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# Platinum and Gold

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12 Sep 2015, 07:55
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Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.

A- Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.
B- Because of less availability and increased demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like that of gold.
C- Because of decreased availability and increased demand in scientific research, platinum remains expensive, like gold.
D- Because of decreased availability and increased demand for scientific research, platinum remains expensive, like gold.
E- Because of decreased availability and greater demand in scientific research, platinum remains at a consistently high price, like that of gold.

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12 Sep 2015, 08:29
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A- Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.---- unidiomatic
B- Because of less availability and increased demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like that of gold. --- Unidiomatic
C- Because of decreased availability and increased demand in scientific research, platinum remains expensive, like gold. --- correct choice
D- Because of decreased availability and increased demand for scientific research, platinum remains expensive, like gold. -- Unidiomatic
E- Because of decreased availability and greater demand in scientific research, platinum remains at a consistently high price, like that of gold.---like that of has no status. ‘like what of gold’ has no answer

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06 Oct 2015, 04:03
Context is important here.

The sentence as it stands misleads the reader to believe that the increased demand for scientific research is responsible for the surge in platinum's price.

But that is not the case here. The intended meaning of this sentence is that platinum is demanded or wanted more in scientific research and that is why it is expensive. "Scientific research" is the subject and it demands platinum.

So (C) is correct.

"Demand in" should be used to talk about a resource's demand in a given field, a category, or a segment. For example: Due to its increased demand in the high frequency trading community over the past decade, a post-graduate degree in technical field has become a popular choice among the professionals who are already working in the financial services industry.
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06 Oct 2015, 09:43
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Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.

A- Because of less availability and greater demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like gold.
B- Because of less availability and increased demand for scientific research, platinum remains consistently expensive, like that of gold.
C- Because of decreased availability and increased demand in scientific research, platinum remains expensive, like gold.
D- Because of decreased availability and increased demand for scientific research, platinum remains expensive, like gold.
E- Because of decreased availability and greater demand in scientific research, platinum remains at a consistently high price, like that of gold.

Split #1: demand in vs demand for
demand for is unidiomatic => A, B, and D are wrong

Split #2: Less/decreased availability vs greater/decreased demand
Considering the meaning of sentence, using greater demand & less availability will make mistake

Only choice C is the correct answer
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