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Studies of test scores show that watching television has a markedly positive effect on children whose parents speak English as a second language, as compared to those whose native language is English.

(A) to those whose native language is English
(B) with children whose native language is English
(C) with those who are native English speakers
(D) to children whose parents do not
(E) with children whose parents are native English speakers
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Studies of test scores show that watching television has a markedly positive effect on children whose parents speak English as a second language, as compared to those who are native English speakers.

1. to those who are
2. with children who are
3. with
4. to those whose parents are
5. with children whose parents are


I think "compared with" must be used to contrast. Is it C? I am between C and E but C expresses the same idea as E more succinctly.
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IMO E.

Studies of test scores show that watching television has a markedly positive effect on children whose parents speak English as a second language, as compared with children whose parents are native English speakers.

This sentence compares children to children, so compared with is correct idiom.
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E for sure!!!

we r comparing children's parents ability to speak a language...
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Studies of test scores show that watching television has a markedly positive effect on children whose parents speak English as a second language, as compared to those whose native language is English.

(A) to those whose native language is English
(B) with children whose native language is English
(C) with those who are native English speakers
(D) to children whose parents do not
(E) with children whose parents are native English speakers

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Manhattan says E, but I think it could be D. The pronoun "those" is not ambiguous since parents is referred to in the answer choice?
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Compare usually takes the preposition “to” when it refers to the activity of describing the resemblances between unlike things: He compared her to a summer day. Scientists sometimes compare the human brain to a computer.

It takes “with” when it refers to the act of examining two like things in order to discern their similarities or differences: The police compared the forged signature with the original. The committee will have to compare the Senate’s version of the bill with the version that was passed by the House.


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Unquestionably E.

compared with - is used here to compare children with children.

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The correct idiom here is 'compared with' and not 'compared to'.
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Both "Compare to" and "compare with" are correct idioms.

1. “compare to” is to suggest resemblances between things that have essentially different natures:
In appearance, ripples in ocean water can be compared to frosting spread on a cake.

2. “compare with” is to suggest resemblances between things that have essentially similar natures:
Despite their different capacities, RAM can be compared with ROM in that both involve memory storage.

In the context of given Sentence, "compare with" is correct. Hence E.
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as compared with..is the correct idiom right.

Not sure what the parallel structure here is? anyone?
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Parallelism is between children whose parents are Native english speakers and children whose parents are not English speakers.

In this context we are comparing children, i.e. two similar entities. Hence compared with has to be used. Compared to is used when we compare apples and oranges but here it is apples vs apples.

So applying the above two options E is the best suited option.
A & D are out because it uses "Compared To".
B is out because it uses who instead of whose.
C- just mentions "with". In this context we are comparing children with children. Not children and Native speakers.
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Fell for D ... but E is right


By POE : D and E prevail.

D: those is a pronoun which can either refer to antecedent parents or children.Hence, it isn't clear.So,eliminated.

E: Children is repeated thus making the referents clear in the second clause.

E prevails.
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This sentence compares Children with Non Native english speaker Vs Children with Native english speaker..
So "E" is correct

1. to those who are Compares Childrenn Vs All Native english speaker
2. with children who are Compares correctly, but parallelism issue
3. with Reject this ..No parallelism/Logical
4. to those whose parents areCompares Children Vs Parents
5. with children whose parents areCorrectly compares

Always remember in Comparision the below points.
*. Comparison must be logical
*. Comparison must be parallel
*. Comparision must be idiomatically correct ex: more...than/less ...than Correct
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By inference E. The study is comparing the influence of television on the English language ability of children when the variable in question is their parents' English reference point.

(Coincidentally, my childhood is good anecdotal evidence of this. Although in addition to PBS, NPR was an amazing way to pick lots of things up too.)
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Between D and E.

D comparison meaning isn't complete. POE.

E compared with ... and the comparison meaning is correct.

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Between D and E.

D comparison meaning isn't complete. POE.

E compared with ... and the comparison meaning is correct.

E wins.


Hi Amit,
You cant have D as an option because compared to is wrong usage . we need compare with.
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Per GMAT both the idioms are good.

sudhir18n wrote:
amit2k9 wrote:
Between D and E.

D comparison meaning isn't complete. POE.

E compared with ... and the comparison meaning is correct.

E wins.


Hi Amit,
You cant have D as an option because compared to is wrong usage . we need compare with.

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MSDHONI wrote:
Per GMAT both the idioms are good.

sudhir18n wrote:
amit2k9 wrote:
Between D and E.

D comparison meaning isn't complete. POE.

E compared with ... and the comparison meaning is correct.

E wins.


Hi Amit,
You cant have D as an option because compared to is wrong usage . we need compare with.


Hi Dhoni,
I know Manhattan SC says GMAT ignores the distinction.. so lets believe it .
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