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why option b is wrong here.??
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This is somewhat a specious GMATPREP question because of some lingering doubts. Of course ‘to manufacture’ is the right idiom and therefore no other choice but D will fit in.

That apart, the doubt is what the correlative conjunction both modifies. If it modifies the two causes then it should just prior to those two causes and be called ‘to both’ rather than ‘both to ‘. On the contrary, if both modifies profits, it should be ‘both to’ rather than ‘to both’. There seems to be no such possibility

Since there seem to be two causes, only ‘to both’ should be declared appropriate in this case. However, as per this tenet, D and E are out.

If we can ignore ‘both to and to both’ muddle, then D is the choice. Should we deem not so, then there is no correct choice that satisfies both idom and appropriate word order
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1. ‘Profits ‘both to’may imply that there are two profits involved. On the contrary, ‘to both’ more explicitly implies that the profits are due to two factors. Here the prompt refers to two factors rather than two profits. Doesn’t it?

Both to X and Y is unparallel; it should be ‘both to X and to Y.

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why option b is wrong here.??


I am no native, but hardly I have seen usage of "expensive in manufacturing".
Generally it is idiomatic to use "expensive to manufacture"
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As Ahmed mentioned here, it sounds idiomatic if you say expensive to manufacture rather than expensive in....... .
But quite still, I am unable to understand the meaning of the given answer. How can the recent increase in profits, which is quite clearly singular, be stated as both? (read question)
So if I go with the meaning, then I will choose option c.
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option c is wrong here because its not parallel. introducing is not parallel to success.
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I got it.
But can you help me in explaining the meaning of the correct answer.
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I got it.
But can you help me in explaining the meaning of the correct answer.


The company attributed <effect> both to <cause 1> and to <cause 2>.

effect : increase in profits
cause 1: introduction of new models...
cause 2: success in..

effect and cause are independent phrases here and they are not guided by count of each other.
the effect can have 1,2.. n number of causes.
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I too used idiom 'to manufacture' to filter out other answer options while attempting this one.
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If by meaning its option C. But by usage its obviously 'to manufacture' . How can Option D be correct ?? egmat need your explanation pls.
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daagh wrote:
This is somewhat a specious GMATPREP question because of some lingering doubts. Of course ‘to manufacture’ is the right idiom and therefore no other choice but D will fit in.

That apart, the doubt is what the correlative conjunction both modifies. If it modifies the two causes then it should just prior to those two causes and be called ‘to both’ rather than ‘both to ‘. On the contrary, if both modifies profits, it should be ‘both to’ rather than ‘to both’. There seems to be no such possibility

Since there seem to be two causes, only ‘to both’ should be declared appropriate in this case. However, as per this tenet, D and E are out.

If we can ignore ‘both to and to both’ muddle, then D is the choice. Should we deem not so, then there is no correct choice that satisfies both idom and appropriate word order

Dear Daag Sir,
Could you please elaborate on this subject you just discussed.
Lets assume the shortened version of the question
A) A company attributed its increase in profits to Both X and Y.
B) A company attributed its increase in profits Both to X and Y.

What is difference in meaning between these two sentences.

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The auto company attributed its recent increase in profits...

why option b is wrong here.??



If option b was "to both its introduction of new models in north america that are less in manufacturing and its success in factories more efficient" then it would be a valid contender for the correct answer choice along with option D.

In option B, there is error of parallelism. I tried to fix it.. check whether that helps to resolve your quarry.
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