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Industry analysts said that the recent rise in fuel prices may be an early signal of the possibility of gasoline and heating oil prices staying higher than usually through the end of the year.

(A) of the possibility of gasoline and heating oil prices staying higher than usually through --> "may be" & "possibility" together are redundant
(B) of the possibility that gasoline and heating oil prices could stay higher than usual throughout --> same as A
(C) of prices of gasoline and heating oil possibly staying higher than usually through --> same as A
(D) that prices of gasoline and heating oil could stay higher than they usually are throughout --> "may be" & "could" together are redundant
(E) that prices of gasoline and heating oil will stay higher than usual through --> correct
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New post 14 Sep 2018, 11:40
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Through the end of the year means from now until the end of the year, period by period or event by event. As we are in June now, through the end means the rest of June, the entire of July, August, September, and so on until the last day of December. On the contrary, throughout the end of the year doesn't convey any sensible meaning except to refer to the last of the year. The end of the year marks a particular short point of time. There no meaning in saying throughout that the short period.
Through means from one point to another. Throughout means entirely



Could you please give us a correct example of the use of throughout?
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New post 17 Sep 2018, 07:35
two things to look for

1)throughout and through.
throughout doesn't make sense in this sentence hence B,D are out
2)redundancy of words may+possibility & may+could
hence A,C out.

Ans is E
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New post 27 Sep 2018, 03:45
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i am having doubt in option c .
experts plz explain how C can eliminate on solid ground .
is possibly staying higher is wrong here .
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New post 02 Oct 2018, 22:41
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VeritasPrepKarishma ,egmat
i am having doubt in option c .
experts plz explain how C can eliminate on solid ground .
is possibly staying higher is wrong here .
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Dear jafy,

Happy to help you here to eliminate C.

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Industry analysts said that the recent rise in fuel prices may be an early signal of the possibility of gasoline and heating oil prices staying higher than usually through the end of the year.


Quote:
(C) of prices of gasoline and heating oil possibly staying higher than usually through


There are a couple of things you may base your elimination on.
1. Higher which is an adjective, is compared to Usually, which is an adverb. Incorrect comparison.
2. Usually and Possibly, both are adverbs and have no verb to refer to. Just to mention that Staying isn't is verb here. Hence base your elimination on dangling adverb.

I hope this helps.
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Industry analysts said that the recent rise in fuel prices may be an early signal of the possibility of gasoline and heating oil prices staying higher than usually through the end of the year.

(A) of the possibility of gasoline and heating oil prices staying higher than usually through
(B) of the possibility that gasoline and heating oil prices could stay higher than usual throughout
(C) of prices of gasoline and heating oil possibly staying higher than usually through
(D) that prices of gasoline and heating oil could stay higher than they usually are throughout
(E) that prices of gasoline and heating oil will stay higher than usual through


We could also note one more tool for an early POE. We can compare adjectives with adjectives but not with adverbs. 'Higher' is an adjective while 'usually' is an adverb. We can safely eliminate A, C, and D on this count. Between B and E, the difference in meaning between 'through' and 'throughout' decides the winner that is E.


Hi daagh,

I have a question here. As I understand, what the sentence compares are not "higher" with "usually" or "usual", but it compares oil prices in THIS PERIOD with AN USUAL PERIOD.

An example of this usage could be "The oil prices are staying higher now than before."

Then am I correct to understand the intended meaning as "The [current] oil prices are staying higher than usual [prices]."?

Please correct if I do not get it right. Thank you so much!
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New post 05 Oct 2018, 02:29
may is already a probability indicator, there is no need for another probability / chance indicator. Hence, The answer E is correct.
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New post 24 Mar 2019, 19:13
Dear experts,

I have the same question with the comparison here:

since we are making a comparison, then what is the counterpart of "usual"? Does the sentence compare "USUAL price" with "CURRENT price", OR compare "prices USUALLY stay" with "prices WILL stay higher"?

ie,
The [current] oil prices are staying higher than [usual] prices."?
or
The prices [will] stay higher than they [usually] stay?

which one above is the intended meaning?

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Can anyone please enlighten me the use of COULD and WILL in the options d and c? However, I completely understand the difference between through and throughout
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New post 02 May 2019, 20:48
AbdurRakib wrote:
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2018
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Question no. 274

Industry analysts said that the recent rise in fuel prices may be an early signal of the possibility of gasoline and heating oil prices staying higher than usually through the end of the year.

(A) of the possibility of gasoline and heating oil prices staying higher than usually through
(B) of the possibility that gasoline and heating oil prices could stay higher than usual throughout
(C) of prices of gasoline and heating oil possibly staying higher than usually through
(D) that prices of gasoline and heating oil could stay higher than they usually are throughout
(E) that prices of gasoline and heating oil will stay higher than usual through

https://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/09/business/fuel-prices-move-higher-and-trend-is-expected-to-persist.html

Fuel prices have risen over the last two weeks, and analysts warn that the increase may be an early signal that prices of gasoline and heating oil could stay higher than usual through the end of the year, in large part because of chronically low stockpiles of crude oil and petroleum products in the United States.


POE -
1. 'Throughout' is incorrect because the sentence ends with 'the end of the year' - throughout the end is logically incorrect - B & D out.
2. It is redundant to use the word 'possibility' as the sentence already uses 'may' - A out.
3. '... higher than usually' is unidiomatic - C out.

And we're left with easy A.
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[quote="AbdurRakib"]
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2018
Practice Question
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Question no. 274

Industry analysts said that the recent rise in fuel prices may be an early signal of the possibility of gasoline and heating oil prices staying higher than usually through the end of the year.

(A) of the possibility of gasoline and heating oil prices staying higher than usually through
(B) of the possibility that gasoline and heating oil prices could stay higher than usual throughout
(C) of prices of gasoline and heating oil possibly staying higher than usually through
(D) that prices of gasoline and heating oil could stay higher than they usually are throughout
(E) that prices of gasoline and heating oil will stay higher than usual through

look at choice b
"gasoline and heating oil prices " is wrong. "heating oil prices" is right. the noun modifying the other noun must be short.
look at choice d
"they usually are" is wrong. there is no a form of to be in the beginning, so, we can not use "are/is" for ellipsis.
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New post 26 May 2019, 18:09
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deependra1234 wrote:
daagh isnt could preferred for future in past context??




Hello deependra1234,

Although your query is not addressed to me, I would like to clarify your doubt. :-)

This official sentence intends to say that the analysts said that possibly the oil prices will remain higher than usual through the end of the year.

The event of the prices staying higher pertains to future period. The possibility is there that this action will take place. Hence, use of will is absolutely correct in the context of this sentence.

Use of the verb could stay again presents possibility. This is not the intended meaning of the sentence.


Hope this helps. :-)
Thanks.
Shraddha


Hi Sharddha,
Please help me in understanding through and throughout
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"Through [X period of time]" means "from the beginning (now or a specified time) until the end of X period of time." So in the sentence above, this means that heating prices may remain high from now until the end of the year.

"Throughout [X period of time]" means "for all of X period of time." In the sentence above, this would mean that heating prices may remain high for all of the end of the year. This is very odd, since the end of the year isn't really a specific period. Are we talking about just Dec. 31, or all of December, etc.? Also, what about the intervening time between now (whenever that is) and the end of the year? It's fairly clear that this is not the intended meaning. In fact, I don't think a proper English sentence would ever say "throughout the end of the year." A better usage would be something like "Throughout the summer months, one can spot moths fluttering around lampposts."
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