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Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.

A.) Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.
B.) Because of less availability and increased demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like that of gold.
C.) Because of decreased availability and increased demand in scientific research, platinum remains expensive, like gold.
D.) Because of decreased availability and increased demand for scientific research, platinum remains expensive, like gold.
E.) Because of decreased availability and greater demand in scientific research, platinum remains at a consistently high price, like that of gold.

Can anybody explain the answer to me? This has been a pain to my neck!
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09 Aug 2011, 11:50
gablaze23 wrote:
Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.

A.) Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.
B.) Because of less availability and increased demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like that of gold.
C.) Because of decreased availability and increased demand in scientific research, platinum remains expensive, like gold.
D.) Because of decreased availability and increased demand for scientific research, platinum remains expensive, like gold.
E.) Because of decreased availability and greater demand in scientific research, platinum remains at a consistently high price, like that of gold.

Can anybody explain the answer to me? This has been a pain to my neck!

3/2 split b/w like gold and like that of gold.

In the latter, that is ambiguous, and doesnt really refer to any thing in the sentence... Noun to Noun comparison is needed anyway.. so B and E are out

Now let's look at another split i.e. demand in and demand for.

The original stem says: platinum is decreasing in availability and its usage in scientific research is on upside. Demand for changes this meaning and actually goes to say, demand for scientific research is driving platinum prices up. Can you see the subtle difference?

Hence, C remains !
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09 Aug 2011, 13:43
I had the choices down to C and D. That of gold doesn't make sense because gold doesn't have anything here (eg: price of gold). Picked D...but now I understand why it should be demand in gold.
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10 Aug 2011, 14:17
Thanks guys. I think I found my answer in the MGMAT SC book (2003 version)

Increase/decrease expresses change of ONE thing over time
Greater than/Less than compares TWO things
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