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During the first nine months of 1979, textbook publishers [#permalink]
09 Jun 2005, 16:01
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263. During the first nine months of 1979, textbook publishers incurred substantial costs for creating products that, due to a decline in public funding for instructional material, never were sold.
(A) funding for instructional material, never were
(B) funding for instructional material, never was
(C) funding, the instructional material, was never
(D) funding for instructional material, the products were never
(E) funding, they were never
A is the only one where i can't find fault...though initially i dismissed it because i didn't like the words 'never were sold'...thought it should be 'were never sold'
oh well...can't always trust your instincts
but its fairly simple to eliminate the rest in this question so it was ok
The subject in this question is the term "products", which is plural. Thus B& C can be eliminated straightaway. D creates a repetition using the subject again, thus redundancy applies here, and in E, the usage of "they"is clearly unacceptable. This leaves the option A as our answer. I can understand that the conventional usage of "were never" can create a conflict with the used "never were". This is nothing but a trap. In order to get clarity on such questions, Optimus Prep has a targeted verbal course for candidates preparing for the GMAT. You can find more details here: http://www.optimus-prep.com/gmat-verbal-booster You can also opt for a well rounded course catering to all the needs of GMAT prep: http://www.optimus-prep.com/gmat-on-demand-course
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