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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 prices’ sharp rise continuing should mean that

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25 Jun 2007, 06:33
I would go with A as well.

Though I have objection to the use of word "present". Seems logically inconsistent. If prices rise, they wont be present.

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25 Jun 2007, 06:38
I wonder why it can't be C??

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25 Jun 2007, 07:02
"sharply rise" looks fishy... i feel it shud be "rise sharply"
Can eliminate option "E" and "D" for being ungramatical...
its B/W "B" and "C"..
"C" sounds better, can anyone explain the mistake in "B"..?

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25 Jun 2007, 07:40
I go with C .
i don't think sharply rise is correct.

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25 Jun 2007, 10:48
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I would go with C

A is wrong because to sharply rise is a split infinitive

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25 Jun 2007, 10:58
between A & C, I feel more comfortable with C.
'sharply rise' does not sound right.

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25 Jun 2007, 11:38
circkit wrote:
"sharply rise" looks fishy... i feel it shud be "rise sharply"
Can eliminate option "E" and "D" for being ungramatical...
its B/W "B" and "C"..
"C" sounds better, can anyone explain the mistake in "B"..?

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yes, C is the best answer.
I think B is wrong because it is simpler and easier to transition form present simple tense to future tense then from the present continuous to future.

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25 Jun 2007, 11:58
C is perfect. A is wrong becuase rise is not a verb here and sharply is an adverb.

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26 Jun 2007, 01:14
i also think the answer is C.."sharply raise" sounds wierd

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26 Jun 2007, 01:47
OA is 'C' guys.

A is wrong because of split infinitive.

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26 Jun 2007, 15:58
Hi Guys
any link for split infinitive .

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26 Jun 2007, 17:00
vineetgupta wrote:
terp26 wrote:
I would go with C

A is wrong because to sharply rise is a split infinitive

Good catch...C it is.

That correct. Its a good example of split infinitive.

nothing can be inserted in between "to" and "verb".

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26 Jun 2007, 18:37
Only A stays, rest are just worse.
C changes the meaning a bit. It sounds as if metal prices themselves helping them rise.

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26 Mar 2010, 22:43
Can anyone explain what is wrong with B?

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04 Apr 2010, 03:38
lonewolf wrote:
Can anyone explain what is wrong with B?

I can't tell exactly the mistake, but the MGMAT materials mention that you should try to use simple tenses instead of progressive ones, unless the meaning of the sentence emphasizes the ongoing nature of an action. In this case, it looks a little awkward to say:
(B) If present metal prices are continuing their sharp rise,
therefore you use the simple present tense:
If present metal prices continue their sharp rise,
But because you don't see this answer, the closest one is C.
Hope it helped.

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09 Apr 2010, 10:10
Good question ...
fell for the trap in A.
Only A and C have non-so-weird construction. Once you realize that "rise" is no a verb here, only C is left.

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09 Apr 2010, 10:45
I dont understand why B is wrong
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Hey All,

There seem to be enough issues here to merit my weighing in. Every time the thread settles on an answer, more questions arise!

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.

FIRST OFF. I agree entirely with parsifal. I don't believe this is a legitimate GMAT question. The subject of the verb "continue" is "present metal prices". Present metal prices aren't going to continue to rise. The price of metal might continue to rise (past its present value). This seems highly suspect as a logical construction. Of course, we don't have a choice here, so it's also a bit irrelevant.

(A) If present metal prices continue to sharply rise,
PROBLEM: Can't split an infinitive. Nothing goes between "to" and "rise". (Take that Jean-Luc Picard...)

(B) If present metal prices are continuing their sharp rise,
PROBLEM: Using the present progressive tense here is grammatically. When we use a conditional like "if", we should just use the regular present tense ("If BLAH continues to happen...").

(C) Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise,
ANSWER: Should is the same as if, signaling the conditional and requiring a simple present tense verb.

(D) Continuation of sharply rising metal prices should mean that
PROBLEM: "Should" here seems to be some kind of recommendation. Why should it mean that? Also, there should be an article in front of continuation ("The continuation").

(E) Metal prices’ sharp rise continuing should mean that
PROBLEM: Again, "should" seems to be a recommendation. Also "sharp rise continuing" is gramatically unsound, because it's unclear what it's modifying. Is "sharp rise continuing" one thing, or is it a "sharp rise" that is "continuing"? It's unclear.

Hope that helps!

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11 Apr 2010, 11:47
thanks, I got it now
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