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Because of wireless service costs plummeting in the last year, and as mobile phones are increasingly common, many people now using their mobile phones to make calls across a wide region at night and on weekends, when numerous wireless companies provide unlimited airtime for a relatively small monthly fee.

(A) Because of wireless service costs plummeting in the last year, and as mobile phones are increasingly common, many people

(B) As the cost of wireless service plummeted in the last year and as mobile phones became increasingly common, many people

(C). In the last year, with the cost of wireless service plummeting, and mobile phones have become increasingly common, there are many people

(D). With the cost of wireless service plummeting in the last year and mobile phones becoming increasingly common, many people are

(E). While the cost of wireless service has plummeted in the last year and mobile phones are increasingly common, many people are
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21 Dec 2004, 11:56
gayathri wrote:
Pick D. ||ism and use of "are"

I pick E.

plummeting in D is not correct since it implies a continuing action, while the sentence is in past form, since the author states that the wireless service costs have declines in the "last year". So past tense makes sense to me.

Therefore, 'has plummeted' and 'are' are needed as in E.

What is the OA?
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21 Dec 2004, 12:21
Hi1

I think I will go with D. In E " HAS PLUMNTED" is not correct we require simple tense. If it were just "plumented" E might have come closer.

One more mistake in E.
The use of BECAUSE if required before " increase.." so that it can sentence come the gramatical sense.

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22 Dec 2004, 00:31
Hello , guys the OA is E

could anybody explain more?

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16 Feb 2005, 06:10
Dear guys,

Could anybody really know the usage of "with" like this kind of question?

I really don't know what's wrong with D, and I think "with" in AT test is very tricky.

I would appreciate if there is any help.
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16 Feb 2005, 06:24
Definitely agree with E
D starts with a prepositional phrase introduced by "with" and makes it sound as if the many people are going along with the cost of wireless...
E properly says that the cost has plummeted, something which happened in the past, in the last year. E starts with conjunction "while" and is syntaxically correct because it conveys the idea that while X happened in the past, Y is now happening; proper structure it is.
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16 Feb 2005, 08:34
E.
Expresses proper contrast and tense parallelism.

D is close but an adverbial clause of contrast is required in this sentence and not a prep. phrase.
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23 Mar 2005, 12:56
Can we Revisit this again. Somehow I am not very conviced with E as the answer. I picked D.

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23 Mar 2005, 12:59
My initial Pick was D.. too
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23 Mar 2005, 18:39
hmmm.... I picked (D) because 'with' tells you that along with the cost, something else is happening. In this case, it's more people making calls at nights and on weekends. But Paul comments this is the wrong logic.

(E) sounds very awkward to me. I thought 'while' is more often used this way: "While tickets to the ballgame are expensive, they are still being snapped up rapidly"
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23 Mar 2005, 18:40
hmm...I picked "D" as well.....to me the sentence is saying that cost of wireless service was plummeting at the sametime when mobile phones were becoming common.....I don't understand why "E" is better.
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24 Mar 2005, 02:11
Hi, it's dangling, I think

In choice D.
'with' clause modifies people.
It became 'people with the cost of wireless service plummeting ......'
I think it's illogical.

In choice E, 'while' means 'although'.

The rule of thumb in SC is 'with' is rarely right.

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25 Mar 2005, 11:26
(D). With the cost of wireless service plummeting in the last year and mobile phones becoming increasingly common, many people are

My opinion is that D's main error lies with the use of "plummeting" for something that happened in the last year. If the cost has been plummeting continuously until today then it may be ok to say "with the cost plaummeting and the cell phones becoming common, many people are ...".
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25 Mar 2005, 11:42
The use of "while" in it makes it a little confusing to me. I would have picked D on the test.
25 Mar 2005, 11:42
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