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Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged

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New post 13 Feb 2006, 21:12
Dang...E it is ! Picked B ....read remain as remained..which makes the simple past tense correct.

In the original sentence, order of the past and the present are flipped.


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Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged

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OA is E but can someone explain the answer choices.

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Two points in "time" are mentioned are here...

Rates declined during the first 6 months. Rates remained unchanged in the next 3 months.

If you were to make a sentence using two simple past tenses, it would be correct but no answer choices match that. "B" comes close but it has "remain" instead of remained.

Thus, the next 3 months is up to the current time and "continuing..". We need present prefect....declined for first 6 months and "have" remained unchanged for the next 3 months till the present "time". "E" captures this correctly.





shahnandan wrote:
Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged

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Two points in "time" are mentioned are here...

Rates declined during the first 6 months. Rates remained unchanged in the next 3 months.

If you were to make a sentence using two simple past tenses, it would be correct but no answer choices match that. "B" comes close but it has "remain" instead of remained.

Thus, the next 3 months is up to the current time and "continuing..". We need present prefect....declined for first 6 months and "have" remained unchanged for the next 3 months till the present "time". "E" captures this correctly.





shahnandan wrote:
Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged


Perfecto!!! :-D
This SC plays with the "time" machine!

Thanks for your comments, lhotseface ;)

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Late, but (E) works here for the correct use of the present perfect tense. This year hasn`t finished yet.

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New post 18 Feb 2006, 10:35
Late but picked E . thnks lhotseface for ur explanation.. i picked E in POE, but never thot of the tense explanations. May be i shld pick on that to improvise... n welcome back dear... GMAT is to be cracked :) best of luck
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shahnandan wrote:
Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged




Is there a preferred/correct syntax regarding verb + adverb rather than adverb + verb? (declined steadily and steaily declined)

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This is how I approached

I eliminated A and B because of 'virtually remained unchanged' which is different from 'remained virtually unchanged'

Eliminated C bcos of 'remain'

Selected E becuase of present perfect

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shahnandan wrote:
Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged


Pretty much all the reds, when you plug it into the sentence modifies "during the next three months" in someway, most of them not making any sense.

E is correct.

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shahnandan wrote:
Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged




Is there a preferred/correct syntax regarding verb + adverb rather than adverb + verb? (declined steadily and steaily declined)


a late answer.
steadily declined is a split infinitive isn't it? like 'sharply rise' or 'loudly screamed' and so declined steadily would be preferable.

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bmwhype2 wrote:
shahnandan wrote:
Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged




Is there a preferred/correct syntax regarding verb + adverb rather than adverb + verb? (declined steadily and steaily declined)


a late answer.
steadily declined is a split infinitive isn't it? like 'sharply rise' or 'loudly screamed' and so declined steadily would be preferable.


'to sharply rise' is a split infinitive...'to' is necessary.

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bmwhype2 wrote:
shahnandan wrote:
Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged




Is there a preferred/correct syntax regarding verb + adverb rather than adverb + verb? (declined steadily and steaily declined)


I think adverbs can come before or after a verb. There is no rule or preference for the position of adverbs in written English. I don't know about GMAT English!

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shahnandan wrote:
Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged


Almost picked bee but realized that B had remain not remained...

A: have is in the wrong place
B: two simple tenses work, but this is not the case in B
C: steadily declined is kinda akward and again this sentence still has the same problem as B... "remain"
D:I assume year is not in this sentence b/c of a typo. Anyway "have remained virtually unchanging" is akward and doesn't really make much sense.

E: is the only choice that makes any sense.

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shahnandan wrote:
Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged


Since the first 6 months have passed, we can eliminate A and C.
Present perfect is the correct usage for the next 3 months.

So E is it

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bmwhype2 wrote:
shahnandan wrote:
Interest rates on mortgages have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged during the next three months.

(A) have declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remained unchanged
(B) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but virtually remain unchanged
(C) steadily declined during the first six months of this year but remain virtually unchanged
(D) declined steadily during the first six months of this but have remained virtually unchanging’
(E) declined steadily during the first six months of this year but have remained virtually unchanged




Is there a preferred/correct syntax regarding verb + adverb rather than adverb + verb? (declined steadily and steaily declined)


I think adverbs can come before or after a verb. There is no rule or preference for the position of adverbs in written English. I don't know about GMAT English!


ok. according to Manhattan Review SC guide, it does not matter

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This is how I approached

I eliminated A and B because of 'virtually remained unchanged' which is different from 'remained virtually unchanged'

Eliminated C bcos of 'remain'

Selected E becuase of present perfect


Could someone elaborate with these two phrases are different.

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