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Even as it wrestles with the nearly $10 billion of debt that has overwhelmed it, Stockton had already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, to search for ways to restructure it, and to now guide the city through legal proceedings.


A. Stockton had already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, to search for ways to restructure it, and to now guide the city through legal proceedings

B. Stockton is being billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, search for ways to restructure it, and to now guide the city through legal proceedings

C. Stockton had already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt and search for ways to restructure it, all while guiding the city through legal proceedings

D. Stockton has already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, search for ways to restructure it, and now guide the city through legal proceedings

E. Stockton has already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt and to search for ways to restructure it, and now guide the city through legal proceedings
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Even as it wrestles with the nearly $10 billion of debt that has overwhelmed it, Stockton had already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, to search for ways to restructure it, and to now guide the city through legal proceedings.


A. Stockton had already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, to search for ways to restructure it, and to now guide the city through legal proceedings

B. Stockton is being billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, search for ways to restructure it, and to now guide the city through legal proceedings

C. Stockton had already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt and search for ways to restructure it, all while guiding the city through legal proceedings

D. Stockton has already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, search for ways to restructure it, and now guide the city through legal proceedings

E. Stockton has already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt and to search for ways to restructure it, and now guide the city through legal proceedings


Meaning of sentence -

Stockton is already under debt of $10 Million and now the firms that were hired to help it out of the situation have already billed $11 Million and are currently helping guiding the city through its legal proceedings.

As per the meaning we analyse the options -

(A). Stockton had already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, to search for ways to restructure it, and to now guide the city through legal proceedings

Explanation - As per original sentence, the meaning conveys that Stockton has been billed with some amount up till now and will be billed more when firms help it through legal proceedings. So need of past perfect here as company will still be getting billed.

(B). Stockton is being billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, search for ways to restructure it, and to now guide the city through legal proceedings

Explanation - Generally 'being' is wrong on the GMAT but if we are not sure we can also consider the other case of parallelism. The contents highlighted in red should be parallel but are not.

(C). Stockton had already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt and search for ways to restructure it, all while guiding the city through legal proceedings

Explanation - Same as (A)

(D). Stockton has already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, search for ways to restructure it, and now guide the city through legal proceedings

Explanation - Tense has been used correctly as company is billed up till now with a certain amount and in terms of parallelism, sentence is keeping all the actions parallel to each other.

(E). Stockton has already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt and to search for ways to restructure it, and now guide the city through legal proceedings

Explanation - Tense is used correctly but the actions are not parallel.

Hence the correct answer is D
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Even as it wrestles with the nearly $10 billion of debt that has overwhelmed it, Stockton had already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, to search for ways to restructure it, and to now guide the city through legal proceedings.


A. Stockton had already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, to search for ways to restructure it, and to now guide the city through legal proceedings --> no need of part tense because present tense "wrestles" in the previous sentence. Also, split infinitive used "to now guide"

B. Stockton is being billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, search for ways to restructure it, and to now guide the city through legal proceedings -> parallelism error

C. Stockton had already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt and search for ways to restructure it, all while guiding the city through legal proceedings --> same as B

D. Stockton has already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt, search for ways to restructure it, and now guide the city through legal proceedings --> correct

E. Stockton has already been billed more than $11 million by firms hired to sort through that debt and to search for ways to restructure it, and now guide the city through legal proceedings
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