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A recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report stated that the skyrocketing expense of pharmaceuticals have risen to force third world countries to address absent government policies, insufficient instruction for healthcare workers, and excessively strict drug-control regulations.

(A) expense of pharmaceuticals have risen to force
(B) expense for pharmaceuticals are a force for
(C) expense of pharmaceuticals are forcing
(D) rises in pharmaceutical expenses are forcing
(E) pharmaceuticals expenses have risen to force

my ans is D. pls, OA?
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Re: Pharmaceuticals [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2010, 00:51
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D for rightly saying - the skyrocketing rises - in pharmaceutical expenses rather than -skyrocketing expense -, a singular that does not tally with the plural verbs in A,Band C and avoiding the awkward expression - pharmaceuticals expenses - as in E
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Re: Pharmaceuticals [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2010, 12:45
[quote="feruz77"]A recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report stated that the skyrocketing expense of pharmaceuticals have risen to force third world countries to address absent government policies, insufficient instruction for healthcare workers, and excessively strict drug-control regulations.

(A) expense of pharmaceuticals have risen to force
(B) expense for pharmaceuticals are a force for
(C) expense of pharmaceuticals are forcing
(D) rises in pharmaceutical expenses are forcing ; correct
(E) pharmaceuticals expenses have risen to force ; changes the meaning of the sentence , skyrocketing expenses have risen .. makes no sense
quote]
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Re: Pharmaceuticals [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 06:08
Revising My answer, It has to be C when Skyrocketing is used there is no reason to use rise. Redundancy is everywhere except in C
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Re: Pharmaceuticals [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2010, 23:53
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Re: Pharmaceuticals [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2010, 01:33
What is the source of this question? None of the answer choices seems correct. "skyrocketing" cannot go with "rises/risen", since they mean the same thing.

C should have used "is forcing" than "are forcing", since the subject is 'expense'.
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Re: Pharmaceuticals [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2010, 00:50
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A recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report stated that the skyrocketing expense of pharmaceuticals have risen to force third world countries to address absent government policies, insufficient instruction for healthcare workers, and excessively strict drug-control regulations.

(A) expense of pharmaceuticals have risen to force
(B) expense for pharmaceuticals are a force for
(C) expense of pharmaceuticals are forcing
(D) rises in pharmaceutical expenses are forcing
(E) pharmaceuticals expenses have risen to force

my ans is D. pls, OA?


Feruz,

Come on, man. You posted the question, so you cant expcet the OA from us ... YOU are supposed to TELL us the OA :)

My ans is D too. Reason SVA in A/B/C. E is awkward.


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Re: Pharmaceuticals [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2010, 06:05
The obvious error in the given sentence is the necessary repetition of the same
idea in the phrase “skyrocketing expenses pharmaceutical expenses have risen,” because
“skyrocketing” itself means “rising.”

The difference between choices (B) and (C) are in phrases “expense of pharmaceuticals” and
“expense for pharmaceuticals” and “are a force for” and “are forcing.”

If you substitute the word “cost’ for ‘expenses’, you can immediately conclude that “cost of
pharmaceuticals,” and not “costs for pharmaceuticals,” is the correct phrase. Also, the verb form of a word (“are forcing”) is always considered to be more idiomatic than its noun form (“are a force
for”). (C) is a better choice than (B).
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Re: Pharmaceuticals [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2011, 06:43
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OA is C according to http://www.winningprep.com/VerbalQuesti ... nners.html

However I think the AC are awkwardly constructed. It think it meant to test redundancy, but the way it is written I think subject verb agreement is more important therefore C cannot be the answer.

expense are forcing?
should be
expense is forcing
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expenses are forcing.
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Re: Pharmaceuticals [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2011, 22:56
IMO C.
but both C and D have their flaws.
D says skyrocketing rises which is redundant and C is incorrectly saying expense...are. what is the source of this SC?
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Re: Pharmaceuticals [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2011, 14:51
Definitely should be C...

(A) expense of pharmaceuticals have risen to force - Skyrocketing and risen - redundancy
(B) expense for pharmaceuticals are a force for - single force - probably wrong.
(C) expense of pharmaceuticals are forcing - perfect!!!
(D) rises in pharmaceutical expenses are forcing - Skyrocketing and risen - redundancy
(E) pharmaceuticals expenses have risen to force - Skyrocketing and risen - redundancy
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