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# SC: Comparison

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03 Feb 2010, 12:35
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Hi Experts,

Could you please look into the following question:

Q- A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1980.

A. that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times
B. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
C. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
D. CEO’s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
E. CEO’s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times

I am curious to know what role 'as compared to 42 times their pay' plays in choice c.

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03 Feb 2010, 13:06
Per my understanding, the answer is "C".

Here "Compared to" is used to compare the ratio (of CEO's pay to workers pay) in 1980 and now.
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03 Feb 2010, 13:22
Hi Piya,

Thanks for the explanation. Yes OA is C only.
Could you please explain why absolute phrase like 'a ratio...' should not be used here instead of a modifier like 'as compared to 42 times their pay'...
Hope I am sounding clear.

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20 Apr 2013, 22:09
Can somebody please explain why option "A" is wrong.
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20 Apr 2013, 22:41
A. that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times ---- we are comparing a ratio ( 419 times more pay ) with the doer of the action namely the blue collar workers. This is wrong comparison. So both A and D are gone
D and E are missing the connector ‘that’, an essential requirement of reported speech.
B, while calling 419 times the pay, as a ratio of salaries , does not specifically call 42 times as the ratio of salaries; This may weirdly give rise to wild speculation that in 1980, the salaries were compared 42 number of occasions. The same situation stays in E too.
C is quite explicit and the answer
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20 Apr 2013, 23:17
Thanks daagh.... I didn't realize the mistake. Thanks for pointing it out.
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20 Apr 2013, 23:22
amitanand wrote:
Hi Experts,

Could you please look into the following question:

Q- A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1980.

A. that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times
B. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
C. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
D. CEO’s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
E. CEO’s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times

I am curious to know what role 'as compared to 42 times their pay' plays in choice c.

Thanks
-Amit

I picked A.what`s the problem with A.I eliminate c for idiom "as compared to"According to manhattan gmat

Right Use :in comparison with,compare to
Suspect : as compare to,as compare with
Wrong use: when compare to
I have eliminated c because of As compared to
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