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18 Jan 2012, 00:31
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Policy makers remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far.

remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far

still remain concerned about the prospects of inflation; there are as yet few signs that increasing energy prices are currently driving up the cost of other goods

remain concerned about the prospect for inflation, even though as yet few signs of higher energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods so far

still remain concerned about inflation, even though there are currently few signs that increasing energy prices drive up the cost of other goods

remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, despite the lack of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods
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18 Jan 2012, 00:41
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Has to be "E" in this case.

First thing to note is that "prospect OF inflation" is idiomatically correct so a few choices wade away quite early. The second part has a lot to do with the intended meaning of the sentence. We want to show "a lack of indicators" of inflation. Only option E addresses the intended meaning correctly. Also the action "Driving" has to be a gerund because of the time frame we are talking about. It is a continual action.
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18 Jan 2012, 00:51
E. But it is definitely a tough Q.
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18 Jan 2012, 05:21
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E. But it is definitely a tough Q.

Yup. True..Imagine, the GMAT is reviewing its questions these days to host more questions that deal with the intended meaning of the sentence. I think people have already broken the code, for the lack of a better word, of the sentence correction section and therefore it is definitely going to be a bit tougher once the reviews are implemented around mid 2012.
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18 Jan 2012, 05:51
E is the only one with clear meaning that the energy prices are not rising still the policy makers remain concerned, rest options in my view are ambiguous.
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18 Jan 2012, 07:49
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Has to be "E" in this case.

First thing to note is that "prospect OF inflation" is idiomatically correct so a few choices wade away quite early. The second part has a lot to do with the intended meaning of the sentence. We want to show "a lack of indicators" of inflation. Only option E addresses the intended meaning correctly. Also the action "Driving" has to be a gerund because of the time frame we are talking about. It is a continual action.

I am not getting the intended meaning of this "despite the lack of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods"
the construction thus far that seems awkward so I choose A as I could eliminate E just for this awkward construction
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18 Jan 2012, 10:53
A: Driving up <-- awkward
C: "prospect for" should instead be "prospect of"
D: imho, not very correct to remove "the prospect of"

E is the only one with a clear meaning
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18 Jan 2012, 10:56
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omerrauf wrote:
Has to be "E" in this case.

First thing to note is that "prospect OF inflation" is idiomatically correct so a few choices wade away quite early. The second part has a lot to do with the intended meaning of the sentence. We want to show "a lack of indicators" of inflation. Only option E addresses the intended meaning correctly. Also the action "Driving" has to be a gerund because of the time frame we are talking about. It is a continual action.

I am not getting the intended meaning of this "despite the lack of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods"
the construction thus far that seems awkward so I choose A as I could eliminate E just for this awkward construction

In my opinion, "thus far" in E is a better modifier of the noun "the lack of..", as opposed to "so far" which appears right at the end of the sentence in A.
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18 Jan 2012, 23:57
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Has to be "E" in this case.

First thing to note is that "prospect OF inflation" is idiomatically correct so a few choices wade away quite early. The second part has a lot to do with the intended meaning of the sentence. We want to show "a lack of indicators" of inflation. Only option E addresses the intended meaning correctly. Also the action "Driving" has to be a gerund because of the time frame we are talking about. It is a continual action.

I am not getting the intended meaning of this "despite the lack of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods"
the construction thus far that seems awkward so I choose A as I could eliminate E just for this awkward construction

In my opinion, "thus far" in E is a better modifier of the noun "the lack of..", as opposed to "so far" which appears right at the end of the sentence in A.

please can u explain option E by breaking the sentence
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Let me give it a try

Option A:
remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far

- remain concerned about the prospect of inflation <- no problem so far
- although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far <-- "so far" which is a modifier of "there are" appears at the end of the sentence. This could cause some confusions regarding which word "so far" is modifying (could be read as modifying "driving" instead)

Option E:
remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, despite the lack of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods
- despite the lack of signs thus far that increasing energy <-- it's much clearer her that "thus far" is modifying the noun the "lack of signs". The construction of the second part of the sentence (increasing energy prices...) is also very clear.

Hence, E, in my opinion.
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22 Jan 2012, 20:20
I get why the Answer is Right. My question is there any issue of Tenses in this question?
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24 Jan 2012, 01:26
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although there ‘are few signs’ of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods ‘so far’.

Of course, other things apart, and on extendibg gmatpunjabi’s query, is it grammatically correct to use a present tense verb ‘are few signs” when a categorical time frame has been indicated as ‘so far’ in the original, for which a present perfect tense, ‘have been’ should be more apt IMO. Any comments?
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24 Jan 2012, 20:29
This one was a hard one for me as well. However answer choice E makes it clear
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27 Jan 2012, 02:35
I only see a clear meaning with "E". First one I noticed was "concerned of"
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What are some adverbial modifiers such as 'so far' Why didn't I recognize this as an adverbial modifier? It does not overtly strike me as one, what is it modifying or suppose to modify normally?
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05 Jul 2014, 00:25
Policy makers remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far.

A. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far

B. still remain concerned about the prospects of inflation; there are as yet few signs that increasing energy prices are currently driving up the cost of other goods

C. remain concerned about the prospect for inflation, even though as yet few signs of higher energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods so far

D. still remain concerned about inflation, even though there are currently few signs that increasing energy prices drive up the cost of other goods

E. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, despite the dearth of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods
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05 Jul 2014, 00:41
A. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far - misplaced modifier

B. still remain concerned about the prospects of inflation; there are as yet few signs that increasing energy prices are currently driving up the cost of other goods - awkwardly constructed

C. remain concerned about the prospect for inflation, even though as yet few signs of higher energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods so far - increasing and higher do not convey the same meaning

D. still remain concerned about inflation, even though there are currently few signs that increasing energy prices drive up the cost of other goods - tense error ..original sentence has cont. tense

E. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, despite the dearth of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods - correct one
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21 Jul 2014, 06:57
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Has to be "E" in this case.

First thing to note is that "prospect OF inflation" is idiomatically correct so a few choices wade away quite early. The second part has a lot to do with the intended meaning of the sentence. We want to show "a lack of indicators" of inflation. Only option E addresses the intended meaning correctly. Also the action "Driving" has to be a gerund because of the time frame we are talking about. It is a continual action.

I get it that the meaning in E is quite clear. Just out of curiosity , would A have been a better option had it been something like -- remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are very few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so fa
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Policy makers remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far.

remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far

still remain concerned about the prospects of inflation; there are as yet few signs that increasing energy prices are currently driving up the cost of other goods

remain concerned about the prospect for inflation, even though as yet few signs of higher energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods so far

still remain concerned about inflation, even though there are currently few signs that increasing energy prices drive up the cost of other goods

remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, despite the lack of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods

Responding to a pm:

"prospect of inflation" means "possibility of inflation"
"prospects of" means "chances/ expectations, usually of success"

So policy makers remain concerned about the prospect (possibility) of inflation. 'Remain concerned about inflation' would not be accurate since there is a possibility of inflation (there are few signs hence inflation isn't actually taking place). Hence (B) and (D) are out.

(B) uses a semi colon and hence the sentence misses out on the contrast "...remain concerned, although/even though/despite..."

In option (A), placement of 'so far' makes it ambiguous. There are few signs so far OR ...driving up cost so far...
Also, in (A), "there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost ..." is incorrect structure.

"of + noun + ing" verb is correct only if "of + noun" makes perfect sense (not very common).

I have a video of a cat playing the piano. - video is of the cat so this sentence is correct.

There are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods. - the few signs are not of energy prices but of energy prices driving up the cost of goods. Hence, this structure is not correct.

(C) is obviously incorrect "few signs of higher energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods" - illogical

Hence correct answer is (E). It uses 'prospect of inflation', places 'thus far' correctly - "lack of signs thus far that..."
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23 Aug 2014, 19:35
Can we say below

Despite X, Y in which X is a noun and Y is a clause/independent statement. Shouldnt X & Y be parallel.

But in this case, X doesn't have any verb i.e. despite the lack of signs thus far
Y is a clause/

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