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# The overall slackening of growth in productivity is

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The overall slackening of growth in productivity is influenced less by government regulation, although that is significant for specific industries like mining, than the coming to an end of a period of rapid growth in agricultural productivity.

(A) the coming to an end of
(B) the ending of
(C) by the coming to an end of
(D) by ending
(E) by the end of

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01 Jul 2008, 07:12
gmatcrook wrote:
The overall slackening of growth in productivity is influenced less by government regulation, although that is significant for specific industries like mining, than the coming to an end of a period of rapid growth in agricultural productivity.

(A) the coming to an end of
(B) the ending of
(C) by the coming to an end of
(D) by ending
(E) by the end of

less by government regulation than <by xyz>
so A, B are out.
C is wordy and awkward
D than by ending a period sounds awkward.

E is the best

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01 Jul 2008, 07:26
is by.. than by ... is idiomatic

Leaves us with C, D, E.

C is wordy

Now its between D & E..

less by and ending are not parallel .. hence E is a better option

E for me

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01 Jul 2008, 23:18
Could you please provide correct answer, from available choices E looks the best.
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01 Jul 2008, 23:27
gmatcrook wrote:
Try again!

I chose E too, but E is not the OA.

Is it D ?

Will explain if correct

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01 Jul 2008, 23:29
if not E than has to be C, however, I cannot see anyting wrogn with E apart from the use of "end" inplace of "ending" as in C

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01 Jul 2008, 23:46
is it B? I think if we select an answer starting with 'by', it means a person can end the period of agriculture productivity. hence, if we select the answer B, it should work fine. let me know if it is B.

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02 Jul 2008, 00:47
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gmatcrook wrote:
The overall slackening of growth in productivity is influenced less by government regulation, although that is significant for specific industries like mining, than the coming to an end of a period of rapid growth in agricultural productivity.

(A) the coming to an end of
(B) the ending of
(C) by the coming to an end of
(D) by ending
(E) by the end of

Progressive! E changes the meaning.

Between C and D, I choose C.
D: "by ending period of" is not parallel with by government regulation.
We need a Noun after BY.

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02 Jul 2008, 01:35
I go for D now..

Hope Im second time correct

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02 Jul 2008, 04:07
lexis takes the honors - for answer as well as the explanation.

OA is C

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02 Jul 2008, 10:15
gmatcrook wrote:
The overall slackening of growth in productivity is influenced less by government regulation, although that is significant for specific industries like mining, than the coming to an end of a period of rapid growth in agricultural productivity.

(A) the coming to an end of
(B) the ending of
(C) by the coming to an end of
(D) by ending
(E) by the end of

P is influenced less by X than by Y

C,D,E remain

only C make sense.

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Re: SC: Slackening of Growth (Please Explain)   [#permalink] 02 Jul 2008, 10:15
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