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Raising raw material costs, along with escalating corporate tax...

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Raising raw material costs, along with escalating corporate tax rates, has made it very difficult for companies to remain profitable.

(A) Raising raw material costs, along with escalating corporate tax rates, has made it very difficult for companies to remain profitable.
(B) Rising raw material costs and escalating corporate tax rates has made it very difficult for companies to remain profitable.
(C) The rise in raw material costs, along with escalating corporate tax rates, has made it very difficult for companies to remain profitable.
(D) Rising raw material costs, along with escalating corporate tax rates, has made it very difficult for companies to remain profitable.
(E) Rising raw material costs, along with escalating corporate tax rates, have made it very difficult for companies to remain profitable.
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[Singular Noun], along with [Plural Noun] has/have....... What will it take?
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along with is a prepositional phrase and cannot decide the number agreement for the verb of a sentence.
The only conjunction that makes subject plural is AND

Since costs is plural, we need a plural verb- have made.
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