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For most consumers, the price of automobile insurance

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For most consumers, the price of automobile insurance [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2010, 23:14
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23. For most consumers, the price of automobile insurance continues to rise annually, even if free of damage claims and moving violations
(A) even if
(B) despite being
(C) even if they are
(D) although they may be
(E) even if remaining
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Re: consumers [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2010, 00:23
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23. For most consumers, the price of automobile insurance continues to rise annually, even if free of damage claims and moving violations
(A) even if
(B) despite being
(C) even if they are
(D) although they may be
(E) even if remaining


In the current form of sentence, after even if the clause does not have a subject which is 'Consumers' in this case.
A = Incorrect
B => GMAT is not quite fond of 'being' and also it does not convey the correct subject
C => Correct
D => Incorrect Although is not the correct word here to replace even if.
E => Incorrect, subject is missing, does not connect with Consumers properly without introducing a subject explicitly.
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Re: consumers [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2010, 01:46
really? i thought 'they' was ambiguous! would've picked B.
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Re: consumers [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2010, 09:27
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really? i thought 'they' was ambiguous! would've picked B.


What makes you think that 'they' is ambiguous? What else it can refer to??

For me, Consumers is the only possible antecedent possible for they in current context.
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Re: consumers [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2010, 09:59
The issue with A, B and E is that these options can very well modify price of automobile insurance. So, essentially, A, B and E could as well be suggesting that the price of automobile insurance is free of damage claims and moving violations. If this is not entirely evident, consider the following equivalent sentence:

Price of automobile insurance continues to rise annually, even when the interest rate is high.

Now it will be clear that even when the interest rate is high is modifying Price of automobile insurance. Ditto with A, B and E.

However, the intention of the sentence is clearly to state that consumers are free of damage claims and moving violations. Hence, they is needed; since they is plural, the only noun it can modify is (most) consumers
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Re: consumers [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2010, 03:23
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The issue with A, B and E is that these options can very well modify price of automobile insurance. So, essentially, A, B and E could as well be suggesting that the price of automobile insurance is free of damage claims and moving violations. If this is not entirely evident, consider the following equivalent sentence:

Price of automobile insurance continues to rise annually, even when the interest rate is high.

Now it will be clear that even when the interest rate is high is modifying Price of automobile insurance. Ditto with A, B and E.

However, the intention of the sentence is clearly to state that consumers are free of damage claims and moving violations. Hence, they is needed; since they is plural, the only noun it can modify is (most) consumers


thank you so much for a very good explanation. I thought that 'price of automobile insurance' was being modified and not 'consumers'. That is why I thought 'they' was incorrect as well as ambiguous. Now that I look carefully after reading your post, it's obvious that consumers should be modified. Thanks again!!
Re: consumers   [#permalink] 12 Nov 2010, 03:23
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