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# Should present metal prices continue their sharp rise, the value o

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03 Nov 2007, 16:45
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From Brutal SC Document. Need some explanation for the OA.
I wasn't able to find a previous dicussion for this, so if someone finds it, could you please post the link? I'd be very grateful. Thanks.

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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03 Nov 2007, 20:57
The answer is C.

C is a perfect If -then sentence. The present tense is correctly maintained in conditional form continue to sharply rise - will soon be.

From Brutal SC Document. Need some explanation for the OA.
I wasn't able to find a previous dicussion for this, so if someone finds it, could you please post the link? I'd be very grateful. Thanks.

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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03 Nov 2007, 22:08
Yes, the answer looks like C.

Factual future situation with If-then scenario.

Since main clause is in future tense (the value of the copper in a penny will soon be greater than the face value of the coin.) , the conditional clause should be in present tense (If present metal prices continue to sharply rise).
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03 Nov 2007, 22:21
i have difficulty with this question... perhaps the OA is incorrect? i also believe that C is correct but the answer sheet says

spoiler A
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04 Nov 2007, 05:33
I picked A because I recall reading somewhere that on the GMAT, when "if" is used, it needs to be followed by a "then" clause.
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04 Nov 2007, 07:05
pmenon wrote:
I picked A because I recall reading somewhere that on the GMAT, when "if" is used, it needs to be followed by a "then" clause.

isn't "then" omitted in this context similar to an ellipsis?

example of if/then: if you work hard, you will get a high score
if you work hard, (then) you will get a high score

If present metal prices continue to sharply rise, (then) the value of the copper in a penny will soon be greater than the face value of the coin

i was thinking maybe "sharply" rise is used incorrectly but i feel it is better than "continue their sharp rise"

anyone else?
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Updated on: 04 Nov 2007, 12:07
ok i get it now why C is wrong

If present metal prices continue to sharply rise,

to sharply rise - cant have split infinitive!

okay: to rise sharply

those tricksters!

Originally posted by beckee529 on 04 Nov 2007, 08:44.
Last edited by beckee529 on 04 Nov 2007, 12:07, edited 1 time in total.
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04 Nov 2007, 10:09
That makes sense but still any answer should agree to the factual future condition.
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04 Nov 2007, 10:40
beckee529 wrote:
ok i get it now why A is wrong

Do you mean to say "why C is wrong"?

Yeah tricky question indeed. Now that you mention it I dont find anything grammatically wrong with A...
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04 Nov 2007, 11:03
Good one !!

C would have been correct if it were written as "If present metal prices continue their sharp rise,". But, introducing the split infinitive "to sharply rise" causes the error.

Most of us would commit this mistake in the real GMAT when we are hard pressed on time.
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04 Nov 2007, 12:06
sorry to confuse you guys... A is the right answer and C is wrong
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04 Nov 2007, 19:15
Thanks for all the replies guys ....

The Brutal SC document that I have, says B is the correct answer. Read it and went "huh"? So, I decided to post it.
My guess was C as well, but as Beckee pointed out, it has a split infinitie error. Thus, I go with A as well...
Too bad we don't have a correct OA.
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04 Nov 2007, 19:45
Can anybody please explain me what is split infinitive with example?
thanks.
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04 Nov 2007, 19:49
Infinitive form = to+verb
An infinitive in this sentence is: To+ rise.
A split infinitive is To+ add some word(S)+ rise. In this case, its To+sharply+rise.
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04 Nov 2007, 23:23
Infinitive form = to+verb
An infinitive in this sentence is: To+ rise.
A split infinitive is To+ add some word(S)+ rise. In this case, its To+sharply+rise.

Thanks a lot.

But after googling I came to know that, split is not always incorrect. Sometimes its usage is required. But for GMAT, is it supposed to be avoid.. always wrong etc.?
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05 Nov 2007, 11:21
Yes, according to the MGMAT SC Book ( verbs chapter) a split infinitive is always incorrect for GMAT purposes.
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03 Nov 2011, 06:29
Yes, according to the MGMAT SC Book ( verbs chapter) a split infinitive is always incorrect for GMAT purposes.

good point .... completely forgot the split infinative....
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03 Nov 2011, 06:54
Right there.... Splite Infinitive is always wrong on GMAT. Answer is A
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04 Nov 2011, 02:55
IMO-C,

In an "If" statement it is not necessary to have "then" always. "To sharply rise" is also correctly used.
In Statement A "Should....their" doesnt seem to be the correct usage.

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From Brutal SC Document. Need some explanation for the OA.
I wasn't able to find a previous dicussion for this, so if someone finds it, could you please post the link? I'd be very grateful. Thanks.

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

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: https://gmatclub.com/forum/should-prese ... 71315.html

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: https://gmatclub.com/forum/should-prese ... 71315.html
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