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Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise, the value of the copper in a penny will soon be greater than the face value of the coin.

(A) Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise,
(B) If present metal prices are continuing their sharp rise,
(C) If present metal prices continue to sharply rise,
(D) Continuation of sharply rising metal prices should mean that
(E) Metal prices’ sharp rise continuing should mean that
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09 Oct 2008, 01:14
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C for me. It is a if...than clause, so the verbs must be present- future. In C we have continue - will be.
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09 Oct 2008, 02:28
a for me . Should can replace IF in IF .... then clause.

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Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise, the value of the copper in a penny will soon be greater than the face value of the coin.

a. Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise,
b. If present metal prices are continuing their sharp rise,
c. If present metal prices continue to sharply rise,
d. Continuation of sharply rising metal prices should mean that
e. Metal prices’ sharp rise continuing should mean that
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09 Oct 2008, 03:08
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I'm in doubt now with C because i realised that sharply is between to and rise, and these is a mistake.
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09 Oct 2008, 03:43
vbalex wrote:
I'm in doubt now with C because i realised that sharply is between to and rise, and these is a mistake.

Why is this a mistake? I just listened to a podcast by Grammar Girl regarding splitting infinitives. The full infinitive "to rise" can be split using "sharply" and is acceptable grammar. Please correct me if I'm wrong...

The link to the podcast is below.
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/split-infinitives.aspx
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09 Oct 2008, 04:11
Between A and C, I choose A. But still unsure.

I am not very sure of the usage -- "to sharply rise"
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09 Oct 2008, 19:38
OA is A on this one
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10 Oct 2008, 08:28
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I got suckered into C, even know I knew there was something iffy about the last part of sentence.

It's good to learn though that Should can replace If.
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13 Oct 2008, 12:08
bigtreezl - ok... but what does that mean? does that mean it's right/wrong, neither?

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Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise, the value of the copper in a penny will soon be greater than the face value of the coin.

a. Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise, -> their shar rise is wrong
b. If present metal prices are continuing their sharp rise, -> same as above
c. If present metal prices continue to sharply rise, -> PERFECT sharply rise is reqd here
d. Continuation of sharply rising metal prices should mean that -> this is awkward
e. Metal prices’ sharp rise continuing should mean that -> this is out

"to sharply rise" is a split infinitive
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13 Oct 2008, 12:30
split infinitive is wrong...instead of "to quickly eat" you would say "to eat quickly"
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13 Oct 2008, 13:35

split infinitive :- to ,adverb or any other word and then base verb
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13 Oct 2008, 13:55
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a. Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise,
b. If present metal prices are continuing their sharp rise,
'are continuing' is wrong usage
c. If present metal prices continue to sharply rise,
to sharply rise - split infinitive - wrong
d. Continuation of sharply rising metal prices should mean that
e. Metal prices’ sharp rise continuing should mean that
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14 Oct 2008, 05:08
Ahh I see now.

Did you get to check out this link in regards to split infinitives? It says it's correct.

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/sp ... tives.aspx

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split infinitive is wrong...instead of "to quickly eat" you would say "to eat quickly"
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23 Sep 2009, 19:50
Ahh I see now.

Did you get to check out this link in regards to split infinitives? It says it's correct.

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/sp ... tives.aspx

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split infinitive is wrong...instead of "to quickly eat" you would say "to eat quickly"

It may be correct in general usage and so does lot of other words but at the end of the day the only answer that matters is of GMAT. GMAT loves split infinitives. Actually, if you think of it keeping it, GMAT's take on this, make life little easier. Otherwise you will always ponder on the answer from different sources.

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25 Sep 2009, 07:37
C is the only correct one that stands out.
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26 Oct 2009, 07:27
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I got C at first as continue to is often a correct idiom.

But GMAT is really strict at a specific rule such as the split infinitive.
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08 Oct 2010, 04:45
A is the correct answer... Split infinitive is not very often tested in GMAT.. but is important as a part of infinitive stratagy
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08 Oct 2010, 04:48
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Ahh I see now.

Did you get to check out this link in regards to split infinitives? It says it's correct.

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/sp ... tives.aspx

bigtreezl wrote:
split infinitive is wrong...instead of "to quickly eat" you would say "to eat quickly"

It may be correct in general usage and so does lot of other words but at the end of the day the only answer that matters is of GMAT. GMAT loves split infinitives. Actually, if you think of it keeping it, GMAT's take on this, make life little easier. Otherwise you will always ponder on the answer from different sources.

To go boldly where no one has gone before. Get it;)

are split infinitives right or wrong?
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08 Oct 2010, 05:46
C cannot be the answer because of the use of "to sharply rise". This is incorrect because "to" is always paired with a "verb". You cannot put an "adverb" after "to".
The use of "should" is acceptable. Usually,"if...than" construction is preferable, but both of them are grammatically wrong in this case.
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08 Oct 2010, 06:48
thanks for the explanations...

to make it clear, for GMAT Split Infinitive is wrong correct?
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