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According to a recent study of consumer spending on [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 04:19
According to a recent study of consumer spending on prescription medications, increases in the sales of the 50 drugs that were advertised most heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came from sales of the 9,850 prescription medicines that companies did not advertise or advertised very little.

A.heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came
B.heavily were what accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year; the remainder of the increase coming
C.heavily accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of the increase coming
D.heavily, accounting for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, while the remainder of the increase came
E.heavily, which accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, with the remainder of it coming

the choice is c,but is there should be a 'with' before 'the remainder of the...'?
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Re: a question about 'with sth doing' [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 07:28
weird question. what is the source of this question. All options look incorrect.
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Re: a question about 'with sth doing' [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 20:11
It's from gmatprep,I have got it. c is really the right one.
the structure is called 'Independent Genitive':noun+present participle
'the remainder of the increase'+'coming'
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Re: a question about 'with sth doing' [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 16:41
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According to a recent study of consumer spending on prescription medications, increases in the sales of the 50 drugs that were advertised most heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came from sales of the 9,850 prescription medicines that companies did not advertise or advertised very little.

A.heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came
B.heavily were what accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year; the remainder of the increase coming
C.heavily accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of the increase coming
D.heavily, accounting for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, while the remainder of the increase came
E.heavily, which accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, with the remainder of it coming


the principal clause of the the sentence is
increases in the sales of the 50 drugs that were advertised most accounted .....
A-- should be in past tense.
B--were what accounted is wrong.
D-- accounting for makes the principal clause without any verb, it is participle.
E-- which accounted is a relative clause which again makes the principal clause without any verb

C is correct
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Re: a question about 'with sth doing' [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 02:07
According to a recent study of consumer spending on prescription medications, increases in the sales of the 50 drugs that were advertised most heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came from sales of the 9,850 prescription medicines that companies did not advertise or advertised very little.

A.heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came
B.heavily were what accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year; the remainder of the increase coming
C.heavily accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of the increase coming
D.heavily, accounting for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, while the remainder of the increase came
E.heavily, which accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, with the remainder of it coming

C - it is!
a: usage of tenses
b: incorrect - use of what what
d: incorrect -ing
e: incorrect - with the remainder of it coming ...
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Re: a question about 'with sth doing' [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 01:30
geturdream wrote:
licampus wrote:
According to a recent study of consumer spending on prescription medications, increases in the sales of the 50 drugs that were advertised most heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came from sales of the 9,850 prescription medicines that companies did not advertise or advertised very little.

A.heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came
B.heavily were what accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year; the remainder of the increase coming
C.heavily accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of the increase coming
D.heavily, accounting for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, while the remainder of the increase came
E.heavily, which accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, with the remainder of it coming


the principal clause of the the sentence is
increases in the sales of the 50 drugs that were advertised most accounted .....
A-- should be in past tense.
B--were what accounted is wrong.
D-- accounting for makes the principal clause without any verb, it is participle.
E-- which accounted is a relative clause which again makes the principal clause without any verb

C is correct

stripping the sentence:
A- increases-plural
B-increases ...were what accounted for... - i think is correct. However, the part after the semicolon is missing a verb (coming is a participle, not a verb..), making B a wrong choice.
C-increases...accounted for..., the remainder ...-correct-increases(noun) accounted(verb)
"the remainder..." is a modifier
D- increases..., accounting for...,while...- fragmented sentence- there is no verb to go with "increases"
E-increases...,which accounted....,while the remainder...-fragmented-again no verb to go with "increases"
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Re: a question about 'with sth doing' [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 03:08
C seems the best out the given options.

But shouldn't "coming" be replaced with "came" since the context is increase in sales last year?
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Re: a question about 'with sth doing' [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2010, 19:48
geturdream wrote:
A.heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came
B.heavily were what accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year; the remainder of the increase coming
C.heavily accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of the increase coming
D.heavily, accounting for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, while the remainder of the increase came
E.heavily, which accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, with the remainder of it coming


the principal clause of the the sentence is
increases in the sales of the 50 drugs that were advertised most accounted .....
A-- should be in past tense.
B--were what accounted is wrong.
D-- accounting for makes the principal clause without any verb, it is participle.
E-- which accounted is a relative clause which again makes the principal clause without any verb

C is correct[/quote]

great explanation
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Re: a question about 'with sth doing' [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2010, 10:45
Hi,

Can any one clarify the sentence structure for optionC

According to ..., Independent clause, the remainder....


shouldnt there be a subordinate conjunction to connect the independent clause and the dependent clause


Thanks in advance for the replies
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