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The delinquency rates on mortgages for office buildings, hotels, shopping malls, and other commercial properties held by the nation's insurance companies in recent months have increased sharply, leading to predictions that foreclosures on these types of loan could double over the next three years.

(A) in recent months have increased sharply, leading to predictions that foreclosures on these types of loan could double over the next three years
(B) have increased sharply in recent months, leading to predictions that foreclosures on these types of loans could double over the next three years
(C) have increased sharply in recent months, leading to predictions that doubling of foreclosures on these types of loans could occur over the next three years
(D) has increased sharply in recent months, and lead to predictions that over the next three years doubling of foreclosures on this type of loan could occur
(E) in recent months has increased sharply, and this leads to predictions that foreclosures on that type of loan in the next three years could double

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E

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09 Oct 2009, 19:10
No explanations..shocked with E !! rates cant be singular ehh!! or am i missing something
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10 Oct 2009, 00:56
I doubt that answer choice E is correct. Can anyone explain? In my opinion it has to be answer choice C!
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10 Oct 2009, 02:18
I go with B. Do no think that the answer should be E.

"rates" are plural, thus answer choices with "has" can be eliminated. Besides wording in E looks confusing.
choice C looks awkward for me. The sense is the same as in B, but "foreclosures...could double" looks better than "doubling of foreclosures".

Any other choices/explanations?
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10 Oct 2009, 02:49
I like B too.

D and E out because of has

C - as GMAT guys would say is "awkward and confusing"

A is out because of types of loan
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10 Oct 2009, 03:05
tejal777 wrote:
The delinquency rates on mortgages for office buildings, hotels, shopping malls, and other commercial properties held by the nation's insurance companies in recent months have increased sharply, leading to predictions that foreclosures on these types of loan could double over the next three years.

(A) in recent months have increased sharply, leading to predictions that foreclosures on these types of loan could double over the next three years
(B) have increased sharply in recent months, leading to predictions that foreclosures on these types of loans could double over the next three years
(C) have increased sharply in recent months, leading to predictions that doubling of foreclosures on these types of loans could occur over the next three years
(D) has increased sharply in recent months, and lead to predictions that over the next three years doubling of foreclosures on this type of loan could occur
(E) in recent months has increased sharply, and this leads to predictions that foreclosures on that type of loan in the next three years could double

OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E

A and E out - misplaced modifiers.

D out - we are talking about rates so can not use 'has'

Down to B and C -> B sounds better.

Surprised that OA is E.
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10 Oct 2009, 09:25
i will go with B. option C is wordy and it conveys same meaning as B does.
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03 Nov 2009, 02:04
Ran into this in 1000sc and saw the same debate going at other places as well.
B for me too! And I think we can safely conclude that is the correct OA
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13 Nov 2009, 09:33
OA is B on the following website...
http://gmatsentencecorrection.blogspot. ... chive.html
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13 Nov 2009, 23:19
IMO the answer choice cannot be E

Reason 1: “The delinquency rates” is plural so the verb should be plural.(in this case “have”)
Reason 2: “held by the nation's insurance companies in recent months” seems as if “rate are held by nation's insurance companies in recent months”. However IMO the author seems convey that “rate are held by nation's insurance companies increased in recent months”
Reason 3: This is a cause effect relation ship sentence. And choice E seems not to convey this. Main clause followed by a present participle phase is apt to convey cause effect relation ship
Reason 4: “this leads” has no clear referent
Reason 5: “that type of loan” has no clear referent
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