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

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Re: The question of whether to divest themselves of stock in companies tha [#permalink]
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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Re: The question of whether to divest themselves of stock in companies tha [#permalink]
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The intention here is a comparison between two things – Economic bases of Black colleges and economic bases of White colleges. ‘Than’ seems to be okay here as the right idiom. The error seems to be in the comparison that is being made.

Let’s look at the question again:

… is particularly troublesome for the nation’s 116 private Black colleges because their economic bases are often more fragile than most predominantly White colleges.

We can see here that the economic bases of Black colleges are compared with White colleges – This is the problem.
We need to find an option that rectifies this issue.

(A) than
The problem here is that of faulty comparison as stated above. Eliminate.

(B) than those of
This corrects the error in the original sentence. Here the comparison then is between the economic bases of Black colleges and economic bases [those] of White colleges. This is the best choice.

(C) than is so of
This is the wrong idiom and structure. Eliminate.

(D) compared to
This expression is used when you want to highlight the similarities between two distinct things.
For instance, love is often compared to a rose.
In any case, the use of this idiom is redundant here when the comparison is already set up in the structure of the sentence.
Eliminate.

(E) compared to those of
Same reason as Option D. Eliminate.

Hope this helps!
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Re: The question of whether to divest themselves of stock in companies tha [#permalink]
vannu wrote:
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

https://www.nytimes.com/1986/04/25/us/black-college-is-pressed-to-take-costly-step.html

The issues confronting the Spelman trustees are particularly troublesome for the nation's 116 private black colleges. Because many of the schools are far poorer than more prestigious, predominantly white institutions, their officials say endowments involve comparatively small dollar amounts and fewer investments linked to South Africa. Yet because the schools' economic bases are often more fragile, the consequences of any divestment are weighed carefully.

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.

(A) than - Wrong: 1) Comparison

(B) than those of - Correct

(C) than is so of - Wrong: 1) Parallelism

(D) compared to - Wrong: 1) Idiom 2) Comparison

(E) compared to those of - Wrong: 1) Idiom
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