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# Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased

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283. 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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28 Feb 2006, 10:09
B.

>> IMO, A should have been "hardly increased during THE PAST two decades".

>> D seems wrong for the same reason. Also, the first part seems wordy.
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28 Feb 2006, 11:40
B --- for present perfect tense. Started in past and continuing till date

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28 Feb 2006, 14:13
^ B ^

We need present perfect tense here because the incident started in the past and still continues.

Also, "in two decades" is a correct usage. It seems to me that "during" and "for" requires "past" after them. But not so sure..

I am curious about the OA

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28 Feb 2006, 15:52
Its not definitely A or D.

[DURING + time period] is always wrong.

For example"

During two hours, I felt sleepy. - WRONG

During last two hours, I felt sleepy - CORRECT

In the given question, "during" must be followed by must some information that identifies which two decades.

Once I was also thinking of E but that doesn't seem right.

I strongly believe in B.
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28 Feb 2006, 22:14
OA is B

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01 Mar 2006, 01:13
between B and E I chose E... as it has no reference to 'its' any idea why E is wrong?

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01 Mar 2006, 15:22
chiragr wrote:
between B and E I chose E... as it has no reference to 'its' any idea why E is wrong?

chiragr, E is wrong because a present perfect tense will do better here. There is an incident ( food supply hasn't increased in two decades ). It started in the past and lasts for some time. So there is a duration.

E has "is" and this present tense is wrong here.

hope this helps ..

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01 Mar 2006, 15:24
chiragr wrote:
between B and E I chose E... as it has no reference to 'its' any idea why E is wrong?

Also "its" refers to China. That is clear, so no need to worry about the modifier..

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01 Mar 2006, 22:48
Present perfect tense needs to remain parallel.

has hardly....have allowed....

Agree with the OA. (B)

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