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# One analyst of the liquor industry estimated that this year

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One analyst of the liquor industry estimated that this year a few liquor stores have experienced declining sales of up to fifty percent but predicted that the industry as a whole will maintain a volume of sales fairly close to last year.

(A)declining sales of up to fifty percent but predicted that the industry as a whole will maintain a volume of sales fairly close to last year

(B)declines in sales of up to fifty percent but predicted that the industry as a whole would have maintained a volume of sales fairly close to last year

(C)up to fifty percent in declining sales but predicted that the industry as a whole would maintain a volume of sales fairly close to last year's

(D)sales declines of up to fifty percent but predicted that the industry as a whole would maintain a volume of sales fairly close to last year's

(E)declines up to fifty percent of sales but predicted that the industry as a whole will have maintained a volume of sales fairly close to last year's
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05 Oct 2004, 01:55
A for me.

'Will' is right and 'would' is wrong. This leaves us with A and E.

E sounds terrible with 'declines upto 50% of sales' and 'will have maintained'
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05 Oct 2004, 06:15
Is would wrong cause we are speaking about "this year" so that the future in the past concept is not appropriate ?
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05 Oct 2004, 07:44
In A ".......volume of sales fairly close to last year " close to last year does not seem to make sense. I will go with D. last year's (sale).
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05 Oct 2004, 15:55
Will go with "D".

But if I look at "B", "decline in sales ", its idiomatically correct.

What is the OA??
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06 Oct 2004, 02:27
Hello, the OA is (D)

Choice A is error because it should be last year's rather than last year.

but what's wrong with (C).
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06 Oct 2004, 03:07
The verb experienced needs a direct object. C doesn't establish that
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06 Oct 2004, 04:41
Sunilbhat,

Don't you think the direct subject of "have experienced" is "store" ??
If yes, I am still hesitating between C & D
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06 Oct 2004, 05:55
I must have been out of my mind and not concentrating at 12.55 in the night. Few possibilities
A.
B.
C.
D. for the day
E.
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06 Oct 2004, 08:48
venksune wrote:
I must have been out of my mind and not concentrating at 12.55 in the night. Few possibilities
A.
B.
C.
D. for the day
E.

funny bunny venksune my favorite emoticon
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