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# Consumer confidence levels, which many economists consider

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Consumer confidence levels, which many economists consider an early indication of the economy’s direction, sagged as the stock market tumbled, but not dramatically enough for giving a clear picture of new spending patterns.
(A) tumbled, but not dramatically enough for giving
(B) tumbled, but not dramatically enough to give
(C) tumbled, and not so dramatically as to have given
(D) has tumbled, and not dramatically enough to give
(E) has tumbled, but not so dramatically as to give
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03 Aug 2008, 06:14
X enough to Y and So X as to Y are both correct idiom.
A is using wrong idiom.
Underlined part says "new spending patterns", which indicates that phenomenon still going on. So we need has tumbled and no tumbled.
The logic of the sentence requires to show a contract thereby but is preferable to and.
Only E fulfills all these conditions.
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03 Aug 2008, 06:34
IMO B. I think the verb tense should be parallel and to clearly indicate the meaning of the main clause we need an infinite form..
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03 Aug 2008, 07:45
I think B should be the answer. As there is no need of "has tumbled". simple past fits well
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03 Aug 2008, 07:47
aaron22197 wrote:
Consumer confidence levels, which many economists consider an early indication of the economy’s direction, sagged as the stock market tumbled, but not dramatically enough for giving a clear picture of new spending patterns.
(A) tumbled, but not dramatically enough for giving
(B) tumbled, but not dramatically enough to give
(C) tumbled, and not so dramatically as to have given
(D) has tumbled, and not dramatically enough to give
(E) has tumbled, but not so dramatically as to give

need to use 'to give'; sagged so tumbled.
B.
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03 Aug 2008, 08:25
To anser this question, you need to understand the difference b/w

X enough to Y - Here emphasis is on X
and
So X as to Y - Here emphasis is on Y

Both are correct idioms. However, In this SC, emphasis is on X (dramatically), Hence B is the answer.

OA is B
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