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# Minerva Consulting has a budget about the same as the largest consult

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Minerva Consulting has a budget about the same as the largest consulting firms in the state, like Cost Stonehouse or McKidney’s, but only twenty four in workforce, all of whom have advanced degrees.

(A) about the same as the largest consulting firms in the state, like Cost Stonehouse or McKidney’s, but only twenty four in workforce, all of whom have

(B) of about the same as the largest consulting firms in the state have, as Cost Stonehouse or McKidney’s, but in Minerva there is only a workforce of twenty four, and all of them have

(C) that is about the same as the budgets of largest consulting firms in the state, such as Cost Stonehouse or McKidney’s, but in Minerva with a workforce of only twenty four, all of them having

(D) comparable to the budgets of the largest consulting firms in the state, like Cost Stonehouse or McKidney’s, but only twenty four in workforce, and all have

(E) comparable to those of the largest consulting firms in the state, such as Cost Stonehouse or McKidney’s, but a workforce of only twenty four, all of whom have

Hello mikemcgarry,

Good day to you

I was going through the aforementioned question at the following Magoosh's link: https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/logical-predication-on-the-gmat-sentence-correction/

Spoiler: :: My Query
In the Correct Answer E, we are using "comparable to those". In the non-underlined part we have "has a budget". Non-underlined part is singular (budget) so how can we use "those" (which will replace a plural noun, in our case budgets).

Isn't this pronoun ambiguity and SV disagreement?

Please throw some light on my doubt.

Regards

P.S. I hope this time I wasn't just blindly following rules.

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11 Mar 2018, 01:59

Will copy his response for you either way, hope that he doesn't mind:

"As for your grammar question, this a very tricky thing about the use of demonstrative pronouns (that, those) in comparisons & parallelism. Minerva has a budget, singular. The other two companies have budgets, plural. This is precisely why a personal pronoun (it, they) would be totally incorrect, and why we need to use a demonstrative pronoun. The pronoun “those” refers not to the single budget of Minerva but to the plural budgets of the two other companies — demonstrative pronouns do not refer exclusively to an antecedent— they don’t have the “personal” relationship with an antecedent that a personal pronoun would have. Demonstrative pronouns can refer to the same word in another context — the budget of Minerva is not the same thing as the budget of either either company — and because the context is different, antecedent can be singular and pronoun can be plural. Demonstrative pronouns do not need to match their antecedents the way personal pronouns do.
Does all this make sense?
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This question is discussed here: minerva-consulting-has-a-budget-about-the-same-as-the-largest-consulti-188263.html

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