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Policy makers remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far.

a. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far

b. still remain concerned about the prospects of inflation; there are as yet few signs that increasing energy prices are currently driving up the cost of other goods

c. remain concerned about the prospect for inflation, even though as yet few signs of higher energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods so far

d. still remain concerned about inflation, even though there are currently few signs that increasing energy prices drive up the cost of other goods

e. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, despite the dearth of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods

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28 Feb 2013, 03:42
a. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far...seems to be "few signs" is driving up the cost which is wrong

b. still remain concerned about the prospects of inflation; there are as yet few signs that increasing energy prices are currently driving up the cost of other goods..there are as yet ---awkward

c. remain concerned about the prospect for inflation, even though as yet few signs of higher energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods so far--Redundant even though & yet

d. still remain concerned about inflation, even though there are currently few signs that increasing energy prices drive up the cost of other goods--Correct

e. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, despite the dearth of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods.....tense error--present continuous
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28 Feb 2013, 06:22
IMO - E
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a. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far - Awkward: Misplaced "so far"

b. still remain concerned about the prospects of inflation; there are as yet few signs that increasing energy prices are currently driving up the cost of other goods - Awkward: "as yet" & "currently" both are not needed

c. remain concerned about the prospect for inflation, even though as yet few signs of higher energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods so far - "even though" & "as yet" both are not needed

d. still remain concerned about inflation, even though there are currently few signs that increasing energy prices drive up the cost of other goods - "still" & "even though" both are not needed

e. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, despite the dearth of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods - Correct
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Policy makers remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far.

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The subtle errors in this question are on tenses, concision and redundancy. Tough to answer and even tougher to explain.

The sentence intends to say that the increasing energy prices are driving up the costs of other goods, but the policy makers remain concerned about the prospect of inflation.

a. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far

The placement of the participle "driving" is incorrectly modifying "energy prices" indicating that these are the energy prices that drive the cost of other goods, this makes less sense. Using it as a verb will make more sense "energy prices are driving up the costs", this will correctly mean that the cost of goods is driven up by the "increasing energy prices". The placement of "so far" is not the major issue here; however, its placement next to "the signs" will make the meaning more clear.

b. still remain concerned about the prospects of inflation; there are as yet few signs that increasing energy prices are currently driving up the cost of other goods

This jumbled up construction does not express the intended meaning of the sentence. Use of "as yet" seems awkward. Even if we consider "as yet" as correct, it creates a redundancy with "currently"

c. remain concerned about the prospect for inflation, even though as yet few signs of higher energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods so far

The most significant error is changing "increasing" to "higher". Apart from changing the meaning, the use of "higher" is also incorrect; a comparative (higher in this case) asks for the use of "than" i.e. "higher" than what. "increasing" would mean that that the prices are continuously increasing, whereas "higher" means that the prices ars higher than something.

d. still remain concerned about inflation, even though there are currently few signs that increasing energy prices drive up the cost of other goods.

Using both "still" and "remain" creates redundancy. Moreover, (D) is changing the meaning of the sentence. The original sentence mentions "concerned about prospect of inflation" and (D) changes it to "concerned about inflation". Using simple past "drive" makes it a generally true fact that "increasing energy prices" drive up the cost of other goods.

e. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, despite the dearth of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods.

Looks the least bad among all the answer choices. Though not very beautifully written, (E) correctly places "thus far" next to signs. No other meaning or tense errors.

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01 Mar 2013, 12:12
Hi Vercules ,

Some clarifications .

d. still remain concerned about inflation, even though there are currently few signs that increasing energy prices drive up the cost of other goods.

in " there are currently " is currently redundant ?

e. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, despite the dearth of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods.

the "increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods" is the essential clause , should it not start with increase rather then gerund .
BTW increasing is modifying signs . Increase energy prices is a type of signs of inflation , v/s it is a cause of inflation . Is this not wrong usage . Leaving aside the thus far preposition .

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Hi eski ,

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d. still remain concerned about inflation, even though there are currently few signs that increasing energy prices drive up the cost of other goods.

in " there are currently " is currently redundant ?

No it is not redundant, the use of both "still remain" and "even though" is redundant. The use of "currently is incorrect", the intended meaning is that of "so far"/ "till now"/ or "thus far". Using currently means just the current signs but we are concerned about the signs "so far". The major recognizable error in this choice is the use of "drive", a simple past form.

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e. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, despite the dearth of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods.

the "increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods" is the essential clause , should it not start with increase rather then gerund .
BTW increasing is modifying signs . Increase energy prices is a type of signs of inflation , v/s it is a cause of inflation . Is this not wrong usage . Leaving aside the thus far preposition .

If we start the the "that" clause with "increase" then we will change the meaning of the sentence.

"that the increase in energy prices is" --> It would mean that the prices have increased and this increase is driving the prices of other goods.

"that the increasing energy prices are" --> It means that prices are increasing, but the increasing prices are driving up the prices of other goods.

Moreover, "increasing" is not acting as a gerund (-ing acting as a noun), but instead it is acting as a participle (-ing as an adjective). Increasing is modifying "energy prices". Note that the verb in the second sentence is "are" which agrees with the plural "energy prices", the noun.

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Give two comparative answers , E v/s A , Dont you think A is better then E for OA ?

A does sound tempting and in but (E) is better; in the absence of (E), (A) would have been the best answer.

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17 Apr 2013, 15:38
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Policy makers remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far.

a. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, although there are few signs of increasing energy prices driving up the cost of other goods so far

b. still remain concerned about the prospects of inflation; there are as yet few signs that increasing energy prices are currently driving up the cost of other goods

c. remain concerned about the prospect for inflation, even though as yet few signs of higher energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods so far

d. still remain concerned about inflation, even though there are currently few signs that increasing energy prices drive up the cost of other goods

e. remain concerned about the prospect of inflation, despite the dearth of signs thus far that increasing energy prices are driving up the cost of other goods

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B & D are out because "still remain" is redundant.
C is out because "even though as yet " is awkward.
E is better than A because "the dearth of" = "shortage of". So the meaning is reflected much better.

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