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# According to the National Pasta Association percapita

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According to the National Pasta Association percapita consumption of pasta in the United States which has already been approaching 19 pounds a year, will achieve 30 pounds a year by the twenty first century

(A) According to the National Pasta Association, per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States which has already been approaching 19 pounds a year will achieve 30 pounds a year by the twenty-first century.

(B) Already approaching 19 pounds a year in the United States, the National Pasta Association predicts that per-capita consumption of pasta will reach 30 pounds a year by the twenty-first century.

(C) The National Pasta Association predicts by the twenty-fisrs century that per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States, which is already approaching 19 pounds a year will achieve 30 pounds a year.

(D) By the twenty-first century, the National Pasta Association predicts that per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States, having already approached 19 pounds a year, will reach 30 pounds a year.

(E) According to the National Pasta Association, per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States is already approaching 19 pounds a year and will reach 30 pounds a year by the twenty-first century.

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12 Jan 2005, 10:16
Is there a typo in 'E'

Yes there was. Thanks for pointing it out. I have edited the typo.

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12 Jan 2005, 10:36
OA is E.

This question was one of the questions in the end and I was running short of time, just looking at the length of sentence threw me off completely

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12 Jan 2005, 12:58
Can someone explain why (E) is better than (A)

I retype (A) b/c of some typo in the original question.

According to the National Pasta Association, per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States which has already been approaching 19 pounds a year, will achieve 30 pounds a year by the twenty-first century.

"which" should exactly modify "per-capita consumption"
"present perfect" should be fine since "approaching" is an act from past to present.

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12 Jan 2005, 19:06
I pick E. The trick here is to figure out which phrase modifies which noun.

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12 Jan 2005, 19:11
qhoc0010,

The phrase "which has already been approaching 19 pounds a year" could modify "United States" as well so it's ambiguous.

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13 Jan 2005, 05:13
"which" does not nescesserily modify "US". Look at this example:

The computer on the desk which is an old 486 model is belonged to my uncle.

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13 Jan 2005, 05:13
"which" does not necessarily modify "US". Look at this example:

The computer on the desk which is an old 486 model is belonged to my uncle.

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13 Jan 2005, 16:52
qhoc0010,

"The computer on the desk which is an old 486 model is belonged to my uncle."

"which is an old 486 model" could modify "desk" based on the phrase's close proximity to the word. Of course, we know that the phrase is supposed to describe "computer." I find that ETS is quite a stickler for proper modifier placement.

Hope this helps.

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