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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 People’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

I thought that A is correct..but OA is something different....
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16 Dec 2008, 07:25
lgon wrote:
283. Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the People’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

I thought that A is correct..but OA is something different....

B?
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16 Dec 2008, 08:12
lgon wrote:
283. Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the People’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

I thought that A is correct..but OA is something different....

It's B.
Point is the usage of 'during', 'in', 'over', and 'for'. During two decades...is wrong. In two decades...is better expression. We know "Despite" is not preferrable in GMAT. In E, we have 'there is~', which is not to be there when we have a clear subject of sentence, china.
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16 Dec 2008, 08:26
lgon wrote:
283. Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the People’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

I thought that A is correct..but OA is something different....

Between B and E, I also go with B for proper tense.

E is in simple present tense where as the independent clause is in present perfect tense, which matches the same tense in B..
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16 Dec 2008, 10:04
increase in = correct idiom.
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16 Dec 2008, 11:01
E

it's a modifier problem.
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16 Dec 2008, 20:45
i ll go for E . " Its " is confusing .
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17 Dec 2008, 01:05
yes B.
1. in two decades= correct idiom
2. past perfect tense
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18 Dec 2008, 22:31
B for //ism in tense
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21 Dec 2008, 13:03
lgon wrote:
283. Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the People’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

I thought that A is correct..but OA is something different....

I think it is B.

-has hardly increased // have allowed
-'increased in' is correct. 'increased over', 'increasing over', 'increase..for' is unidiomtic,
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28 Dec 2008, 06:32
its B
parallelism
what is OA?
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10 Jan 2009, 06:35
Can we have some explanations to this one, please?
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10 Jan 2009, 16:13
283. Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the People’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 - during two decades is wrong usage
(B) Even though its per capita food supply has hardly increased in - Hold on, in two decades is right, also sentence is using presect pefect tence which is right
(C) Despite its per capita food supply hardly increasing over - Over two decades is wrong usage, also despite is not preferrable in GMAT
(D) Despite there being hardly any increase in its per capita food supply during - same as A and despite issue
(E) Although there is hardly any increase in per capita food supply for - simple present tense, and for two decades is ackward

IMO B
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11 Jan 2009, 11:18
B for the exact same reasons. hopefully that is OA as well.
283. Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the People’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 - during two decades is wrong usage
(B) Even though its per capita food supply has hardly increased in - Hold on, in two decades is right, also sentence is using presect pefect tence which is right
(C) Despite its per capita food supply hardly increasing over - Over two decades is wrong usage, also despite is not preferrable in GMAT
(D) Despite there being hardly any increase in its per capita food supply during - same as A and despite issue
(E) Although there is hardly any increase in per capita food supply for - simple present tense, and for two decades is ackward

IMO B

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11 Jan 2009, 11:35
283. Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, stringent rationing and planned distribution have allowed the People’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 - during two decades is wrong usage
(B) Even though its per capita food supply has hardly increased in - Hold on, in two decades is right, also sentence is using presect pefect tence which is right
(C) Despite its per capita food supply hardly increasing over - Over two decades is wrong usage, also despite is not preferrable in GMAT
(D) Despite there being hardly any increase in its per capita food supply during - same as A and despite issue
(E) Although there is hardly any increase in per capita food supply for - simple present tense, and for two decades is ackward

IMO B

reply2spg, how is "during" used wrongly here? "during" can modify noun and "two decades" is none.
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11 Jan 2009, 12:08
I guess during two decades is also right....however in this sentence "in two decades" is more precise....
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11 Jan 2009, 14:21
I will go for B because of tense.
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12 Jan 2009, 10:26
I will go for E. 'its' is confusing possessive pronoun there in the orginal sentence. E corrects this problem...
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12 Jan 2009, 15:52
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12 Jan 2009, 20:00
IMO E.

In B "its" is modifying "stringent rationing and planned distribution" whereas it should be modifying "...China".

I am looking for a better explanation.
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