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30 Sep 2011, 12:08
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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

(A) - Incorrect (we need "are")
(B) - Incorrect (we need "are")
(C) - Incorrect use of modifiers.
(D) - Correct
(E) - We do not need a contrast
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21 Sep 2012, 08:24
My 2 cents:

A – Because of X and Y, many people now using.... Missing an ‘are’ there. There is also missing parallelism between X and Y. Eliminate
B – Many people ARE now using.... same issue with the ‘are’ as above. There is also a tense violation here – As...plummeted....became....now using... Eliminate
C – In the last year.... there are many people now using = tense violation. It was either last year, or now. It can’t be both.
D – Correct
E – While implies that there is an opposite event that is occurring simulatniously. This is never articulated.

If I’m to be honest, E was mostly eliminated because it sounds bad to my ear. I’d love an experts opinion on E.

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20 Sep 2013, 05:23
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D.

are is needed...eliminate top 2

c seems wordy

e while doesnt logically fit

C and E are both not parallel. Also, C implies that mobile phones became common "last year" which is not what the author is saying.
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25 Sep 2013, 04:02
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

EXPL:
Two errors:
1. Sentence implies two reasons plummeting cost and common mobile phone, whereas the structure of the sentence changes intended meaning (after ', and' it shud be Independent clause but we have dependent clause).
2. third clause doesnt have a main verb.

A & B out as verb is missing.
C out as there are many ppl doesnt fit with rest of the sentence also it has the sentence structure error.
E out as WHILE indicates a contrast which is not the intended meaning.
D is right
Structure of the sentence is right ( no comma before and)
verb present for the subject many people.
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12 Oct 2013, 17:45
twilight wrote:
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

Always check the off-phrase after the underlined portion. Here it is clear that we need are. So A,B,C, are out right off the bat. Between D and E, while is not correctly used here. While used to expreess a time when something happened. This refers to a current context. D is better. With the cost of wireless etc...and also mantains a nice //ism

Answer is (D). I can sleep nice now
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25 Apr 2016, 01:30
A very important concept is being tested here: The difference between present perfect and present continuous:

Present perfect : The act has happened in the past and its effect shall be felt in the future too. ( It is not ongoing presently)

Present continuous: It is happening presently.

The meaning dictates that prices are plummeting right now.

For example:

He has painted before.

He has painted before and will perhaps paint in the future as well. But he is not painting now.

He is painting now.

He is painting right now.

Hence we can't use present perfect here. E is out
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19 Oct 2016, 08:53
Can someone from verbal guru explain whether it is correct to write "wireless service plummeting in the last year"???
As I understand, "plummeting..." is a modifyer, and the time of action in modifyer differs from the time of main clause. Therefore, we should use relative clause. F.i "With the cost of wireless service that plummeted in the last year..."
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08 Jan 2017, 12:13
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Can someone from verbal guru explain whether it is correct to write "wireless service plummeting in the last year"???
As I understand, "plummeting..." is a modifyer, and the time of action in modifyer differs from the time of main clause. Therefore, we should use relative clause. F.i "With the cost of wireless service that plummeted in the last year..."

Hi,
In the below sentence 'plummeting' and 'becoming' are used as ing modeifiers modifying 'wireless service' and 'mobile phones' respectively. Here the intention is to show the action over a time period . Moreover , it will be wrong to write 'with the cost of....that plummeted .....' ( kind of run on structure).

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