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# Rising inventories, when unaccompanied correspondingly by increases in

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19 May 2019, 00:02
AjiteshArun already wrote a couple of great responses to this, so my post is probably a waste of space. But I wrote this offline a week ago, and stupidly never posted it. So here you go, just in case it's useful to hear this stuff in a different voice...
santorasantu wrote:
I have a question regarding the usage of increases (singular). Why is increases used in the correct answer choice E?

Rising inventories, if not accompanied by corresponding increases in sales, can lead to production cutbacks that would hamper economic growth.

should'nt it be increase in sales? I'm not able to understand the usage of singular form. please help!

This is entirely about context and meaning. The plural subject, "rising inventories," suggests that we're talking about multiple businesses. If more than one business experiences an increase in sales, we'd have multiple increases, right? So "increases" makes perfect sense - the rising inventories should correspond to multiple increases in sales.

Better yet, we can see immediately that (B) and (D) have a clear subject-verb agreement error: "rising inventories... leads," so we can eliminate those answer choices. (A), (C), and (E) all contain "increases," so this isn't an issue we need to evaluate at all. Better to focus on the differences among the remaining options.

I hope that helps!
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06 Nov 2019, 07:02
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Rising inventories, when unaccompanied correspondingly by increases in sales, can lead to production cutbacks that would hamper economic growth.

(A) when unaccompanied correspondingly by increases in sales, can lead

(B) when not accompanied by corresponding increases in sales, possibly leads

(C) when they were unaccompanied by corresponding sales increases, can lead

(D) if not accompanied by correspondingly increased sales, possibly leads

(E) if not accompanied by corresponding increases in sales, can lead

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Rising inventories, if not accompanied by corresponding increases in sales, can lead to production cutbacks that would hamper economic growth. But recent growth in inventories generally has been accompanied by rising sales; autos are an exception.

I am wondering that Rising inventories is plural or singular? Could u pls explain to me? In the first place, I understand that Rising inventories is singular sub. Later, I get that N + N so the later noun is more important so it should be plural sub. But, now I read Sub-Verb agreement in Manhattan, it said that all subject phrases are singular. Foe example, Having good friends is a wonderful thing. Also, Reading books gives us knowledge and pleasure. Why two examples are singular sub?? How they differ from Rising inventories??

Pls explain to me. I got confused so much. Thanks a lot!

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Well, lets look at the options as follows:

Usage of 'when' to be honest is pain to my eyes becuz 'Rising' is a modifier and not a verb... and when is used for a time/period mentioned.

(A) when unaccompanied correspondingly by increases in sales, can lead ----- correspondingly is an adverb being used wrongly here.. no use of correspondingly... it would be 'corresponding' + When issue

(B) when not accompanied by corresponding increases in sales, possibly leads -------- When issue +increases is not right.. it should be increase

(C) when they were unaccompanied by corresponding sales increases, can lead ----- why is They being used... rising investories should be a singular

(D) if not accompanied by correspondingly increased sales, possibly leads ---- again.. correspondingly is a plain eye sore

(E) if not accompanied by corresponding increases in sales, can lead ---- Only best option
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29 Nov 2019, 02:24
Rising inventories, when unaccompanied correspondingly bv increases in sales, can lead to production cutbacks that would hamper economic growth.

(A) when unaccompanied correspondingly by increases in sales, can lead
(B) when not accompanied by corresponding increases in sales, possibly leads
(C) when they were unaccompanied by corresponding sales increases, can lead
(D) if not accompanied by correspondingly increased sales, possibly leads
(E)if not accompanied by corresponding increases in sales, can lead

Solution :

Hey, It's very simple to solve by method of elimination :

First elimination in 3:2 -

Rising inventories-----plural-----only applicable----can lead------option B and D eliminated.

Correspondingly or corresponding ----2:1-----Corresponding is correct

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