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The recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway reportedly caused by a spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as by the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains


(A) The recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway reportedly caused by a spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as by the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains

(B) The recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing- Tibet highway reportedly was caused by a spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute along with the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains

C) The recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway reportedly was caused by a spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as by the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains

(D) A spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as by the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains reportedly have caused the recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway


(E) Heavy truck movement carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as the delayed response by the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains reportedly were the cause of the recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway
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A) - right ams
B) verb( was caused by ) - wrong
C) verb( was caused by ) - wrong
D) traffic jam by illegal trade as well as delay in repairing - have caused - wrong
E) traffic jam by illegal trade as well as delay in repairing - were( was ) the cause - wrong

My ans - A)

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The recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway reportedly caused by a spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as by the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains


(A) The recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway reportedly caused by a spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as by the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains

(B) The recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing- Tibet highway reportedly was caused by a spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute along with the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains

C) The recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway reportedly was caused by a spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as by the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains

(D) A spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as by the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains reportedly have caused the recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway


(E) Heavy truck movement carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as the delayed response by the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains reportedly were the cause of the recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway

Very good question. Got me into serious analysis of the sentence. I think the core of the sentence is to maintain parallelism and Subject-Verb agreement. Notice how the subject and verb are hidden from each other. If you pay close attention in maintaining the agreement between Subject and Verb, the correct answer will simply pop up.
The correct answer is A.
E is out because of S-V disareement "were the cause" should be "were the causes".
D is out because of faulty parallelism. Notice the use of "by" in the second clause. Its not required.
B is out because of parallelism and sentence structure. Pay close attention to Subject-Verb disagreement. "the recent spate of traffic jams" calls for a plural verb instead of the singular verb "was". Incorrect.
C is eliminated for the same reason. Subject-Verb disagreement. "was" should be "were"

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Can I give you small hint? What is the actual verb in each of these choices? You will have a great surprise.
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Can I give you small hint? What is the actual verb in each of these choices? You will have a great surprise.

God!!! How could I miss that?
The answer is C. The entire sentnce is in simple past. "Was caused" is correct and "by" is required to maintain parallelism. Answe choice B misses the word "by" and thats why its incorrect. Hope I am correct now.
Also, A is wrong because its a fragment. "Caused" is not a working verb. It should be "was caused".

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i think it is E - the movement blah blah AND the response blah blah (both nouns) were the cause of the jams...

"were the cause of" seems ok - "as well as" --- they were together the cause. Had it been "And" instead of "as well as" then "causes" would have been required --- but use of "as well as" requires the use of singular - "cause".

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OA pls. Is it C? has to be or else I am really missing something.

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No E isn't right actually - "as well as" requires singular - so cause is fine but it needs "was" and not "were" to go with it --- so yeah E is out... Yup, I think it is C...

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The OA is C
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Good one Daagh! I took a long time to even read through the choices but am glad I got it right. I am tagging this as a 700+ question because of the tricky noun thing and long long sentences which make it difficult to see the split.

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This question also jammed me, I took 3 min to solve it but I was lucky to get correct answer.Good question. +1 to you Daagh

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I guessed C without reading any of the choices and got lucky. Questions like this end up taking me a ton of time to complete since I keep second-guessing myself.
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Straight C.
Was caught in between C and B but "Along with" in B is wrong when compared with "As well as".

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A time consuming yet good question. Chose the correct answer this time! :)

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The recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway reportedly caused by a spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as by the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains


(A) The recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway reportedly caused by a spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as by the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains -- Doesn't have a verb in the first half of the sentence. Hence Wrong.

(B) The recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing- Tibet highway reportedly was caused by a spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute along with the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains"due to lack of government control enroute along with the delayed response of maintenance agencies" - Usage of Along with is wrong here.

C) The recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway reportedly was caused by a spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as by the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains - Correct !

(D) A spurt in traffic by heavy trucks carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as by the delayed response of the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains reportedly have caused the recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway - Awkward sentence formation towards the end.


(E) Heavy truck movement carrying coal and heading to Beijing as part of the illegal trade in coal that has flourished due to lack of government control enroute as well as the delayed response by the maintenance agencies to undertake timely repairs to the roads damaged in the recent incessant rains reportedly were the cause of the recent spate of traffic jams on Beijing-Tibet highway- Awkward sentence formation towards the end.


took me 3 whole minutes to answer this one. Good Question.

My Answer would be C for the above reasons.
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I was confused between B & C.
and went for B. :(
Can anyone please explain why is "as well as" correct here not "along with".

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A- is run on .with out helping verb a passive construction
B--is solved issue,but parallelism issue. caused by X.........along with y .
C- is solved both the issues and perfectly construct
D- convoluting the meaning and unclear in meaning
E-ditto
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trick is to read A,B and C together.

Was ...along with are wrong usages in A and B. C is clean.
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Does the question essentially boil down to the uses of "along with" and "as well as"? If yes then could someone please explain why "along with" is incorrect?
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I got it wrong with A. Can someone explain the difference between 'along with' and 'as well as'.

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