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Despite the increasing popularity among financial analysts [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2004, 01:58
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Despite the increasing popularity among financial analysts of "operating cash flow" as a measure of a company's viability, a combination of six more conventional measures has been shown to be more accurate to predict business failure.

(A)has been shown to be more accurate to predict business failure

(B)has been shown to predict business failure more accurately

(C)were shown to be more accurate to predict business failure

(D)have been shown to more accurately predict business failure

(E)have been shown to predict business failure more accurately

I wonder why choice A is incorrect. Thank you
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2004, 03:46
I will go with B on this one.

'combination' - singular subject and hence 'has'

adverb 'accurately' rightly modifies the verb 'predict'
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2004, 03:58
Combination or six measures, which one to consider for has/have ??.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2004, 04:00
a combination of six more conventional measures

the prepostional phrase starting with 'of' is a middleman that is seperating the subject 'combination'. Its still one measure which is combination of other measures.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2004, 07:09
venksune wrote:
I will go with B on this one.

'combination' - singular subject and hence 'has'

adverb 'accurately' rightly modifies the verb 'predict'


Hi, venksune,

how about choice A ?

I think in choice B, accurately seems modify the verb show.

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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2004, 07:45
A has this construction '.....combination......to be more accurate to predict..'

B has '.....combination......predict...accurately'

The subtle difference is, it is not the 'combination' which is more accurate...it is the way the combination can predict is more accurate.

We are not modifying 'combination' beyond 'has been' in the sentence. We are modifying 'predict'. IMO This is a classic adverbial modifer situation. How well the combination can predict? well, 'more accurately'.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2004, 13:55
B as well. Adding to venksune, "accurate in" seems idiomatic than "accurate to" in A.
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Re: Despite the increasing popularity among financial analysts [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2013, 18:59
why not E? Shouldn't it be have rather than has?
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Re: Despite the increasing popularity among financial analysts [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2013, 01:39
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why not E? Shouldn't it be have rather than has?


Hello ahmed

C, D, and E are wrong because "a combination of six more conventional measures" is singular. Main subject is "a combination", NOT "measures".

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Re: Despite the increasing popularity among financial analysts [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2013, 05:50
chunjuwu wrote:
Despite the increasing popularity among financial analysts of "operating cash flow" as a measure of a company's viability, a combination of six more conventional measures has been shown to be more accurate to predict business failure.

(A)has been shown to be more accurate to predict business failure

(B)has been shown to predict business failure more accurately

(C)were shown to be more accurate to predict business failure

(D)have been shown to more accurately predict business failure

(E)have been shown to predict business failure more accurately

I wonder why choice A is incorrect. Thank you


I'm going to put my B t-shirt on for this one. What's the OA?

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Re: Despite the increasing popularity among financial analysts [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2013, 10:34
'A combination' is the subject here and it requires singular verb.

C, D, E are out because of Subject Verb agreement error.

B is preferred to A as it is clear and concise.
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Re: Despite the increasing popularity among financial analysts [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2013, 07:59
chunjuwu wrote:
Despite the increasing popularity among financial analysts of "operating cash flow" as a measure of a company's viability, a combination of six more conventional measures has been shown to be more accurate to predict business failure.

(A)has been shown to be more accurate to predict business failure

(B)has been shown to predict business failure more accurately

(C)were shown to be more accurate to predict business failure

(D)have been shown to more accurately predict business failure

(E)have been shown to predict business failure more accurately

I wonder why choice A is incorrect. Thank you



First of All C,D,E is incorrect as in sentence "a combination of six more conventional measures" A combination is main subject.

And between A and B. B is more concise and well structured here accurately modifies the business failure.
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