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# After several years of rapid growth, the health care company

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After several years of rapid growth, the health care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
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22 Oct 2006, 23:23
one more E.

"while" is wrong A and B.

"Proving" is not acceptable in D.

E is the only logical choice.
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26 Mar 2007, 11:34
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After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

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The answer is E. but I do not understand why C can not be the answer. To me, C looks clearer than E since it clearly specifies the subject.
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26 Mar 2007, 12:31
falling months behind in its paying doctors and hospitals VS.

falling months behind in paying doctors and hospitals

its is not needed and makes the sentence awkward
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26 Mar 2007, 14:08
It is not 'C', bcos 'it' doesn't explain the exact reference. it can refer to several years of rapid growth or to health care company.
Usage of pronouns is strongly discouraged by ETS and should not be used.

For E, as wudy explained, 'became' is a past tense and so 'proved unable' is also past tense is used completing the sentence.

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26 Mar 2007, 21:20
Here the key the hospital became famous in the past but again lost its lustre

E provides that sequence in a neat way

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05 Oct 2007, 19:09
After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
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05 Oct 2007, 21:03
pmenon wrote:
After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

We need the proper connecting word here. "but"

Elim AB.

I don't think "it" and "its" are neccessary in C.

Btwn D and E. I go for E.
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06 Oct 2007, 00:20
After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

so I would go for E
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06 Oct 2007, 09:28
A, B,C out because of pronoun error "IT"

D awkward

E is a winner.
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06 Oct 2007, 09:50
pmenon wrote:
After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

Between D and E, my pick E.

E. company became....proved. "proving" in D is wrong.
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06 Oct 2007, 09:56
pmenon wrote:
After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to

B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to

C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying

D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

How is "falling(present participle)months behind in paying" modifying the previous clause, which is in past tense.

Don't we need , "fallen months behind in paying" to modify the clause in past tense.
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06 Oct 2007, 10:10
waiting_to_exhale wrote:
IMO - E
The others sound incorrect

Okey, It is obvious why A,B and C are incorrect.
Now, the problem with D is the use of double gerund ( not correct).
D will be okay had it been ....

proved unable to..........., falling blah, blah,blah.
or
proving unable to...........fell months behind blah, blah,blah.

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23 Nov 2008, 05:30
After several years of rapid growth, the healthy care company became one of the largest
health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the
increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months
behind in its payment to
B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months
behind in its payment to
C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind
in its paying
D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind
in paying
E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind
in paying
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25 Nov 2008, 13:57
I would go with C..

here we need "it" because we are starting another logically independent clause, which is contradiciting the logic of the first clause..therefore we need it..
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25 Nov 2008, 14:14
I go with C as well.

First you need to determine if you are going with "while" or "but". While just doesn't make sense in this sentence so that eliminates A and B.

D is wrong tense with "proving".

So between C and E, tough one there but I like the pronoun "it" better.
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24 Feb 2009, 20:18
After several years of rapid growth, the health care company become one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
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24 Feb 2009, 21:30
eileen1017 wrote:
After several years of rapid growth, the health care company become one of the largest health care providers in the metropolitan area, while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to doctors and hospitals.

A. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its payment to
B. while it then proved unable to handle the increase in business and fell months behind in its payment to
C. but then it proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in its paying
D. but then proving unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying
E. but then proved unable to handle the increase in business, falling months behind in paying

I think there is type mistake in the quesiton "become " should be "became "

"but" is better than "while" in this context
A,B --out.
it -- ambigous
A,B,C out

D --> proving wrong \

I will go with E.

Health care provider became ..., but then <health care provider > proved unable to handle business.
Parallel and concise..

Good Question.

See below similar sentece:

To suggest in an affirmative sense what the first part of the sentence implied in a negative way (sometimes replaced by on the contrary): "The club never invested foolishly, but used the services of a sage investment counselor."
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Re: Very tough question (for me) [#permalink]

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11 May 2009, 04:37
When handling difficult SC questions, my strategy is to eliminate possibilities and arrive at the answer.

I eliminate A and B simply because of the "while" modifier. Not that the modifier is wrong, but because it seems quite obvious (to me at least) that the sentence is trying to say a company grew huge, then it got too big for its britches and fell apart. The modifier "while" implies that the company was expanding and falling behind on its payments concurrently. That doesn't make sense at all, so I'm throwing these two out.

Now I eliminate C because "falling months behind in its paying doctors doctors and hospitals" is grammatically incorrect ("its" is superfluous)

Now I am left with D and E. I eliminate D because "but then proving" is not the right tense as the first half of the sentence (simple past tense.) So by virtue of parallelism and tense agreement, I think E is the answer.
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11 May 2009, 05:07
xenok wrote:
When handling difficult SC questions, my strategy is to eliminate possibilities and arrive at the answer.

I eliminate A and B simply because of the "while" modifier. Not that the modifier is wrong, but because it seems quite obvious (to me at least) that the sentence is trying to say a company grew huge, then it got too big for its britches and fell apart. The modifier "while" implies that the company was expanding and falling behind on its payments concurrently. That doesn't make sense at all, so I'm throwing these two out.

Now I eliminate C because "falling months behind in its paying doctors doctors and hospitals" is grammatically incorrect ("its" is superfluous)

Now I am left with D and E. I eliminate D because "but then proving" is not the right tense as the first half of the sentence (simple past tense.) So by virtue of parallelism and tense agreement, I think E is the answer.

OK, A,B and D are definitely incorrect. Your explanation about ungrammatical its finally ignites me some grammatical sensation. Initially, I thought its paying doctors and hospitals is definitely grammatical: possessive pronoun + present participle V + Noun, and quickly neglecting this respect to focus on meaning

However, it seems like if its were still kept in the sentence, it should be its paid doctors and hospitals --> doctors are paid, not paying --> that's my problem

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12 May 2009, 22:44
There's one critical error in this sentence and that's similar to subject verb agreement. The subject in question here is 'payment' - it has to be in plural. If you identify this then the rest is quite easy. You are left with options D and E. It's easy to eliminate D as 'proving' indicates a present continuous action, where as the intention is for a past action.
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