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If present metal prices continue to sharply rise, the value of the cop

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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

Originally posted by vshaunak@gmail.com on 25 Jun 2007, 04:02.
Last edited by Bunuel on 14 Apr 2019, 02:16, edited 1 time in total.
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I would go with C


A is wrong because to sharply rise is a split infinitive
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New post 28 Jul 2009, 20:14
I would go with A. There is nothing wrong with A.

And regarding your question, I have never seen a sentence beginning with "Should something happen" in the GMAT world. For hypothetical situations I have always seen "if".

Whats the OA?
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The answer should be C.

The problem with A is called "Split Infinitive"

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I would go with A. There is nothing wrong with A.

And regarding your question, I have never seen a sentence beginning with "Should something happen" in the GMAT world. For hypothetical situations I have always seen "if".

Whats the OA?
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http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/ ... nfinitives
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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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Is split infinitive always wrong in GMAT??
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New post 12 Apr 2010, 14:35
Hey Ravi/Rlev,

Yes, split infinitives are ALWAYS wrong on the GMAT.

Rlev, there is nothing wrong with "Their" in answer choice C. It only has one possible antecedent, "prices", which is close by. I hope you don't take this as a criticism, but be sure you're reading the comment threads in their entirety before leaving notes here on the forums. I've seen a couple threads where you've added a bit of incorrect stuff at the bottom, often things that have already been addressed in the thread, which may confuse people who scroll down too quickly.

Sorry to be a stickler like that; I just want to make sure you get the most from these forums! : )

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New post 07 Nov 2015, 06:25
To those who study British English (as I do), C is completely understandable and the first choice within seconds.

1) That structure is the first inversion of If-Clause:
- Should + S + V bare, Clause (Tense in this clause is Simple Future. In rare case of absolute truth, the tense in this clause will be Simple Present)

2) The second inversion (for If Type II) has two types:
- Were + S + Noun, S + would/ could/ might... + V bare
- Were + S + To Infinitive, ....same.....

3) The third inversion (for If Type III):
- Had + S + Past participle, S + would/ could/ might + have + Past participle

There are also structure such as:
a) Were it not for..., clause (for If Type II)
b) If it had not been for...., clause = Had it not been for...., clause (for If Type III)


Well, I do not attempt to compare any thing between those English because we are in GMAT "territory". However, I am just amused by your surprise with such structure. It is very interesting because I also have surprise when study GMAT and know that the case of "being" is considered as RED FLAG because in a majority of cases, "being" is considered redundant. :roll:



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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

Please explain. OA later.
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