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The metabolic rate of sharks is low compared with the rates of most other fishes.

(A) with the rates of most other fishes
(B) to most other fishes’ rate
(C) to that of rates for most other fishes
(D) to most other fishes
(E) with most other fishes
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11 May 2010, 05:01
comparison rates with other fishes is wrong, so A and C remains.. Usage of idiom compared with is correct when you compare elements of the same type.

So IMO A.

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24 May 2010, 14:50
to show comparison between unlike things, compare to is used.

to show comparison between like things, compare with is used.

hence B C n D r out.

E - metabolic rate is compared with fishes. hence incorrect.

hence IMO A.
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25 May 2010, 07:48
Thanks! Can you please give me an example of the case when consider to is used (as mentioned by you)
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25 May 2010, 07:56
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Thanks! Can you please give me an example of the case when consider to is used (as mentioned by you)

I think you were referring to compare to(a quick note nothing must be attached to consider. Consider as consider to is all wrong).

In his latest poem, he compares moon to a silver plate .

Hope this helps.
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25 May 2010, 08:10
Two similar things are being compared.

A.
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25 May 2010, 10:56
yeah I meant compare to. Thanks
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27 May 2010, 08:34
my pick is (B).

compare to is for 'similarities'

the rate of sharks is compared to other fishes' rate.

What is the OA?
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27 May 2010, 13:13
IMO is B
in A they are comparing rate of sharks to rates of fishes.
In order to keep parallelism option B is better, I believe.
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27 May 2010, 21:13
IMO A. How is B keeping parallelism can you please explain..
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27 May 2010, 23:49
compared with is correct here..so i would go with A.

See the below link for more info on Compared to/with

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28 May 2010, 18:50
According to Manhattan GMAT, GMAT does not differentiate between compared with and compared to. So basing your answer on idiomatic distinction is not applicable in this case.
In order to maintain parallelism both parts need to use rate singular, but not plural, hope that helps.
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18 May 2011, 11:50
+1 A

According to MGMAT SC, you should avoid the possesive in plural nouns. This is the case of B.

OA?
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08 Jun 2011, 15:45
Seems like a very Un-GMAT like question here. A and B are both slightly problematic IMO. In A -- we have "rates"..and in B we have " Fishes' "...
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IMO A.

I have found two errors in option B. One is the issue with parallelism and second one is "rate" cannot be singular for many fishes - it has to be rates.

The grammar rule states that when you are changing the "number" from singular to plural, repeat the noun - (MGMAT Pronouns)
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14 Jul 2011, 04:37
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IMO A.
The grammar rule states that when you are changing the "number" from singular to plural, repeat the noun - (MGMAT Pronouns)

mba4viplav is right, answer is A.

to elaborate his point, below sentence is wrong:

The metabolic rate of sharks is low compared with those of most other fishes.

because you are comparing singular rate to plural rates (as referred by those), but now below sentence is right:

The metabolic rate of sharks is low compared with the rates of most other fishes.

because now you are repeating the noun. the above sentence also happens to be the correct answer choice, A.
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16 Jul 2011, 14:00
A or B.
A compares the metabolic rate of sharks with the rates of other fishes. Cant seem to understand the need to switch to plural rates.. Option B corrects this.
What is the OA?

I see the question was posted a month back and still the OA is nowhere..strange
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16 Jul 2011, 18:39
Where are these questions coming from? What is the consensus? I am surprised to see how everyone is talking about A being the option. How can "rates" be compared to "rate"?
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16 Jul 2011, 23:58
This is what I understand

Compared With: When intention is to bring out the differences between to things (regardless of whether they are similar or not)
Compared To : When intentions is to bring out the similarities between to things (regardless of whether they are similar or not)

However a better option could be
The metabolic rate of sharks is low compared with the metabolic rates of most other fishes.

It would have filled any remaining gap in the parallelism of two clauses.
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17 Jul 2011, 09:26
A as it does proper comparison.
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