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# When rates were raised in 1985, postal service officials

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Updated on: 28 Jun 2016, 22:33
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When rates were raised in 1985, postal service officials predicted they would make further rate increases unnecessary for at least three years.
a)they would make further rate increases unnecessary
b)they would mean further rate increases would not be needed
c)that it would not be necessary for further rate increases
d)that the increase would make further rate increases unnecessary
e)further rate increases will not be needed

Originally posted by MBA2ran on 09 Nov 2006, 00:27.
Last edited by Vyshak on 28 Jun 2016, 22:33, edited 1 time in total.
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09 Nov 2006, 00:45
I choose D.

clearly they is unnecessary in A and B....

it in C has no referent....

E is incorrect because the correct sentence would be predicted further rate increases. full stop
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09 Nov 2006, 02:57
A - 'they' points ot the officials here but it actually wants to point to the raise
B - here 'they' points to the raise (but the position of ponoun makes this ambiguous)
C - 'it' has no referent
E - meaning becomes prediction is not required

D is best.
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09 Nov 2006, 11:25
D since 'that' is needed after predicted and no unrefered referents as in other choices
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28 Jun 2007, 00:09
MBA2ran wrote:
When rates were raised in 1985, postal service officials predicted they would make further rate increases unnecessary for at least three years.
a)they would make further rate increases unnecessary
b)they would mean further rate increases would not be needed
c)that it would not be necessary for further rate increases
d)that the increase would make further rate increases unnecessary
e)further rate increases will not be needed

AB are wrong since they has no clear referent. They could refer to rates or officials.

C is wrong in that It has no refererent. rates and officials are both plural.

The correct idiom is "predicted that". There is ALWAYS a that after predicted.

What is wrong with E (besides that missing that)?
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28 Jun 2007, 07:44
another D

don't think we will be getting an OA given the post is from 2006
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28 Jun 2007, 08:06
r019h wrote:
another D

don't think we will be getting an OA given the post is from 2006

The OA is D.

Can someone please explain in depth why E is wrong? I still do not understand it.
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28 Jun 2007, 08:14
I suspect its because "predicted further" is unidiomatic. A 'that' needs to follow 'predicted'.

bmwhype2 wrote:
r019h wrote:
another D

don't think we will be getting an OA given the post is from 2006

The OA is D.

Can someone please explain in depth why E is wrong? I still do not understand it.
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28 Jun 2007, 08:38
bsd_lover wrote:
I suspect its because "predicted further" is unidiomatic. A 'that' needs to follow 'predicted'.

bmwhype2 wrote:
r019h wrote:
another D

don't think we will be getting an OA given the post is from 2006

The OA is D.

Can someone please explain in depth why E is wrong? I still do not understand it.

I mentioned that above. What is this full stop notion that SimaQ talks about?
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28 Jun 2007, 08:53
D.

E has wrong tense, the sentence started will past tense and the rest of the sentence should be consistent, therefore "would" is correct, "will" is not.
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12 Sep 2007, 22:45
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bmwhype2 wrote:
r019h wrote:
another D

don't think we will be getting an OA given the post is from 2006

The OA is D.

Can someone please explain in depth why E is wrong? I still do not understand it.

Predicted is a cognitive verb. requires "that" when a full clause follows. Therefore, ABE are wrong. C has a dangling pronoun
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16 May 2017, 16:18
I misunderstand the whole sentence, and take C. I should also include the modifier at the beginning of the sentence. Then the meaning is the increase of rate will make no any increase unnescessary.
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