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New post 27 Jan 2019, 10:17
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
Is my reasoning correct ?
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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.

I hope that helps!
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I agree that verb is required for subject after comma,but
Can anyone tell me the significance of tense indicating word in the sentence, "last year"? I've also eliminated D because of tense error.

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I agree that verb is required for subject after comma,but
Can anyone tell me the significance of tense indicating word in the sentence, "last year"? I've also eliminated D because of tense error.

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You may be confusing two scenarios. If "last year" is modifying the main verb of the sentence, sure, that verb will be require the past tense. "Last year, Tim ran headfirst into a llama and learned the hard way that inter-species rugby is a terrible idea." In this case, the main action, "ran," happened last year, and so the past tense is appropriate.

However, if "last year" is modifying something other than the main verb, then there's no reason to assume that the main action had to have occurred in the past. "Having suffered a llama-induced concussion in the last year, Tim is no longer keen on interspecies rugby." Now, "in the last year" is describing the time period when Tim suffered the concussion, rather than the main verb, "is." It's perfectly fine to use another time period to provide context for something that's true now.

(D) is more like the second construction above. Take another look: "With the cost of wireless service plummeting in the last year, and mobile phones becoming increasingly common, many people are..." "In the last year" is describing when the cost of wireless service was plummeting. Because the main action, "are" isn't modified by "last year," it's perfectly fine for that action to be present tense.

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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- Awkward

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

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

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

(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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With the cost of wireless service plummeting

Below is the reason I crossed off option D.

With: Preposition
The cost of service: Noun
Plummeting: gerund

Preposition+noun+gerund doesn't look good in GMAT, as I have read on this platform.
Can anyone here tell me where I am wrong?
and what is correct concept if I have misunderstood?
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New post 24 Sep 2019, 22:26
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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



arirux92 Agree with you explanation, but it is mentioned "Last year" plummeting in the last year would be wrong here.
plummeting since last year (as the action is continuing) or has plummeted in the last year (as the effects are still continuing now) will both be correct.

I think option E will be correct.
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