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This is a question I had trouble in OG12th edition.
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Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were last year. A) B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher this year over last because refiners pay about$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did
C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be higher this year than last year's becuase refiners are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did D) It is the expectation that heating-oil prices will be higher this year over last because refiners are paying about$5 a barrel more for crude oil now than what they were
E) It is the expected that heating-oil prices will rise higher this year than last year's because refiners pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did Please articulate your answer, especially on the "comparison" used in this question Thnak you in advance! Director Status: Prep started for the n-th time Joined: 29 Aug 2010 Posts: 707 Followers: 5 Kudos [?]: 138 [2] , given: 37 Re: Heating-oil prices [#permalink] ### Show Tags 20 Aug 2011, 09:37 2 This post received KUDOS 1 This post was BOOKMARKED abhicoolmax wrote: Why "they were" is correct in A? Why not they did? In-fact, should we be repeating the entire verb when we change the tense - Re: MGMAT SC? This is a very good question. The general strategy followed is, whenever you come across an ellipsis (ommitting a part of the sentence if there is no ambiguity) the best way to check is to complete the sentence and see if the verb is correct. Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about$5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were paying ...

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Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they did paying ... As you can see the second version does not make sense (it should have been pay for did to be correct). However if the original sentence is reworded as Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners paid about$5 a barrel more for crude oil than they did pay ... => did is correct here. (I agree this version does not make logical sense , just for illustration purposes).

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A IMO
rise and higher together are redundant - B/E are out
last year's doesn't make a parallel consturction- C is out
and between A and D , D is wordy I think. Besides, using 'than' seems to be more correct than 'over'

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30 Jun 2009, 01:48
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A IMO
rise and higher together are redundant - B/E are out
last year's doesn't make a parallel consturction- C is out
and between A and D , D is wordy I think. Besides, using 'than' seems to be more correct than 'over'

What's OA?

I'll also vote for A for the same reason.
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This is a question I had trouble in OG12th edition.
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Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were last year. A) B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher this year over last because refiners pay about$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did
C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be higher this year than last year's becuase refiners are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did D) It is the expectation that heating-oil prices will be higher this year over last because refiners are paying about$5 a barrel more for crude oil now than what they were
E) It is the expected that heating-oil prices will rise higher this year than last year's because refiners pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did Please articulate your answer, especially on the "comparison" used in this question Thnak you in advance! Thank you all, The OA is indeed A! But I still don't understand how "last" in "Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last" is enough to be compared with the "this year". Wouldn't I need to say "last year" instead of "last"? Manager Joined: 17 Apr 2009 Posts: 161 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 16 [0], given: 0 Re: Heating-oil prices [#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Jul 2009, 05:37 A was the most simple of all. good question! Director Joined: 25 Aug 2007 Posts: 954 WE 1: 3.5 yrs IT WE 2: 2.5 yrs Retail chain Followers: 71 Kudos [?]: 1070 [0], given: 40 Re: Heating-oil prices [#permalink] ### Show Tags 06 May 2010, 01:02 I think there is some misprinting in OG. Even I found the same. IMO, this should be - ...higher this year than those of last year because... cici wrote: cici wrote: This is a question I had trouble in OG12th edition. Plz help Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about$5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were last year.

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B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher this year over last because refiners pay about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be higher this year than last year's becuase refiners are paying about$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did
D) It is the expectation that heating-oil prices will be higher this year over last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil now than what they were E) It is the expected that heating-oil prices will rise higher this year than last year's because refiners pay about$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

Thank you all,

The OA is indeed A!

But I still don't understand how "last" in
"Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last"
is enough to be compared with the "this year".
Wouldn't I need to say "last year" instead of "last"?

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Why "they were" is correct in A? Why not they did? In-fact, should we be repeating the entire verb when we change the tense - Re: MGMAT SC?
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This is a question I had trouble in OG12th edition.
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Heating-oil prices are expected to be higher this year than last because refiners are paying about $5 a barrel more for crude oil than they were last year. A) B) Heating-oil prices are expected to rise higher this year over last because refiners pay about$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did
C) Expectations are for heating-oil prices to be higher this year than last year's becuase refiners are paying about $5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did D) It is the expectation that heating-oil prices will be higher this year over last because refiners are paying about$5 a barrel more for crude oil now than what they were
E) It is the expected that heating-oil prices will rise higher this year than last year's because refiners pay about \$5 a barrel for crude oil more than they did

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06 Mar 2016, 04:21
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The crux of the problem lies in the fact that we are comparing what refiners are paying this year with what they were paying last year. Here the 'paying' part is elided in the second arm. Please note the parallelism of progressive tense ‘are paying’ and ‘were paying’ in choices A and D.
Therefore, all choices that use the simple past tense ‘did’ are out. Between A and D, D has a problem of saying on one hand that it is an expectation and then a categorical 'will be higher'. Both are antithetical.
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