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Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2012, 20:49
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Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like nonfiction
books, seems to be on the rise.

• like nonfiction books
• as nonfiction books
• as its interest in nonfiction books
• like their interest in nonfiction books
• like its interest in nonfiction books


here how can ITS refer to PUBLIC's

there is no reference to pronoun here right so how can E be the answer

E

can anyone please explain
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Re: Pronoun reference [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2012, 21:00
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Hey, please paste the complete question including underlining in the future. I'm not sure if those commas are a part of the underlining or not.

Either way, let me answer your specific question. The "it" here refers to the public. Its is the possessive form of that pronoun. Therefore, its refers to the public's...

P.S. It's is a conjunction of it and is.
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Re: Pronoun reference [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2012, 21:02
Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like nonfiction
books, seems to be on the rise.
• like nonfiction books
• as nonfiction books
• as its interest in nonfiction books
• like their interest in nonfiction books
• like its interest in nonfiction books
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Re: Pronoun reference [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 08:58
confused :-/ between their and its.
Is there any rule for using their/its with public?
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Re: Pronoun reference [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 18:57
dexerash wrote:
confused :-/ between their and its.
Is there any rule for using their/its with public?



check out vandygrad11 reply .. it shud clear your confusion I guess
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Re: Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2012, 02:14
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Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like nonfiction
books, seems to be on the rise.

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here how can ITS refer to PUBLIC's

there is no reference to pronoun here right so how can E be the answer

E

can anyone please explain



like nonfiction books - you need to compare public's appetite for X vs public's interest for Y, hence, ruled out.
• as nonfiction books - as wrong comparison
• as its interest in nonfiction books - as-> wrong comparison again
• like their interest in nonfiction books - their cannot refer to public's
• like its interest in nonfiction books - logical comparison.
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Re: Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 02:00
Why 'Like' & not 'As'...What I see in option E is that 'Like' precedes a Clause & not a Noun as it should be
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Re: Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 04:56
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Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like its interest in nonfiction books, seems to be on the rise. –Here, if momentarily mask the modifier in between the commas, then it will be clear that the verb actually belongs to the public's appetite for documentary films; thus what follow like is not a clause but simply a noun phrase. Hence E is good.
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Re: Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 09:01
Thanks daagh.

So correct me If I am wrong.

In the GMAT

'Like' is only compatible with either a Noun or a Noun Phrase (when comparing, Infact,it's always a comparison when we use 'Like')

whereas, 'As' is compatible with a Clause ( when comparing)
& it's As + Noun ( when stating Function / Designation)

Are there still any other exceptions to these guidelines?

If yes, please state them.
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Re: Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2013, 12:36
how come their does not refer to public's appetite where as its refer to public's appetite. I do not understand please explain
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Re: Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2013, 13:12
public is singular and here possessive form is used. Hence its rather than their.
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Re: Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2014, 01:05
it is good question indeed; I marked as E

Because it will refer to public's appetite (Singular)
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Re: Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2014, 02:23
Hi E-gmat,
Please explain this.
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Re: Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2014, 04:27
The noun "public" is a mass and a collective noun. Unlike "people", it may take either plural or singular concord depending on the context and preference of the speaker. For example:

The public are getting restless about the austerity measures.
The public is getting restless about the austerity measures.

...have the same meaning and are both acceptable.
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Re: Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite [#permalink] New post 10 May 2014, 22:40
venmic wrote:
Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like nonfiction
books, seems to be on the rise.

• like nonfiction books
• as nonfiction books
• as its interest in nonfiction books
• like their interest in nonfiction books
• like its interest in nonfiction books


here how can ITS refer to PUBLIC's

there is no reference to pronoun here right so how can E be the answer

E



can anyone please explain


@venmic - Please follow the forum rules before posting any questions. Make sure to underline the SC question to avoid any confusion.
Explanation - Read the sentence and try to get the gist of the meaning. The sentence is trying to compare public's appetite with the public's interest. This is perfectly captured in E. Also in E "its" correctly refers to possessive noun "public's".
Hope that helps.
Re: Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite   [#permalink] 10 May 2014, 22:40
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