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The expected rise in the price of oil could be a serious impact to industrialized nations and severely diminish the possibility to have an economy free of inflation.

(A) be a serious impact to industrialized nations and severely diminish the possibility to have
(B) seriously impact on industrialized nations and severely impede the possibility to have
(C) seriously impact on industrialized nations and severely impede the possibility of having
(D) have a serious impact on industrialized nations and severely impede the possibility to have
(E) have a serious impact on industrialized nations and severely diminish the possibility of having
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01 Jul 2003, 03:46
Ok answer change , is it B?? this is a tricky one .
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01 Jul 2003, 05:28
it is E. A correct idiom is "to diminish the possibility of having an economy free of inflation"
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01 Jul 2003, 06:14
I'd vote for C.

For the begining of the asked chunk: I think that it should be the active form.
At the end of that chunk: of having is correct.
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01 Jul 2003, 20:24
I chose "C" as well..

Thought that there was a parallelism:

C: "could seriously impact...and severly impede..." (seemed ok)

E: "could have a serious impact...and severly diminish..." (seems that the paralllism is not being respected)

Does anybody know why E is correct then? Is there a parallelism at all?
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01 Jul 2003, 22:57
stolyar wrote:
The expected rise in the price of oil could be a serious impact to industrialized nations and severely diminish the possibility to have an economy free of inflation.

(A) be a serious impact to industrialized nations and severely diminish the possibility to have
(B) seriously impact on industrialized nations and severely impede the possibility to have
(C) seriously impact on industrialized nations and severely impede the possibility of having
(D) have a serious impact on industrialized nations and severely impede the possibility to have
(E) have a serious impact on industrialized nations and severely diminish the possibility of having

(A) is wrong because something is an impact on (or upon), not an impact to.
(B) "The possibility to" is wrong - needs to be "the possibility of" + -ing word. Also, "impact on" is not proper grammar.
(C) "Impact on" again.
(D) Same as (B).
(E) is quite beautifully written.
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01 Jul 2003, 22:58
MartinMag wrote:
I chose "C" as well..

Thought that there was a parallelism:

C: "could seriously impact...and severly impede..." (seemed ok)

E: "could have a serious impact...and severly diminish..." (seems that the paralllism is not being respected)

Does anybody know why E is correct then? Is there a parallelism at all?

Could have a serious impact and severely diminish

Parallelism is quite elegant...
01 Jul 2003, 22:58
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