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131. As measured by the Commerce Department, corporate profits peaked in the fourth quarter of 1988 and have slipped since then, as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs.

(A) and have slipped since then, as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs
(B) and have slipped since then, the reason being because many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs
(C) and slipped since then, many companies being unable to pass on higher costs
(D) but, many companies unable to pass on higher costs, they have slipped since then
(E) yet are slipping since then, because many companies were unable to pass on higher costs
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131. As measured by the Commerce Department, corporate profits peaked in the fourth quarter of 1988 and have slipped since then, as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs.

(A) and have slipped since then, as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs
(B) and have slipped since then, the reason being because many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs
(C) and slipped since then, many companies being unable to pass on higher costs
(D) but, many companies unable to pass on higher costs, they have slipped since then
(E) yet are slipping since then, because many companies were unable to pass on higher costs


A for me.
B is out because the use of "being"
C and E are out because you need present perfect because of the use of "since".
D doesn't make much sense.
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Its A.
I think "since then" goes well with a present perfect tense because since indicates that the process is will continuing.
Additionally, B and C out being "being" :-D
In D, the construction of the clause, many companies unable to pass on higher costs, is awkward.
In E, there is present continuous with slipping and 'were' which is past tense.
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131. As measured by the Commerce Department, corporate profits peaked in the fourth quarter of 1988 and have slipped since then, as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs.

(A) and have slipped since then, as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs
(B) and have slipped since then, the reason being because many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs
(C) and slipped since then, many companies being unable to pass on higher costs
(D) but, many companies unable to pass on higher costs, they have slipped since then
(E) yet are slipping since then, because many companies were unable to pass on higher costs


A. another error free.

present perfect: have need with since.
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Would (C) be right if it is rephrased as

C) and slipped since then, as many companies were unable to pass on higher costs

the other choices remaining the same?
(A) and have slipped since then, as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs
(B) and have slipped since then, the reason being because many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs
(D) but, many companies unable to pass on higher costs, they have slipped since then
(E) yet are slipping since then, because many companies were unable to pass on higher costs
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Was confused a bit between A nd E, got A finally!
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Hello guys, why is E wrong? Is it because of usage of "yet".
or is it because of verb tense:
as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs vs as many companies were unable to pass on higher costs

Or is it both?

When to use "yet"?
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Hello guys, why is E wrong? Is it because of usage of "yet".
or is it because of verb tense:
as many companies have been unable to pass on higher costs vs as many companies were unable to pass on higher costs

Or is it both?

When to use "yet"?


I would say both.

(E) yet are slipping since then, because many companies were unable to pass on higher costs

The first verb refer to an action that started in the past but continues in the present => past continuos
"are slipping" expresses an action that is happening "continuously" in the present (for a long period of time).
Also "were" is not correct.

You can refer here for the usage of yet
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I picked C. But can somebody please explain why "being" makes it incorrect ?
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