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Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2007, 11:53
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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.

a. like nonfiction books

b. as nonfiction books

c. as its interest in nonfiction books

d. like their interest in nonfiction books

e. like its interest in nonfiction books
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Re: SC - appetite [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2007, 12:11
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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.

a. like nonfiction books

b. as nonfiction books

c. as its interest in nonfiction books

d. like their interest in nonfiction books

e. like its interest in nonfiction books


I think E.
B&C is wrong because it is missing verb with the use of "as"
D is wrong because of "their"
A sounds like nonfiction books is on the rise where it should be interest
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Re: SC - appetite [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2007, 12:13
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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.

a. like nonfiction books

b. as nonfiction books

c. as its interest in nonfiction books

d. like their interest in nonfiction books

e. like its interest in nonfiction books


Its D,
we need to compare "appetite for documentary films" to interest in nonfiction books
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Re: SC - appetite [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2007, 12:34
Piter"]Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like nonfiction books, seems to be on the rise.

a. like nonfiction books-wrong comparision

b. as nonfiction books-again the same as A

c. as its interest in nonfiction books-it is fine except fo AS
d. like their interest in nonfiction books--sounds oK but find out whether public is plural or singular
e. like its interest in nonfiction books -- i go for this
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2007, 15:17
D ...

the comparison is between the appetite for documentary films, and non-fiction books.

public is a group, and "its" doesn't work ,but "their" does
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2007, 03:04
Guys please correct me.

Her we are comparing actions (appetite and interest) and for comparing action we use "as" and not "like".

Should not the answer be C in that case.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2007, 05:12
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Guys please correct me.

Her we are comparing actions (appetite and interest) and for comparing action we use "as" and not "like".

Should not the answer be C in that case.


I used to look at comparison that way, but it is incorrect. "As" and "like" can be used interchangeably. If C were correct, it would have had a verb after books.
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Re: SC - appetite [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2011, 19:59
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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.

a. like nonfiction books

b. as nonfiction books

c. as its interest in nonfiction books

d. like their interest in nonfiction books

e. like its interest in nonfiction books


Can someone explain in the choice E, what is 'its' referring to... i mean i know logically but confused with the way sentence is constructed.
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Re: SC - appetite [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2011, 03:12
Remove first modifier "Based on.." and rewrite sentence
Like its interest in nonfiction books, the public's appetite for documentary films seems to be on the rise

"its interest" and "the public's appetite" are compared and are in parallel
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Re: SC - appetite [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2011, 03:48
public is singular and its is a singular pronoun referring to public..
public's ==> possessive & its ==> possessive pronoun
Hence E..
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Re: [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2011, 03:53
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D ...

the comparison is between the appetite for documentary films, and non-fiction books.

public is a group, and "its" doesn't work ,but "their" does


public is a collective noun... hence singular its is right and not the plural their.. hope this helps..
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Re: SC - appetite [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2011, 11:35
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"the public's appetite for [X], like the public's [something] for [nonfiction books], seems to be on the rise.

X&Y consistency

the format should be [something] for [nonfiction books]

So you want something in the form of answer (D) or (E).

(C) is no good because "as" does not draw a comparison---"like" is used for comparisons as in this case. (Notice I just used "as" because I wasn't drawing a comparison).


But between (D) and (E) which one?

Well, it's also testing singular vs plural (public - singular or plural?)

Public refer to a collection of people, but the word itself is SINGULAR.

So between (D) and (E), you have to choose (E): like its interest in nonfiction books.
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Re: SC - appetite [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2011, 12:12
Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like nonfiction books, seems to be on the rise.

d. like their interest in nonfiction books

e. like its interest in nonfiction books

The correct answer is E. In choice D, the pronoun "their" can only refer back to "public's", however "public's" modifies "appetite" and is not a noun in this sentence.

In choice E, "its" correctly references "appetite".
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