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Hey daagh

I rejected E on the basis of tense error present perfect is wrong when the time phrase is mentioned simple past should be used
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(D) With the cost of wireless service plummeting in the last year and mobile phones becoming increasingly common
In this option choice, "plummeting" and "becoming" are not verbs, so shouldn't this option be incorrect? Am i missing something here?
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(D) With the cost of wireless service plummeting in the last year and mobile phones becoming increasingly common
In this option choice, "plummeting" and "becoming" are not verbs, so shouldn't this option be incorrect? Am i missing something here?

Notice that (D) begins with the preposition "with." Prepositional phrases always serve as modifiers, and modifiers don't require a verb. For example, "With his patience diminishing by the minute, Dave fought the urge to take his screaming daughter to the fire station and leave her there." (Shame on Dave!) Here, "With his patience diminishing" is a modifier describing what Dave was feeling as he "fought." It's fine that "diminishing" isn't a verb, because we have "fought" as the main verb in the clause.

The same basic construction is in (D): "With the cost of wireless service plummeting in the last year and mobile phones becoming increasingly common," is a long prepositional phrase describing describing the subsequent clause "many people are now using their mobile phones to make calls across a wide region at night and on weekends." Again, it's fine that "plummeting" and "becoming" are modifiers because "are" is the main verb of the clause.

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