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The Petroleum Institute and the United States Energy Dept. [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 15:31
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The Petroleum Institute and the United States Energy Dept. reported sharp drop in oil prices about oil inventory, a development that some inventors interpreted as the first indications of oil cutbacks by the world producers as beginnings to act languishing the drop.

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B. a development that some inventors interpreted to be the first indications that oil cutbacks of the world producers as beginnings began to

C. a development that some inventors interpreted as the first indications that oil cutbacks of the world producers are beginning to

D.which some inventors interpreted as the first indications that oil cutbacks by the world producers began to

E. which some investors interpreted to be the first indications that oil cutbacks of the world producers began to
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 19:37
Are the sentence and choices right ?

D and E are out for starting with 'which'

which - refers back to oil inventory and not the whole preceding action

A.B.C - indications ? - it should not be plural (a development)

Guys, am i missing anything ?
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 22:36
I am totally confused. Can anybody please explain the choices?
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 [#permalink] New post 05 May 2007, 00:01
My say would be D
all the other choices say "oil cutbacks of the world producers " which is INCORRECT. it should be "by" i.e "oil cutbacks by the world producers"

Though i think "which" referes to "oil inventory", i think it is the best choice amongst the others
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 [#permalink] New post 05 May 2007, 01:02
A . a development that some inventors interpreted as the first indications of oil cutbacks by the world producers as beginnings to

B. a development that some inventors interpreted to be the first indications that oil cutbacks of the world producers as beginnings began to

C. a development that some inventors interpreted as the first indications that oil cutbacks of the world producers are beginning to

D.which some inventors interpreted as the first indications that oil cutbacks by the world producers began to


E. which some investors interpreted to be the first indications that oil cutbacks of the world producers began to

I think C
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 [#permalink] New post 05 May 2007, 04:51
(D) and (E) out because of 'which' that refers to oil inventory
(A) 'producers as'
(B) 'as beginnings began to' is wordy
(C) I think we need a present instead of past tense, therefore and the reasons mentioned by the others Best answer!
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 [#permalink] New post 05 May 2007, 08:47
I hesitate between C and D.

C: present continous is strange here. I would have prefered a preterit.

D: "which" wrongly refers to "oil inventory" instead of "drop in oil prices"


Then I am for C.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 May 2007, 15:19
the OA is D :)
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