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As its sales of computer products have surpassed
those of measuring instruments, the company has
become increasingly willing to compete for the mass
market sales they would in the past have conceded
to rivals
.
(A) they would in the past have conceded to rivals
(B) they would have conceded previously to their
rivals
(C) that in the past would have been conceded
previously to rivals
(D) it previously would have conceded to rivals in
the past
(E) it would in the past have conceded to rivals

Now my question. A) and B) are obviously wrong as they use the plural pronoun 'they'.

C) Why is this choice incorrect. Just becuase it is in passive voice?
D) Don't we need a "which", to begin this clause? If not "why"? The OG says that the modifier "in the past" is misplaced - that is understood.
E) Same question - does it not need a "which" before it?
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26 Jul 2011, 10:19
smodak wrote:
As its sales of computer products have surpassed
those of measuring instruments, the company has
become increasingly willing to compete for the mass
market sales they would in the past have conceded
to rivals
.
(A) they would in the past have conceded to rivals
(B) they would have conceded previously to their
rivals
(C) that in the past would have been conceded
previously to rivals
(D) it previously would have conceded to rivals in
the past
(E) it would in the past have conceded to rivals

Now my question. A) and B) are obviously wrong as they use the plural pronoun 'they'.

C) Why is this choice incorrect. Just becuase it is in passive voice?
D) Don't we need a "which", to begin this clause? If not "why"? The OG says that the modifier "in the past" is misplaced - that is understood.
E) Same question - does it not need a "which" before it?

=>Previously and past are redundant.
=>Also, conceded to rivals in the past incorrectly implies company's past rivals(those rivals that are not rivals anymore)
=>Please don't eliminate any sentence just on the basis of its passiveness. However, if both active and passive are grammatically correct and error free, active voice holds the precedence.
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26 Jul 2011, 21:29
(A) and (B) can be eliminated for using 'they'.
(C) and (D) can be eliminated for using 'past' and 'previously' (redundant).
=> (E) is the right answer.
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