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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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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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Combination or six measures, which one to consider for has/have ??.
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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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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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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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B as well. Adding to venksune, "accurate in" seems idiomatic than "accurate to" in A.
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why not E? Shouldn't it be have rather than has?
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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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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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'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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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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ahmed1988 wrote:
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".

Hope it helps.


can you please explain why combination is the main subject and not measures? i got fooled and went with E because i thought it was measures.
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ahmed1988 wrote:
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".

Hope it helps.


can you please explain why combination is the main subject and not measures? i got fooled and went with E because i thought it was measures.



of six more conventional measures = measures lie in prepositional phrase starting with 'of' and subject generally doesn't reside in prepositional phrase.
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of six more conventional measures = measures lie in prepositional phrase starting with 'of' and subject generally doesn't reside in prepositional phrase.



ah thank you. i get it now. prepositions always throw me off
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Thanks venksune for your useful explanation.
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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
wordy and awkward. "to be" and "to predict" can be used in a more direct way.
(B)has been shown to predict business failure more accurately
correct one. furthermore, the adverb "more accurately" correctly modifies "to predict"
(C)were shown to be more accurate to predict business failure
verb must agree in number with the subject "a combination", furthermore, "were shown" it is an inappropriate tense used here. this combination of six more conventional measures still is being accurate.
(D)have been shown to more accurately predict business failure
verb must agree in number with the subject "a combination"
(E)have been shown to predict business failure more accurately
verb must agree in number with the subject "a combination"
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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


1) A combination - singular. C,D,E are out.
2) A and B remain. B is better as per VAN rule.
ANSWER - B.
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