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# Advanced SC: One view of the economy contends that a large drop

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29 Apr 2015, 12:54
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One view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation, a rally in stocks and bonds, and a weakening of the dollar.

A. lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation,
B. a lowering of interest rates and of fears about inflation,
C. a lowering of interest rates, along with fears about inflation,
D. interest rates being lowered, along with fears about inflation,
E. interest rates and fears about inflation being lowered, with

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29 Apr 2015, 13:43
One view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation, a rally in stocks and bonds, and a weakening of the dollar.
parallelism question
Parallel items:
ne view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to
lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation,
a rally in stocks and bonds, and
a weakening of the dollar

only B & C remains.
C changes the meaning by introducing alongwith.

B is correct.
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30 Apr 2015, 13:58
souvik101990 wrote:
One view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation, a rally in stocks and bonds, and a weakening of the dollar.

after lead to we need a noun or a noun phrase, so that the entities of the list be parallel.
as well as - wordy, "and" can be more precise and short.

A. lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation,
as mentioned above.

B. a lowering of interest rates and of fears about inflation,
we have noun phrase a lowering.
of interest rates and of fears about inflation are parallel

C. a lowering of interest rates, along with fears about inflation,
changes meaning
large drop in oil price leads to 2 things: lowering of interest rates, and in the same time - fears about inflation. this is not the original meaning.

D. interest rates being lowered, along with fears about inflation,
same meaning error as C has.

E. interest rates and fears about inflation being lowered, with
changes meaning. a large drop in oil prices leads to interest rates and fears
wait what?
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01 May 2015, 02:20
At issue is the need for logical and formal parallelism in a coordinate series. B, the best choice, clearly and
correctly uses parallel noun phrases to list three effects of a drop in oil prices: a lowering of..., a rally in ..., and
a weakening of.... In place of the correct lower before/ears, choice A uses an incorrect participial adjective,
lowering, that could cause confusion by seeming at first to function as a verb. A also violates parallelism. In C
and D, the use of along with confuses meaning by making fears about inflation an independent effect, not an
object of lowering. D and E violate parallelism by substituting an awkward gerund clause for the first noun
phrase.
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12 May 2018, 03:36
souvik101990 wrote:
At issue is the need for logical and formal parallelism in a coordinate series. B, the best choice, clearly and
correctly uses parallel noun phrases to list three effects of a drop in oil prices: a lowering of..., a rally in ..., and
a weakening of.... In place of the correct lower before/ears, choice A uses an incorrect participial adjective,
lowering, that could cause confusion by seeming at first to function as a verb. A also violates parallelism. In C
and D, the use of along with confuses meaning by making fears about inflation an independent effect, not an
object of lowering. D and E violate parallelism by substituting an awkward gerund clause for the first noun
phrase.

isn't " a lowering" a complex gerund and hence parallel with action nouns "a rally". ?

My second doubt is "to a lowering" : this is NOT a case of split infinitive (which is considered always incorrect in GMAT ) It is so because after to we have a gerund and hence an article could come in between. But if it would have a verb , then it is not possible.
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