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# One view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil

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One view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation a rally in stocks and bonds, and a weakening of the dollar.

(A) lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation,
(B) a lowering of interest rates and of fears about inflation,
(C) a lowering of interest rates, along with fears about inflation,
(D) interest rates being lowered, along with fears about inflation,
(E) interest rates and fears about inflation being lowered, with
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24 Feb 2012, 01:51
BANON wrote:
One view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation a rally in stocks and bonds, and a weakening of the dollar.

(A) lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation,
(B) a lowering of interest rates and of fears about inflation,
(C) a lowering of interest rates, along with fears about inflation,
(D) interest rates being lowered, along with fears about inflation,
(E) interest rates and fears about inflation being lowered, with

Problem of Parellel Construction .
Correct Ans C
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25 Feb 2012, 10:12
BANON wrote:
One view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation a rally in stocks and bonds, and a weakening of the dollar.

(A) lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation,
(B) a lowering of interest rates and of fears about inflation,
(C) a lowering of interest rates, along with fears about inflation,
(D) interest rates being lowered, along with fears about inflation,
(E) interest rates and fears about inflation being lowered, with

Problem of Parellel Construction .
Correct Ans C

Whats wrong with B?

a lowering OF INTEREST RATES and OF FEARS about inflation? Parallel?

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25 Feb 2012, 10:24
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BANON wrote:
One view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation a rally in stocks and bonds, and a weakening of the dollar.

(A) lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation,
(B) a lowering of interest rates and of fears about inflation,
(C) a lowering of interest rates, along with fears about inflation,
(D) interest rates being lowered, along with fears about inflation,
(E) interest rates and fears about inflation being lowered, with

Problem of Parellel Construction .
Correct Ans C

Whats wrong with B?

a lowering OF INTEREST RATES and OF FEARS about inflation? Parallel?

IMO , the context plays an imp role while applying the principles of II-ism. For B to be correct, it were to be worded like...a lowering of interest rates, a lowering in fears about inflation,...and the balance of the sentence
however, here the choice B is worded like X, and Y, Z and A..certainly not parallel
Thus IMO choice C is correct..
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25 Feb 2012, 10:37
rajeevrks27 wrote:
gamatack wrote:
Problem of Parellel Construction .
Correct Ans C

Whats wrong with B?

a lowering OF INTEREST RATES and OF FEARS about inflation? Parallel?

IMO , the context plays an imp role while applying the principles of II-ism. For B to be correct, it were to be worded like...a lowering of fears, a lowering in fears about inflation,...and the balance of the sentence
however, here the choice B is worded like X, and Y, Z and A..certainly not parallel
Thus IMO choice C is correct..

IMO It still is parallel... it is just the same case as with .. "stocks and bonds" ..
you wouldn't say "a rally in stocks, a rally in bonds. You combine it to a rally in stocks AND bonds.

The same happens in B : a lowering of interest rates and of fears.
The only thing that could make B wrong is the repetition of the preposition "of".

Without it, it should be parallel:

a lowering of interest rates and fears, a rally in stocks and bonds, and a weakening.

This is also : ... X of A & B, Y in Stocks and Bonds, and Z.

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25 Feb 2012, 16:36
FYI:

In fact it is an OG problem , #130 and the correct answer is B!

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25 Feb 2012, 21:52
The answer is B for this question .Its an OG problem .One strong reason why C and D are wrong is because of the usage of along with were two different entities --lowering of interest rates and fears of inflation cannot be combined using along with.
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26 Feb 2012, 04:57
IMO B,

It tests parallelism.Hence statement B is correct.
B. One view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to a lowering of interest rates and of fears about inflation, a rally in stocks and bonds, and a weakening of the dollar.

I know statement B is correct but "fears about inflation"... doesn't seem to be idiomatic.Please explain why this is correct??

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I know statement B is correct but "fears about inflation"... doesn't seem to be idiomatic.Please explain why this is correct??

Can't really tell you if it is unidiomatic or not. It is an OG question so I assume it is fine.
You can arrive at the right answer by POE , see below:

BANON wrote:
One view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation a rally in stocks and bonds, and a weakening of the dollar.

(A) lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation,
a noun is required here to be parallel with a weakening, a really, so it must be a lowering!
--> Wrong

(B) a lowering of interest rates and of fears about inflation,
Correct answer! a lowering of X and Y, a rally in V and W, and a weakening in Z
(C) a lowering of interest rates, along with fears about inflation,
Wrong --> not parallel ... a X, along with Y, a Z, and T
(D) interest rates being lowered, along with fears about inflation,
Same as A
(E) interest rates and fears about inflation being lowered, with
Same as A

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11 Mar 2012, 19:33
I chose B for this question:

It may be possible that B is unidiomatic, but the requirement of parallelism is much more important to this question.

A. "Lowering" is a present participle - this is not parallel to the other 2 noun phrases.

B. "A lowering" is a noun phrase and is parallel to "a rally" and "a weakening." Within the "a lowering" noun phrase, interest rates and fears are now parallel.

C. Although "a lowering" is correct, "along with" is not parallel to the other elements.

D. "being lowered" is a verb - this is not parallel to the other noun phrases.

E. 'being lowered" is a verb - this is incorrect because parallelism is broken.

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23 Mar 2012, 11:21
A is the correct option in my opinion

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29 Oct 2012, 09:17

What's wrong with C?
What rule is C breaking?

doesn't ' a lowering of interest rates, along with fears' mean lowering of interest rates and lowering of fears..
eg: Sachin, along with Som went to the movie.... implies Sachin and som went to the movie..

So C also maintains parallelism!

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sachin, along with som went to the movies

a lowering of IR, along with fears about inflation will crush the stock market

in the above 2 egs, its pretty clear wrt the intended meaning

whereas,

X will lead to a lowering of IR, along with fears about inflation........ IMPLIES

X will lead to A along with B

where A : lowering of IR

though somewhat while we speak we tend not to pay heed to such subtelitoes but in gmatland the intended meaning gets a bit hazy in such constructions, leaving one , not that proficient in english, guessing n baffled.

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Why is A wrong in this case? after reading all the explanations, still my mind is not letting go A as an option. Somebody please explain.

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Why is A wrong in this case? after reading all the explanations, still my mind is not letting go A as an option. Somebody please explain.

Refer MGMAT SC, Chapter 11, simple gerund cant be parallel with action noun or complex gerund noun.

Lowering = simple gerund.
A rally = noun
a weakening = complex gerund.

Further if you look at the structure of this sentence we need something which can fit in format like "a noun/gerund of/in ..." only B gives best parallelism.

One view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation a rally in stocks and bonds, and a weakening of the dollar.

(A) lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation,
(B) a lowering of interest rates and of fears about inflation,
(C) a lowering of interest rates, along with fears about inflation,
(D) interest rates being lowered, along with fears about inflation,
(E) interest rates and fears about inflation being lowered, with
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One view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation a rally in stocks and bonds, and a weakening of the dollar.

(A) lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation,
(B) a lowering of interest rates and of fears about inflation,
(C) a lowering of interest rates, along with fears about inflation,
(D) interest rates being lowered, along with fears about inflation,
(E) interest rates and fears about inflation being lowered, with

There is a change of meaning in C.

Original intention is to convey :
a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to lowering interest rates.
a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to lowering fears about inflation .

But C changes it to:

a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to "fears about inflation" / not lowering of fears about inflation.

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BANON wrote:
One view of the economy contends that a large drop in oil prices should eventually lead to lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation a rally in stocks and bonds, and a weakening of the dollar.

(A) lowering interest rates, as well as lowering fears about inflation,
(B) a lowering of interest rates and of fears about inflation,
(C) a lowering of interest rates, along with fears about inflation,
(D) interest rates being lowered, along with fears about inflation,
(E) interest rates and fears about inflation being lowered, with

Seems the confusion is why C is wrong.

C has ambiguity in meaning at best, it can mean two things:
a lowering of interest rates + fears about inflation
a lowering of interest rate + a lowering of fear about inflation (assuming we can use ellipses in the construction "along with", not sure if we can repeat a lowering when the conjunction is "along with", but even if we can it will result in ambiguity in meaning)

Whereas, in B, due to "of" a lowering is repeated and is clearly understood without ambiguity.
a lowering of interest rates and of fears about inflation

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