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New post 12 Jan 2019, 22:02
Answer choice A, B and C could be eliminated on the grounds of wrong tense. The sentence is in Simple past tense while choice A, B and C are in present tense.
Now, we need to understand a concept. “Believe X to be Y” is correct, but “believe in X to be Y” does not make sense "Believe in" means "to have faith in" - with "believe in", "to be ..." does not go. So, Choice D is wrong. Hence, E is the answer.
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Note that in A, the subject of "believing" -- financial analysts or investors -- is unclear. Another reason to eliminate A.


pretty clear since the rule is -ing modifier signals for preceding clause
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Financial analysts said they were surprised that despite higher inflation and shrinking profits margins, investors continue pouring money into the stock market, believing that the American economy was nicely balanced, with little inflation.


(A) continue pouring money into the stock market, believing that the American economy was

(B) continue pouring money into the stock market, believing in the American economy as

(C) still continue pouring money into the stock market in the belief that the American economy as

(D) still continued to pour money into the stock market, believing in the American economy as

(E) continued to pour money into the stock market in the belief that the American economy was



HI GMATNinja, mikemcgarry, DmitryFarber, MagooshExpert (Carolyn), ccooley, GMATGuruNY, EMPOWERgmatVerbal, EducationAisle

Financial analysts said they were surprised it is in the past. But investor continue is in present. Shall I straight away Eliminate A, B, C, D?

Can you pls help me with POE?
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Financial analysts said they were surprised it is in the past. But investor continue is in present. Shall I straight away Eliminate A, B, C, D?

Can you pls help me with POE?


Generally, all of the verbs should be in the same tense unless a change in tense is required.
Since E keeps all of the verbs -- said, were surprised, continued, was -- in the same tense and is free of errors, eliminate A, B, and C.

In D, still continued is redundant.
Eliminate D.


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Financial analysts said they were surprised that despite higher inflation and shrinking profits margins, investors continue pouring money into the stock market, believing that the American economy was nicely balanced, with little inflation.
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(A) continue pouring money into the stock market, believing that the American economy was
(B) continue pouring money into the stock market, believing in the American economy as
(C) still continue pouring money into the stock market in the belief that the American economy as
(D) still continued to pour money into the stock market, believing in the American economy as
(E) continued to pour money into the stock market in the belief that the American economy was

1. Tense First clause "were surprised" = past progressive so we need another action that is in finished the past
A, B, C are wrong for using simple present

2. Idiom
B, D are wrong because "believing in" sounds like they believe in the economy itself, rather than the state of it being good.
"in the belief that" = "due to" it being good is much better
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Could you please explain why (D) is wrong and why (E) is correct?
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Could you please explain why (D) is wrong and why (E) is correct?

As GMATGuru noted above, the phrase, "still continued" is redundant.

I could write this:

    "Despite the protests of his children, Tim continued to play Lynyrd Skynyrd at 4am."

Or I could write this:

    "Despite the protests of his children, Tim was still playing Lynyrd Skynyrd at 4am."

But it really doesn't make sense to say that Tim "still continued" to play. (Unlike his whiny kids, Tim knows that a late-night Skynyrd concert is never over until the "Free Bird" encore is complete.)

I hope that helps!
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GMATNinja wrote:
ParthSanghavi wrote:
VeritasKarishma GMATNinja Daagh

Could you please explain why (D) is wrong and why (E) is correct?

As GMATGuru noted above, the phrase, "still continued" is redundant.

I could write this:

    "Despite the protests of his children, Tim continued to play Lynyrd Skynyrd at 4am."

Or I could write this:

    "Despite the protests of his children, Tim was still playing Lynyrd Skynyrd at 4am."

But it really doesn't make sense to say that Tim "still continued" to play. (Unlike his whiny kids, Tim knows that a late-night Skynyrd concert is never over until the "Free Bird" encore is complete.)

I hope that helps!



GMATNinja Thank you for clarifying.

BTW, love the Lynyrd Skynyrd reference. Well Said :)
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