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State officials report that soaring rates of liability insurance have risen to force cutbacks in the operations of everything from local governments and school districts to day-care centers and recreational facilities.

(A) rates of liability insurance have risen to force
(B) rates of liability insurance are a force for
(C) rates for liability insurance are forcing
(D) rises in liability insurance rates are forcing
(E) liability insurance rates have risen to force

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OA is C. because Rates for is the idiomatic usage.

Are Options A&B wrong only for the reason they are using "rates of"
is there any other flaw in these options plz explain y other options are wrong.
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Re: Idiomatic Usage rates for [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2009, 23:56
in addition to the idiomatic usage...

A. It already states "soaring rates". So mentioned "risen" again is not needed.
for B "are a force for" when compared to C "are forcing" makes C look proper to me.
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Re: Idiomatic Usage rates for [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2010, 09:44
There is also a verb issue here. On my first try of this question, I thought it should be "have risen" because the rates are rising and continue to rise. But, this one is tricky, because they put the word soaring in the sentence. This meaning already indicates the action is happening and continuing to happen, so the present perfect is not needed! Present tense works!
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Re: Idiomatic Usage rates for [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2010, 10:05
IMO C.

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soaring rates - no need of rise/risen
"forcing cutbacks" is better than "to force cutbacks"
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Re: Idiomatic Usage rates for [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2010, 06:42
C is best.

In A, D and E --> 'soaring' and 'risen' redundant

Between B and C --> C it is.
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Re: Idiomatic Usage rates for [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2010, 09:28
agre with Seekmba ...yes C it is
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Re: Idiomatic Usage rates for [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2011, 14:50
C
everything else is redundant when you say soaring...risen
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Re: Idiomatic Usage rates for [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2011, 17:22
[quote="RaviChandra"]State officials report that soaring rates of liability insurance have risen to force cutbacks in the operations of everything from local governments and school districts to day-care centers and recreational facilities.

(A) rates of liability insurance have risen to force
(B) rates of liability insurance are a force for
(C) rates for liability insurance are forcing
(D) rises in liability insurance rates are forcing
(E) liability insurance rates have risen to force

souring and rises are redundant as they try to convey the same meaning. Between B and C "rates for" is the correct idiom.
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Re: State officials report that soaring rates of liability [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2012, 19:30
I have chosen C for this question:

A. "Have risen" is redundant because "soaring" already describes the rates. Also, "to force" should be changed to "are forcing" to describe what the rates are doing.

B. "Are a force for" is wordy and is not the correct answer.

C. This answer choice is correct. The words "have risen" are no longer in the sentence and do not cause redundancy. Also, "are forcing" is correctly used here.

D. "Soaring rises" is redundant.

E. Again, "have risen" is redundant. Also, "to force" should be "are forcing."
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Re: State officials report that soaring rates of liability [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 08:46
Vote for C :

Original sentence: have risen - Perfect-future tense
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Re: State officials report that soaring rates of liability [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2013, 22:16
I understand the fact that in B) 'are a force' is unidiomatic but what about 'rates for liability insurance' in C). Isn't that unidiomatic as well? As in, 'the rate of attrition' is right and not 'the rate for attrition'. Kindly help me through this.
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Re: State officials report that soaring rates of liability [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2013, 22:39
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I understand the fact that in B) 'are a force' is unidiomatic but what about 'rates for liability insurance' in C). Isn't that unidiomatic as well? As in, 'the rate of attrition' is right and not 'the rate for attrition'. Kindly help me through this.


"rates for" and "rates of" are both idiomatic: it depends on the subject. If the subject is a price "rates for" is correct, is the subject is a measure/rate "rates of" is correct ('the rate of attrition')

However this idioms are not tested with high frequency, so you can arrive at the correct answer without knowing the difference; just keep in mind that just because you know that "the rate of" is idiomatic, it does not mean that a change in the words makes the construct unidiomatic: there can be multiple correct versions of the thing (as here "rates of/for").
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Re: State officials report that soaring rates of liability [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2014, 04:57
RaviChandra wrote:
State officials report that soaring rates of liability insurance have risen to force cutbacks in the operations of everything from local governments and school districts to day-care centers and recreational facilities.

(A) rates of liability insurance have risen to force
(B) rates of liability insurance are a force for
(C) rates for liability insurance are forcing
(D) rises in liability insurance rates are forcing
(E) liability insurance rates have risen to force

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OA is C. because Rates for is the idiomatic usage.

Are Options A&B wrong only for the reason they are using "rates of"
is there any other flaw in these options plz explain y other options are wrong.


This problem is one of few that really demands understanding of specific words on the SC.

First of all, "soaring" already implies a rise. Thus, any options that use "rise" are redundant. A, D and E gone. Second, the rates are not a force. They are not this spec ops unit that's going to infiltrate something and neither are they some divine entity that will cast its might upon us. So "rates... are a force" is wrong. B gone.

Even if we do not omit certain options because of "rise":

A) implies that the intent behind the rising rates is to force cutbacks, as if rates are a living, thinking enitity that can make such decisions. That's not the intended meaning of the author, so A distorts the meaning. GONE

D) implies that the actual rises are forcing cutbacks.. They're not forcing anything. Rises is (in a reduntant manner) trying to modify insurances but fails to do so since the option says "rises in". This messes up the intended meaning. GONE

E) This implies that the actual rates have come out of their dwelling with the intent of forcing cutbacks.. This also completely messes up the intended meaning.

So, even if we ignore the grammatical errors, we still have consistent errors of meaning in all of the wrong options. Thus, C is the only adequate answer choice.
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Re: State officials report that soaring rates of liability [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2014, 03:14
RaviChandra wrote:
State officials report that soaring rates of liability insurance have risen to force cutbacks in the operations of everything from local governments and school districts to day-care centers and recreational facilities.

(A) rates of liability insurance have risen to force
(B) rates of liability insurance are a force for
(C) rates for liability insurance are forcing
(D) rises in liability insurance rates are forcing
(E) liability insurance rates have risen to force

[Reveal] Spoiler:
OA is C. because Rates for is the idiomatic usage.

Are Options A&B wrong only for the reason they are using "rates of"
is there any other flaw in these options plz explain y other options are wrong.


The underlined portion " State officials report that soaring rates of liability insurance have risen to force cutbacks in the operations of everything from local governments and school districts to day-care centers and recreational facilities.
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Re: State officials report that soaring rates of liability [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2014, 06:06
Rates of = Measure
Rates for = Price Charged

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State officials report that soaring rates of liability [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2014, 14:43
State officials report that soaring rates of liability insurance have risen to force cutbacks in the operations of everything from local governments and school districts to day-care centers and recreational facilities.

(A) rates of liability insurance have risen to force
(B) rates of liability insurance are a force for
(C) rates for liability insurance are forcing
(D) rises in liability insurance rates are forcing
(E) liability insurance rates have risen to force
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Re: State officials report that soaring rates of liability [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2014, 15:33
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Re: State officials report that soaring rates of liability [#permalink] New post 24 May 2014, 00:25
"rate of" and "rate for " is not explained in the dictionary though the two meanings are explained in dictionaries.

how do we know that "rate for" refer to price/amount of money. we can only learn from this sc question.

moreover, gmat now tests idioms less than meaning. this is a good news for non native.
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