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The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 11th Edition, 2005

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Question No.: SC 12
Page: 639

After gradual declension down to about 39 hours in 1970, the workweek in the United States has steadily increased to the point that the average worker now puts in an estimated 164 extra hours of paid labor a year.

(B) Following a gradual declension down

Originally posted by sirrock on 24 Oct 2008, 01:20.
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After gradual declension down to about 39 hours in 1970, the workweek in the United States has steadily increased to the point that the average worker now puts in an estimated 164 extra hours of paid labor a year.

(B) Following a gradual declension down

gradual declining seems to be best for me but not exist in the answer sheet.
gradually declining is little bit awkawrd so can someone explain?

First, we can eliminate options A,B and C declining down/ declension down is redundant usage. decline means down.

Following gradually declining in option E is wrong usage.

So that leaves us with D.

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"gradually" is the adverb and it can correctly modify the verb "declining".

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24 Oct 2008, 03:16
Declension and decline are not the same thing.

I'm going with D.
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24 Oct 2008, 22:30
After gradual declension down [/u]to about 39 hours in 1970, the workweek in the United States has steadily increased to the point that the average worker now puts in an estimated 164 extra hours of paid labor a year.

(A) After gradual declension down - Redundant
(B) Following a gradual declension down - Redundant
(C) After gradual declining down- Redundant
(D) After gradually declining - IMO D
(E) Following gradually declining - doesnt fit into the original sentence, which says:"......has steadily increased to the point...." doesn't go with following
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After gradual declension down to about 39 hours in 1970, the workweek in the United States has steadily increased to the point that the average worker now puts in an estimated 164 extra hours of paid labor a year.

(B) Following a gradual declension down

in og 11th, the explanation for E says "phrase must be introduced by a preposition(after), not a participle (following)"

can anyone explain in detail about choice E compared to D? I do not even understand what the answer choice intends.

Originally posted by lys8207 on 20 Jan 2010, 18:09.
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After gradual declension down to about 39 hours in 1970, the workweek in the United States has steadily increased to the point that the average worker now puts in an estimated 164 extra hours of paid labor a year.

(B) Following a gradual declension down

in og 11th, the explanation for E says "phrase must be introduced by a preposition(after), not a participle (following)"

can anyone explain in detail about choice E compared to D? I do not even understand what the answer choice intends.

following is a participle that modifies the workweek in the United states. This seems to indicate that the workweek followed sth.
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26 Jul 2010, 20:46
this is pretty clearly D... you have a similar question in OG11
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27 Jul 2010, 07:27
D.. Declining down is wordy.. that leaves us with D and E. and D is a way better choice than E..
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27 Jul 2010, 08:06
It should be D .
Declining itself converys the meaning so no need of another word down there!
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07 Nov 2010, 09:57
(B) Following a gradual declension down

You can rule out A, B & C for redundant expression. Both declension and declining don't need directional word down.

E would have been better if it was written, 'following a gradual declension', but 'Following gradually declining to about 39 hours in 1970' sounds very awkward.

D is the best choice.
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"gradual declining seems to be best for me but not exist in the answer sheet."

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22 Jun 2015, 10:17
I understand D is correct , but I could not understand what is wrong in E
Following in E ,I believe is working as a preposition in this sentence.

Anybody

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03 Jul 2016, 03:40
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declension down redundant
ABC out

Can I choose D saying, After is preferred to Following?
Both mean the same no??
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03 Jul 2016, 04:59
What is the OA? Is it really E? For me E sound awkward. I think that gerund can't be after adverb). Looks like D is correct
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03 Jul 2016, 10:29
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What is the OA? Is it really E? For me E sound awkward. I think that gerund can't be after adverb). Looks like D is correct

UPdated OA , correct answer is indeed (D), here is more discussion on the topic -

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After gradual declension down to about 39 hours in 1970, the workweek in the United States has steadily increased to the point that the average worker now puts in an estimated 164 extra hours of paid labor a year.

-Redundunt - Declension means decline, which means moving down.

(B) Following a gradual declension down
- Same as A

Same as A & B

Following used as Noun ing.
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