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# Some analysts point out that because people are becoming

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Some analysts point out that because people are
becoming accustomed to a steady inflation rate of
four to five percent, businesses found that they
could raise prices according to this amount without
thereby provoking
strong public reaction.

(A) found that they could raise prices according to
this amount without thereby provoking

(B) found that they were capable of raising prices
by this amount and not provoke

(C) find that they are capable of raising prices by
this amount and not provoke

(D) are finding that they can raise prices by this
amount without provoking

(E) are finding that they can raise prices according
to this amount and will not thereby provoke

Could somebody tell me why choice A is error?

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31 Oct 2004, 10:59
Found is past tense and shouldn't be used in this case. I narrow down my choices to D and E. This indicates the 'rate of four to five percent' .
My vote is for E.
It is not the concise one yet I think E has a chance.
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31 Oct 2004, 11:13
Agree with Newkid.

tense used in A is unappropriate as the beginning of the phrase uses present progressive...
For this reason only D and E are possible correct answers.
In D, "prices by this amount" is more than wordy : it does not mean anything to increase prices by 4 to 5% because this is exactly the inflation rate.
E corrects this point with "prices according to this amount"...

So E.

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31 Oct 2004, 11:44
Agree with D.

In A, 'without thereby provoking' sounds terrible

b/w D and E, D is surely cleaner. 'according to this amount' is E is actually wordier than a simpler 'this amount'. 'this amount' in both E and D refers to the inflation rate whatever it may be.

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31 Oct 2004, 21:37
I am for anwer -- D

Some analysts point out that because people are
becoming accustomed to a steady inflation rate of
four to five percent, businesses found that they
could raise prices according to this amount without
thereby provoking strong public reaction.

(A) found that they could raise prices according to
this amount without thereby provoking

--> Tense Problem -- "found" [simple past] whereas statement says "becoming accustomed" [present continuous] If you are doing a research, you could not have already found the solution

(B) found that they were capable of raising prices
by this amount and not provoke
--> same as A

(C) find that they are capable of raising prices by
this amount and not provoke

Tense problem -- find [simple present] v/s becoming accustomed [present continuous]

(D) are finding that they can raise prices by this
amount without provoking

(E) are finding that they can raise prices according
to this amount and will not thereby provoke
--> "will" tense problem

Anyone for better explanation ?

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31 Oct 2004, 21:56
I would agree with D.

In E, "can raise prices according
to this amount and will not thereby provoke " is very akward...

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01 Nov 2004, 18:31
The OA is D

thanks, all.

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