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As business grows more complex, students majoring in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming increasingly successful in the job market.

(A) majoring in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming increasingly

(B) who major in such specialized areas as finance and marketing are becoming more and more

(C) who majored in specialized areas such as those of finance and marketing are being increasingly

(D) who major in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming more and more

(E) having majored in such specialized areas as finance and marketing are being increasingly
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12 Aug 2008, 09:57
Sentence has following issues:
1. Usage of "Like"
2. Unnecessary Tense Change

A) majoring in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming increasingly [ “Such as” is better alternative than “Like”; majoring implies an ongoing activity where as dependent clause is in simple present – eliminate it]

(B) who major in such specialized areas as finance and marketing are becoming more and more [ “Who” correctly modifying the students; Verb Major in same tense as the dependent clause – hold it ]

(C) who majored in specialized areas such as those of finance and marketing are being increasingly [ “majored” unnecessary tense shift; infamous redundant “being” - eliminate it]

(D) who major in specialized areas like those of finance and marketing have been becoming more and more [“Such as” is better alternative than “Like” – eliminate it]

(E) having majored in such specialized areas as finance and marketing are being increasingly [ Simple present preferred over “having majored”; infamous redundant “being” - eliminate it]

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12 Aug 2008, 11:26
a) "those of" is incorrect
b) works
c) "those of" is incorrect
d) "those of" is incorrect
e) "are being" is incorrect
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25 Aug 2008, 14:03
I agree that the answer should be "B" but doesn't "...becoming more and more..." seem redundant in answer "B"?

Perhaps it's a correct idiom that I should memorize?

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25 Aug 2008, 14:10
IMO B.. "such as" is the right way of specifying examples
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26 Aug 2008, 06:17
"such as" is the best choice for examples. We remain only with B,C and E. B is the best choice.
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26 Aug 2008, 18:52
like should be replaced with specialized areas " such as" because here the author is giving the example of the specialized areas.

Out of B and C, C is using past tense whereas the author talks in present.

Thus B
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