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# The unskilled workers at the Allenby plant realized that

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842. The unskilled workers at the Allenby plant realized that their hourly rate of \$4.11 to \$4.75 was better than many nearby factory wages.
(A) many nearby factory wages
(B) many wages in nearby factories
(C) what are offered by many nearby factories
(D) it is in many nearby factories
(E) that offered by many nearby factories

A very basic question: Can singular subject 'rate' be compared with plural 'rates'? My answer is NO but I am not 100% sure and wanted to confirm. Comments?

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06 Nov 2007, 11:09
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In the above case, can singular subject 'rate' be compared with plural 'rates'?
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06 Nov 2007, 16:16
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eyunni wrote:
In the above case, can singular subject 'rate' be compared with plural 'rates'?

what "Rates" are you pointing. the passage only has "Rate" that is being compared to other rate-singular
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06 Nov 2007, 22:52
[quote="eyunni"]842. The unskilled workers at the Allenby plant realized that their hourly rate of \$4.11 to \$4.75 was better than many nearby factory wages.
(A) many nearby factory wages
(B) many wages in nearby factories
(C) what are offered by many nearby factories
(D) it is in many nearby factories
(E) that offered by many nearby factories

A very basic question: Can singular subject 'rate' be compared with plural 'rates'? My answer is NO but I am not 100% sure and wanted to confirm. Comments?[/quote

In my knowledge, 'rate' cannot be compared with 'rates'. You can only compare singular w/ singular and plural w/ plural.
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24 Jun 2012, 09:13
Let us consider these options

1. A. Ronaldo’s goal is better than many put by other players
B. Ronaldo’s goal is better than that put by many other players
C. Ronaldo’s goal is better than those put by many others are.

2. A. Tom’s score is higher than scores by others
B. Tom’s score is higher than that scored by others
C. Tom’s score is higher than those scored by others

Which are the correct versions? Doesn’t B in each case imply that all the other players together put one goal or all others put together scored one mark? IMO, we cannot limit comparisons between just two things alone. The comparison can be between one and one or between one and many others. E changes the meaning to that extent, because the text wants a comparison of one rate with all other rates in the vicinity. Logically the comparison in E is defective.

However, I would not also take C and D as potentially correct answers, because both shift track of tense, from past tense to present tense.
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29 Oct 2015, 08:07
neelesh wrote:
I see the explanations but still dont understand what is wrong with D ?

Doesn't the "it" in D refer to hourly wages....

My first choice was also D, but after reading it carefully, I noticed the tenses problem

Their hourly rate WAS better...than (D) it IS in...

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