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Noting that the Federal Reserve had raised a key short-term interest rate again last month, analysts said that they expected orders for durable goods to decline soon because rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit

(A) rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit
(B) rising interest rates make buying on credit more expensive
(C) a rise in interest rates make it more expensive to buy on credit
(D) a rise in interest rates make buying on credit more expensive
(E) a rise in interest rates makes it more expensive for them to be bought on credit
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I am not English native. Sorry, what is the real diference of rising interest and a rise in interest?

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I am not English native. Sorry, what is the real diference of rising interest and a rise in interest?

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rising -- continuous process -- thus rising interest = interest that are proportionally increasing with time.
A rise in interest = just one time rise in interest.
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What is wrong with A. In B meaning is changing.
interest != interest rates.

Interest means actual amount \(= \frac{interest rate}{100}* Principle\)

A is presenting place holder it concept.

A. rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit
-rising interest makes 'to buy goods on credit' more expensive


A) rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit -- looks grammatically fine.
(B) rising interest rates make buying on credit more expensive -- change in meaning -- grammatically fine.
(C) a rise in interest rates make it more expensive to buy on credit -- S-V error.
(D) a rise in interest rates make buying on credit more expensive -- S-V error.
(E) a rise in interest rates makes it more expensive for them to be bought on credit -- expensive for goods -- nonsensical.
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In A , there is no clear antecedent for pronoun "it".

And also , rising interest may not make things expensive.
for e.g. lets say interest has rose from 1000 to 1010 i.e increase of 10--not much significant
where as if interest rate rises by 10%, 1000 to 100, then increase is significant,so can make things more expensive.

So it's always logical to write increase in interest rate rather than increase in interest amount to present the clear picture.

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What is wrong with A. In B meaning is changing.
interest != interest rates.

Interest means actual amount \(= \frac{interest rate}{100}* Principle\)

A is presenting place holder it concept.

A. rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit
-rising interest makes 'to buy goods on credit' more expensive


A) rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit -- looks grammatically fine.
(B) rising interest rates make buying on credit more expensive -- change in meaning -- grammatically fine.
(C) a rise in interest rates make it more expensive to buy on credit -- S-V error.
(D) a rise in interest rates make buying on credit more expensive -- S-V error.
(E) a rise in interest rates makes it more expensive for them to be bought on credit -- expensive for goods -- nonsensical.

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In A , there is no clear antecedent for pronoun "it".

And also , rising interest may not make things expensive.
for e.g. lets say interest has rose from 1000 to 1010 i.e increase of 10--not much significant
where as if interest rate rises by 10%, 1000 to 100, then increase is significant,so can make things more expensive.

So it's always logical to write increase in interest rate rather than increase in interest amount to present the clear picture.


Thanks for the reply.
But here use of pronoun it is grammatically correct. I hope you are aware of "placeholder it" concept. If yes don't you think that such type of construction is used in option A.

Further we do not care in SC whether rate or amount will impact something in some way. Point is that they are not interchangeable.

give it a thought.
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Hi,
Was just confused if the correct answer is A or B.
My understanding is the correct answer is B because interest rates is rising with the time.In A,interest amount is rising and not the interest rate.
Moderator, kindly clarify the correct answer.

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I'm always suspicious when I see "it". Unless there is a clear singular antecedent, it's usually wrong.
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Hello Piyush,

In Choice B . Does "buying more expensive" makes sense? Should it not be "buying of good more expensive"? Can I use this reasoning to eliminate the choice B? Please help!!

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PiyushK wrote:
What is wrong with A. In B meaning is changing.
interest != interest rates.

Interest means actual amount \(= \frac{interest rate}{100}* Principle\)

A is presenting place holder it concept.

A. rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit
-rising interest makes 'to buy goods on credit' more expensive


A) rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit -- looks grammatically fine.
(B) rising interest rates make buying on credit more expensive -- change in meaning -- grammatically fine.
(C) a rise in interest rates make it more expensive to buy on credit -- S-V error.
(D) a rise in interest rates make buying on credit more expensive -- S-V error.
(E) a rise in interest rates makes it more expensive for them to be bought on credit -- expensive for goods -- nonsensical.

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PiyushK wrote:
What is wrong with A. In B meaning is changing.
interest != interest rates.

Interest means actual amount \(= \frac{interest rate}{100}* Principle\)

A is presenting place holder it concept.

A. rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit
-rising interest makes 'to buy goods on credit' more expensive


A) rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit -- looks grammatically fine.
(B) rising interest rates make buying on credit more expensive -- change in meaning -- grammatically fine.
(C) a rise in interest rates make it more expensive to buy on credit -- S-V error.
(D) a rise in interest rates make buying on credit more expensive -- S-V error.
(E) a rise in interest rates makes it more expensive for them to be bought on credit -- expensive for goods -- nonsensical.


Would option C have been right , had "make" beeen "makes" ?

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What is wrong with A. In B meaning is changing.
interest != interest rates.

Interest means actual amount \(= \frac{interest rate}{100}* Principle\)

A is presenting place holder it concept.

A. rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit
-rising interest makes 'to buy goods on credit' more expensive


A) rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit -- looks grammatically fine.
(B) rising interest rates make buying on credit more expensive -- change in meaning -- grammatically fine.
(C) a rise in interest rates make it more expensive to buy on credit -- S-V error.
(D) a rise in interest rates make buying on credit more expensive -- S-V error.
(E) a rise in interest rates makes it more expensive for them to be bought on credit -- expensive for goods -- nonsensical.


Yes, interest and interest rates are different. "Interest" is incorrect in this case because it is mentioned in the previous sentence that the Federal Reserve had raised a key short-term interest rate, so the rise here should refer to "interest rate" instead of "interest".
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Every they, them and their refer to the same plural antecedent in the sentence. Therefore, them in A and D refers to the analysts and makes the sentences illogical.
Now C & D can be eliminated based on Sub - verb agreement (A rise, make)
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PiyushK wrote:
What is wrong with A. In B meaning is changing.
interest != interest rates.

Interest means actual amount \(= \frac{interest rate}{100}* Principle\)

A is presenting place holder it concept.

A. rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit
-rising interest makes 'to buy goods on credit' more expensive


A) rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit -- looks grammatically fine.
(B) rising interest rates make buying on credit more expensive -- change in meaning -- grammatically fine.
(C) a rise in interest rates make it more expensive to buy on credit -- S-V error.
(D) a rise in interest rates make buying on credit more expensive -- S-V error.
(E) a rise in interest rates makes it more expensive for them to be bought on credit -- expensive for goods -- nonsensical.


I think Option A is wrong because of "Meaning".

" rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit" - Here rising interest can have more than one meaning.
Either it could be Rising interest rates or it could be rising interest among people who buy. So i guess it should be clear who or what is rising. So, I chose Option B as the answer.

That was my reasoning. If anything else, then would be glad to get a further clarification.

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Noting that the Federal Reserve had raised a key short-term interest rate again last month, analysts said that they expected orders for durable goods to decline soon because rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit

(A) rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit
(B) rising interest rates make buying on credit more expensive
(C) a rise in interest rates make it more expensive to buy on credit
(D) a rise in interest rates make buying on credit more expensive
(E) a rise in interest rates makes it more expensive for them to be bought on credit


My comments below
(A) rising interest makes it more expensive to buy them on credit - "them" has not clear antecedent, to buy what on credit?
(B) rising interest rates make buying on credit more expensive - Correct one
(C) a rise in interest rates make it more expensive to buy on credit - Should be "makes"
(D) a rise in interest rates make buying on credit more expensive - Should be "makes"
(E) a rise in interest rates makes it more expensive for them to be bought on credit - Long and awkward

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it seems that on gmat land there is only pattern

make it clear +that clause

and there is no pattern

make it clear+to do
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"make" should be "makes" in option B, because "rising interest rates" is singular. Is that right?

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make" should be "makes" in option B, because "rising interest rates" is singular. I have the same doubt.
This make the choice ambiguous. IS there any order that SV over pronoun or other way around ??

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