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While larger banks can afford to maintain their own

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While larger banks can afford to maintain their own [#permalink]  08 May 2013, 18:25
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While larger banks can afford to maintain their own data-processing operations, many smaller regional and community banks are finding that the cost associated with upgrading data-processing equipment and with the development and maintenance of new products and technical staff are prohibitive.

A. cost associated with
B. costs associated with
C. costs arising from
D. cost of
E. costs of

I know that the OA is correct because of parallelism. But my doubt is this:
If we choose C or E, we would be changing the intended meaning of the original sentence, right? Even the meaning in C and E could be ilogical.

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Re: Larger banks [#permalink]  08 May 2013, 18:59
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Please elaborate. Pl explain how the meaning gets changed. The single most factor is that the some costs are too prohibitive for the small banks, while those costs are bearable for large banks. How this theme gets distorted from what you perceive as the intended meaning of the original by using a different preposition such as 'from' or 'of'?
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Re: Larger banks [#permalink]  08 May 2013, 19:49
This seems simple. Subject Verb Agreement is being tested.

While larger banks can afford to maintain their own data-processing operations, many smaller regional and community banks are finding that the cost associated with upgrading data-processing equipment and with the development and maintenance of new products and technical staff are prohibitive.

A. cost associated with - singular usage.
B. costs associated with - Correct usage
C. costs arising from - unidiomatic
D. cost of - Singular
E. costs of - Wrong. The cost associated with X and with the development of Y are prohibitive - Does not make sense.
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Re: Larger banks [#permalink]  13 May 2013, 10:28
Hi,
Why costs - plural subject ?

associated is the verb right ? So why not cost ?

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Re: Larger banks [#permalink]  13 May 2013, 10:44
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vigneshceg wrote:
Hi,
Why costs - plural subject ?

associated is the verb right ? So why not cost ?

Hi vigneshceg, the word "costs" is plural because it goes with the verb "are" at the end. The costs associated with (being the greatest student in the world and a gentleman and scholar and bla bla bla) are very high. Everything within the parentheses is irrelevant and can be ignored. Your goal in this type of question is to find the verb outside the underlined portion and get the subject within the underlined portion to agree with it (singular/singular or plural/plural)

Hope this helps!
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