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From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between [#permalink] New post 30 May 2012, 04:31
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From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between five and ten percent annually.
(A) From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between five and ten percent annually.
(B) Five to ten percent is the annual increase in sales of new small boats in the years 1982 to 1987.
(C) Sales of new small boats have increased annually five and ten percent in the years 1982 to 1987.
(D) Annually an increase of five to ten percent has occurred between 1982 and 1987 in the sales of new
small boats.
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(E) Occurring from 1982 to 1987 was an annual increase of five and ten percent in the sales of new small
boats.

According to OG explanation, the subject should be 'sales of new small boats'.


I understand that C, D, E are easily out, but between A and B I couldn't find a good reason to rule B out.
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Re: OG10 203 please help [#permalink] New post 30 May 2012, 05:31
A for me

Between A and B there is a difference in the meaning of the sentence;

A) From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between five and ten percent annually.

Assume 100 was the sales figure in 1982; in 1987 the sales figure is between 105 and 110

(B) Five to ten percent is the annual increase in sales of new small boats in the years 1982 to 1987.

Here the increase referenced is an annual increase. for example 1982-100; 1983-110 so on and so forth
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Re: OG10 203 please help [#permalink] New post 30 May 2012, 07:21
From/Between X to Y is the correct IDIOM. B out.
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Re: OG10 203 please help [#permalink] New post 30 May 2012, 22:22
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One problem with B is the verb is. Because A and B have such different structures, you might not recognize that there is a verb tense split between them. A correctly uses the past tense increased, while B incorrectly uses the present tense is.

Honestly, though, I imagine that most people who reject B do so simply because it's so awkward. I don't know that it's unidiomatic, as BDSunDevil claims, but I agree that its sounds awful.
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Re: OG10 203 please help [#permalink] New post 31 May 2012, 07:55
I got A.
As Michael pointed I also eliminated option B because of awkwardness.
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Re: OG10 203 please help [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2012, 07:06
Is "between five and ten percent" better than "between five to ten percent" ? I thought a range is preferred when we refer to numbers
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Yes, Bandesha1, the standard idioms are between X and Y and from X to Y.

Though between X to Y is common in informal English, it is nonstandard and counts as wrong on the GMAT.
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Re: From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 06:02
WHY e is wrong?

progress past tense is not good here?

why, pls help
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Re: From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2013, 21:21
thangvietnam wrote:
WHY e is wrong?

progress past tense is not good here?

why, pls help


E) Occurring from 1982 to 1987 was an annual increase of five and ten percent in the sales of new small
boats.

E changes the intended meaning. Original sentence says...sales increases between 5 and 10 percent. But, this option states increase of five and ten percent . Awkward
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Re: From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2013, 21:53
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WHY e is wrong?

progress past tense is not good here?

why, pls help



the original sentence says sales increased between 5 and 10 percent. that means it might have increased by any value that is between 5 and 10
whereas Choice E says Rate of sales increase was 5 and 10 percent that means it has only increased by either 5 or 10 and by no any other value.

Apart from above i don't find any reason to go for such awkward choice when we have a direct and concise option that is Choice A.
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