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## A recent review of pay scales

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A recent review of pay scales Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:11 pm
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A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEO's now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1980.

A. that CEO's now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times
B. that, on average, CEO's now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
C. that, on average, CEO's now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
D. CEO's who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
E. CEO's now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times

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indicate will be followed by 'that' here , So, DE are out
Out of ABC, B uses compares....which should be compared.
So, we are down to A & C
IMO A

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that is needed.
without that D becomes a "run on" sentence.

E: indicates ceos now earning an average of 419 times
review is not indicating particular ceos.

C: their does not have any clear antecedent. also if you reread the whole sentence it will sound weird.

A: "more pay than blue collar workers" is wrong comparison

Whats the OA?

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Is B the answer. I still doubt abt .. compares ..

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choosing between A and B, i'd probably go with B, the last section comparing the ratio seems better constructed to me.

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Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:29 am
OA is B.
But I dont undersyand why A is wrong.

a ratio that compares to 42 times in 1980 in B seems wrong.

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CEO's now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers

CEOs can not more more than blue-collar workers
they can earn more than blue-collar workers' pay

Please let me know if you need a detailed description about the topic.

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Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:03 pm
Thanks I got it now.
Got it . Comparison problem but it really sucks..

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Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:22 am
priyankamishra11 wrote:
Thanks I got it now.
Got it . Comparison problem but it really sucks..
RON HAS mentioned in his blog that C is the answer...I am yet trying to diges tthat..

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/gmat-question-a-recent-review-of-pay-scales-indicates-t1889.html

choice b is badly worded: 'compares to 42 times in 1980' seems to say that, on forty-two different occasions in 1980, the ceo:blue-collar ratio reached 419:1. this is not what we are trying to say.

more generally, when speaking about ratios as is done here, you cannot leave 'times' hanging like this. sometimes you can use pronouns - the height of the sears tower is more than four times that of the statue of liberty - but you can't use empty space.

choice c exhibits proper usage of 'times' followed by their pay. it also uses the ratio, a correct identification of exactly what is being described.

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Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:04 am
A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEOï¿½s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1980.

A. that CEOï¿½s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times - Passive
B. that, on average, CEOï¿½s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
C. that, on average, CEOï¿½s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
D. CEOï¿½s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
E. CEOï¿½s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times

IMO: B

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