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When housing prices climb too quickly, the Federal Reserve often responds by raising the key interest rate, which has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices instead of raise them, as one might expect.

(A) which has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices instead of raise them

(B) an action that has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices rather than raising them

(C) which has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices instead of raising them

(D) which rather than raising housing prices actually has the curious effect of lowering them

(E) an action that has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices instead of raise them
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only option B used rather than and parallel; makes life easy :-)

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New post 15 Aug 2009, 04:03
'which' refers to 'the key interest rate' ..so A, C and D gone ..

now in B and E ... you use 'rather than' to compare clauses ..so only B is doing that ..

IMO B.

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B

which refer to immediate noun thats why "an action" is required...
rather than is preferred over instead of

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Simple one. B it is. The "raising of the key interest rate", NOT "the key interest rate" itself, has the "curious effect...".
Only B and E convey the proper meaning.
B maintains parallelism and E does not.
B is the answer.
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When housing prices climb too quickly, the Federal Reserve often responds by raising the key interest rate, which has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices instead of raise them, as one might expect.

(A) which has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices instead of raise them

(B) an action that has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices rather than raising them

(C) which has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices instead of raising them

(D) which rather than raising housing prices actually has the curious effect of lowering them

(E) an action that has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices instead of raise them


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In the original sentence, the use of "which" incorrectly implies that the key interest rate has the curious effect, when in fact it is the raising of the interest rate that does. Also, "lowering housing prices instead of raise them" is not a parallel construction. And it is preferable to use "rather than" with verbs, in place of "instead of," which is better used with nouns.

(A) This choice is the same as the original sentence.

(B) CORRECT. This choice remedies the incorrect use of "which." Moreover, it contains the parallel construction "lowering housing prices rather than raising them." Finally, "rather than" is correctly used here in place of "instead of."

(C) This choice corrects the parallelism issue, but it still incorrectly uses "which" and "instead of."

(D) This choice incorrectly uses "which."

(E) This choice incorrectly uses "instead of" and contains the unparallel construction "lowering housing prices instead of raise them."
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crejoc wrote:
When housing prices climb too quickly, the Federal Reserve often responds by raising the key interest rate, which has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices instead of raise them, as one might expect.

(A) which has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices instead of raise them

(B) an action that has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices rather than raising them

(C) which has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices instead of raising them

(D) which rather than raising housing prices actually has the curious effect of lowering them

(E) an action that has the curious effect of actually lowering housing prices instead of raise them


The answer is B


Here " the curious effect " was due to the raise that interest rate was given .The effect was not due to the interest rate .
Which in the original sentence refers to the key interest rate so it is clearly worn as the meaning is not clear so A ,C and D are out .
E is not parallel as "lowering housing prices instead of raise them " is wrong here raising should have come .

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