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# V2#35

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08 Oct 2009, 16:30
In most industries the rising cost of support services actually passes a greater financial burden to customers; in the legal profession, for example, a current climb in the cost of court reporting has forced many attorneys to raise their hourly rates.

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* has forced many attorneys to raise their hourly rates.
* has made many attorneys raise their hourly rates.
* has meant that many attorneys are being forced to raise their hourly rates.
* is forcing many attorneys to raise their hourly rates.
* is meaning that many attorneys are raising their hourly rates by force.

1. The past tense has forced does not take into account the fact that the rising costs are a current trend.
2. Has made incorrectly uses the past tense; the phrase is also both informal and imprecise.
3. Has meant incorrectly uses the past tense. Has meant and are being forced use inconsistent verb tenses, and are unnecessary phrases.
4. The phrase is forcing correctly uses the present progressive tense, reflecting a current trend.
5. By force is a misplaced modifier that confuses the meaning of the sentence; is meaning is an imprecise phrase.

The correct answer is D.
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08 Oct 2009, 16:40
Why not A? D is better, but there is nothing wrong with A.

The "rising cost" could have been rising for a long time, and the attorneys could have already raised their rates in an unspecified time in the (recent) past.
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11 Oct 2009, 01:06
A has no problems...it also suggests an action that is still continuing
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12 Oct 2009, 00:21
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powerka wrote:
In most industries the rising cost of support services actually passes a greater financial burden to customers; in the legal profession, for example, a current climb in the cost of court reporting has forced many attorneys to raise their hourly rates.

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* has forced many attorneys to raise their hourly rates.
* has made many attorneys raise their hourly rates.
* has meant that many attorneys are being forced to raise their hourly rates.
* is forcing many attorneys to raise their hourly rates.
* is meaning that many attorneys are raising their hourly rates by force.

1. The past tense has forced does not take into account the fact that the rising costs are a current trend.
2. Has made incorrectly uses the past tense; the phrase is also both informal and imprecise.
3. Has meant incorrectly uses the past tense. Has meant and are being forced use inconsistent verb tenses, and are unnecessary phrases.
4. The phrase is forcing correctly uses the present progressive tense, reflecting a current trend.
5. By force is a misplaced modifier that confuses the meaning of the sentence; is meaning is an imprecise phrase.

The correct answer is D.

Its a matter of correct meaning with proper tense. Current cannot be followed by "has forced".

A."a current climb ............ "has forced" ....................
D."a current climb ............ "is forcing" ....................

D is better and correct...
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12 Oct 2009, 08:08
Thank you Tiger, you are correct.

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24 Dec 2011, 14:25
powerka wrote:
Thank you Tiger, you are correct.

Cheers

A has no problem; in fact I'd think A id better than D. also, has forced is present perfect and not past - explanation is not so good.

^^ This is what I wrote before.

Now, I think A is wrong and D is correct.
GMATTiger has correctly written that "a current climb" will need is "forcing" and not "has forced".

"has forced" would have been correct if question has not used "current". Since cause is current the impact of cause cannot come before cause and so "has forced" would be wrong here.
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24 Dec 2011, 18:02
He is talking about current climb so "is" the correct word to use
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15 Jan 2012, 09:18
A is right option...
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15 Jan 2012, 09:21
A is better becoz of usage of past perfect and D is wrong becoz of present continuos
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