The local consulting company has a budget about the same as the largest consulting firms in the state, including the two

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The local consulting company has a budget about the same as the largest consulting firms in the state, including the two leading firms, but only twenty four as a workforce, all with advanced degrees.


A. about the same as the largest consulting firms in the state, including the two leading firms, but only twenty four as a workforce, all with

B. about the same as the largest consulting firms in the state have, as the two leading firms do, but in the local firm there is only a workforce of twenty four, and all of them have

C. that is about the same as the budgets of the largest consulting firms in the state, such as the two leading firms, but in the local firm there is a workforce of only twenty four, all of them having

D. comparable with the budgets that the largest consulting firms in the state have, as the two leading firms do, but they have only twenty four as a workforce, all with

E. comparable to those of the largest consulting firms in the state, such as the two leading firms, but a workforce of only twenty four, all of whom have



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In this sentence, the author compares companies to companies, budget to budget.

Option A - incorrect
This compares a budget to a set of companies which is not what is intended as the meaning.

Option B - incorrect
Here, there are two verbs 'have' and 'do.' The former modifies correctly while the latter is wrong, thereby making the sentence incorrect.

Option C - incorrect
This is wrong as it shows redundancy and it is wordy. In addition, it has two clauses and uses an indirect 'there is' to introduce the second clause which makes it inappropriate.

Option D - incorrect
This option has ambiguity in what the pronoun 'they' refers to. We are not sure if 'they' refer back to two leading firms or local consulting companies or the largest consulting firms!

Option E - correct
This uses the demonstrative pronoun 'those' to set up the correct comparison between the budget of the local consulting company and the budget of the largest consulting company. It also shows that parallelism occurs between the local company and its workforce.