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Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the People’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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21 Aug 2012, 03:49
Is it allowed to have the pronoun and its antecedent to be so far away in the sentence ??

I do know that we can have the pronoun introduced before the antecedent , but is it right to place them so far away ?
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28 Aug 2012, 00:56
Take this with a pinch of salt = not a gospel rule though.

Although : in case of a negative scenario, the outcome is positive

eg : Although it was raining ( NEGATIVE ) , we went to the picnic ( POSITIVE OUTCOME )

Even though : Extreme form of Although

Despite : in case of a positive scenario, the outcome is negative

Despite the hard work (POSITIVE ), he failed (NEGATIVE OUTCOME )

Now the intent of the sentence :

Food supply hasn't increased ( NEGATIVE ) ...........:............. China could maintain the desired nutrition levels ( POSITIVE OUTCOME 0

Thus Although / Even though prevails in this case over Despite : thus C / D Eliminated

bxn A / B / E ;

(E) Although there is hardly any increase in per capita food supply for : ( WHOSE food supply has not increased = we don't know ) = Eliminated

(A) Even though its supply.............. hardly increased during : missing the verb HAS = Eliminated

(B) Even though its supply........ has hardly increased in = perfect

leading to B = my take
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