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Most Corporations pay at least twice as much to full-time

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02 Feb 2008, 12:03
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Most Corporations pay at least twice as much to full-time employees, if the value of benefits, sick days, and paid vacation days are included in earnings, than to part-time employees, whose hourly wages are often higher than those of their full-time colleagues.
(A) are included in earnings, than
(B) are included in earnings, as
(C) is included in earnings, than they pay
(D) is included in earnings, as is paid
(E) is included in earnings, as they pay

Let me know which answer you choose and why

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02 Feb 2008, 12:13
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ajay_gmat wrote:
Most Corporations pay at least twice as much to full-time employees, if the value of benefits, sick days, and paid vacation days are included in earnings, than to part-time employees, whose hourly wages are often higher than those of their full-time colleagues.
(A) are included in earnings, than
(B) are included in earnings, as
(C) is included in earnings, than they pay
(D) is included in earnings, as is paid
(E) is included in earnings, as they pay

Let me know which answer you choose and why

D. first - needs singular verb - is.
second - requires "as much as" to make the idiom correct and complete.

hmm........ how trivial and hiddel issues are they?
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02 Feb 2008, 12:25
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Why not E?

"..pay at least twice as much to full-time employees ...., as they pay to..."

E appears to be parallel with the first clause in the sentence (both active voice), and in fact much better so than does D.

I vote for E. Howewer, GMAT TIGER did post a good explanation about why A,B,C are all incorrect.

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02 Feb 2008, 12:37
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E (same reasoning as above)

Most Corporations pay .. twice as much to full-time employees...as they pay to part-time employees,

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02 Feb 2008, 23:27
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Sentence has idiom and verb issue.

(A) are included in earnings, than (Idiom issue – require correct form - as much … as)
(B) are included in earnings, as ( value requires singular verb)
(C) is included in earnings, than they pay (Idiom issue)
(D) is included in earnings, as is paid(why to switch to past form – eliminate it)
(E) is included in earnings, as they pay (Hold it)

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