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12 Nov 2008, 19:51
Because of wireless service costs plummeting in the last year, and as mobile
Phones are increasingly common, many people
now using their mobile phones
To make calls across a wide region at night and on weekends, when numerous
Wireless companies provide unlimited airtime for a relatively small monthly fee.
A. Because of wireless service costs plummeting in the last year, and as
Mobile phones are increasingly common, many people.
B. As the cost of wireless service plummeted in the last year and as mobile
Phones became increasingly common, many people.
C. In the last year, with the cost of wireless service plummeting, and mobile
Phones have become increasingly common, there are many people.
D. With the cost of wireless service plummeting in the last year and mobile
Phones becoming increasingly common, many people are
E. While the cost of wireless service has plummeted in the last year and
Mobile phones are increasingly common, many people are.

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12 Nov 2008, 23:14
haichao wrote:
Because of wireless service costs plummeting in the last year, and as mobile Phones are increasingly common, many people now using their mobile phones to make calls across a wide region at night and on weekends, when numerous Wireless companies provide unlimited airtime for a relatively small monthly fee.

A. Because of wireless service costs plummeting in the last year, and as Mobile phones are increasingly common, many people.
B. As the cost of wireless service plummeted in the last year and as mobile Phones became increasingly common, many people.
C. In the last year, with the cost of wireless service plummeting, and mobile Phones have become increasingly common, there are many people.
D. With the cost of wireless service plummeting in the last year and mobile Phones becoming increasingly common, many people are
E. While the cost of wireless service has plummeted in the last year and Mobile phones are increasingly common, many people are.

A/B: missing verb
C: "there are.........." - awakward construction
D: phrase and a clause in opening - "With the cost of wireless service plummeting in the last year and mobile Phones becoming increasingly common"
E. left with
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12 Nov 2008, 23:53
Do I dare go out on a limb and disagree with Tiger?

I have a little different test-taking approach for these questions; instead of POE, I just pick the one that "sounds right." Only if they all sound bad do I resort to POE. In this case, I thought D worked. I don't understand Tiger's issue with it, but I will say that E seems strange to me: how can something "be increasingly common?" With a word like "increasingly," don't you need to use "becoming"? Also, I don't like the fact that E starts with "while"--it just sounds awkward. Usually I expect a construction of the form, "While {point A}, {counterpoint B} is actually the case." For example, "While some math instructors still teach their students to integrate by hand, most find it more expedient to allow their students to use calculators." Unless, of course, you use "while" to mean "during," but that doesn't fit here either: it would need to read, "While the cost of wireless plummeted over the last year, mobile phones became increasingly common." And that still sounds bad...

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13 Nov 2008, 00:00
Only (D) is grammatically correct.
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13 Nov 2008, 00:05
Yeah, me too.

I dont like "has plummeted in the last year " in E
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13 Nov 2008, 01:53
Another D. E distorts the meaning.

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13 Nov 2008, 09:51
Answer D. The statement is correct because
1. ) correct parallel usage of two phrases.
2.)With is the correct conjunction used here to connect the two phrases in this context.

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13 Nov 2008, 10:03
IMO D

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13 Nov 2008, 12:21
phdizzle wrote:
Do I dare go out on a limb and disagree with Tiger?

I have a little different test-taking approach for these questions; instead of POE, I just pick the one that "sounds right." Only if they all sound bad do I resort to POE. In this case, I thought D worked. I don't understand Tiger's issue with it, but I will say that E seems strange to me: how can something "be increasingly common?" With a word like "increasingly," don't you need to use "becoming"? Also, I don't like the fact that E starts with "while"--it just sounds awkward. Usually I expect a construction of the form, "While {point A}, {counterpoint B} is actually the case." For example, "While some math instructors still teach their students to integrate by hand, most find it more expedient to allow their students to use calculators." Unless, of course, you use "while" to mean "during," but that doesn't fit here either: it would need to read, "While the cost of wireless plummeted over the last year, mobile phones became increasingly common." And that still sounds bad...

I feel hot puma breath on my neck!

In fact I did not like "a phrase and a clause" at a time. Also a sentence that begains or has "With" in modifying phrase, doesnot look good. And I have seen sentencves that begain with "while".
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13 Nov 2008, 13:33
A. Because of wireless service costs plummeting in the last year, and as
Mobile phones are increasingly common, many people. [Sentence Fragment – missing main verb]

B. As the cost of wireless service plummeted in the last year and as mobile
Phones became increasingly common, many people. [missing main verb]

C. In the last year, with the cost of wireless service plummeting, and mobile
Phones have become increasingly common, there are many people. [cost of wireless service plummeting and … have become … - not parallel]

D. With the cost of wireless service plummeting in the last year and mobile
Phones becoming increasingly common, many people are [Hold]

E. While the cost of wireless service has plummeted in the last year and
Mobile phones are increasingly common, many people are. [Why present perfect]

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13 Nov 2008, 17:12
Another D.

E uses two different tenses and also tries to show contrast that does not exist with the usage of while

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14 Nov 2008, 11:12
D

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14 Nov 2008, 15:28
icandy wrote:
Another D.

E uses two different tenses and also tries to show contrast that does not exist with the usage of while

Agreed D for similar reasons

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14 Nov 2008, 21:49
Another D

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