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# As measured by the Commerce Department, corporate profits

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As measured by the Commerce Department, corporate profits peaked in the fourth quarter of 1988 and have slipped since then, as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs.

(A) and have slipped since then, as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs
(B) and have slipped since then, the reason being because many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs
(C) and slipped since then, many companies being unable to pass on higher costs
(D) but, many companies unable to pass on higher costs, they have slipped since then
(E) yet are slipping since then, because many companies were unable to pass on higher

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11 Aug 2005, 04:46
I think A is fine;

B is too wordy and has 'being'

C D E doesnt go well in the sentence
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11 Aug 2005, 05:17
A is correct. with since, present perfect "have slipped" is required.
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11 Aug 2005, 17:38
Bumping up the thread for more participation and explanations.
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11 Aug 2005, 18:48
I agree with everyone - A it is.

By locating choices with the present perfect "have slipped", we are able to eliminate all choices but "A" and "B". "B" has "being" which is almost always incorrect so by POE, "A" is the best answer.
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11 Aug 2005, 19:44
Anywhere you see SINCE, make sure you use present perfect...

So A is good.

The structure is

PP + IC (compound predicate)+ DC

Cause and effect....

(A) and have slipped since then, as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs
keep this..
(B) and have slipped since then, the reason being because many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs

- out- reason being...

(C) and slipped since then, many companies being unable to pass on higher costs

- use of being again...
(D) but, many companies unable to pass on higher costs, they have slipped since then
- what is THEY.. comapnies or profits...
(E) yet are slipping since then, because many companies were unable to pass on higher

are slipping and companies were...
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12 Aug 2005, 07:43
All of you got this one correct. The OA is A. Thanks for participating
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Re: As measured by the Commerce Department, corporate profits [#permalink]

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17 Jan 2014, 09:11
As measured by the Commerce Department, corporate profits peaked in the fourth quarter of 1988 and have slipped since then, as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs.

(A) and have slipped since then, as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs
(B) and have slipped since then, the reason being because many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs
(C) and slipped since then, many companies being unable to pass on higher costs
(D) but, many companies unable to pass on higher costs, they have slipped since then
(E) yet are slipping since then, because many companies were unable to pass on higher

Don't we need to show contrast between peaked and slipping? I thought that E was the correct answer. Yet, shows that logical contrasts while are slipping because many companies we unable to pass on higher costs seems logical to me. The effect on profits comes after passing higher costs not at the same time so the different tense is logical.

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22 Apr 2014, 14:43
Let this god-damn post bump!

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23 Apr 2014, 19:04
"Have slipped" offers a better contrast with "peaked in the fourth quarter". Also "are slipping" is not correct. You need "have been slipping" (the perfect tense) to go with "since then". "Yet" typically requires the subject to follow ("they") and a comma to precede it.

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04 Aug 2015, 08:41
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