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Even though the overall consumer price index did not change in April,

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anox or anyone please explain ,
I am not understanding why in option B, 'is' should be used in stead of 'were'.

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anox or anyone please explain ,
I am not understanding why in option B, 'is' should be used in stead of 'were'.
Look at any general inflation or deflation as X or Y. Here we'll have to make the verb agree with the noun closest to it. The problem with were is that it is plural, whereas the noun that it should agree with (deflation) is singular.

... indicating that any general inflation or deflation were absent...
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of course, I choose choice a.
but choice a has some problem,
"indicating the absence...." can modify the previous or ending clause. this is ambiguous.

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New post 26 Jun 2019, 04:21
Hello. I have a question about option A

(A) April, indicating the absence of any general inflation or deflation, prices in several categories of merchandise have fallen

How do we know that the ing modifier phrase , indicating the absence of any general inflation or deflation, modifies the first part of the sentence even though the overall consumer price index did not change in April , not the other part prices in several categories of merchandise have fallen ?

Isn't it ambiguous?

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thangvietnam wrote:
of course, I choose choice a.
but choice a has some problem,
"indicating the absence...." can modify the previous or ending clause. this is ambiguous.

am i correct ?


thangvietnam I have the same issue with A. Did you find any solution?
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Dear All,

I have confused why "have fallen" is correct in option A though the starting statement is in simple past. "Even though the overall consumer price index did not change in April". Kindly clarify GMATNinja EMPOWERgmatVerbal VeritasKarishma egmat
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Dear All,

I have confused why "have fallen" is correct in option A though the starting statement is in simple past. "Even though the overall consumer price index did not change in April". Kindly clarify GMATNinja EMPOWERgmatVerbal VeritasKarishma egmat
Let's focus on over the last several months.

Something ("the CPI did not change") that indicates ~[no change in prices] happened in April,
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over the last several months, prices have fallen.


So, in the past (April), X happened. This (X) was a signal that prices would not change. However, over the last few months, prices have fallen.
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Hi!
I have a doubt about this question. I directly cross out the answer choices using present perfect tense. My reasoning is that the prices of the previous months fell, they are not still falling... (which present perfect seems to suggest). Then, why is present perfect correct?


Present perfect is used to talk about something that started in the past and continues in the present.
It is also used to talk about experience upto the present (have fallen over the last several months).
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Why is Option D incorrect?


Hi Bhavya

Let me plug in option (D) into the original question. It reads as below:

Even though the overall consumer price index did not change in April, having indicated the absence of any general inflation or deflation, prices in several categories of merchandise fell over the last several months.

The verb "indicate" uses the past perfect tense, implying that the "indication" happened before the verb of the clause that it modifies ie; before "consumer price index did not change in April". This is clearly opposed to the meaning intended by the original sentence, which states that it was the "not changing" of the price index in April which indicated the absence of inflation (which is what makes logical sense as well).

Hope this clarifies.
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