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In little more than a decade, Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey,
with nearly 90,000 tons a year sold to foreign markets, almost half of which going to the
United States.

A. with nearly 90,000 tons a year sold to foreign markets, almost half of which going

B. with the sale of nearly 90,000 tons a year to foreign markets, and almost half of it that goes

C. with the sale to foreign markets of nearly 90,000 tons a year, with almost half of it going

D. selling nearly 90,000 tons a year to foreign markets, and almost half of it goes

E. selling nearly 90,000 tons a year to foreign markets, with almost half going

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Re: Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 19:59
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In little more than a decade, Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey,
with nearly 90,000 tons a year sold to foreign markets, almost half of which going to the
United States.


A. with nearly 90,000 tons a year sold to foreign markets, almost half of which going. First part of the sentence was in present perfect. So i prefered selling over the past tense 'sold'.

B. with the sale of nearly 90,000 tons a year to foreign markets, and almost half of it that goes

C. with the sale to foreign markets of nearly 90,000 tons a year, with almost half of it going. awakard construction

D. selling nearly 90,000 tons a year to foreign markets, and almost half of it goes. Not parallel

E. selling nearly 90,000 tons a year to foreign markets, with almost half going. Parallelism.
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Re: Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2009, 08:12
i think the discrepancy lies in the subject of the sentence... in A), the main subject is "Argentina" (argentina has become..). however, in the next part of the sentence, it is referring to honey (90000 tons [of honey] sold...). ideally, the subject should be the same in both parts. this is accomplished in E, where "Argentina" is the subject for both parts of the sentence
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Re: Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2009, 21:24
The clause - X has become Y, needs a *ing word to be followed to modify the whole clause.

So its down to D and E.

D has issues with tense as already pointed out by the preceding poster. The word "and" is also not needed

So answer is E.

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In little more than a decade, Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey,
with nearly 90,000 tons a year sold to foreign markets, almost half of which going to the
United States.

A. with nearly 90,000 tons a year sold to foreign markets, almost half of which going

B. with the sale of nearly 90,000 tons a year to foreign markets, and almost half of it that goes

C. with the sale to foreign markets of nearly 90,000 tons a year, with almost half of it going

D. selling nearly 90,000 tons a year to foreign markets, and almost half of it goes

E. selling nearly 90,000 tons a year to foreign markets, with almost half going

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What is wrong with A ?

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Re: Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2009, 09:50
I think after comma it should be telling about Argentina, so E is best, whereare if u see A it is not modifying Argentina.
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Re: Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 05:46
and in D simply creates an independent clause
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Re: Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2010, 07:41
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The root cause of the problem is the use of the pronouns without proper antecedence wherever they appear.

In choice A what does the pronoun which stand for? Whether it is 90000 tons or foreign markets, we can not tell for sure.

In B, C and D half of it - what does it refer to? Obviously it can not refer to the plural 90,000 tons or the foreign markets. If so, is it the distantly placed sale or the subject of the main clause i.e. Argentina? The pronoun reference is ambiguous

That is why E is the best choice without the pronoun trap.
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Re: Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2010, 09:39
if Argentina BECAME..., with sold makes better sense,
but Argentina has become..., so selling ( which is in progress sounds better to me
although I fell for A, but E is the best.
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Re: Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2011, 04:30
In E, "with almost half ..." is a prep phrase, that has to modify either a noun, if the prep phrase is acting as an adjective, or a verb, if the prep phrase is acting as an adverb.
Could anybody point out what is the function of the prep phrase and what is modifying?

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Re: Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2011, 22:46
A,B,C can eliminated because "selling..." is the one modifying the entire sentence...
I was struck between D and E... but I find the sentence structure in E weird.."with almost half going to the US" din make sense to me... D has issues pertaining to the pronoun "it"...so that can be eliminated...

Is the usage in E correct????
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Re: Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2011, 10:41
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A,B,C can eliminated because "selling..." is the one modifying the entire sentence...
I was struck between D and E... but I find the sentence structure in E weird.."with almost half going to the US" din make sense to me... D has issues pertaining to the pronoun "it"...so that can be eliminated...

Is the usage in E correct????


Yes, it is correct, since it is the OA.
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Re: Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2011, 20:53
E for me...."selling", "going"...parallel structure
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Re: Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2012, 02:40
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i think the discrepancy lies in the subject of the sentence... in A), the main subject is "Argentina" (argentina has become..). however, in the next part of the sentence, it is referring to honey (90000 tons [of honey] sold...). ideally, the subject should be the same in both parts. this is accomplished in E, where "Argentina" is the subject for both parts of the sentence



In little more than a decade, Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey, selling nearly 90,000 tons a year to foreign markets, with almost half going to the United States.


Main clause -

Argentina has become the world’s leading exporter of honey
Subject: Argentina
Verb: has become

in ans choice E- the first -ing modifier will modify the previous clause - and mainly subject of that clause which is "Argentina" - I got this
"selling nearly 90,000 tons a year to foreign markets"

But, in the second part of answer choice "with almost half going to the United States." - i dont understand what should this modify.- My understanding says - "going to the united states." is also modifying "Argentina" - which is wrong. Because ""selling nearly 90,000 tons a year to foreign markets"" is not a clause.
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Re: In little more than a decade, Argentina has become the [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2013, 12:25
The clause - X has become Y, needs a *ing word to be followed to modify the whole clause. a,b,c are out
since d has a goes which is not parallel to selling ..d is also out ..
correct ans should be E
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