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Stock levels for domestic crude oil are far lower than in past years, leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly prompted by colder-than-normal temperatures.

A. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly
B. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be
C. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies that are disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected growth in consumer demand as was possibly
D. resulting in the fact that domestic oil prices are vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly
E. resulting in the fact of domestic oil prices that are vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or to any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be

Correct answer is B ; A also looks good; can somebody provide explanation why A is not correct ?

Originally posted by ssandeepan on 02 Jul 2008, 05:03.
Last edited by JarvisR on 15 Jul 2015, 02:23, edited 2 times in total.
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02 Jul 2008, 09:02
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If look at these sentences you will see teh difference in the meaning

A Stock levels for domestic crude oil are far lower than in past years, leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to X or Y possibly prompted by colder-than-normal temperatures.

B Stock levels for domestic crude oil are far lower than in past years, leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to X or Y that might be prompted by colder-than-normal temperatures.

In A , disruptions and demand are prompted by colder than normal temperature.
In B, demand is prompted by colder than normal temperature
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02 Jul 2008, 09:19
ssandeepan wrote:
Stock levels for domestic crude oil are far lower than in past years, leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly prompted by colder-than-normal temperatures.

A. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly
B. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be
C. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies that are disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected growth in consumer demand as was possibly
D. resulting in the fact that domestic oil prices are vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly
E. resulting in the fact of domestic oil prices that are vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or to any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be

Correct answer is B ; A also looks good; can somebody provide explanation why A is not correct ?

A seems to be verbose.

oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East vs oil supply disruptions in the Middle East

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02 Jul 2008, 11:46
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B. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or (to?) any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be

Can somebody explain why we needn’t repeat ‘to’ second time?
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B. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or (to?) any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be

Can somebody explain why we needn’t repeat ‘to’ second time?

'to' isn't needed because its implied, since it applies to both parts of the 'x and y' statements.

Also, as a general tip, usually when you see 'being' on the GMAT, the choice will be the wrong choice.
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greenoak wrote:
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B. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or (to?) any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be

Can somebody explain why we needn’t repeat ‘to’ second time?

'to' isn't needed because its implied, since it applies to both parts of the 'x and y' statements.

Also, as a general tip, usually when you see 'being' on the GMAT, the choice will be the wrong choice.

The word 'being' is an issue in Option A.
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02 Jul 2008, 12:49
I knew about 'being', but thought that 'to' was needed to maintain ||.
Thank you both for clarifying this!
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03 Jul 2008, 15:01
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B. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or (to?) any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be

Can somebody explain why we needn’t repeat ‘to’ second time?

'to' isn't needed because its implied, since it applies to both parts of the 'x and y' statements.

Also, as a general tip, usually when you see 'being' on the GMAT, the choice will be the wrong choice.

But sometimes GMAT plays a googly. I jhave seen questions on prep software where "being" was in a correct answer.
So it makes sense to eliminate an answer choice with "being" if we can support the elimination with a grammatical rule.
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Stock levels for domestic crude oil are far lower than in past years, leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly prompted by colder-than-normal temperatures.

(A) leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly
(B) leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be
(C) leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies that are disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected growth in consumer demand as was possibly
(D) resulting in the fact that domestic oil prices are vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly
(E) resulting in the fact of domestic oil prices that are vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or to any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be

Friends, do you find any error with A? thanks!
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18 Jul 2008, 19:04
in addition to what the link says i think theres one more problem in A.

it cannot be "unexpected consumer demand growth" . looks like demand is of an unexpected consumer.

it has to be "unexpected growth in consumer demand" as in B.
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Stock levels for domestic crude oil are far lower than in past years, leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly prompted by colder-than-normal temperatures.

(A) leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly
(B) leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be
(C) leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies that are disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected growth in consumer demand as was possibly
(D) resulting in the fact that domestic oil prices are vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly
(E) resulting in the fact of domestic oil prices that are vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or to any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be

Friends, do you find any error with A? thanks!

Eliminate (D) and (E) since stock levels result in the fact is quite awkward.
eliminate (C) since usage of as was does not have tense agreement
with the current statement.
(A) is eliminated since it says growth is prompted by colder than normal .I believe it should be demad is prompted by colder than normal temp. Again might be usage in (B) is better than possibly prompted
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B sounds better for me
I've read in a couple of sources that using choise with "being" is the last resort
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Stock levels for domestic crude oil are far lower than in past years, leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly prompted by colder-than-normal temperatures.

A. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly
Being -> Normally indicates something which is happening right now

B. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be - Looks correct

C. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies that are disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected growth in consumer demand as was possibly

That are disrupted ->Modifies oil supplies . The oil supplies are not disrupted yet but there might be a speculation that oil supplies might get disrupted
Possibly prompted by Colder Temp -> acts as an adverbial modifier which explains growth in consumer demand. "was as " -> Doesn't make sense

D. resulting in the fact that domestic oil prices are vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly
resulting in the fact that -> Can be expressed succinctly as Option A/B/C. That is one of the primary functions of participle modifier
being -> Currently happening -> Usage is incorrect.

E. resulting in the fact of domestic oil prices that are vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or to any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be
resulting in the fact that -> Can be expressed succinctly as Option A/B/C. That is one of the primary functions of participle modifier
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Oil supply disruptions

A much better phrase would have been disruptions in oil supply.
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Stock levels for domestic crude oil are far lower than in past years, leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly prompted by colder-than-normal temperatures.

A. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly
B. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be
C. leaving domestic oil prices vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies that are disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected growth in consumer demand as was possibly
D. resulting in the fact that domestic oil prices are vulnerable to any hints of oil supplies being disrupted in the Middle East or to any unexpected consumer demand growth possibly
E. resulting in the fact of domestic oil prices that are vulnerable to any hints of oil supply disruptions in the Middle East or to any unexpected growth in consumer demand that might be

Correct answer is B ; A also looks good; can somebody provide explanation why A is not correct ?

Since the main doubt is between A and B, let me focus on why A is wrong

unexpected consumer demand growth possibly prompted by colder-than-normal temperatures.

Possibly is an adverb, it is modifying prompted.

So it's saying " This thing" is possibly prompted by this ... there is no doubt that there will be growth in consumer demand, one possible reason is colder than normal temp.

This is wrong!!! We need to talk about the possibility that this scenario might occur ... not the possible reasons why this will occur. Therefore possibly prompted is wrong here.

B clearly clarifies that it is the scenario that might occur!!!

Clear B
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Please explain the exact difference between A and B. When to use "to x or to y"
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devikeerthansr There's no absolute rule about when to say "to X or to Y" vs. "to X or Y." The simplest answer is that we use the former when it's needed to make the meaning clear. If the meaning is clear enough without that added structure, we can drop the extra "to," but that doesn't make its use incorrect.

This applies broadly to any preposition that is "distributed" across parallel terms. For instance, I can say "I am a fan of jazz and rock" or "I am a fan of jazz and of rock." The extra "of" in the second sentence seems awkward and formal, but there's nothing grammatically wrong with it. It just isn't helping the meaning. However, what if I say something more complicated?

I am a fan of jazz that incorporates elements of classical music and of rock that features extensive improvisation.

The second "of" makes it clear that I like two different kinds of music--a certain kind of jazz and a certain kind of rock--rather than jazz that incorporates everything else that follows in the sentence. For this reason, "of" is essential to a clear reading of the sentence.

So how do we choose between A and B? Both of the parallel terms in A are bad. It's not good to say "supplies being disrupted" when we can use the more direct "supply disruptions." (Beware of that word "being," which is often used awkwardly in SC.) We also don't want to say "possibly prompted." Blackfoot1992 goes into some detail on this above.
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