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. As the etched lines on computer memory chips have
become thinner and the chips’ circuits more complex,
both the power of the chips and the electronic devices
they drive have
vastly increased.

(A) the chips’ circuits more complex, both the power
of the chips and the electronic devices they
drive have
(B) the chips’ circuits more complex, the power of
both the chips and the electronic devices they
drive has
(C) the chips’ circuits are more complex, both the
power of the chips and the electronic devices
they drive has
(D) their circuits are more complex, the power of
both the chips and the electronic devices they
drive have
(E) their circuits more complex, both the power of
the chips and the electronic devices they drive
have
Two questions
1) What is the idiom "chips' circuits more complex" or "chips' circuits are more complex".

2) What does "they" refer to? I say computer memory chips.
3) Why not electronic devices they drive have vastly increased.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2003, 17:40
Is the answer B?

If it is, let me try to answer your questions.

First the parallel structure: have become thinner and ...more complex make the most sense to me. I don't think idiom applys in this case.

Second, I agree with you. The "they" refer to the chips. On D and E, "their" is a bit ambiguous.

Third, "the power" is singular in B, so must have singular verb- has.

But if the answer is not B, forget what I just said. :oops:

As the etched lines on computer memory chips have
become thinner and the chipsтАЩ circuits more complex,
both the power of the chips and the electronic devices
they drive have vastly increased.

(A) the chipsтАЩ circuits more complex, both the power
of the chips and the electronic devices they
drive have
(B) the chipsтАЩ circuits more complex, the power of
both the chips and the electronic devices they
drive has
(C) the chipsтАЩ circuits are more complex, both the
power of the chips and the electronic devices
they drive has
(D) their circuits are more complex, the power of
both the chips and the electronic devices they
drive have
(E) their circuits more complex, both the power of
the chips and the electronic devices they drive
have
Two questions
1) What is the idiom "chips' circuits more complex" or "chips' circuits are more complex".

2) What does "they" refer to? I say computer memory chips.
3) Why not electronic devices they drive have vastly increased
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2003, 21:33
vote for B
it rightly employs a BOTH/AND construction
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Answer [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2003, 06:21
(B)

The final word must be has, because it is linked to power, which is singular. This narrows to B and C. The first part of C, "the chips’ circuits are more complex", is incorrect, so B!
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2003, 14:36
Know the subject in the sentence...

Both A and B have proper usage of the idiom both ... and.

But the meaning which is tried to be conveyed in sentence A is made clear in sentence B that is the power ........... has been vastly increased and not electrnice devices or chips.

They here refers to the etched lines and chip's circuit. ...
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2006, 22:58
Power of is singular, so (B) for the correct S-V agreement.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2006, 07:45
(A) the chips’ circuits more complex, both the power
of the chips and the electronic devices
they
drive have
Correct . Conjunction 'and' results in a plural subject.

(B) the chips’ circuits more complex, the power of
both the chips and the electronic devices
they
drive has
InCorrect . Conjunction 'and' results in a plural subject

(C) the chips’ circuits are more complex, both the
power of the chips and the electronic devices

they drive has
InCorrect . Conjunction 'and' results in a plural subject

(D) their circuits are more complex, the power of
both the chips and the electronic devices they
drive have
Referent issue with 'their'

(E) their circuits more complex, both the power of
the chips and the electronic devices they drive
have
Referent issue with 'their'
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2006, 08:52
Must be B.

||ism at both places.
As X have become thinner, Y more complex, the power of both A and B have
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