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# More than any other single factor, increases in the price of

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More than any other single factor, increases in the price of imported oil that has been responsible for the inflation experienced by the United States in the last few years.

A) More than any other single factor, increases in the price of imported oil that has been responsible for
B) More than any other single factor, increases in the price of imported oil have been responsible for
C) More than any single factor, increases in the price of imported oil have been responsible for
D) Increases in the price of imported oil, more than any other single factor, is the cause of
E) Increases in the price of imported oil, more than any single factor, has been responsible for

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06 Sep 2005, 06:52
More than any other single factor, increases in the price of imported oil that has been responsible for the inflation experienced by the United States in the last few years.

A) More than any other single factor, increases in the price of imported oil that has been responsible for
- awkward phrasing with the use of 'that'

B) More than any other single factor, increases in the price of imported oil have been responsible for

C) More than any single factor, increases in the price of imported oil have been responsible for

D) Increases in the price of imported oil, more than any other single factor, is the cause of
- 'increases' is plural while 'is' is singular

E) Increases in the price of imported oil, more than any single factor, has been responsible for
- 'increases' is plural while 'has' is singular

Betwen B and D, I'll take D. I feel 'any other' in B is redundant.

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06 Sep 2005, 07:09
"D"

For correct comparison, one single factor shud be compared with another single factor and not with a gp. So "any other" is correct usage vs "any". That eliminates C and E.

Bet ABD, A is wrong becose of awkward "that". B is out becose we are talking abt a single factor, so use of "have" is wrong. This leaves us with "D".

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06 Sep 2005, 09:33
Ok I am stuck on this ..its btw D & E...

I dont like its the cause of the inflation in D...

I dont like any signle factor in E....but the other problem with E is that it uses the present perfect...which is not required...

D it is

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Re: SC: Any single factor [#permalink]

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06 Sep 2005, 10:10
I would say B.

A - "that has been" is wrong..doesn't flow.

C - need the word "other." There may be more that one single factor

D - plural/singular error. i beleive that increases is plural. (correct me if i am wrong)

E - same as D

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More than any other single factor, increases in the price of imported oil that has been responsible for the inflation experienced by the United States in the last few years.

A) More than any other single factor, increases in the price of imported oil that has been responsible for
B) More than any other single factor, increases in the price of imported oil have been responsible for
C) More than any single factor, increases in the price of imported oil have been responsible for
D) Increases in the price of imported oil, more than any other single factor, is the cause of
E) Increases in the price of imported oil, more than any single factor, has been responsible for

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06 Sep 2005, 14:49
I think the answer is <b>E</b>.

A) Makes no sense whatosever
B) Subject should come first
C) Needs the word "other" and subject should come first
D) "is the cause of the inflation" is not correct

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07 Sep 2005, 06:51
I will take B...

More than any other single factor, increases in the price of imported oil that has been responsible for the inflation experienced by the United States in the last few years.

A) More than any other single factor, increases in the price of imported oil that has been responsible for
- sentence fragment - no main verb
B) More than any other single factor, increases in the price of imported oil have been responsible for

C) More than any single factor, increases in the price of imported oil have been responsible for
- need 'other' to distinguish the increase with the factors.

D) Increases in the price of imported oil, more than any other single factor, is the cause of
- increases is plural, not singular...

E) Increases in the price of imported oil, more than any single factor, has been responsible for
- same problem as C... has been

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Re: SC: Any single factor [#permalink]

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07 Sep 2005, 14:05
I'm going with B here.

A has a bunch of mistakes. C lacks the "other" that is needed to distinguish the price increases from other factors. D and E have subject-verb disagreements ("increases"... "has").

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08 Sep 2005, 20:03
The OA is B. Riteshgupta1 does a great job of explaining why all other ACs are incorrect.

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08 Sep 2005, 20:03
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