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During the Great Depression, industrial output fell by nearly fifty percent from its peak in 1929 down to its nadir in 1933.

(A) During the Great Depression, industrial output fell by nearly fifty percent from its peak in 1929 down to its nadir in 1933.
(B) During the Great Depression, industrial output fell by nearly fifty percent from its peak in 1929 to its nadir in 1933.
(C) At the time of the Great Depression, industrial output fell by almost fifty percent from its 1929 peak down to its 1933 nadir.
(D) At the time of the Great Depression, industrial output fell from its peak in 1929, by nearly fifty percent, to it nadir in 1933.
(E) During the Great Depression, industrial output fell from its peak in 1929 to its nadir in 1933 by nearly fifty percent.
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11 Feb 2005, 04:56
I would also go for (B)

D) and E) are out since "by fifty percent" modifies "fell" and hence it should be near to each other (introduces "misplaced modifier error")

C) has an akward structure " from its 1929 peak down to "

A) uses unnecessay word "down to".... if the output fell...it implies it went down...

Hence (B)

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11 Feb 2005, 05:50
christoph wrote:
During the Great Depression, industrial output fell by nearly fifty percent from its peak in 1929 down to its nadir in 1933.

(A) During the Great Depression, industrial output fell by nearly fifty percent from its peak in 1929 down to its nadir in 1933.
(B) During the Great Depression, industrial output fell by nearly fifty percent from its peak in 1929 to its nadir in 1933.
(C) At the time of the Great Depression, industrial output fell by almost fifty percent from its 1929 peak down to its 1933 nadir.
(D) At the time of the Great Depression, industrial output fell from its peak in 1929, by nearly fifty percent, to it nadir in 1933.
(E) During the Great Depression, industrial output fell from its peak in 1929 to its nadir in 1933 by nearly fifty percent.

I go with B.

As the bold part is redundant. fell itself impies that it decreased/ went down.
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11 Feb 2005, 08:04
Checkout this discussion.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=7264

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11 Feb 2005, 17:51
greenandwise wrote:
B for me as well...and what the hell is a nadir?

I had to look this word up
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13 Feb 2005, 09:47
Hello, B for me.

But what's the difference b/w B and E?
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13 Feb 2005, 09:53
chunjuwu wrote:
Hello, B for me.

But what's the difference b/w B and E?

E has a misplaced prepositional phrase. "by nearly fifty percent" should modify the falling of ind. output and should be placed next to it as B does
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13 Feb 2005, 09:53
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