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With the stock price declining rapidly, analysts had to decide whether problems in the fundamentals of the company or simply a brief hysteria among market participants were driving the price downward.

A) With the stock price declining rapidly, analysts had to decide whether problems in the fundamentals of the company or simply a brief hysteria among market participants were driving the price downward.

B) The stock price was declining rapidly, so analysts had to decide if problems in the fundamentals of the company, as opposed to simply a brief hysteria among market participants, was the cause of the downward price movement.

C) The stock price was declining rapidly, so analysts had to decide if problems in the fundamentals of the company or simply a brief hysteria among market participants were the cause of the downward price movement.

D) With the stock price declining rapidly, analysts had to decide whether problems in the fundamentals of the company or simply a brief hysteria among market participants was driving the price downward.

E) With the stock’s rapid price decline, analysts had to decide if problems in the fundamentals of the company or simply a brief hysteria among market participants were driving the price downward.
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New post 24 Dec 2017, 07:55
IMO D
A :verb error were
B: was declining....had to decide ...dont go together..
C: same as above and verb error were
D: seems okay
E:again verb error were...stock's rapid decline awakrd....if usage incorrect.

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sahilvijay wrote:
With the stock price declining rapidly, analysts had to decide whether problems in the fundamentals of the company or simply a brief hysteria among market participants were driving the price downward.

A) With the stock price declining rapidly, analysts had to decide whether problems in the fundamentals of the company or simply a brief hysteria among market participants were driving the price downward. S/V
B) The stock price was declining rapidly, so analysts had to decide if problems in the fundamentals of the company, as opposed to [implied - redundant] simply a brief hysteria among market participants, was the cause of the downward price movement.
The whole sentence is wordy. Last clause: passive voice, wordy, and imprecise.
C) The stock price was declining rapidly, so analysts had to decide if problems in the fundamentals of the company or simply a brief hysteria among market participants were the cause of the downward price movement.
D) With the stock price declining rapidly, analysts had to decide whether problems in the fundamentals of the company or simply a brief hysteria among market participants was driving the price downward.
E) With the stock’s rapid price decline, analysts had to decide if problems in the fundamentals of the company or simply a brief hysteria among market participants were driving the price downward.

The singular "brief hysteria" takes the verb "was."

In addition, note the difference between whether and if.
Three answers have "if." Two, answers A and D, have "whether."
Answers A and D are identical except for the verb. (Answer A is incorrect.) They are precise, concise, and clear.

Whether
"Whether" implies comparison, and is used when there are two alternatives, as there are here (fundamental company problems, or a brief hysteria).

Examples of whether:
He must decide by 6 p.m. this evening whether he will do military or community service.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

If
"If" establishes a conditional phrase, clause, or sentence.

Examples of if:
If Phillip speaks out of turn one more time, he will be asked to leave the seminar.
If you can do 100 push-ups by the end of term, you will earn 100 points towards your grade.

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