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# The question of whether to divest themselves of stock in companies

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The question of whether to divest themselves of stock in companies that do business in South Africa is particularly troublesome for the nation’s 116 private Black colleges because their economic bases are often more fragile than most predominantly White colleges.

(A) than

(B) than those of

(C) than is so of

(D) compared to

(E) compared to those of

I have a question here
it is mentioned in OG "both D and E use the unidiomatic and redundant more...........compared to
When we use 'compared to', do we just compare similarities/ differences between two objects rather than which object is more x (say fragile in the above sentence) than the other object?
Please provide me the resource if you have any to justify the answer.

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Originally posted by vannu on 15 Aug 2009, 13:57.
Last edited by Bunuel on 20 Aug 2018, 09:48, edited 2 times in total.
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15 Aug 2009, 14:14
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(A) than
(B) than those of
(C) than is so of
(D) compared to
(E) compared to those of

When you perform comparisons you need to make sure that the left side is correctly compared to right side. Let's dissect the question stem...
The question of whether to divest themselves of stock in companies that do business in South Africa is particularly troublesome for the nation’s 116 private Black colleges because their economic bases are often more fragile than most predominantly White colleges.

A comparison is being performed between the "economic bases" of the nation's 116 private Black colleges and Predominant white colleges. Is the comparison correct? NO, how can you compare the economic bases with Predominant white colleges, however, you can compare the economic bases of the nation's 116 private black colleges with those of the Predominant white colleges.

Compared To Vs Compared With:
Compared to is used to compare two dissimilar things
Compared with is used to show the similarities or dissimilarities between two things. Should we not be using Compared with here since we actually mean to compare the economic basis between the two college communities.
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16 Aug 2009, 13:27
I know that B is the right choice.

I was confused about the usage of comparative form and 'compared to' in the same sentence.
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20 Aug 2018, 09:46
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vannu wrote:
I know that B is the right choice.

I was confused about the usage of comparative form and 'compared to' in the same sentence.

When you see -re (more, better etc) you have to use "than" only
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