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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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01 Sep 2004, 00:10
I'm going with (E). We need to start with one factor before we say it's the main factor aside from others. Also, the inflation is a problem that has exsited in the past and stretching to the present, so we need a present perfect 'has been'.
(C) made the mistake of implying that there is currenty no inflation (happened in the past but not in the present)

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01 Sep 2004, 00:18
Nope

anyone ?

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01 Sep 2004, 09:05
B?

This one is difficult. So I imagined that Jim Maclasawski of MSNBC reporting a news on oil crisis and inflation. This is how he would have reported.

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01 Sep 2004, 09:16
agree with B. Correct verb tense "have" and also "other" to denote that the "increases" are not compared with themselves.
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01 Sep 2004, 12:37
Paul wrote:
agree with B. Correct verb tense "have" and also "other" to denote that the "increases" are not compared with themselves.

OA is B indeed

Paul,
Could you please elaborate on the use of "other"?
I am confused why we need "other" (i.e. B vs C)

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01 Sep 2004, 13:07
If you don't have "other", then you are comparing the increases to everything else and itself

Ex: China has a population that is larger than that of any other country
In the above, "other" means that China's population is compared to that of all countries excluding its own. This is a concept often tested on the GMAT.
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01 Sep 2004, 13:32
Oh! Got it
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