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More than any other single element, the increase in art

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24. More than any other single element, the increase in art prices has been responsible for the wholesale theft, mutilation, and destruction of art everywhere in the world.

(A) More than any other single element, the increase in art prices has been responsible for (B) More than any single element, the increase in art prices has caused (C) More than any other element, the increase in art prices have been responsible for (D) The increase in art prices, more than any single element, has been the reason
for (E) An increase in the price of art works have been responsible, more than other elements, for

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03 Mar 2005, 14:40
Highlighted portions are where I disagree. my main point of concern in the sentence.
1 Other Single Element
2 Has been. [ Art is singular and not plural.]

(A) More than any other single element, the increase in art prices has been responsible for
(B) More than any single element, the increase in art prices has caused (C) More than any other element, the increase in art prices have been responsible for
(D) The increase in art prices, more than any single element, has been the reason for
(E) An increase in the price of art works have been responsible, more than other elements, for

A and B is narrow. I would choose A Since the effect that Art price increase is the single most important contributor to the effect makes More than any other more effective.
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03 Mar 2005, 15:10
A. Conveys that price increase has been responsible for x,y,z as opposed to stating that the price increase has been the reason or cause. 'any other' is required I think.

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03 Mar 2005, 18:44
A -
i) "any" includes the subject. "any other" is correct.
ii ) singular/plural - subj verb agreement
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03 Mar 2005, 19:19
banerjeea_98 wrote:
24. More than any other single element, the increase in art prices has been responsible for the wholesale theft, mutilation, and destruction of art everywhere in the world.

(A) More than any other single element, the increase in art prices has been responsible for
(B) More than any single element, the increase in art prices has caused
(C) More than any other element, the increase in art prices have been responsible for
(D) The increase in art prices, more than any single element, has been the reason for
(E) An increase in the price of art works have been responsible, more than other elements, for

(A) it is...

(B) & (D): wrong: "other" missing.
(C) & (E): wrong: increase -- have (it should be "has")

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03 Mar 2005, 19:45
prep_gmat wrote:
A. Conveys that price increase has been responsible for x,y,z as opposed to stating that the price increase has been the reason or cause. 'any other' is required I think.

how can a price increase be "responsible" for something ? Shudn't price increase be a "reason" for something ?

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03 Mar 2005, 19:47
all options seem to have problems...will go with A

whats OA?

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03 Mar 2005, 21:03
A it is

uses the correct modifying phrase More than any other single element to modify noun phrase the increase in art prices and keeps the sentence clear and consise
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