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Consumer confidence levels, which many economists
consider an early indication of the economy’s
direction, sagged as the stock market tumbled, but
not dramatically enough for giving
a clear picture of
new spending patterns.
(A) tumbled, but not dramatically enough for giving
(B) tumbled, but not dramatically enough to give
(C) tumbled, and not so dramatically as to have given
(D) has tumbled, and not dramatically enough to give
(E) has tumbled, but not so dramatically as to give
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20 Nov 2003, 23:43
B??

choice between tumbled and has tumbled. Simple past tense seems to be suitable here. so among three answers starting with tumbled A and B provide the contrast. out of these two the part
tumbled, but not dramatically enough to give
sounds correct idiomatically.

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21 Nov 2003, 00:37
mikhail,
i have edited all my replies to include my explanations.

thank God ETS does not ask to explain answers for SC. it would be a nightmare. ;)
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22 Nov 2003, 21:44
Mikhail wrote:
Consumer confidence levels, which many economists
consider an early indication of the economyтАЩs
direction, sagged as the stock market tumbled, but
not dramatically enough for giving
a clear picture of
new spending patterns.
(A) tumbled, but not dramatically enough for giving
(B) tumbled, but not dramatically enough to give
(C) tumbled, and not so dramatically as to have given
(D) has tumbled, and not dramatically enough to give
(E) has tumbled, but not so dramatically as to give

I think B is parallel.
no reason for present perfect here
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05 Jan 2011, 09:57
E . seem good to me......but i findif i didn't choose E ,then i would choose B
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11 Nov 2015, 02:00
main issues :

1st issue) Parallelism of verb tense------>keyword - ''as'' ----> one of the functions of ''as'' ---> to describe events occurred at same time

confidence levels sagged <--------> market tumbled [sagged (non-underlined) and tumbled ----> in order to convey that both happened at same time ----> both should be in simple past, b'coz sagged is in simple past (non-underlined)] ; Also --- '' has tumbled'' -- means the action is still going on ----> this will be illogical b'coz as earlier said both actions ''sagged'' and ''tumbled'' occurred at the same time]

eliminates --- D,E

2nd issue) - idiom ---> ''enough to'' ----> eliminates A

C --- plainly awkward

B --- (according to me) is Right ans.
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