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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 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

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Originally posted by trainspotting on 22 Jul 2009, 23:00.
Last edited by Abhishek009 on 15 Feb 2017, 10:46, edited 1 time in total.
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23 Jul 2009, 01:55
I think E is the ans.
even though cannot be used bcoz
Even though can be used to make the contrast between two clauses stronger:
e.g. Dad got back from work really late, even though he had promised to take mum to the cinema

and despite cannot be used bcoz
Despite means--'with intention, in the face of an obstacle'
e.g. despite his poor education,he managed to be succesful

What is the OA?
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23 Jul 2009, 03:31
There seems to be a modifier error in all options.
This error is more vivid in the ABCD due to the use of 'its'

E looks best.
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23 Jul 2009, 03:40
trainspotting wrote:
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

B - present perfect is best. "in two decades" is correct.
I think, "during two decades" is suspect.
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23 Jul 2009, 09:34
It is B for sure

I guess in E "For" is a completely wrong usage
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24 Jul 2009, 02:55
gmanjesh wrote:
It is B for sure

I guess in E "For" is a completely wrong usage

hmmm..i guess after one knows the correct ans,the mistake in wrong ans becomes very clear
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29 Apr 2010, 11:32
I still believe B is incorrect..... a modifier should be followed by a noun, and its not happening here...
Although I believe shruti's justification, "for being incorrect" is also correct.....
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01 May 2010, 10:56
I choosed 'E' too. wats the source of this question?

In 'B' use of 'its' and verb 'has' seems to indicate the phrase needs immediate subject after comma
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11 Sep 2010, 22:37
Choice E is wrong. because, the sentence is in past perfect- "have allowed". In option E, "is" makes mismatch in tenses of the sentence

Anyways, I feel that there is a mistake in Q itself...
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12 Sep 2010, 14:12
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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

A- it uses simple past tense which is wrong. the principal clause uses present perfect.
C - hardly increasing is wrong
D-being hardly any increase is wrong
E- hardly any increase and hardly increased are different. Here it means there is no increase. and for two decades is also wrong.

B uses present perfect tense and in two decades is also right.

B is correct
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12 Sep 2010, 18:07
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trainspotting wrote:
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

A- it uses simple past tense which is wrong. the principal clause uses present perfect.
C - hardly increasing is wrong
D-being hardly any increase is wrong
E- hardly any increase and hardly increased are different. Here it means there is no increase. and for two decades is also wrong.

B uses present perfect tense and in two decades is also right.

B is correct

I selected C. Hardly increasing over two decades...is it wrong because of idiomatic usuage? Is it that in two decades is only choice
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12 Sep 2010, 22:30
Moreover [highlight]Any[/highlight] and [highlight]Despite[/highlight] are used [highlight]mostly[/highlight]in negative sense
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12 Sep 2010, 23:22
Its B. Coz its present prefect tense "has hardly increased" clearly states that the action continues into the present and also "increased in" sounds idiomatic.
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26 Oct 2010, 20:24
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I still believe B is incorrect..... a modifier should be followed by a noun, and its not happening here...
Although I believe shruti's justification, "for being incorrect" is also correct.....

I agree with you. This looks like a pronoun reference issue, where pronoun "its" which is referring to "People’s Republic of China" is not placed close by. This issue is corrected in E where its is eliminated. The OA I find is B which is debatable.
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26 Oct 2010, 20:47
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I chose B.

I think that 'its' correctly refers to China as there are no other nouns 'its' can possibly represent.

'Per capita food supply' is a statistic we use for countries, and there are no other countries present in the passage besides China.

Of course the passage would've been clearer if China was placed after comma, but I think B is still correct this way.

I used to automatically cross out the answer choices with ambiguous pronouns, but it's not always about the placement of the subject and the pronoun. As long as the pronoun clearly refers to a certain noun without confusion, it's usually correct
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21 Dec 2012, 20:00
OE - In choice A, the simple past tense hardly increased does not match the present perfect have allowed; consequently, it seems that two different time periods are being discussed. In B, the best choice, has hardly increased parallels have allowed to indicate that the events described took place at the same time. Also in is the best word here for making a comparison between the beginning and the end of the twenty-year period. Choices C and D are awkward and unidiomatic, and choice E fails to specify where there was no increase in per capita food supply.
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05 Sep 2014, 20:46
Isn't there a modifier error in all of the options? Shouldn't the initial part of sentence- "Even though its per capita food supply hardly increased during two decades, " modify "People’s Republic of China" ?
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20 Aug 2017, 05:18
Guys, the OA is D. This question is from the paper based GMAT
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