In most industries the rising cost of support services actually passes a greater financial burden to customers; in the legal profession, for example, a current climb in the cost of court reporting has forced many attorneys to raise their hourly rates.
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* has forced many attorneys to raise their hourly rates.
* has made many attorneys raise their hourly rates.
* has meant that many attorneys are being forced to raise their hourly rates.
* is forcing many attorneys to raise their hourly rates.
* is meaning that many attorneys are raising their hourly rates by force.
1. The past tense has forced does not take into account the fact that the rising costs are a current trend.
2. Has made incorrectly uses the past tense; the phrase is also both informal and imprecise.
3. Has meant incorrectly uses the past tense. Has meant and are being forced use inconsistent verb tenses, and are unnecessary phrases.
4. The phrase is forcing correctly uses the present progressive tense, reflecting a current trend.
5. By force is a misplaced modifier that confuses the meaning of the sentence; is meaning is an imprecise phrase.
The correct answer is D.
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