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Out of the public’s interest in the details of and conflicts in other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing “regular” people onto the television screen with increasing frequency.

1. other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing
2. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing
3. another person’s life has grown a booming market for a “reality” television show, which is bringing
4. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which is bringing
5. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which bring
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13 Jun 2012, 20:37
Is a subject of this sentence "a boomining market"

Then, can I say like this?
-> A booming market for "reality"television shows has grown out of the public's interest in the details of and conflicts in other people's lives.

4. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which is bringing (correct answer)

Also, as far as I know, "which" always modifies a preceding word. That's why I picked 5 as an answer.
But in the correct answer "which" modifies "a booming market"
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19 Jun 2012, 02:21
Something is wrong with OA.

Which is modifing Shows. 'Shows' is plural so which are bringing is correct constuction. I fail to undestand why option D is correct. Please put some light on official explaination. KAPLAN experts please clarify.
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19 Jun 2012, 08:51
I picked D but I'm not entirely convinced because of the "which" issue as mentioned above.

My rationale for picking D:

The shows are not bringing people onto the television screen. It is the market (think supply/demand) that generates an increased frequency.
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19 Jun 2012, 12:41
i noted three things
1.) have - with public interest, must be 'has'
2.) modifier 'which' are for shows - shows is plural so 'are'
3.) people's lives - shouldn't it be people's life, i think person's life' is better usage but not able to get grammatical reason for it

i opted B - and wrong.
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Hi folks,

You've chosen a tricky question indeed--I've seen no fewer then four threads on the subject! But here is one from last year with a detailed explanation of why the correct answers is correct. I hope it clears up your confusion!
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21 Jun 2012, 11:21
Hm...interesting sentence. Can't see errors. Jumping right into choices:

- While reading B, clearly see that "has" is better than have, so eliminate A
- Eliminate C from "another person's"
- Eliminate E because "which bring" doesn't work with "increasing frequency"

So it's B or D, so "which are" or "which is". I'm not sure here because this seems like it could refer to either the booming market or tv shows, but it ultimately seems like booming market as that connects to increasing frequency. So D it is.

Hope that helps.
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22 Jun 2012, 10:41
other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which is bringing

D sounds correct here because of use of singular "is" and "television shows" and use of "has"
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eybrj2 wrote:
Out of the public’s interest in the details of and conflicts in other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing “regular” people onto the television screen with increasing frequency.

1. other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing
2. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing
3. another person’s life has grown a booming market for a “reality” television show, which is bringing
4. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which is bringing
5. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which bring

I disagree with OA, to me it seems that D is incorrect. The reasons are as follows:
other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which is bringing >>> since "which " is pointing at "shows " the verb should be plural, since noun shows is the subject. Subject of the earlier verb (has grown) is correct as singular, since it refers to subject "a booming market".
I think option B is a better answer.
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21 Nov 2016, 02:47
In my Kaplan 800 2014 edition, page 161, ISBN: 978-1-6185-406-9, the correct answer to this question is mentioned as E. I quote "the relevant subject of the sentence is "shows", so eliminate (D). Choice (B) uses the unnecessary word phrase "are bringing", whereas (E) uses "bring". (E) is correct."

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In my Kaplan 800 2014 edition, page 161, ISBN: 978-1-6185-406-9, the correct answer to this question is mentioned as E. I quote "the relevant subject of the sentence is "shows", so eliminate (D). Choice (B) uses the unnecessary word phrase "are bringing", whereas (E) uses "bring". (E) is correct."

Choice D: The antecedent for the relative pronoun "which" is "shows". Hence "which" is plural, and for a plural subject singular verb "is bringing" is wrong.

Choice B: The present continuous tense is problematic - it indicates as though at the current moment the shows are bringing people onto televison screens (i.e., the movement of people are happening at the current moment).
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D is the correct answer. Here's why:

Out of the public’s interest in the details of and conflicts in other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing “regular” people onto the television screen with increasing frequency.

1. other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing --> we need has, thus eliminate.
2. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing --> a booming market, which are bringing (doesn't make sense)
3. another person’s life has grown a booming market for a “reality” television show, which is bringing --> another person's life. Awkward. Thus, eliminate.
4. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which is bringing --> Correct
5. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which bring --> remove for "reality" tv shows --> a booming market, which bring (this doesn't make any sense. Incorrect verb)
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21 Nov 2016, 11:20
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gatreya14 wrote:
In my Kaplan 800 2014 edition, page 161, ISBN: 978-1-6185-406-9, the correct answer to this question is mentioned as E. I quote "the relevant subject of the sentence is "shows", so eliminate (D). Choice (B) uses the unnecessary word phrase "are bringing", whereas (E) uses "bring". (E) is correct."

Choice D: The antecedent for the relative pronoun "which" is "shows". Hence "which" is plural, and for a plural subject singular verb "is bringing" is wrong.

Choice B: The present continuous tense is problematic - it indicates as though at the current moment the shows are bringing people onto televison screens (i.e., the movement of people are happening at the current moment).

thank you for your response. So you agree that (E) is correct?
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eybrj2 wrote:
Out of the public’s interest in the details of and conflicts in other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing “regular” people onto the television screen with increasing frequency.

1. other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing
2. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing
3. another person’s life has grown a booming market for a “reality” television show, which is bringing
4. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which is bringing
5. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which bring

I chose (E) on this one. On GMAT SC, 'which' modifiers typically modify the closest available noun phrase. In this case, that's 'television shows', not 'market'. That's the first hint that we want 'bring' or 'are bringing', not 'is bringing'. The second hint is in the logic of the sentence. It's not the market that brings ordinary people to the screen; it's the shows. Logically, you want a verb that agrees with 'shows'.
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[quote="eybrj2"]Out of the public’s interest in the details of and conflicts in other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing “regular” people onto the television screen with increasing frequency.

1. other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing
2. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing
3. another person’s life has grown a booming market for a “reality” television show, which is bringing
4. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which is bringing
5. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which bring

Can someone please explain why option E is incorrect? the "which bring" part refers to the "reality" television shows.
In D "which is bringing" refers to the market.

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17 Dec 2016, 08:10
First of all, I believe that it is the booming market that has grown. So, in the original sentence, "have" should be singular. Eliminate it. Second of all, I think that "which" refers to a booming market for reality tv shows (Remember the structure X of Y,which...Here which refers to X). So, whatever comes after "which" should be singular. Therefore, we can eliminate B and E as well.
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17 Dec 2016, 10:06
Abhishekmutha wrote:
eybrj2 wrote:
Out of the public’s interest in the details of and conflicts in other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing “regular” people onto the television screen with increasing frequency.

1. other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing
2. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which are bringing
3. another person’s life has grown a booming market for a “reality” television show, which is bringing
4. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which is bringing
5. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which bring

Can someone please explain why option E is incorrect? the "which bring" part refers to the "reality" television shows.
In D "which is bringing" refers to the market.

(E) is correct. Refer to my post above yours. I asked the same question and got a response from souvik.
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