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From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between five and

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From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between five and ten percent annually.


(A) From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between five and ten percent annually.

(B) Five to ten percent is the annual increase in sales of new small boats in the years 1982 to 1987.

(C) Sales of new small boats have increased annually five and ten percent in the years 1982 to 1987.

(D) Annually an increase of five to ten percent has occurred between 1982 and 1987 in the sales of new small boats.

(E) Occurring from 1982 to 1987 was an annual increase of five and ten percent in the sales of new small boats.

Originally posted by fanatico on 15 Mar 2011, 20:22.
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One problem with B is the verb is. Because A and B have such different structures, you might not recognize that there is a verb tense split between them. A correctly uses the past tense increased, while B incorrectly uses the present tense is.

Honestly, though, I imagine that most people who reject B do so simply because it's so awkward. I don't know that it's unidiomatic, as BDSunDevil claims, but I agree that its sounds awful.
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319. From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between five and ten percent annually.
(A) From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between five and ten percent annually.
(B) Five to ten percent is the annual increase in sales of new small boats in the years 1982 to 1987.
(C) Sales of new small boats have increased annually five and ten percent in the years 1982 to 1987.
(D) Annually an increase of five to ten percent has occurred between 1982 and 1987 in the sales of new small boats.
(E) Occurring from 1982 to 1987 was an annual increase of five and ten percent in the sales of new small boats.


B,C "in the years 1982 to 1987". is unidiomatic .It should be in the form of "FROM X TO Y" or "BETWEEN X AND Y"
D. Misplaced modifier . occoured should be followed by "in the sales of new small boats."
E. changes the meaning "increase of five and ten percent" should not be AND
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(B) is incorrect because we need the idiom from Year X to Year Y. (B) instead uses the unidiomatic and awkward construction, 'Five to ten percent...' Also to make (B) less awkward, we should use 'Subject increased x% annually' vs. 'x% is the annual increase in sales.

(A) The Answer

(A) uses idiomatic 'from Year x to Year y' and 'increased x% annually.

Hope that helps :).
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From/Between X to Y is the correct IDIOM. B out.
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Is "between five and ten percent" better than "between five to ten percent" ? I thought a range is preferred when we refer to numbers
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Yes, Bandesha1, the standard idioms are between X and Y and from X to Y.

Though between X to Y is common in informal English, it is nonstandard and counts as wrong on the GMAT.
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WHY e is wrong?

progress past tense is not good here?

why, pls help
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WHY e is wrong?

progress past tense is not good here?

why, pls help



the original sentence says sales increased between 5 and 10 percent. that means it might have increased by any value that is between 5 and 10
whereas Choice E says Rate of sales increase was 5 and 10 percent that means it has only increased by either 5 or 10 and by no any other value.

Apart from above i don't find any reason to go for such awkward choice when we have a direct and concise option that is Choice A.
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The whole event occurred during a particular period between x and Y, which is a closed chapter now. The correct expression for such an en event is to use simple past and no perfect tenses or present tense. That is why B, C and D are out. As you see E is too awkward in construction using passive voice. A is the one; only the OE should say why it is not
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(A) From 1982 to 1987 sales of new small boats increased between five and ten percent annually.>> correct answer
(B) Five to ten percent is the annual increase in sales of new small boats in the years 1982 to 1987.>>Wordy and from ... to ...
(C) Sales of new small boats have increased annually five and ten percent in the years 1982 to 1987.>>the period is over, so past tense must be used.
(D) Annually an increase of five to ten percent has occurred between 1982 and 1987 in the sales of new small boats.>>same with C
(E) Occurring from 1982 to 1987 was an annual increase of five and ten percent in the sales of new small boats.>>Wordy, Occurring ..... was...cant happen
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