E. The rates of Mideast immigrants’ entrepreneurship exceeds those of

A, D & E are out for the same reason.

immigrants from the mideast is better than mideast immigrant
people from newyork OR newyork people?

so i will go with C
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15 Jun 2010, 11:07
Should be C since it compares the rate of entrepreneurship in one group with others by using "Those".
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09 Sep 2010, 04:36
I agree it should be C based on the comparison. Fell for D in the beginning too...
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25 Sep 2010, 15:57
noboru wrote:
Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed virtually every other immigrant group in the increasingly diverse United States economy.
A. Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed
B. Mideast immigrants are exhibiting rates of entrepreneurship exceeding
C. Immigrants from the Mideast exhibit rates of entrepreneurship exceeding those of
D. The rates of entrepreneurship in immigrants from the Mideast exceed
E. The rates of Mideast immigrants’ entrepreneurship exceeds those of

I will go with C.

A- rates exceed other immigrant.. Wrong comparison
B- rate exceeding other immigrant... Wrong comparison
D. rates of entrepreneurship ....exceed other immigrant.. Wrong comparison
E. The rates of Mideast immigrants' entrepreneurship exceeds -- Wrong SV agreement

C exhibit rates of entrepreneurship exceeding those of other immigrant.... rates compared to rates of other immigrant group...

C is correct
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15 Nov 2010, 15:30
why not E My take is E. Because it's concise and simple and grammatically correct also.
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noboru wrote:
Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed virtually every other immigrant group in the increasingly diverse United States economy.
A. Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed
B. Mideast immigrants are exhibiting rates of entrepreneurship exceeding
C. Immigrants from the Mideast exhibit rates of entrepreneurship exceeding those of
D. The rates of entrepreneurship in immigrants from the Mideast exceed
E. The rates of Mideast immigrants’ entrepreneurship exceeds those of

I chose C...better construction as immigrants from the mideast is appropiate rather than mideast immigrants.
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03 Dec 2010, 18:49
Except C in all the comparisons rates have been compared to immigrants group which is wrong.
Hence C.
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03 Dec 2010, 19:39
Comparing rates..."those of" is correctly used... .
So, A, B and D are eliminated.
In E, "The rates of" is pl and "exceeds" is sl, so, SV error. eliminated E.

The best choice is C.
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23 Aug 2011, 11:52
C for correct comparison between 'rates of Mideast immigrants' and 'rates of every other group'
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26 Sep 2014, 11:48
This SC revolves around a Comparison.

1) Comparison: To figure out what the comparison is supposed to be, we have to look past the underlined portion to the part of the sentence that we can't change. Here, the phrase "virtually every other immigrant group…" tells us what we're supposed to compare: an immigrant group to other immigrant groups. Eliminate A, D and E (they compare "rates" to immigrant groups, which is not correct).

2) Comparison Pt. 2: Between B and C, we have to read and confirm the actual comparison taking place. Answer B starts with the immigrant group, but then compares that group's rates to….every other immigrant group. Answer C starts with the immigrant group, but then compares that group's rates to THOSE (rates) of every other immigrant group. B makes the same mistake that A, D and E made; it just does so a little later on in the answer. Eliminate B.

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Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed virtually every other immigrant group in the increasingly diverse United States economy.

A. Mideast immigrants’ rates of entrepreneurship exceed - Incorrect comparison - rate to immigrant group ; Modifier error - usage of Mideast immigrants' - The correct expression is Mideastern immigrants or Immigrants from the Mideast
B. Mideast immigrants are exhibiting rates of entrepreneurship exceeding - Incorrect comparison - rates of entrepreneurship are being compared to immigrant group ; Modifier error as in A
C. Immigrants from the Mideast exhibit rates of entrepreneurship exceeding those of - Correct
D. The rates of entrepreneurship in immigrants from the Mideast exceed - Incorrect comparison
E. The rates of Mideast immigrants’ entrepreneurship exceeds those of - Subject verb agreement - rates is plural and thus needs exceed

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The focus here is on some rates under comparison with some other rates. Therefore, any choice that compares the rates with another immigrant group rather than its rates is incorrect. Eliminate choices A, B, and D first on this count. Between C and E, eliminate E for erring on simple SV agreement. C is the choice.
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09 Sep 2018, 09:06
Between C and E, in E SV agreement (...rates... "exceeds")
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13 Sep 2018, 20:44
"The rates of Mideast immigrants??? entrepreneurship exceeds those of "

I agree that option E is having subject verb issue so it's not correct.
But Please can anyone tell me what "Those" is referring here .
Is Those - "the rates" or " the rates of mideast immigrants "

Also one more doubt in comparison is that, those always refers to things given before pronoun just like the below example.

For example :
Speed of A is greater than speed of B .
Speed of A is greater than that of B .
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14 Sep 2018, 00:03
Hi Ankur, those in this case would refer to the rates.

Your example on speed is also completely fine.

The usage of those/that in the examples you've mentioned, is from a category called Demonstrative pronouns. One important thing we need to remember while using Demonstrative pronouns is that that can only refer to singular nouns while those can only refer to plural nouns.

This is different from the usage of that as a relative pronoun, since all relative pronouns can refer to both singular and to plural entities.

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