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# The beginning of the show always brought in lots of money, yet the ave

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The beginning of the show always brought in lots of money, yet the average singer ended the show with a decrease in what their tip may be.

(A) with a decrease in what their tip may be

(B) with what was a decrease in what their tips were able to be

(C) having decreased that which their tips might be

(D) decreasing in their tips

(E) with a decrease in tips

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05 Sep 2018, 03:04
Bunuel wrote:
The beginning of the show always brought in lots of money, yet the average singer ended the show with a decrease in what their tip may be.

(A) with a decrease in what their tip may be. Wordy, Incorrect

(B) with what was a decrease in what their tips were able to be. Incorrect & confusing usage of tense.

(C) having decreased that which their tips might be. Incorrect: having decreased? that which ? makes the sentence severely confusing.

(D) decreasing in their tips Incorrect! has a modification error!

(E) with a decrease in tips Right answer.

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05 Sep 2018, 03:07
Bunuel wrote:
The beginning of the show always brought in lots of money, yet the average singer ended the show with a decrease in what their tip may be.

(A) with a decrease in what their tip may be

(B) with what was a decrease in what their tips were able to be

(C) having decreased that which their tips might be

(D) decreasing in their tips

(E) with a decrease in tips

I would go with E by process of elimination.

(A) with a decrease in what their tip may be
I am not sure what this their can refer back to since the average singer is singular. I was confused between A and E since the meaning changes in both these sentences.

(B) with what was a decrease in what their tips were able to be
With what was a is very awkward and wordy. Tips were able to be is not grammatically correct. Eliminate B.

(C) having decreased that which their tips might be
Not sure what "which" is modifying. Does not convey the meaning clearly, grammatically incorrect. Eliminate C.

(D) decreasing in their tips
Decreasing in is not the correct usage. Meaning of the sentence is unclear. Eliminate D.

(E) with a decrease in tips
Between A and E, I found this to be clearer and more concise.

IMO I would go with E, but I'm not a 100% sure. Let me know if there are any flaws in my reasoning (which I'm sure there is).

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Bunuel wrote:
The beginning of the show always brought in lots of money, yet the average singer ended the show with a decrease in what their tip may be.

(A) with a decrease in what their tip may be

(B) with what was a decrease in what their tips were able to be

(C) having decreased that which their tips might be

(D) decreasing in their tips

(E) with a decrease in tips

Ans : E
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Bunuel wrote:
The beginning of the show always brought in lots of money, yet the average singer ended the show with a decrease in what their tip may be.

(A) with a decrease in what their tip may be

(B) with what was a decrease in what their tips were able to be

(C) having decreased that which their tips might be

(D) decreasing in their tips

(E) with a decrease in tips

MANHATTAN REVIEW OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

This question has to do with tense agreement. Choice A uses the wrong tense. Because you have the word ended (past), you would have to say might have been, not may be. Choice B uses the wrong word, ‘able’. Choice C implies that the singers were decreasing their tips. Choice D also implies that the singers were actively decreasing something. The audience is responsible for the tips, even though it is never directly mentioned here. Choice E is the correct answer.
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