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Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise, the value of the copper in a penny will soon be greater than the face value of the coin.

a. Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise,
b. If present metal prices are continuing their sharp rise,
c. If present metal prices continue to sharply rise,
d. Continuation of sharply rising metal prices should mean that
e. Metal pricesâ€™ sharp rise continuing should mean that

I would like to have the explantion...
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25 Aug 2006, 10:58
I think its (A) .I dont kno if sharply rise is correct.Shudnt it have been rise sharply.
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25 Aug 2006, 12:07
I'll pick C

The correct form is: If X happens (in present tense), Y will happen (in future)
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25 Aug 2006, 12:23
I'm going with A here.

C--->continue to sharply rise is wrong. "continue to rise sharply" is the right form of it.
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25 Aug 2006, 12:28
C looks the best as well as idiomatic .. The idiom is rightly written ... but "sharply rise" still creates a doubt .. what's the OA and OE??
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25 Aug 2006, 12:57
I would go with A... nothing wrong with the original statement
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25 Aug 2006, 12:58
Eren wrote:
I'm going with A here.

C--->continue to sharply rise is wrong. "continue to rise sharply" is the right form of it.

Are these test writes really paranoid about split infinitive ("continue to rise sharply" instead of "continue to sharply rise") ?
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25 Aug 2006, 13:07
I would go with A.

If C had been "If metal prices continue to rise sharply" instead of "sharply rise", then C would have been a better choide.
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25 Aug 2006, 13:15
A doesn't make much of a sense to me ... reason being .. here we are treating metal prices to be the subject of the sentence and saying that they are continuing "their" rise ... "metal prices " is not a tangible object which can continue its rise .... also the inverted order has made the sentence hard to understand ... OA shouldn't be A .. C, although looking awkward, is still gramatically correct .. sharply is an adverb modifying the verb rise ... does anybody have a better explanation?? what's the OA and OE BTW???
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25 Aug 2006, 13:18
c. If present metal prices continue to sharply rise,

if-then conditional present tense...

if X <implied then> Y <verb>
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25 Aug 2006, 13:24
OA is A

Order of the answers is changed in the choices...

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ght=copper
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25 Aug 2006, 13:35
Ohh .. it's a gr8 link ... http://www.tiscali.co.uk/reference/dict ... 82826.html
since "nothing can come between to and the verb , option C is incorrect ... that was pretty informative site... thanks ..
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25 Aug 2006, 14:55
OA is A

I changed the order to make it look different.
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25 Aug 2006, 18:05
Ruby wrote:
Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise, the value of the copper in a penny will soon be greater than the face value of the coin.

a. Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise,
b. If present metal prices are continuing their sharp rise,
c. If present metal prices continue to sharply rise,
d. Continuation of sharply rising metal prices should mean that
e. Metal pricesâ€™ sharp rise continuing should mean that

I would like to have the explantion...

C is wrong due to 'split infinitive' (just learned that today )
B requires 'then' to follow 'if'.
D&E, I can't explain it but it just sounds horribly wrong.

I'll go with A.
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26 Aug 2006, 03:38
jjhko wrote:
Ruby wrote:
Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise, the value of the copper in a penny will soon be greater than the face value of the coin.

a. Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise,
b. If present metal prices are continuing their sharp rise,
c. If present metal prices continue to sharply rise,
d. Continuation of sharply rising metal prices should mean that
e. Metal pricesâ€™ sharp rise continuing should mean that

I would like to have the explantion...

C is wrong due to 'split infinitive' (just learned that today )
B requires 'then' to follow 'if'.
D&E, I can't explain it but it just sounds horribly wrong.

I'll go with A.

Very late, but (A) for the same reasons. To sharply rise should be restated as ---> to rise sharply. ThisSC did violate the split infinitive rule.
Re: SC : Explnation Needed   [#permalink] 26 Aug 2006, 03:38
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