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# When rates were raised in 1985, postal service officials

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27 May 2009, 18:17
so if it said "it would not be necessary for further rate increases to occur," it would be fine? because the pronoun "it" was mentioned as ambiguous as well.

makes sense "for" has to be followed by a clause with a verb.

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27 May 2009, 22:22
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TheGMATChef wrote:
nightwing79 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 that 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

Hi guys,
Very nice discussion indeed.
This question is somewhat testing your knowledge of English idioms. (C) is an attractive answer but it is idiomatically incorrect for this simple reason: "it is necessary for" must be followed by a person, a group of people, or some type of organization, not by an object or an abstraction.

Yes, (D) seems wordy but it is the correct answer. Adding "the increase" into the sentence does not make the sentence (I am stressing that point here) redundant but, rather, makes it clear.
Conciseness is the last thing you should worry about, as concise answers are always full of traps.
First and foremost, be grammatically correct and semantically clear.
The best sentence is not included in the answer choices as it would be evident to most of you and thus will not add any significant point value (as a reward) to the GMAT score of the more verbally inclined among you.

thanks..couldnt quite place my finger on why C was wrong

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24 Oct 2009, 08:37
nightwing79 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 that 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

A and B - They have no clear antecedent and that is required here
E - that is required here
C - distort the meaning because it refers to for further rate increase... whereas in the original one refer to the increase in 1985
D - redundant (increase twice); nevertheless, this is the best one

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