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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.

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
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A) "they" is wrong

B) "they" is wrong

C) "in the past" and "previously" are redundant

D) "in the past" and "previously" are redundant

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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2005, 06:13
go E go... for the same reasons as gamjatang

gmat doesnt like the use of redundant phrases like "reduced down to" or "previously in the past"
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2005, 11:21
OA is E.

The subject of the main clause is the singular noun company, which must be followed by the singular pronoun it.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2005, 07:41
A and B uses wrong pronoun They for singular company.

C is awkward.
D uses redundant previously and past together

So E is the last man standing.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2005, 12:00
E for me.

A is wrong because "they" changes the meaning of the sentence. The same for B. C is redundant: in the past.....previously... ; The same for D. E is good because "it" refers to company.
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Re: SC: Sales of computer products [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2011, 07:50
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.


What I am confused about here is the phrase: it would in the past have conceded to rivals.

Would in the past trigger that the sentence must be written in past tense rather than "have conceded to". That's where I am getting confused..could any one please clarify?

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Re: SC: Sales of computer products [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2011, 14:05
Yeah the usage of 'have' in this sentence and the choices is so confusing.

On the first read, it looked the sentence was missing a 'that' so I choose C though it was wordy!
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Re: As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 11:40
I agree with the answer E:

A. The singular subject "company" does not correspond to the plural pronoun "they."

B. Same as A.

C. In the past and previous are redundant in this case.

D. Same as C.

E. This can be the only correct answer choice. The use of "it" is correct because it refers back to "the company" and the present perfect tense makes sense.
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Re: As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 15:57
Nice explanation by gamjatang...

I would also go with E and answers are as explained by gamjatang
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Re: As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2012, 05:41
Here the subject is company (singular) so "it " should come . D is incorrect as D " previously" and " in the past " are redundant. So E is the correct answer.
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