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Morgan Stanley reported that the average price of stocks fell by more than a fourteen percent decrease in the last decade, though prices are still at year highs.

A. price of stocks fell by more than a fourteen percent decrease
B. prices of a stock fell by more than fourteen percent
C. price of stocks were dropped by more than fourteen percent
D. price of a stock fell by more than fourteen percent
E. prices of a stock was dropped by more than a fourteen percent decrease

Answer

The word decrease in the original sentence is redundant. Since we're told that the average price fell, we know that there was a decrease.

Choice B eliminates the redundancy but prices should be singular to match the singular stock.

Choice C eliminates the redundancy but the passive voice were dropped is unclear and were doesn't agree with price.

Choice D eliminates the redundancy and does not introduce any new errors, so it is correct.

Choice E does not fix the original redundancy and also mistakenly introduces both the passive voice and the incorrect plural prices.

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