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# If present metal prices continue to sharply rise, the value

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If present metal prices continue to sharply rise, the value of the copper in a penny will soon be greater than the face value of the coin.
A. If present metal prices continue to sharply rise,
B. If present metal prices are continuing their sharp rise,
C. Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise,
D. Continuation of sharply rising metal prices should mean that
E. Metal pricesâ€™ sharp rise continuing should mean that

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01 Sep 2005, 13:08
Will be helpful if you guys explain how you reach to a particular answer.

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01 Sep 2005, 13:18
A. A follows the If Then...Construction correctly.

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01 Sep 2005, 14:06
OA is C

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01 Sep 2005, 16:59
OA is wrong in my option....

I think it should be A....

its a classic if then statement....

if it were subjunctive, then the setup would be different....

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01 Sep 2005, 17:06
fresinha12 wrote:
OA is wrong in my option....

I think it should be A....

its a classic if then statement....

if it were subjunctive, then the setup would be different....

...continue to sharply rise is idiomatically wrong IMO, and where is the then
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01 Sep 2005, 17:44
ranga: I see your point about the split infinitive, i.e it should be
'to rise sharply" etc...

in the classic if--then statement you dont always need the "then".

for example:

if you study deligently, (then) you will do well on the exam...

in this example, i could easily have omitted "then" and the statement would mean the same thing...here what we want to see is that you have the right tenses...study...will

however, back to the point, how is C any better? I mean C makes it sound as if its a subjunctive, i.e. a desire etc...which is not the case here, the stem is clearly indicitive...

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fresinha12 wrote:
OA is wrong in my option....

I think it should be A....

its a classic if then statement....

if it were subjunctive, then the setup would be different....

...continue to sharply rise is idiomatically wrong IMO, and where is the then

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01 Sep 2005, 17:51
fresinha12 wrote:
ranga: I see your point about the split infinitive, i.e it should be 'to rise sharply" etc...

thats the main thing the question is testing here. split infinitive is not accepted in gmat at all.

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01 Sep 2005, 18:04
Hi Frieshna, Himalaya

If you guys could, can you eloborate on split infinitive, how do you recognize them?

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01 Sep 2005, 18:37
Its getting pretty useful discussion here.
http://www.tiscali.co.uk/reference/dict ... 82826.html

Simply, the idea is consider "to be" as single unit. It may therefore be considered wrong:
continue to sharply rise
here sharply is inserted between "to rise".

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ranga: how you think C is more effective answer
himalaya: you sure gmat thinks all split infinitive as error? think there are statements where only split infinitive makes sense (read above link).

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02 Sep 2005, 04:04
Shucks. Made ths silly mistake. As per Manhattan GMAT nothing can be included between to...and the verb (split infinitive)

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02 Sep 2005, 04:56
Hi Duttsit,

that was a truly informative post...thanks for the link.

Ranga-
can you explain how C could be a better choice?

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02 Sep 2005, 05:13
If present metal prices continue to sharply rise, the value of the copper in a penny will soon be greater than the face value of the coin.

A. If present metal prices continue to sharply rise,
- 'sharply rise' seems unidiomatic. I would prefer 'rise sharply'

B. If present metal prices are continuing their sharp rise,
- progressive 'continuing' is not appropriate

C. Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise,
- I'll take C

D. Continuation of sharply rising metal prices should mean that
- Clumsy construction

E. Metal pricesâ€™ sharp rise continuing should mean that
- Awkward sentence

C is the best choice.

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02 Sep 2005, 05:13
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