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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


meaning error on gmat sc are of 3 kinds, not logic, unclear and wordy and absurd. in this problem we have to realize what is wordy and absurd. this is hard.
look at choice B and E.
"signal " contain the meaning of future possibility. we can not use "signal of possibility" .
the economy has signals that it will go into crisis.
the economy has signals of possibility that it will go into a crisis. this is redundant and absurd.

the redundance here is between signal and possibility not between may and possibility.

keep 3 kinds of meaning error in our mind to realize meaning error soon.

not logic
unclear
wordy and absurd. (using 2 words having same meaning)

the 3rd kind is most subtle. but in business writing, we commit this error frequently because our mind are full of jobs.
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which one is correct?
X is the early signal that Y will happen or X is the early signal of Y?
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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.
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