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# After the company recalled one of its best-selling products,

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After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it would be forced to accept a one billion dollar loss, an expense that would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

(A) After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it would be forced to accept a one billion dollar loss, an expense that would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

(B) As the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it accepted a one billion dollar loss; forcing its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

(C) After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, its one billion dollar loss would have to be accepted; such a loss would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy.

(D) After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it was forced to accept a one billion dollar loss; its main competitor would have been forced to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

(E) When the company recalled one of its best-selling products, a one billion dollar loss it was forced to accept, an expense that would have forced its main competitor into bankruptcy.

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Why is the use of the pronoun "It" OK ? how can a competitor become it ?

Why isn´t it "if he had suffered such a loss" ?

what is wrong with E ?

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01 Oct 2011, 04:31
"it" is the correct pronoun for company and its competitor. Both are companies and we can't use he/she/they as pronoun.

E is awkward. If the choice were changed as below, it would make more sense:

When the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it was forced to accept a one billion dollar, an expense that would have forced its main competitor into bankruptcy.

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01 Oct 2011, 06:46
First read the given sentence to understand what the author is trying to tell you.

My own prephrase was, a company recalled its best seller and forced to accept a loss of one billion dollar. last run on sentence doesnt makes any sense but I assumed that the author is trying to say that the if the company's competitor had suffered the same loss, it would have been forced to declare bankruptcy.

notice would and had? Correct choice should maintain that structure since its a hypothetical conjunction and it should avoid the run-on sentence.

After pre-phrasing my answer, i read through the answer choices. I usually don't split on answer choices that have the whole sentence underlined unless it's a pronoun or parallelism error. Even if you read through the answer choices it doesn't take you more than 1:30 or 1:45 for questions such as this one.

C introduces semi-colon but the second sentence in C is awkward and grammatically incorrect. "would have" should have been used in the if-then structure. It should have been more like this:

x would have declared bankruptcy if y HAD...

After eliminating other choices with run ons. the only choice left was D and it conveys the meaning better than other answer choices.
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01 Oct 2011, 08:28
My two cents:

After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it would be forced to accept a one billion dollar loss, an expense that would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

(A) After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it would be forced to accept a one billion dollar loss, an expense that would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

-- would be is wrong as Company had already recalled the product.

(B) As the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it accepted a one billion dollar loss; forcing its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

-- second part after the semi-colon is erroneous. It creates a sentence fragment

(C) After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, its one billion dollar loss would have to be accepted; such a loss would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy.

-- would have to be is wrong here.

(D) After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it was forced to accept a one billion dollar loss; its main competitor would have been forced to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

-- both sides of the semi colon should be properly formed sentences.
After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it was forced to accept a one billion dollar loss
Its main competitor would have been forced to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

D is right.

(E) When the company recalled one of its best-selling products, a one billion dollar loss it was forced to accept, an expense that would have forced its main competitor into bankruptcy.

-- incorrectly formed sentence
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01 Oct 2011, 08:49
hafgola wrote:
crick20002002 wrote:
we can't use he/she/they as pronoun.

why is that ?

thanks

Because "company" is a gender-less, collective common noun.

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