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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
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2006, 17:10
None of these sentences look good.. I'd take A over others
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2006, 21:55
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...incurred substantial costs for creating products that,...,never were sold.

"products" is plural, so we need to use "were".

so B,C are out.
In D "products" is repeated.
In E "products" and "they" dont go together.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2006, 22:24
Yeah, "products" in D is redundant.

(A) is the lesser of the five evils.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2006, 16:24
Oa is A
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2006, 21:36
(A) funding for instructional material, never were
(B) 'was' is wrong
(C) 'was' is wrong
(D) funding for instructional material, the products were never
(E) 'they' is ambiguous

Btween A and D, I'll take A. D is lengthy and has a redundant 'products'. I do not like the sound of 'never were sold' used in A, but it's otherwise free from errors.
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