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Out of the publc's interest in the details of and conflicts in other people's lives have grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that are bringing "regular" people onto television screen with increasing frequency.

A. other people's lives have grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that are bringing
B. other people's lives has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that are bringing
C. another person's live has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that is bringing
D. other people's lives has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that is bringing
E. other people's lives has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that bring



Is there anyone think that this question is illed- written, as we all know that relative clause always stands right next to the noun modified?
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Re: Television show [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2011, 05:55
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I chose B, because obviously the " reality shows" "are bringing" people to the screen, not the "market".
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Re: Television show [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2011, 06:30
The sentence is inversed and 'the market' is the subject here, 'is bringing' is correct.
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Re: Television show [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2011, 07:40
think this question is already discussed and answer is thought as E
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Re: Television show [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2011, 12:17
This sentence is confusing only because 'that' clause is not located immediately next to the one it refers to. But once the meaning of the sentence is understood, the answer is clear D.
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Re: Television show [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2011, 04:08
anyway, I still think this question is ill-written.
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Re: Television show [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2011, 21:27
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Ok; this is from Kaplan and not from GMAC and so the OA is discussable

1. Is this question abiding by the relative pronoun’s touch rule? No and why?

2. The sentence is said to be reversed and the subject is market. So what? The crux is whether the market is bringing the crowds or the tele-shows are bringing. Can the market bring the crowds without the tele - shows? That is why the word 'booming' has been used to describe the market. By any logic, the market would have remained languishing but for the tele shows that were able to tickle the public’s interest in certain kind of things. So, we can’t but conclude that the relative clause indeed modifies the shows rather than market. So the use of the singular verb ‘is bringing’, hop - stepping the noun ‘shows’ and trying to modify the distant 'market' is incongruous in IMO.

I would rather vote B in
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Re: Television show [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2011, 06:11
It does seem ill written I agree with you guys.
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Re: Television show [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2011, 06:22
Nice explaination Daagh. 1+ to you.
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Re: Television show [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2011, 12:20
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Hi Folks,

This one is indeed tricky because of the 'that' being placed near the word 'shows'. Grammatically, "...shows that bring "regular" people onto the screen with increasing frequency" is correct. However, (E) fails logically. "Reality" shows are already about regular people, but (E) means that the individual shows are featuring more and more regular people, since the plural verb means 'that' modifies 'shows. This seems a little silly; it's clear from the rest of the sentence that the make-up television as a whole is changing, not just the formula of a few shows.

Further, the word 'brings' is the simple present tense. Although there are several ways to use this tense, the most common one--and the one that applies here--is the habitual action. Use of the word 'brings' means that those shows are not just shifting immediately from actors to regular folks, but have been doing so as a matter of course!

The GMAT will usually have errors in its sentences that make them grammatically untenable. But sometimes a grammatically correct but nonsensical answer will show up, and those must be eliminated too. Since (E) has a long-term habit of more and more regular folks showing up on shows that are already 'reality' shows, we can conclude that it does not produce a particularly sensible meaning.

On the other hand, (D) has "...a booming market for "reality" television shows that is...", which looks fishy because of the singular verb 'is'. But 'is' doesn't apply to the plural noun 'shows' in choice (D). Rather, the market (for shows) is changing. (D) is sound construction and matches the intent of the sentence, and for those reasons is the correct answer.

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Re: Television show [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2011, 19:07
E cannot be the answer because "bring" can be used with a plural noun. Here the noun is " a booming market". Thus, "is bringing" or option D is correct.

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Re: Television show [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2011, 21:23
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Hi Folks,

This one is indeed tricky because of the 'that' being placed near the word 'shows'. Grammatically, "...shows that bring "regular" people onto the screen with increasing frequency" is correct. However, (E) fails logically. "Reality" shows are already about regular people, but (E) means that the individual shows are featuring more and more regular people, since the plural verb means 'that' modifies 'shows. This seems a little silly; it's clear from the rest of the sentence that the make-up television as a whole is changing, not just the formula of a few shows.

Further, the word 'brings' is the simple present tense. Although there are several ways to use this tense, the most common one--and the one that applies here--is the habitual action. Use of the word 'brings' means that those shows are not just shifting immediately from actors to regular folks, but have been doing so as a matter of course!

The GMAT will usually have errors in its sentences that make them grammatically untenable. But sometimes a grammatically correct but nonsensical answer will show up, and those must be eliminated too. Since (E) has a long-term habit of more and more regular folks showing up on shows that are already 'reality' shows, we can conclude that it does not produce a particularly sensible meaning.

On the other hand, (D) has "...a booming market for "reality" television shows that is...", which looks fishy because of the singular verb 'is'. But 'is' doesn't apply to the plural noun 'shows' in choice (D). Rather, the market (for shows) is changing. (D) is sound construction and matches the intent of the sentence, and for those reasons is the correct answer.

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Really it doesn't help. Still, the question for me why it is not B? Is it a market that brings new customers or shows do that? For me, shows definitely do that, if you have another opinion please explain.

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Re: Out of the publc's interest in the details of and conflicts [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2011, 23:35
wow! nice question, but still can't decide between B and D.
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Re: Out of the publc's interest in the details of and conflicts [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 07:53
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Out of the publc's interest in the details of and conflicts in other people's lives have grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that are bringing "regular" people onto television screen with increasing frequency.

A. other people's lives have grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that are bringing
B. other people's lives has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that are bringing
C. another person's live has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that is bringing
D. other people's lives has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that is bringing
E. other people's lives has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that bring

Is there anyone think that this question is illed- written, as we all know that relative clause always stands right next to the noun modified?


Have vs has => "has" win because it modifies public interest

"that" modifies "market". "for reality television shows" also modifies "market"

Between C and D. "other people's lives" is more concise.
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Re: Out of the publc's interest in the details of and conflicts [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 14:19
The choice D makes sense since the subject is the "market" and not the "shows".
But still E seems a better choice to me, since it really beyond the scope of the test taker to judge whether the industry as a whole changes or just the "formula" changes for a few shows.
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Really it doesn't help. Still, the question for me why it is not B? Is it a market that brings new customers or shows do that? For me, shows definitely do that, if you have another opinion please explain.

(B), because of the plural verb 'are,' give us a long complex noun phrase: "reality" shows that are bringing regular people onto television screens with increasing regularity. (B) also tells us that there is a booming market for this type of show.

This, despite appearing grammatically correct, is logically inconsistent. Reality shows by definition bring regular people onto the screeen; it doesn't make sense for such shows to bring those people on with 'increasing regularity. Moreover, (B) implies that ONLY the reality shows that keep increasing the number of regular people they feature make up the 'booming market.' This also isn't the intended meaning of the sentence.
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Re: Out of the publc's interest in the details of and conflicts [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 22:06
Out of the publc's interest in the details of and conflicts in other people's lives have grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that are bringing "regular" people onto television screen with increasing frequency.

A. other people's lives have grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that are bringing
B. other people's lives has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that are bringing
C. another person's live has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that is bringing
D. other people's lives has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that is bringing CORRECT
E. other people's lives has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that bring
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Re: Out of the publc's interest in the details of and conflicts [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2012, 22:52
+1 for D.Market.........is bringing.
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Re: Out of the publc's interest in the details of and conflicts [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2012, 03:38
If "...That are bringing regular people…" modifies market, how come a market can "bring people onto television"?
IMO "That are bringing regular people…" modifies tv shows, so and B would be correct.
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