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23 Nov 2008, 05:25
The market for recycled commodities like aluminum and other metals remain strong
despite economic changes in the recycling industry.

A. commodities like aluminum and other metals remain
B. commodities like those of aluminum and other metals are remaining
C. commodities such as aluminum and other metals remains
D. commodities, such as aluminum and other metals, remain
E. commodities, like the commodities of aluminum and other metals, remains

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23 Nov 2008, 10:29
The market for recycled commodities like aluminum and other metals remain strong
despite economic changes in the recycling industry

A and D are out, coz of the use of remain against market.

B uses the gerund on remain(ing)...unnecessarily complex and doesn't fit in with the rest of the sentence.

C looks good so far.

E distorts the meaning of commodities - like the commodities of aluminium. Incorrect

my pick C
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23 Nov 2008, 11:27
C.

A, B and E out for use of like.
D has market remain ... while in C "the market remain" is true.

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23 Nov 2008, 12:54
IMO C....subject vs verb

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24 Nov 2008, 01:09
OA is E

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24 Nov 2008, 02:34
subject-verb eliminates choices ABD

between C and E -- both a correct but have different meanings
C - means "for example" due to the use of "such as"
E - means "similar to" due to the use of "like"
so which one do we choose?

to answer this question we have to look back at the original sentence. the original sentence uses "like" thus, the meaning of the sentence is "recycled commodities similar to aluminum"

so E is the correct answer

atletikos wrote:
The market for recycled commodities like aluminum and other metals remain strong
despite economic changes in the recycling industry.

A. commodities like aluminum and other metals remain
B. commodities like those of aluminum and other metals are remaining
C. commodities such as aluminum and other metals remains
D. commodities, such as aluminum and other metals, remain
E. commodities, like the commodities of aluminum and other metals, remains

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24 Nov 2008, 02:39
whats the source of this Qs atletikos ? Also, can you pls post the explanation they give for E ? That wil be helpful since i am not convinced.

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24 Nov 2008, 03:43
E .
I would have chosen C on the real test day

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24 Nov 2008, 03:44
gameCode, the source is Set22 Verbal, Q34, answer is E and there is no explanation. To tell the truth I also picked C

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24 Nov 2008, 07:50
E

Good Question to deceive some ppl. who were not aware of commodity market

The market for recycled commodities like aluminum and other metals remain strong
despite economic changes in the recycling industry.

A. commodities like aluminum and other metals remain
B. commodities like those of aluminum and other metals are remaining
C. commodities such as aluminum and other metals remains
D. commodities, such as aluminum and other metals, remain
E. commodities, like the commodities of aluminum and other metals, remains

Here the parellism is between recycled commodities and metal commodities( aluminium is one such commodity) not commodity with aluminium.

So the better way to approach this is to go for 3:2 split, for remains and remain.

i would go for E and C here since the subject market is singular.

Then if you scan C closely, it is changing the meaning,

The market for recycled commodities such as aluminum and other metals remains

Such as is used to list basically. So here we are trying to list markets. But actually we are comparing commodities.

So E clearly does it.

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24 Nov 2008, 08:23
'market' is a singular subject hence we need singular verb 'remains'.

This brings us down to C and E.

Now in C, it says commodities such as aluminium and other metals.......

Now aluminium and other metals can be used for recycling but here we are talking in terms of commodities......which could be commodities of cardboard, brass, steel, aluminium, other metals etc.

commodities cannot be aluminium and other metals......commodities could be like commodities of aluminium and other metals.

Hence E.

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