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832. The supply of oil being finite has become an economical and political consideration of the first magnitude for all modern industrial nations.
(A) The supply of oil being finite has become an economical
(B) The finite supply of oil has become an economical
(C) That the supply of oil is finite has become an economical
(D) The supply of oil being finite has become an economic
(E) That the supply of oil is finite has become an economic
Economical= thrifty, money wise
Economic= concerning the economy
Therefore, ABC are all wrong.
D is wrong because being is almost always wrong on the GMAT.
My answer is E.
However, my intention of posting this question is to understand the grammar and syntax of E.
Correct Answer: That the supply of oil is finite has become an economic and political consideration of the first magnitude for all modern industrial nations.
What is the significance of That in That the oil supply...?
"Economical" and "economic" have similar meanings--similar but NOT identical. The problem is that the difference is subtle. Maybe that's why a brochure I saw recently (not, I'm happy to say, published at Purdue) used "economical" when "economic" would've been more appropriate.
"Economical" usually means thrifty or operating with little waste.
Example: For my purposes, bus tokens are more economical than a monthly pass.
"Economic," on the other hand, refers to the field of economics.
Example: We are concerned about the economic implications of the gypsy moth.
If there's a grammar (or usage) trap you'd like me to discuss, or if you have a tip that will help the rest of us avoid one, please let me know.
Dictionary that i used had two meanings of "Economical". So I checked out other online dictionaries and some of them have only one answer ("Thrifty") and some have both.
But what made me look it up was the usage of "That" at the start of the sentence. But I reread your explanation above and i understand now that it is correct, but it wasn't obvious to me at the start. Thanks for the explanation.
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