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# Q) Josiah saw where the cost of doing business was

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Q) Josiah saw where the cost of doing business was escalating at an exceedingly alarming rate

a) where the cost of doing business was escalating at an exceedingly alarming rate
b) that the cost of doing business was increasing at a very rapid rate
c) where the cost of doing business was escalating at a very alarming rate.
D) where the cost of doing business was increasing at a very rapid rate that
e) that the cost of doing business was escalating at an exceedingly alarming rate
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05 Sep 2009, 22:12
Need a 'that'.

Between, B & E, B is more precise. So B, IMO!
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05 Sep 2009, 22:14
"saw that"-->correct hence between B and E

IMO B becoz "cost of doing .." to be followed by increasing rather than escalating

sakshiag28 wrote:
Q) Josiah saw where the cost of doing business was escalating at an exceedingly alarming rate

a) where the cost of doing business was escalating at an exceedingly alarming rate
b) that the cost of doing business was increasing at a very rapid rate
c) where the cost of doing business was escalating at a very alarming rate.
D) where the cost of doing business was increasing at a very rapid rate that
e) that the cost of doing business was escalating at an exceedingly alarming rate

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05 Sep 2009, 22:42
I agree 'B', but it does change the meaning a bit because rapid rate does not parallel 'alarming'....

anyway, E is not also correct..

So B is the best choice.
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05 Sep 2009, 23:21
dolly12 wrote:
I agree 'B', but it does change the meaning a bit because rapid rate does not parallel 'alarming'....

anyway, E is not also correct..

So B is the best choice.

Why E is not correct ? there is no grammatical mistake in it. Infact, B is changing the meaning of the sentence. IMO "exceedingly alarming rate" is not same as 'increasing at a rapid rate'.
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05 Sep 2009, 23:36
instead of esclating, increasing would be better choice.

esclating is usually used for an action.... Again let the experts comment..
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05 Sep 2009, 23:38
also - escalating at an exceedingly

seems wordy and redundant.. again it is close call between B and E.
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05 Sep 2009, 23:40
tension escalating

cost increasing

dolly12 wrote:
instead of esclating, increasing would be better choice.

esclating is usually used for an action.... Again let the experts comment..

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05 Sep 2009, 23:50
nitya34 wrote:
tension escalating

cost increasing

dolly12 wrote:
instead of esclating, increasing would be better choice.

esclating is usually used for an action.... Again let the experts comment..

I don't find any grammatical mistake in B and E. but since it is suggested to use the original structure of the sentence as far as possible, I find E the better option.
While marking the answer, I asked myself, is alarming rate same as rapid rate ? and i find no....because alarming conveys worrisome situation as compared to rapid. rapid simply means increasing, i.e. alarming is more intense word than rapid. therefore, without taking a risk of changing the meaning of the sentence I marked E.
Pls comment as to how to handle such sentences in exam.
It is so confusing whether to go with original sentence or remove wordiness at the cost of slight change in meaning of the sentence.
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06 Sep 2009, 09:00
So as I read the OG, sentence correction correction questions checks three broad aspects of language proficiency:

1. Correct Expression 2. Effective Expression 3. Proper Diction.

In this example, "that" is definitely a subsititute for "where" but I do not think exceedingly alarming rate should be substituted with rapid rate. I think the meaning changes a little and it would be safe to keep the original meaning intact as long as it is not completely incorrect.
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06 Sep 2009, 18:39
sakshiag28 wrote:
nitya34 wrote:
tension escalating

cost increasing

dolly12 wrote:
instead of esclating, increasing would be better choice.

esclating is usually used for an action.... Again let the experts comment..

I don't find any grammatical mistake in B and E. but since it is suggested to use the original structure of the sentence as far as possible, I find E the better option.
While marking the answer, I asked myself, is alarming rate same as rapid rate ? and i find no....because alarming conveys worrisome situation as compared to rapid. rapid simply means increasing, i.e. alarming is more intense word than rapid. therefore, without taking a risk of changing the meaning of the sentence I marked E.
Pls comment as to how to handle such sentences in exam.
It is so confusing whether to go with original sentence or remove wordiness at the cost of slight change in meaning of the sentence.

it's hardly to tell the difference between B and E.
but i agree with sakshiag28, bet a chance on E.

what's the OA?
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25 Feb 2017, 08:51
Few queries below:
1. Is "the cost of doing business was escalating at ..." correct? or we can only use "increase" when we are talking about the "cost"
2. Why we need to put "that" as it is not command subjunctive.
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27 Feb 2017, 01:11
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RUSDI, we shouldn't try to learn much from this question, as it is not coherently written and bears little resemblance to a real GMAT sentence. However, I can answer your questions in general terms:

1) There's nothing wrong with saying that costs are escalating.

2) It is very common (and correct) to use "that" when following a verb with a clause. We use it to indicate that the object of the verb will be more than a simple noun. So I can say "I believe my brother," but I need to say "I believe that my brother is qualified for the job."
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27 Feb 2017, 13:55
Thanks for the explanation Farber
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