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School integration plans that involve busing between suburban and central-city areas have contributed, according to a recent study, to significant increases in housing integration, which, in turn, reduces any future need for busing.
(A) significant increases in housing integration, which, in turn, reduces
(B) significant integration increases in housing, which, in turn, reduces
(C) increase housing integration significantly, which, in turn, reduces
(D) increase housing integration significantly, in turn reducing
(E) significantly increase housing integration, which, in turn, reduce

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22 Jul 2004, 21:18
Ans is A. >2 mins.......
thought too much so I hope I get it right.

significant is an adjective and is correct if it modifies or is near "increase/s"

BCD are out.

Between A and E , E seems to be wrong as "housing integration" is not going well with "reduce".

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23 Jul 2004, 04:50

BCD are wrong. "Significantly" an adverb isnt modifying the right word. Between A and E, i chose "A".

E just doenst "sound right". Dont know the grammatical reason though.
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23 Jul 2004, 04:52
Answer Choice E is wrong because of "increase". Subject-Verb issue......
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23 Jul 2004, 05:46
If we remove the phrase between commas (to a recent study) and read the sentence as

'School integration plans that involve busing between suburban and central-city areas have contributed, to significant increases in housing integration, which, in turn, reduces any future need for busing. It can be seen that

A is the best answer among the choices.

B reads significant integration increases...what is that?
C and D starts with 'Increase in' and increased may sound acceptable with significantly dropped.

E would not flow well at all.
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23 Jul 2004, 06:53
I am not sure choice (A) is also correct representation of the answer we are looking for. (A) contains subject-verb agreement problem.
'integeration plans.............have.............to significant increases..."
I think we need "increase" rather than "increases".

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23 Jul 2004, 08:36
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I am not sure choice (A) is also correct representation of the answer we are looking for. (A) contains subject-verb agreement problem.
'integeration plans.............have.............to significant increases..."
I think we need "increase" rather than "increases".

Churchills plans ..XYZ....have contributed to.....significant gains in...ABC, which in turn ......do RST.

1. You can significantly increase your marks if you study hard
2. Your hard work will contribute to signficant increases in your marks.
3. The fact that he is the King's favourite, significantly increases his chances of winning the race.

I don't have any grammatical explanation, but I guess the usage depends on the context where you use "significant".

I think A is fine.
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24 Jul 2004, 06:37
I also thought hard and got to A. ITs the one-eyed option among the grammatically blind ones.

I could have rephrased it in another way because A does not sound all that correct to me. But one has to choose amongst (or should it be among?) the given choices only ...
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