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Depending on one’s point of view, the proliferation of the television is either a great advance in communication or an unmistakable sign that the decline in high culture begun before the War is still continuing.

A.decline in high culture begun before the War is still continuing

B.decline of high culture begun before the War is still continuing

C.decline of high culture that began before the War is continuing

D.decline in culture in high places that began before the War is continuing

E.declining culture in high places that began before the War still continues

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i go for c - isnt the correct idiom "decline of" rather than "decline in"

what do others say?
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New post 06 Sep 2004, 14:10
I would choose C too.

I believe "that began" sounds better than begun.
But I am not sure about that continuing part.
E sounds better with the continue part, however I think declining culture in high places is not correct...btw. what is declining culture in high places.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

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C appears to be the best answer:

(i) Use of that began (simple past) instead of begun (past participle)
(ii) Use of decline of (a phenomenon) versus decline in (a measurable quantity)

Use of still is not critical here. The argument still makes its point by sticking with just continuing (although some hard-core historical culture bluff would stinch at this.)
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New post 06 Sep 2004, 21:16
My first hunch was with C becase A and B use "still continuing" which sounds redundant to me. However, A and B's forms use past participle which is more concise. C is not perfect but we're not looking for the perfect choice... just the best one.
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less than 1 min & C. I'm myself not satisfied with any of those choices.
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OA is C. Exlanation given is that verb tenses are intact in C.

I also hated this question - was one of those vague ones. But surprisingly this is from PR.
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New post 06 Sep 2004, 22:10
Well, if it is the only OE you got, it is quite weak indeed. I actually like intrepid's explanation on "decline in/of". I'll keep that in mind.
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