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In the wake of the global housing crisis, and amid dramatically changing demographics, it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, thus increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

A0it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, thus increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

B)it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, and thus increase demand for smaller urban apartments.

C)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes, thus creating an increase in demand for smaller urban apartments.

D)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes and increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

E)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes, increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

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20 Sep 2013, 02:59
The main thing that stands out at me in this question:

The "which" clause. This is tricky because we often, mistakenly, use that and which interchangeably.
Usually, which is used to give incidental (e.g. unimportant) information about the noun preceding it.
For example:
(1a)The house, which is two doors from our own, sold for twice the asking price!
(1b) Since their house, which is just two doors from our own, sold for twice the asking price, I think we can sell our house for quite a lot of money!

In this sentence, the idea of reduction of demand is key to get to the final idea. I don't think we're able to comfortably do this with which, but we could do it if we got rid of the comma and used that:

…it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead that will reduce demand for large suburban homes, thus increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

So, A & B are both out for me. I also would rule out C & E because they are missing the "and" necessary to link the "reducing" and "increasing" clauses to show cause and effect.

So, my guess would be D.
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20 Sep 2013, 03:11
IMO D..
A & B -Improper Usage of 'which' as which modifies the immediately preceding word and not the entire clause.
C- Improper usage of 'Thus'. Reduced demand for large homes doesn't always mean that demand for small homes will increase...they are independent.
E- And increasing in place of the last ,increasing
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20 Sep 2013, 03:36
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In the wake of the global housing crisis, and amid dramatically changing demographics, it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, thus increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

A0it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, thus increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

B)it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, and thus increase demand for smaller urban apartments.

C)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes, thus creating an increase in demand for smaller urban apartments.

D)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes and increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

E)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes, increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

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I would go for D.

First thing i used for eliminating is ....ahead, which....seems to modify ahead. Instead a Gerund like 'reducing' looked good as it can modify whole phrase.
After that 'thus' seemed inappropriate as there is no cause - effect relationship here.

A)it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, thus increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

B)it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, and thus increase demand for smaller urban apartments.

C)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes, thus creating an increase in demand for smaller urban apartments.

D)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes and increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

E)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes, increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.--- Missing 'and'
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20 Sep 2013, 04:59
Lets go,
Which are ambiguous in A and B so both are out.
C - Is not parallel reducing demand..... creating an increase. Out
D - Sounds good to me
E - Is missing And between creating and increasing so out.

D is my guess
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In the wake of the global housing crisis, and amid dramatically changing demographics, it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, thus increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

A)it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, thus increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.
WHICH can't stand for an action in the previous clause. Thus Incorrect

B)it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, and thus increase demand for smaller urban apartments.
WHICH can't stand for an action in the previous clause. Thus Incorrect

C)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes, thus creating an increase in demand for smaller urban apartments.
This option is incorrect on two counts. First, it breaks parallelism and meaning. Secondly, It creates a run-on sentence. Thus Incorrect.

D)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes and increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.
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E)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes, increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.
AND must be used before INCREASING to maintain parallelism. Thus Incorrect.
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In the wake of the global housing crisis, and amid dramatically changing demographics, it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, thus increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

A0it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, thus increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

B)it is likely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, which will reduce demand for large suburban homes, and thus increase demand for smaller urban apartments.

C)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes, thus creating an increase in demand for smaller urban apartments.

D)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes and increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

E)it is not unlikely that a widespread shift in thinking is ahead, reducing demand for large suburban homes, increasing demand for smaller urban apartments.

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Hey all, Is it valid to use not unlikely? Isn't a double negative wrong? That's why I eliminated CDE right off the bat
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Bumping for further discussion

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"Not unlikely" is not incorrect.

But I did not like the phrasing of D. If they'd wanted to suggest that the shift in thinking reduces/increases demand, they could have simply said, "a widespread shift in thinking is probably/likely ahead/imminent, reducing/increasing demand..." instead of adding the "it is not likely that..." prologue, which makes it unclear what exactly is reducing/increasing demand.

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26 May 2014, 10:58
prasi55 wrote:
"Not unlikely" is not incorrect.

But I did not like the phrasing of D. If they'd wanted to suggest that the shift in thinking reduces/increases demand, they could have simply said, "a widespread shift in thinking is probably/likely ahead/imminent, reducing/increasing demand..." instead of adding the "it is not likely that..." prologue, which makes it unclear what exactly is reducing/increasing demand.

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Yeah, I feel you prasi. I too thought that A was the best answer choice. What do you say to that?

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27 May 2014, 00:41
Despite its inelegant phrasing, D seems to be the best answer.

It's unlikely that A is the answer:
The use of "which" in A to refer back to an entire clause instead of to a noun is questionable (at least on the GMAT).
Also, the the use of "thus" forces a cause-effect relationship between a reduced demand for large homes and an increased demand for smaller apartments: the former need not lead to the latter.
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06 Jun 2014, 05:08
which is modifying ahead an immediate noun, hence incorrect.

not unlikely - though not appropriate but here we have to select the best ... Option D is perfect.
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