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Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China to ensure nutritional levels of 2,000 calories per person per day for its population.
(A) Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during
(B) Even though its per capita food supply has hardly increased in
(C) Despite its per capita food supply hardly increasing over
(D) Despite there being hardly any increase in its per capita food supply during
(E) Although there is hardly any increase in per capita food supply for
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06 Nov 2004, 05:56
B should be good. Choice A uses during incorrectly
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06 Nov 2004, 12:15
praveen_rao7 wrote:
B should be good. Choice A uses during incorrectly

One more point added to praveen's point:

i.e.
=> choice "B" keeps Present Perfect through out. We need not to change tense invaribly.

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06 Nov 2004, 17:01
Hi Praveen can please explain me how "DURING" has been wrongly used?

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06 Nov 2004, 17:09
From Spidey's notes at testmagic:

During
"during" + time period is WRONG.

For example:
During two hours, I felt sleepy.
but
During the last two hours, I have felt sleepy.

To make our sentence correct with "during," we'd need to add some information that would identify which two decade-period we are talking about.

Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during the two decades between 1940
and 1960...
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06 Nov 2004, 21:20
someone can explain why not E?

If I change E to "Although there has hardly been any increase in per capita food supply for", it can be the best?
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07 Nov 2004, 00:51
E needz the pronoun ''its'' I guess because we deal with the china's food ...

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08 Nov 2004, 07:07
saurabhmalpani wrote:
Hi Praveen can please explain me how "DURING" has been wrongly used?

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Saurabh, During is generally used to convey broad time period of an event. For example it is ok to use

During golf war Saddam was reduced to a weak force
During world war II
During independence struggle
During civil war

Now, New kid. I am not sure if we can use during as you stated in your example below. In my opinion use would use in as in "in last two hours I felt very sleepy". I will check on this and let you guys know.

During two hours, I felt sleepy.
but
During the last two hours, I have felt sleepy.
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07 May 2012, 19:45
Can you please explain if the position of 'its' in the sentence is correctly modifying 'China' in the sentence?
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07 May 2012, 22:28
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Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China to ensure nutritional levels of 2,000 calories per person per day for its population.
(A) Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during
(B) Even though its per capita food supply has hardly increased in
(C) Despite its per capita food supply hardly increasing over
(D) Despite there being hardly any increase in its per capita food supply during
(E) Although there is hardly any increase in per capita food supply for

(A) Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during--> This one is wrong, 'Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during' uses improper tense hence wrong, rather it should use simple past.So instead of 'Even though........supply hardly increased ' it should be 'Even though........supply has hardly increased '.

(B) Even though its per capita food supply has hardly increased in---> Correct
(C) Despite its per capita food supply hardly increasing over--> wrong tense used. the use of 'increasing over' indicates it was increasing and still is. It used past perfect tense here and indicates that it is a never ending process.
(D) Despite there being hardly any increase in its per capita food supply during--> Being is wrongly used here.
(E) Although there is hardly any increase in per capita food supply for--->This one is clearly wrong. Read it this way-->'Although there is ......increase.........for', increase for is incorrect.Rather increase in is the correct form.

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08 May 2012, 04:38
(A) Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during: wrong; the shift of tense from present perfect to past tense in the introductory sub-clause renders the sentence un //.
(B) Even though its per capita food supply has hardly increased in: Present perfect is ideal here as the sentence means to convey an element of currency in its meaning, as also the present perfect ideally parallels the have allowed in the un-underlined part. Correct
(C) Despite its per capita food supply hardly increasing over: C suffers from misplaced modification. Please note hardly increasing is not a verb but a present participle and the first portion as such is prepositional modifier phrase, unlike in the A and B, which have sub-clauses.
(D) Despite there being hardly any increase in its per capita food supply during: same misplaced modification as in C
(E) Although there is hardly any increase in per capita food supply for; It is unclear about whose per capita food supply is this choice talking about, as the sub clause, is missing the pronoun its. Wrong
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