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# Newly-released data published by City Hall reveals that in 2012 the ra

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Newly-released data published by City Hall reveals that in 2012 the rate of knife crime was estimated at 9.7 per 200,000 inhabitants, 2.7% fewer as the 2011 rate.

A. 2.7% fewer as the 2011 rate.

B. 2.7% less than 2011.

C. a 2.7% decrease when compared with the rate in 2011.

D. 2.7% what it was in 2011.

E. 2.7% the rate in 2011.

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Though this choice may sound a bit wordy, it correctly compares the 2010 rate to the 2009 rate and correctly modifies the preceding clause. Sometimes on the GMAT, shorter is not always better!

If you chose (A), “fewer as” is an incorrect idiom. “Fewer” is a countable modifier. For example, we might say, “fewer hats” but not “fewer rates”. We can also say that the 2012 rate was higher/greater or lower/less than the 2011 rate.

If you chose (B), we’re comparing the 2012 rate to the 2011 rate. This choice compares the 2012 rate to the year 2011.

If you chose (D), “what it was” is ambiguous. It’s unclear what “it” refers to, and the overall the verbiage is clumsy. This choice also makes it sound like the 2012 rate was 2.7% of the 2011 rate.

If you chose (E), this choice has no obvious grammatical error, but it changes the meaning. The intended meaning is that the 2012 rate of crime was 2.7% less than the 2011 rate. This choice makes it sound like the 2012 rate was 2.7% of the 2011 rate.

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30 Jul 2017, 07:46
Newly-released data published by City Hall reveals that in 2012 the rate of knife crime was estimated at 9.7 per 200,000 inhabitants, 2.7% fewer as the 2011 rate.

A. 2.7% fewer as the 2011 rate.

B. 2.7% less than 2011.

C. a 2.7% decrease when compared with the rate in 2011.

D. 2.7% what it was in 2011.

E. 2.7% the rate in 2011.
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19 Dec 2017, 12:32
Hi Experts,

Can you please clarify how option C is correct here. As per E-Gmat , "when compared with" is a wrong idiom. Are there any exceptions to this?
Secondly, though "estimated at" is in the non -underlined part and makes sense ,I would like to understand if its the correct idiom usage since I read somewhere that the correct idiom is "Estimate X to be Y". Can you confirm if there are any exceptions to this as well.
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19 Dec 2017, 12:55
Hi Umrani,
I’m not an expert, but I would like to response your question. “When compared with” is not really an idiom here. You use “when compared with” when you actually MEAN “WHEN compared with”, only at that time we compared X with Y.
Both “estimate at” vs “estimate x to be y” are correct and same meaning.
Ex: she estimates the cost at ten dollars.
Ex: she estimates the cost to be ten dollars.
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01 Jun 2018, 07:27
Newly-released data published by City Hall reveals that in 2012 the rate of knife crime was estimated at 9.7 per 200,000 inhabitants, 2.7% fewer as the 2011 rate.

A. 2.7% fewer as the 2011 rate.

B. 2.7% less than 2011.

C. a 2.7% decrease when compared with the rate in 2011.

D. 2.7% what it was in 2011.

E. 2.7% the rate in 2011.

When compared to is not really an idiom as bichthuy rightly pointed out.

Let me discuss the problem with the other answer choices.

A is wrong because we need a "than" comparison to go with fewer.
B is wrong because it says that the new rate is 2.7% less than the year 2011 - that's absurd.
D is wrong because "it" does not have a logical antecedent (a noun to refer back to)
E is wrong because it suggests that the inhabitants are 2.7% of the rate in 2011 (also a problem with D).
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02 Jun 2018, 08:48
Mahmud6 wrote:
Newly-released data published by City Hall reveals that in 2012 the rate of knife crime was estimated at 9.7 per 200,000 inhabitants, 2.7% fewer as the 2011 rate.

A. 2.7% fewer as the 2011 rate.

B. 2.7% less than 2011.

C. a 2.7% decrease when compared with the rate in 2011.

D. 2.7% what it was in 2011.

E. 2.7% the rate in 2011.

though i choose C, i dont like it

when compared... must refer to subject of the main clause.
when compared with you, my gmat is much better.
in choice C, when compared can not refer grammatically to the rate, and so, the meaning is unclear.
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