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# While larger banks can afford to maintain their own

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Manager
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While larger banks can afford to maintain their own [#permalink]

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23 May 2009, 19:33
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While larger banks can afford to maintain their own data-processing operations, many smaller regional and community banks are finding that the cost associated with upgrading data-processing equipment and with the development and maintenance of new products and technical staff are prohibitive.

A. cost associated with

B. costs associated with

C. costs arising from

D. cost of

E. costs of
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Schools: Harvard, Penn, Maryland

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23 May 2009, 21:55
B) costs displays that there are multiples, and the second prep begins with "with the development..." There is no single cost, and saying costs of or costs arising from would not be parallel with the second prepositional phrase. B is the best answer.
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24 May 2009, 02:00
B.
Notice "are prohibitive". Its subject is "costs".

nightwing79 wrote:
While larger banks can afford to maintain their own data-processing operations, many smaller regional and community banks are finding that the cost associated with upgrading data-processing equipment and with the development and maintenance of new products and technical staff are prohibitive.

A. cost associated with

B. costs associated with

C. costs arising from

D. cost of

E. costs of
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Joined: 05 Apr 2007
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24 May 2009, 02:01
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"Associated with" is the right idiom....The subject should agree with "are...So I'll choose costs.....My pick is B.....
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