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# Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased

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Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China to ensure nutritional levels of 2,000 calories per person per day for its population.
(A) Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during
(B) Even though its per capita food supply has hardly increased in
(C) Despite its per capita food supply hardly increasing over
(D) Despite there being hardly any increase in its per capita food supply during
(E) Although there is hardly any increase in per capita food supply for

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22 Jul 2005, 07:35
I will go with E.
IMO, all the others have a dangling modifier issue.

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22 Jul 2005, 10:03
i'll go with "B" - uses parallel tense structure. "E" uses incorrect tense and is awkward.

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22 Jul 2005, 10:55
E for me. Between B and E, I choose E because B n the rest have the dangling modifier issue here. Is there a priority list format with GMAT? Which one takes precedence here?

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22 Jul 2005, 17:03
I will go with B, but A is close. I like the present perfect tense in B, and I like "DURING" in A to present a period.

So OE will help.

I will not touch E even with a 10 feet pole.

And moreover we will have to use past or present perfect tense to show an event in the past.

It looks like all of you are referring to pronoun ambiguity. But look for the non-underlined portion, which is using its to refer to the country.

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22 Jul 2005, 17:08
I will go with B..

has and in are appropriate here....

A sounds strange, though its close....

Alll those who picked E....what are you guys thinking? please let me know how E can be correct......

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18 Feb 2006, 10:58
Please, help me understand how the answer to this question can be B

I copied the following sentence from a grammer website. Now, look closely that with the 'Even Though', the clause (i believe an adverbial clause) becomes a dependent clause, so the main clause must start with SHE.

Even though Danielle is dreading getting seasick on the spring break cruise, she will probably enjoy herself once she realizes how many cute guys in skimpy bathing suits parade the decks.

Now, the original sentence with choice B...
Even though its per capita food supply has hardly increased in two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China to ensure nutritional levels of 2,000 calories per person per day for its population.

I think this question has similar structure so I beleive the IC must start with "Peopleâ€™s Republic of China " for B to be the OA. Else, B is not correct.

..am I losing it??

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18 Feb 2006, 11:28
Even I am totally lost... someone pls give OE . Himalaya y dont u do it?
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18 Feb 2006, 22:50
Even though~ emphasizes the point the sentence is trying to make.

(B) for Best.

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18 Feb 2006, 23:13
razrulz wrote:
Even I am totally lost... someone pls give OE . Himalaya y dont u do it?

i think there is not much debate over C/D and E. they all can be easily eliminated. the choice is between A and B. but the difficult question is why B is better over A.

IMP, past tense is not correct to use with during. during refers to a period of time from n to (n+1). so to expanin an event between these points of time, we should ues contineous tense i.e. either past contineous (had been) or present contineous (has/have been). this is the only reason why i chosen B over A.

HTH. if any, i am still arround here. I am really happy to be here in GMAT club.
okdongdong wrote:
Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China to ensure nutritional levels of 2,000 calories per person per day for its population.
(A) Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during
(B) Even though its per capita food supply has hardly increased in
(C) Despite its per capita food supply hardly increasing over
(D) Despite there being hardly any increase in its per capita food supply during
(E) Although there is hardly any increase in per capita food supply for

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18 Feb 2006, 23:17
Himalaya, you don`t miss a beat do you! We sure do miss your active participation and insightful analysis. Please stick around.

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19 Feb 2006, 10:02
Thanks guys.
HIMALAYA, thanks for checking on 'us' desperate souls and providing us your valuable insight...

I think, now I do understand why all others are wrong.
â€¦.â€¦.but I also believe the B is not totally correct.
Is it a case of picking the lesser of the two evils or does the quality of the question itself have a role to play here..???

B has a dependent introductory clause that seems to modify â€œstringent rationing and planned distributionâ€

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19 Feb 2006, 10:02
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