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The expected rise in the price of oil could be a
serious impact to industrialized nations and severely
diminish the possibility to have
an economy free of
inflation.

(A) be a serious impact to industrialized nations
and severely diminish the possibility to have
(B) seriously impact on industrialized nations and
severely impede the possibility to have
(C) seriously impact on industrialized nations and
severely impede the possibility of having
(D) have a serious impact on industrialized nations
and severely impede the possibility to have
(E) have a serious impact on industrialized nations
and severely diminish the possibility of
having
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25 Apr 2004, 17:38
You folks are good. But please defend yourself here
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25 Apr 2004, 18:46
A) "be a serious impact" is not idiomatic
B+C) "impact on" where "impact" is used as a verb is not idiomatic
D) "impede the possibility" is not idiomatic
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26 Apr 2004, 04:41
How come (E) is the best choice, don't you think "have" is not in agreement with "The expected rise" (singular).

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26 Apr 2004, 04:48
conjugated form: could have --> past conditional where infinitive form "have" is needed after "could"
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26 Apr 2004, 05:25
1. Something could have an impact.
2. "Possibility of" is much better usage.

Only E fits.

For the sake of complete analysis, lets look at D and E.
D-> impede the possbility is wrong... we impede progress , impede growth..not possibility..
E-> Correctly uses diminish possibility

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