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24. The United States petroleum industryâ€™s cost to meet environmental regulations is projected at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum by the end of the decade.

(A) The United States petroleum industryâ€™s cost to meet environmental regulations is projected at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum by the end of the decade.

(B) The United States petroleum industry â€˜s cost by the end of the decade to meet environmental regulations is estimated at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum.

(C) By the end of the decade, the United States petroleum industry â€˜s cost of meeting environmental regulations is projected at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum.

(D) To meet environmental regulations, the cost to the United States petroleum industry is estimated at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum by the end of the decade.

(E) It is estimated that by the end of the decade the cost to the United States petroleum industry of meeting environmental regulations will be ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum.

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09 Jun 2005, 05:51
By the end of the decade, cost is estimated not projected.
Thus A & C are out.

B) The United States petroleum industry â€˜s cost by the end of the decade, sounds wrong. The sentence does not try to tell about industry's cost but about cost to industry.

D) To meet environmental regulations, the cost , seems the 1st part is describing the cost. Also estimated at is not correct. estimated to be is right.

E) Is the best.
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09 Jun 2005, 06:07
E.

In A, B, and C, The United States petroleum industryâ€™s cost is not a correct expression. In D, the cost doesnot modify the pharse "To meet environmental regulations,". the cost to the ..... in E is proper expression. so E wins.

(E) It is estimated that by the end of the decade the cost to the United States petroleum industry of meeting environmental regulations will be ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum.
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09 Jun 2005, 07:28
HIMALAYA wrote:

In A, B, and C, The United States petroleum industryâ€™s cost is not a correct expression.

Why is that expression wrong? I am not getting it.
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09 Jun 2005, 07:29
I think this question is all about the place of phrase, "by the end of quarter" and idiom usage.

A is wrong, misplaced modifier.

B Moreover estimated should be accompanied by "to be" or estimated that. by the end of decade is also misplaced.

C is also wrong. It should be cost to meet instead of cost of meeting

D is wrong, misplaced modifier. and missing to be or that.

E sounds logical.

I would have picked C is the sentence was to say

By the end of the decade, the cost to the United States petroleum industry of meeting environmental regulations is projected at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum.
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09 Jun 2005, 11:15
industry's is the wrong expression so A/B/C out

and E does not seem to be the right structure
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09 Jun 2005, 13:09
I would pick C.

(industry's cost being wrong - How would one refer to the "company's profits", I think that a possessive case can be applied to lifeless objects)

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09 Jun 2005, 13:09
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