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283. 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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09 Jun 2005, 18:53
(A) Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during
- during two decades is not idiomatic

(B) Even though its per capita food supply has hardly increased in
- in two decades is not idiomatic

(C) Despite its per capita food supply hardly increasing over

(D) Despite there being hardly any increase in its per capita food supply during
- same as A

(E) Although there is hardly any increase in per capita food supply for

Between C and E, I'll go with E. Although 'over 2 decades' is acceptable, but 'hardly increasing' in C is awkward.

E for me.
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09 Jun 2005, 19:04
C,D and E are out. In E "there is" and "for two decades" donot sounds good.

I am between A and B. A is in past where as B is in Present Perfect (PP). I like "during" in A over "in" in B. Because the second clause is in PP, i prefer B to make the tense correct.
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09 Jun 2005, 21:15
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&B can be faulted because of incorrect use of modifying phrase - as the IC starts with "stringent rationing", "Even though its per capita food" in the DC seems to suggest that "its" in the DC refers to stringent rationing.

I am leaning towards E! (still thinking about verb tense agreement though!)
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10 Jun 2005, 08:10
It has to be E.

DC + ',' + 'IC'

Despite will alsways be wrong in GMAT for dependent clause. C and D are definetly out.

A is missing a verb

B is awkward in the sense it should say there is heardly and increase rather than saying it has hardly increased.
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11 Jun 2005, 09:54
The OA is B.
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