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From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between [#permalink]
30 May 2012, 04:31
77% (01:43) correct
23% (00:44) wrong based on 102 sessions
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. 144 (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. Any advice?
Re: OG10 203 please help [#permalink]
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. _________________
Re: From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between [#permalink]
13 Feb 2013, 21:53
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. _________________