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

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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

ok i gave it a glance n' got this one wrong.
Pls somebody explain I chose ARE over IS b'coz three sublects are joined with an "and"..doesnt this requre a plural verb?

Originally posted by tejal777 on 24 Aug 2009, 16:38.
Last edited by Bunuel on 12 Nov 2019, 04:51, edited 4 times in total.
Renamed the topic, edited the question and added the OA.
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25 Aug 2009, 02:57
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tejal777 wrote:
514. 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

OA:E

ok i gave it a glance n' got this one wrong.
Pls somebody explain I chose ARE over IS b'coz three sublects are joined with an "and"..doesnt this requre a plural verb?

This is what GMAT does. It plays tricks with you.
First of all, there is some modification in question. the underlined part starts from a differently. Here is the question :

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

Now, to solve this one, the first thing you need to look is for the idiom "as much.... as" to complete. Lets look at the options. Clearly, we can eliminate A & C.

Now, next would be to look at the verbs. Here, the GMAT tricks with giving both "are" and "is in option. The way to find the best answer is to see subject verb agreement. Here, the verb is for subject "value" which is singular. Hence, Option B is eliminated.

Option D unnecessarily changes the tense to a perfect tense.

Option E maintains the tense (simple past) as well the numbers part (Many Corporations) by rightly using "they pay".

Long one eh! Hope it helps.
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24 Aug 2009, 17:18
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"Value of Benefits" is singular. of benefits is a middleman. Get rid of this.

1. That expalains why 'IS'.

2. As needs to be completed by as.

3. Because pay is compared. I will pick up. "They pay"

'E' is my pick..

What is the OA?
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24 Aug 2009, 19:44
IMO E

at least as much to X as to Y

The s/v agreement: the value....is
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25 Aug 2009, 03:41
bhanushalinikhil wrote:
tejal777 wrote:
514. 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

OA:E

ok i gave it a glance n' got this one wrong.
Pls somebody explain I chose ARE over IS b'coz three sublects are joined with an "and"..doesnt this requre a plural verb?

This is what GMAT does. It plays tricks with you.
First of all, there is some modification in question. the underlined part starts from a differently. Here is the question :

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

Now, to solve this one, the first thing you need to look is for the idiom "as much.... as" to complete. Lets look at the options. Clearly, we can eliminate A & C.

Now, next would be to look at the verbs. Here, the GMAT tricks with giving both "are" and "is in option. The way to find the best answer is to see subject verb agreement. Here, the verb is for subject "value" which is singular. Hence, Option B is eliminated.

Option D unnecessarily changes the tense to a perfect tense.

Option E maintains the tense (simple past) as well the numbers part (Many Corporations) by rightly using "they pay".

Long one eh! Hope it helps.

I think "they pay" is not required in option E. Although having it does not cause any harm. What you say?
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15 Feb 2010, 01:05
I choose E:

1) as mush ... as
2) value ... is
3) parallelism: pay...pay
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19 Feb 2010, 22:42
Value is singular so is over are so ans is E

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16 Jul 2011, 23:19
tejal777 wrote:
514. 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

Most Corporations pay at least twice as much to full-time employees, if the value of benefits, sick days, and paid vacation days is included in earnings, as they pay to part-time employees, whose hourly wages are often higher than those of their full-time colleagues.

Although E is the better than others, the use of 'they pay' is nothing but breaking the parallelism of "they pay twice As much to A as (they pay) to B"
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13 Nov 2019, 10:28
between D and E, I picked D

I wonder why is E not considered pronoun ambiguous, since 'they' can refer to both corporations and employees.
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