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After suffering $2 billion in losses and 25,000 layoffs, the nations semiconductor industry, which makes chips that run everything from computers and spy satellites to dishwashers, appears to have made a long-awaited recovery.

A. computers and spy satellites to dishwashers, appears to have

B. computers, spy satellites, and dishwashers, appears having

C. computers, spy satellites, and dishwashers, appears that it has

D. computers and spy satellites to dishwashers, appears that it has

E. computers and spy satellites as well as dishwashers, appears to have
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Re: 1000SC- semiconductor [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 13:13
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After suffering $2 billion in losses and 25,000 layoffs, the nations semiconductor industry, which makes chips that run everything from computers and spy satellites to dishwashers, appears to have made a long-awaited recovery.

A. computers and spy satellites to dishwashers, appears to have

B. computers, spy satellites, and dishwashers, appears having

C. computers, spy satellites, and dishwashers, appears that it has

D. computers and spy satellites to dishwashers, appears that it has

E. computers and spy satellites as well as dishwashers, appears to have


Correct idiom from X to Y, hence cancel out B,C and E.

A and D are confusing one. The subject "the nations semiconductor industry" is singular. But D is little awakward. Still since D is matching with subject. IMO D
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Re: 1000SC- semiconductor [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 13:16
The answer is A.

I am confused -- 'industry' does not agree with 'have'.

Can someone please explain. Thank you
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Re: 1000SC- semiconductor [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 13:55
sure, "to have" has its own special role in this sentence. This type of construction is called the perfect infinitive. Its grammar structure is "to have + past participle." It indicates an action happening before the main verb. Let me give you an example:

I would have liked to have heard rock music.

one more note, this structure is fixed whether the subject is singular or plural.
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Re: 1000SC- semiconductor [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 14:36
Thank you tarek99.
Is this rule in MGMAT SC book? Did I miss it?

If not, can you point me to the source so I can read more.
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Re: 1000SC- semiconductor [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 14:55
well, i got this from the online lessons of gmaxonline.com, which was really helpful.
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Re: 1000SC- semiconductor [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2008, 13:34
Anyone know why D is wrong then? Is it because the "it" is not clearly defined?
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Re: 1000SC- semiconductor [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2008, 14:26
I guess the reason D is wrong is that the proper idiomatic usage for appear is "appear to + verb", which option D doesn't have.
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