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# Similar to rising interest rates, consumer and producer

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1. Similar to rising interest rates, consumer and producer prices have been rising.
(A) Similar to rising interest rates, consumer and producer prices have been rising.
(B) Consumer and producer prices have been rising, as have interest rates.
(C) As interest rates are rising, so have consumer and producer prices.
(D) Consumer and producer prices have been rising, like interest rates do.
(E) Consumer and producer prices, as interest rates, have been rising.
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06 Oct 2005, 11:02
D for me.. Can't explain .. Just looks better than the rest of the options.
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06 Oct 2005, 11:03
not too sure on this one...B? it's the only choice that sounds right to me...
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06 Oct 2005, 11:05
E.

A. compares "rise" in rate to "prices"
B. inconsistent tense
C. tense change to present continuous
D. tense inconsistent in two clauses
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06 Oct 2005, 11:09
Agreed on E. Good revelation of the flaws duttsit
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06 Oct 2005, 11:17
Initially I choose B, but I realized it has inconsistent tense.
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06 Oct 2005, 14:22
(A) illogical comparison
(B) incorrect/unidiomatic
(C) Tense mismatch
(D) Best choice. Here, 'Like' compares two nouns and the actions compared are parallel and logical.
(E) Changes the meaning
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06 Oct 2005, 14:48
E for me . It is the most well structured sentence of all and keeps the original meaning intact. Please post OA /OE
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06 Oct 2005, 16:09
I'd go for B
A) wrong comparison b/w "rates" and "the rising" of comsumers and...
C) wrong tense matching
D) "like" usually compare two nouns, not an action
E) sounds as if the "prices" are "interest rates"
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06 Oct 2005, 16:24
gotoknow3 wrote:
1. Similar to rising interest rates, consumer and producer prices have been rising.
(A) Similar to rising interest rates, consumer and producer prices have been rising.
(B) Consumer and producer prices have been rising, as have interest rates.
(C) As interest rates are rising, so have consumer and producer prices.
(D) Consumer and producer prices have been rising, like interest rates do.
(E) Consumer and producer prices, as interest rates, have been rising.

I'll choose B.

Choice A - incompatible comparison - rising interest rates and consumer and producer prices (should be something like rising ... prices)
B - Clear - Consumer and producer have been rising, as [interest rates have been rising]
C - wrong tense ...are and have
D - wrong tense and the use of "like"...I think OG has some similar questions...You can't use "do" to replace "have"
E - should use "like", not as (As should be used in a comparison clause involving clauses. A clause is any phrase that includes a verb. This construction does not have the verb)
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06 Oct 2005, 17:04
(A) - awkward sentence
(B) - Best choice. Parallelism is maintained, meaning is clear and sentence is not awkward. Second part of sentence reads as "....,as have (been) interest rates"
(C) - awkward sentence
(D) - not comparing a likeness
(E) - illogically suggests consumer and producer prices are a sub-group of interest rates

B is the best choice.
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06 Oct 2005, 18:19
In E, consumer and producer prices are restated as interest rates, which distorts the meaning of the original sentence.

B is correct because it maintains parallel present perfect verb tense. The omission of been before interest rates is acceptable because the structure implies that all three prices/rates are rising.
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07 Oct 2005, 20:18
Chose E, but can see the "B" group is making!
07 Oct 2005, 20:18
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