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# The metabolic rate of sharks is low compared with the rates

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The metabolic rate of sharks is low compared with the rates of most other fishes.
(A)
(B) to most other fishes' rate
(C) to that of rates fro most other fishes
(D) to most other fishes
(E) with most other fishes

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02 Feb 2005, 01:33
This one tests for the idiom "compare with/to" but it is too easy that I don't have to wonder which one to go for "to" or "with". After POE, "the rates of.." in (A) is necessary and "that of rates.." is just wrong. All other choices are wrong for same reason. Hence (A).

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02 Feb 2005, 05:46
A ! because of right comparision between the rates !

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02 Feb 2005, 06:19
I agree wiht (A)

Now for the 99th time, compared with and compared to, which is the proper idiom? Or should i say, which is the GMAT idiom?:lol:

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02 Feb 2005, 06:42
Both are correct idioms.

Compared to is used to compare unlike things
Compared with is used to compare like things

generally "Compare to" is used to stress the resemblance. where as "Compare with" is used when we want to show similarities or differences.. stressing the differences is lot more common on GMAT

you will use "compare to" in the following situation.

he compared her to sunshine.
the girl and sunshine are unlike things here.

where as "compare with"
he compared a green apple with a red apple.
apples are similar items.

here its the rate of the fishes- sharks and fishes similar items
so "compared with" is right in this case

hope this helps..

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06 Feb 2005, 02:31
vprabhala wrote:
Both are correct idioms.

Compared to is used to compare unlike things
Compared with is used to compare like things

generally "Compare to" is used to stress the resemblance. where as "Compare with" is used when we want to show similarities or differences.. stressing the differences is lot more common on GMAT

you will use "compare to" in the following situation.

he compared her to sunshine.
the girl and sunshine are unlike things here.

where as "compare with"
he compared a green apple with a red apple.
apples are similar items.

here its the rate of the fishes- sharks and fishes similar items
so "compared with" is right in this case

hope this helps..

visa versa!
I don't hope that this helps

compare to stresses similarities
compare with stresses differences

so the answer is A. By the way, OA is A too

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06 Feb 2005, 04:39
HongHu wrote:
The metabolic rate of sharks is low compared with the rates of most other fishes.
(A)
(B) to most other fishes' rate
(C) to that of rates fro most other fishes
(D) to most other fishes
(E) with most other fishes

sorry for late
A it is.
we need to use compare with rather than compare to.
Besides, we need to compare both rates.

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07 Feb 2005, 09:52
The problem is not with 'compare to' or 'compare with'. We have to compare the RATE of sharks to the RATES of other fishes. If we say 'RATE of other fishes' we'll make a mistake because all other fishes cannot have the same rate

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07 Feb 2005, 10:06
That is a great point, thanks!

I was wondering if we say "They shook their head", or "They shook their heads". Now I understand.

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07 Feb 2005, 23:09
Am I right in saying that since we are comparing the rates of two similar items i.e. 'Sharks rate' and 'Fishe's rate', the correct usage is 'compare with'.

Ans A
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19 Jun 2007, 11:47
I wud go with C.

1. Rates for is a Correct Idiom
2. Needs compared to, since they are disimilar objects
3. and rates- plural is used.

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10 Sep 2007, 11:58
bmwhype2 wrote:
ChallengeMaker wrote:
The problem is not with 'compare to' or 'compare with'. We have to compare the RATE of sharks to the RATES of other fishes. If we say 'RATE of other fishes' we'll make a mistake because all other fishes cannot have the same rate

So...What is the OA?

I am not sure if we arrived on a OA for this one.
Everybody seems to agree on A .
Can sombody explain ?

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10 Sep 2007, 13:56
ashkrs wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
ChallengeMaker wrote:
The problem is not with 'compare to' or 'compare with'. We have to compare the RATE of sharks to the RATES of other fishes. If we say 'RATE of other fishes' we'll make a mistake because all other fishes cannot have the same rate

So...What is the OA?

I am not sure if we arrived on a OA for this one.
Everybody seems to agree on A .
Can sombody explain ?

though OA is not provided, it should be A.

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