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# The country’s Commerce secretary says that spending on

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09 Apr 2017, 11:14
The comparison is done between two values of spending or between the spending of year 2013 and \$20 billion.
I am of the opinion that option C compares 'spending' with '\$20 billion' which is corrected in Option D with the addition of 'reached in'.
What am I missing?

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16 Apr 2017, 07:47
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puto wrote:
The comparison is done between two values of spending or between the spending of year 2013 and \$20 billion.
I am of the opinion that option C compares 'spending' with '\$20 billion' which is corrected in Option D with the addition of 'reached in'.
What am I missing?

Both C and D compare \$40 billion dollars with \$20 billion dollars correctly. The part "reached in" is unnecessary in option D - the same idea is expressed using fewer no. of words in option C. Hence C is better than D.

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08 Aug 2017, 06:33
gmat2805 wrote:
The country’s Commerce secretary says that spending on fuel subsidies could reach \$40 billion dollars in 2013, compared to about \$20 billion in last year.

A)that spending on fuel subsidies could reach \$40 billion dollars in 2013, compared with about \$20 billion in last year
B)that spending on fuel subsidies could reach \$40 billion dollars in 2013, and that is compared to about \$20 billion last year
C)spending on fuel subsidies could reach \$40 billion dollars in 2013, compared with about \$20 billion last year
D)spending on fuel subsidies could reach \$40 billion dollars in 2013, compared with about \$20 billion reached in last year
E)spending on fuel subsidies could reach \$40 billion dollars in 2013, and that is compared to about \$20 billion reached last year

My doubt :- How can the option without "that" be correct ?

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OA : C

What does compared to modify here?
Could you explain in on the context of ed modifier here?
I thought ed modifier after comma modifies the closest noun.

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