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23 Sep 2007, 05:34
For the last five years the Dutch economy has grown faster than Britain, France, or Germany, with the unemployment rate having remained well below that of the other three countries.
A. Britain, France, or Germany, with the unemployment rate having remained
B. have those of Britain, France, or Germany, and the unemployment rate remaining
C. have Britain, France, and Germany, and the unemployment rate has remained
D. the economy of Britain, France, and Germany, with the unemployment rate that has remained
E. the economies of Britain, France, and Germany, and the unemployment rate has remained

i dont agree wid OA
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23 Sep 2007, 07:38
Well, the original sentence has a comparison problem. It is comparing the Dutch economy to Britain, France, or Germany. Secondly, unemployment rate is singular, therefore, it disagree with the plural have remain.

You can eliminate answer choice A, B, and C for the above errors.

Now, that left us with D and E. D is wrong because the economy is singular, while Britain, France, and Germany becomes plural. So E is the correct answer here.
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23 Sep 2007, 07:39
I think it is E.
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23 Sep 2007, 08:20
E too... correct comparison...
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23 Sep 2007, 16:54
E for correct comparision.

Whats OA?
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23 Sep 2007, 20:24
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For the last five years the Dutch economy has grown faster than Britain, France, or Germany, with the unemployment rate having remained well below that of the other three countries.
A. Britain, France, or Germany, with the unemployment rate having remained
B. have those of Britain, France, or Germany, and the unemployment rate remaining
C. have Britain, France, and Germany, and the unemployment rate has remained
D. the economy of Britain, France, and Germany, with the unemployment rate that has remained
E. the economies of Britain, France, and Germany, and the unemployment rate has remained

i dont agree wid OA

Another for E.
A: improper comparison. Illogically compares dutch economy to countries.
B. those has no referent. we know its suppose to refer to economy, but the tense is not correct.
C.again compares economy to countries.
D. with the unemployment rate that has remained awkward and wordy.

E. properly compares economies and the "the unemployment rate has remained" is concise and clear.
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23 Sep 2007, 20:37
12345678 wrote:
For the last five years the Dutch economy has grown faster than Britain, France, or Germany, with the unemployment rate having remained well below that of the other three countries.
A. Britain, France, or Germany, with the unemployment rate having remained
B. have those of Britain, France, or Germany, and the unemployment rate remaining
C. have Britain, France, and Germany, and the unemployment rate has remained
D. the economy of Britain, France, and Germany, with the unemployment rate that has remained
E. the economies of Britain, France, and Germany, and the unemployment rate has remained

i dont agree wid OA

E
A is wrong because incorrect comaprison.
B is wrong because of "remaining"
C is wrong because incorrect comparison
D is wrong because it should be "having" instead of "has remained"
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23 Sep 2007, 23:39
OA is E..
thanks eileen1017 got my mistake...

@bkk
even E has 'has remained' instead of 'having'. den acc to u even E shud b wrong so how come u select E??
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24 Sep 2007, 04:57
12345678 wrote:
OA is E..
thanks eileen1017 got my mistake...

@bkk
even E has 'has remained' instead of 'having'. den acc to u even E shud b wrong so how come u select E??

the use of "and"...should be followed by "has remained".
the use of "with"...should be followed by "having"
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24 Sep 2007, 05:37
Another for E.

A,B,C are ruled out immediately. D refers to the "economy", singular.

Thus I go with E. Is that the right way to look at it?

Or should one go with the reasoning of

the use of "and"...should be followed by "has remained".

the use of "with"...should be followed by "having"

Any thoughts?
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24 Sep 2007, 09:07
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Another for E.

A,B,C are ruled out immediately. D refers to the "economy", singular.

Thus I go with E. Is that the right way to look at it?

Or should one go with the reasoning of

the use of "and"...should be followed by "has remained".

the use of "with"...should be followed by "having"

Any thoughts?

Lets take this example

X is taller than Y

Ideally it should have been written like
X is taller than Y "is"

but we skip is because its already understood ...so even the orginal sentence is also not wrong

For the sentence in question
based on this rule .Both has remained/having can be skipped

I think its Elliptical clause (not sure about the name though)
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24 Sep 2007, 09:25
12345678 wrote:
OA is E..
thanks eileen1017 got my mistake...

@bkk
even E has 'has remained' instead of 'having'. den acc to u even E shud b wrong so how come u select E??

Dear 1234, BKK makes a splendid point. There's a fundamental difference in the way that the choices D and E are constructed.

In D, disregarding the SV agreement problem for a moment (it should be economies to match the plural subjects comprising Britain, Germany, France) -- if you just concentrate on the prepositional phrase -

For the last five years the Dutch economy has grown faster than the economy of Britain, France, and Germany, with the unemployment rate that has remained well below that of the other three countries.

---> This suggests that - the Dutch economy has grown faster than (the economy... Germany), with the unemployment rate that has remained well below that of the other three countries.

In other words - it has grown faster with a certain TYPE of unemployment rate that has remained below etc... this produces an illogical and absurd meaning.

For the last five years the Dutch economy has grown faster than the economy of Britain, France, and Germany, with the unemployment rate REMAINING well below that of the other three countries.

The participle REMAINING on the other hand makes it clear that --- the REASON why the Dutch economy has grown faster is that the unemployment rate has remained below .... with the unemployment rate REMAININIG well below etc...

D. the economy of Britain, France, and Germany, with the unemployment rate that has remained

E. the economies of Britain, France, and Germany, and the unemployment rate has remained
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24 Sep 2007, 09:33
dwivedys wrote:
12345678 wrote:
OA is E..
thanks eileen1017 got my mistake...

@bkk
even E has 'has remained' instead of 'having'. den acc to u even E shud b wrong so how come u select E??

Dear 1234, BKK makes a splendid point. There's a fundamental difference in the way that the choices D and E are constructed.

In D, disregarding the SV agreement problem for a moment (it should be economies to match the plural subjects comprising Britain, Germany, France) -- if you just concentrate on the prepositional phrase -

For the last five years the Dutch economy has grown faster than the economy of Britain, France, and Germany, with the unemployment rate that has remained well below that of the other three countries.

---> This suggests that - the Dutch economy has grown faster than (the economy... Germany), with the unemployment rate that has remained well below that of the other three countries.

In other words - it has grown faster with a certain TYPE of unemployment rate that has remained below etc... this produces an illogical and absurd meaning.

For the last five years the Dutch economy has grown faster than the economy of Britain, France, and Germany, with the unemployment rate REMAINING well below that of the other three countries.

The participle REMAINING on the other hand makes it clear that --- the REASON why the Dutch economy has grown faster is that the unemployment rate has remained below .... with the unemployment rate REMAININIG well below etc...

D. the economy of Britain, France, and Germany, with the unemployment rate that has remained

E. the economies of Britain, France, and Germany, and the unemployment rate has remained

Hey dude ...awesome man ...Superb Explanation ....
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