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# In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners

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In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners [#permalink]  14 Sep 2009, 10:38
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366. In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners have cut prices; their wines have been priced to sell, and they are.
(A) have been priced to sell, and they are
(B) are priced to sell, and they have
(C) are priced to sell, and they do
(D) are being priced to sell, and have
(E) had been priced to sell, and they have
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  14 Sep 2009, 13:45
by POE, got C, but dont know how this is correct...i still think it should be past tense...

(A) have been priced to sell, and they are -have been/are tense mismatch
(B) are priced to sell, and they have -they have what?
(C) are priced to sell, and they do -tense wise are ok, but i dont know why this could be right
(D) are being priced to sell, and have -and who have what? are being is also awkward
(E) had been priced to sell, and they have -had been? tense incorrect
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  14 Sep 2009, 18:10
given the choice needs something || to sell

(A) have been priced to sell, and they are -- Selling not ||
(B) are priced to sell, and they have - will have sold, not ||
(C) are priced to sell, and they do - sell, and || -> correct choice
(D) are being priced to sell, and have - sold same as B, no subject
(E) had been priced to sell, and they have - sold same as B

So C.
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  20 Sep 2009, 04:53
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Parallelsim of the usage of SELL....whatever usage precedes,the same usage should fit
in the 2nd half and hence C
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  02 Nov 2009, 08:42
Could anyone please detail the sentences and why each correction is good or bad?

I even don't understand the second part of the sentence... I don't know how I could find the good answer then
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  02 Nov 2009, 10:49
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(A) have been priced to sell, and they are selling

the omitted word is selling

(B) are priced to sell, and they have sold
Wrong tense the omitted word is Sold

(C) are priced to sell, and they do sell

best answer, do is correctly used in place of the full verb do sell; in this verb, do is a conjugated
form and sell is in the infinitive form

(D) are being priced to sell, and have sold

Wrong tense the omitted word is Sold

(E) had been priced to sell, and they have sold

Wrong tense the omitted word is Sold
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  02 Nov 2009, 10:56
Thanks a lot hrish88!!

I'll give you a kudo for that...

If I rewrite the sentence C, I'll have the wines are priced to sell, and the vintners do sell

Am I right ?

This is really the worst SC I have ever seen...
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  02 Nov 2009, 11:12
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If you rewrite using proper noun then it will be

Italian vintners wines are priced to sell, and Italian vintners do sell
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  02 Nov 2009, 11:16
hrish88 wrote:
If you rewrite using proper noun then it will be

Italian vintners wines are priced to sell, and Italian vintners do sell

WTF????

Italian vintners wines are priced to sell ????
What does it mean? I don't find any idiom on this form...
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  02 Nov 2009, 11:36
pierrealexandre77 wrote:
hrish88 wrote:
If you rewrite using proper noun then it will be

Italian vintners wines are priced to sell, and Italian vintners do sell

WTF????

Italian vintners wines are priced to sell ????
What does it mean? I don't find any idiom on this form...

366. In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners have cut prices; their wines have been priced to sell, and they are.

their refers to Italian vintners.Its not an idiom
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  06 Apr 2010, 02:37
Hi all,

Can A be interpreted as "they have been priced to sell, and they are priced to sell"?

I know this perhaps is not a meaningful phrase as "they have been" implies continuing event. Can I fill the ellipsis this way?

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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  30 Dec 2010, 12:58
went with b but clearly c is the better one.
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  21 Mar 2011, 17:50
Shouldn't "their" and "they" refer to the same noun, which is Italian vintners...

and when we say "they do sell", isn't it confusing?
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  12 Jul 2011, 01:09
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  12 Jul 2011, 02:45
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C.+1. Italian Vintners.....their wines are priced to sell, and they do-Sell.
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Re: Italian vintners [#permalink]  22 Aug 2011, 08:11
A tricky SC question indeed!

I think the answer should be A.

If we observe we see that 'they' in the subordinate in all the options, except for D, refers to the noun in the preceding independent clause 'their wines'. So 'wines do sell' sounds awkward; wines cannot sell instead they can be sold or are sold. So option C doesn't make sense to me.

Also the independent clause 'their wines have been priced to sell' is in passive voice and therefore, the following dependent clause should also be in passive voice - 'wines are sold'

So according to me option A makes the best answer

In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners have cut prices; their wines have been priced to sell, and they are [sold]

Anyone has any insight or what I might be doing wrong?
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Re: In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners [#permalink]  31 Oct 2012, 22:17
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A: wines...priced to SELL, and they are [SELLING].
Selling and sell are different forms.
Eliminate A.

B, D, and E: wines...priced to SELL, and they have [SOLD].
Sold and sell are different forms.
Eliminate B, D and E.

wines priced to SELL, and they do [SELL].
Here, do is standing in for sell.
Both verbs are in the same form.
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Re: In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners [#permalink]  08 Jan 2013, 10:15
I agree with AdeelSilat, how on earth can wines sell themselves. So A can be the only correct answer. I know this is not OA however this questions is full of ****!
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Re: In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners [#permalink]  08 Jan 2013, 15:43
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I agree with AdeelSilat, how on earth can wines sell themselves. So A can be the only correct answer. I know this is not OA however this questions is full of ****!

Hi KevinBrink,

In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners have cut prices; their wines have been priced to sell, and they are.

This is an official question – OG13#91 – created by the creators of the GMAT. The quality of their questions is unparalleled. I guess, you are not able to understand the meaning of this problem, and that is why it is giving you a tough time. So let’s get started with meaning analysis.

Meaning Analysis:

Italian wine sellers have cut prices of their wines because they want to reduce their stock. They have priced their wine such so that they sell, and the wines actually sell because of this reduced price.

Error Analysis:

Now let’s look at the errors in the original sentence:
The first past of the underlined portion says the wines have been priced to sell. The second part says “they are”. So here we have ellipsis in play. Now, we can only make those words understood that have already appeared in the sentence in the same for. However, after “are” the verbs that can be used are “sold” or “selling”. However, none of these verb forms appear in the sentence anywhere. Hence, “are” is the incorrect helping verb.
Now, there can be a confusion regarding the usage of “sell”. “sell” means to “sell” something. When someone does the action of selling. There is another meaning of “sell” - to have a specific price; be offered for sale at the price indicated. For example: Leather boots sell for just \$30.
This is how “sell” has been used in the second part of the underlined portion.

PoE:

(A) have been priced to sell, and they are: Incorrect for the reason stated above.

(B) are priced to sell, and they have: Incorrect. “have” should be followed by “sold” but this word is not present anywhere in the sentence.

(C) are priced to sell, and they do: Correct. Helping verb “do” stands for “sell”, the word that already exists in the sentence.

(D) are being priced to sell, and have: Incorrect. Same error as choice B.

(E) had been priced to sell, and they have: Incorrect.
i. Use of past perfect tense “had been priced” is incorrect because there is no other event in past tense.
ii. Same error as in choice B.

Hope this helps.
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Re: In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners [#permalink]  09 Jan 2013, 01:48
Dear Shraddha thank you for your explanation. I followed your E-Gmat course and nailed around 80% of the question in the OG because of meaning analysis, however this question is just hard for me to understand. I understand what the intention of the vintners is and how they try to do it, however it just written in a very strange why from my end. But again thanks for the very comprehensive explanation, your course did help me a lot with the verbal part!

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