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Because of the business community’s uncertainty about the President’s position in regard to the issue of the budget deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has occurred.

(A) in regard to the issue of the budget deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has
(B) on the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has
(C) regarding the budgetary deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates have
(D) on the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates have
(E) regarding the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rats have

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Originally posted by noboru on 19 Aug 2009, 11:35.
Last edited by Bunuel on 02 May 2018, 00:47, edited 1 time in total.
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11 Jul 2012, 10:35
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B omits important information. which 'deficit'? we cannot just assume that it means budget deficit.
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24 Oct 2009, 18:45
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IMO B

Because of the business community’s uncertainty about the President’s position in regard to the issue of the budget deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has occurred.

(A) in regard to the issue of the budget deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has
(B) on the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has
(C) regarding the budgetary deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates have
(D) on the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates have
(E) regarding the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rats have

an unanticipated rise is singular, so we need singular verb has, we can eliminate C,D,E

A is wordy in that , deficit itself is an issue, we dont need to elaborate it as "issue of the budget deficit"
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06 Sep 2011, 01:45
B.

165. Because of the business community’s uncertainty about the President’s position in regard to the issue of the budget deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has occurred.

(A) in regard to the issue of the budget deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has
wordy
(B) on the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has
subject verb agreement (rise...has)
(C) regarding the budgetary deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates have
(D) on the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates have
(E) regarding the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rats have
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07 Jul 2012, 02:43
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Because of the business community’s uncertainty about the President’s position in regard to the issue of the budget deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has occurred.

(A) in regard to the issue of the budget deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has

(B) on the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has

(C) regarding the budgetary deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates have

(D) on the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates have

(E) regarding the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rats have

Option A, C, and E can be negated just by the unnecessary wordiness, because in regard, regarding are just making the sentence wordy.
We are left with just 2 options B and D and we have to choose between has/have. For that we have to look at the subject and the subject here is Business Community's uncertainty which is singular, So out of the 2 I pick B.
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07 Jul 2012, 02:54
Went with B.. then changed it have to remind myself to stick to the rules ;(

rise - singular- has..

Only First 2. A is more wordy. Hence B
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07 Jul 2012, 05:13
position in -when you have vacancies - Position On- when you have some opinion or point of view

rise of interest rates- Singular

So B is the correct one
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11 Jul 2012, 11:21
POE - B

Eliminated C,D, and E for using "have"

A is wordy.

B uses the singular verb 'has' ..
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12 Jul 2012, 23:56
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yes!
B omits "budget". I had the same doubt.
How do we know which deficit is it?

Still the official answer is B.
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13 Jul 2012, 01:06
In option "B" Meaning has been changed , because the omition "Budget"
Then question comes what deficit .....
As original sentence says ..it is to be budget deficit , then it must be maintained in the option too ...
So I cant agree with B .
OA is given ,it does not mean that I may not be wrong ever .....
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24 Apr 2015, 07:46
B cannot be correct. what deficit? this is illogical.
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Updated on: 10 Nov 2015, 01:09
OA is B.
Considering the GMAT test-takers' background, it is common sense that "deficit" is equal to "U.S. government budget deficit"

Originally posted by AyanamiRei on 08 Nov 2015, 00:35.
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08 Nov 2015, 06:33
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To me, that is an egregious assumption. I believe when GMAT test-takers do the test, they should base answer directly on the given questions rather than rest upon the word "common sense" to make specious claims.

Back to the original sentence, I will discuss only A and B (because C D E all wrong with the plural verb which should be singular).

(A) in regard to the issue of the budget deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has...
(B) on the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has....

- B has a great advantage NOT ONLY because of concision but also the invaluable preposition "on". Position (noun) + on sth = opinion on sth.
- However, by reducing the word "budget", it turns out to be ambiguous. Given the context "business community", it is also reasonable that it is a trade deficit. Thus, the answer is not clear 100%.

Analyzing A, we see:
- In/with regard to: is the PERFECTLY CORRECT idiom. Please check dictionary or your available grammar books. Those who just claim about how wordy the structure is please think about it as "regarding/ concerning" (at that time they will claim it is concise enough )
- "the issue of the budget deficit" is FINE. "Issue" means "problem", and those who say "the issue of the budget deficit is redundant", please look back on AWA 109 Sample, Sample 40, there is exactly a term of "trade deficit problem", and please do not say that "trade deficit problem" is different from "the problem of trade deficit" because, in this context, the point should lie in something more significant rather that minute nuance.
- What is WRONG with A is the lack of the preposition "on". When you want to mention "opinion on/ about sth", you have to include "on". However, the following term, which we continuously see in verbal tests, makes us forget "on": take the position that.... = think that... , or simply the word "the position" itself.
- Without the word "on", "position" at that time means "place, location, rank, etc." No meaning will fit, or be clear enough for, the sentence.

That is my opinion.

AyanamiRei wrote:
IMO B is.
Considering the GMAT test-takers' background, it is common sense that "deficit" is equal to "U.S. government budget deficit"
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08 Nov 2015, 15:55
A) Seems fine to me
B) Position on the deficit…I think it distorted the meaning of the original sentence
C) Have is not the correct verb
D) Have is not the correct verb
E) Same as C and D
Id go with A
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10 Nov 2015, 03:43
blayel,

thanks for pointing this one out. If we have to add the "on" after position, then the use of "in regard to" isn't possible anymore, right?

Like you all discussed, B is a lot cleaner, however I hate the budget issue here. Doubt the GMAT question would ever bring in such "common sense" example. There are different deficits and A makes this clear distinction. In B, the meaning is a lot different than in A, at least for non-US guys, and creating such ambiguity isn't really GMAC's favourite sport.
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31 Oct 2016, 23:08
Same question as everyone else, how can it be B when it doesn't mention what deficit it is?
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01 Nov 2016, 10:43
maybeam wrote:
Because of the business community’s uncertainty about the President’s position in regard to the issue of the budget deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has occurred.

(A) in regard to the issue of the budget deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has

(B) on the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has

(C) regarding the budgetary deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates have

(D) on the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates have

(E) regarding the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rats have

Although B is grammatically correct, the meaning of the sentence is inconsistent because the word "budget" is omitted. Are you sure that it is not a typo?
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01 Nov 2016, 19:52
mankodim wrote:
maybeam wrote:
Because of the business community’s uncertainty about the President’s position in regard to the issue of the budget deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has occurred.

(A) in regard to the issue of the budget deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has

(B) on the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates has

(C) regarding the budgetary deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates have

(D) on the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rates have

(E) regarding the deficit, an unanticipated rise in interest rats have

Although B is grammatically correct, the meaning of the sentence is inconsistent because the word "budget" is omitted. Are you sure that it is not a typo?

Mank123 wrote:
Same question as everyone else, how can it be B when it doesn't mention what deficit it is?

Yes, it seems to be a typo. Such omissions are not expected in the real GMAT.
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01 Oct 2018, 20:02
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#MY10SECONDAPPROACH:
singular subject "Rise" in rates will carry singular verb "has" , throws out options C,D & E with "have" as the verb.
Word position comes with conjunction "ON" hence answer option B is the correct answer.
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