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The United States petroleum industry's cost to meet

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The United States petroleum industry's cost to meet environmental regulations is projected at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum by the end of the decade.

(A) The United States petroleum industry's cost to meet environmental regulations is projected at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum by the end of the decade
(B) The United States petroleum industry's cost by the end of the decade to meet environmental regu1ations is estimated at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum
(C) By the end of the decade, the United States petroleum industry's cost of meeting environmental regulations is projected at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum
(D) To meet environmental regulations, the cost to the United States petroleum industry is estimated at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum by the end of the decade.
(E) It is estimated that by the end of the decade the cost to the United States petroleum industry of meeting environmental regulations will be ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum.

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The United States petroleum industry's cost to meet environmental regulations is projected at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum by the end of the decade.

(A) The United States petroleum industry's cost to meet environmental regulations is projected at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum by the end of the decade
(B) The United States petroleum industry's cost by the end of the decade to meet environmental regu1ations is estimated at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum
(C) By the end of the decade, the United States petroleum industry's cost of meeting environmental regulations is projected at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum
(D) To meet environmental regulations, the cost to the United States petroleum industry is estimated at ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum by the end of the decade.
(E) It is estimated that by the end of the decade the cost to the United States petroleum industry of meeting environmental regulations will be ten percent of the price per barrel of refined petroleum.

I think it's C...

Because the correct idiom here should be Cost of

my choice : C

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In the stem sentence, "by the end of the decade" seems dangling and choice "C" corrects it properly with adjective phrase.
Choice "C" seems okay to me also.

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ehmm...

C could be correct....I think cost of or cost to is not so much of a problem here....

what about projected....is the idiom "projected AT" or "projected TO BE" (just like estimated to be...) Have a think....

What about E? sounds safe? Estimated that....

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New post 14 May 2004, 02:13
The answer is E. Somehow I find "United States Industry's cost" ungrammatical and '/or awkward. So, I eliminate the first three.
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I think (E) should be the answer,

Idiom is tested here as pointed out by "aonie".

Also in (B) "The United States petroleum industry's cost" does not clearly specify which cost the author is talking about.
(D) has a passive construction.

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New post 16 May 2010, 09:51
OA is E, but as per Manhattan SC, the construction "It is...that" must be avoided.
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