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Re: Because of less availability and greater demand for [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 04:04
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Re: Because of less availability and greater demand for [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 09:59
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Hi monir6000,

The answer to your question is ‘no’. Both the phrases “demand for” and “demand in” are correct. Their usage entirely depends on the context of the sentence as to what the sentence wants to communicate. Let’s take a few simple examples to understand the usage of these phrases.
1. Famine increases the demand for food supplies in the affected area.
Here, the use of “demand for” is correct because the sentence conveys the meaning that when famine takes place, it increases the demand for food supplies. So here we ask ourselves whose demand increases? The answer is of “food supplies”. Hence we say “demand for food supply”.

2. Oil demand in developed country probably peaked in 2005.
In this sentence “demand in” talks about the place where the demand for oil increased. When we say “demand in”, we need to mention the sphere where the demand for an entity has been affected.

Now let’s examine the sentence in question.

Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.
In this sentence, when we say “demand for scientific research”, it means that demand for scientific research has been increased. This is not the intended meaning of the sentence. The intended meaning is that demand for platinum has increased. In what sphere? In the sphere of scientific research. Hence, the correct phrase that should be used in this subject is “demand in” and not “demand for”.
Answer choices C and E correct that error. However, choice E remains incorrect because there is no referent for “that of”. There is nothing in the sentence that “that for” can stand for. Hence choice C is the correct answer.

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Re: Because of less availability and greater demand for [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 10:47
hi all,

i thought that the verb tenses decreased and increased were consistent in C which was another reason for me to select C. it means that both the decrease and increase are/have happened at the same time. secondly decreased and greater are not IIel to each other as opposed to decreased and increased.

am i right to assume this? can somebody explain?
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hi all,

i thought that the verb tenses decreased and increased were consistent in C which was another reason for me to select C. it means that both the decrease and increase are/have happened at the same time. secondly decreased and greater are not IIel to each other as opposed to decreased and increased.

am i right to assume this? can somebody explain?


Hi there,
If you notice carefully, “decreased” and “increased” are not verbs in this sentence. They are adjectives that are modifying nouns “availability” and “demand” respectively.
Now, the way this sentence has been written, we cannot say that the decrease in availability and increase in demand took place together. All we know is that platinum has decreased in availability and the demand for the metal has increased in research work.
You are correct in saying that “decreased availability” and “increased demand” are parallel.
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Re: Because of less availability and greater demand for [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 12:04
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Hi there,
If you notice carefully, “decreased” and “increased” are not verbs in this sentence. They are adjectives that are modifying nouns “availability” and “demand” respectively.
Now, the way this sentence has been written, we cannot say that the decrease in availability and increase in demand took place together. All we know is that platinum has decreased in availability and the demand for the metal has increased in research work.
You are correct in saying that “decreased availability” and “increased demand” are parallel.
Hope this helps.
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Re: Because of less availability and greater demand for [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2014, 12:09
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Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.

A. Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.
B. Because of less availability and increased demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like that of gold.
C. Because of decreased availability and increased demand in scientific research, platinum remains expensive, like gold.
D. Because of decreased availability and increased demand for scientific research, platinum remains expensive, like gold.
E. Because of decreased availability and greater demand in scientific research, platinum remains at a consistently high price, like that of gold.

I felt Option B was right

Please help me understand the errors in this Question


C is your best pick here, but just wondering. The correct answer choice omits the word consistently and thus does not deliver the same message
Is this something we should care about?

What are your thoughts on this?

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Re: Because of less availability and greater demand for [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2014, 08:37
Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.

A. Because of less availability and greater(comparative wrong) demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.
B. Because of less availability and increased demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like that of gold (invalid comparison) and increased demand for scientific research ( reflects demand for research is increased, but intended meaning is demand of platinum "in" research increased)
C. Because of decreased availability and increased demand in scientific research, platinum remains expensive, like gold.
Correct:

D. Because of decreased availability and increased demand for scientific research(same meaning error as explained in B), platinum remains expensive, like gold.
E. Because of decreased availability and greater demand in scientific research, platinum remains at a consistently high price, like that of gold (comparison error)
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