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The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation of a new digital imprint division, under which it will publish about 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

A) works to be sold online as either electronic books or
B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or
C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as
D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as
E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or

How does "and" change the meaning in E in comparison with A?
How should we understand the meaning of that choice?
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The text says that the company will publish; it does not say that the company will sell. We cannot assume that the company will also sell just because the company will publish; probably it might be tempting to think so, because it is paralleling or rhyming well, but it distorts the content and concept of the original.
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C and D are out right away because "as either" should be "either as" to match "or as." B is out because "or" should have "as" after it to match "either as." These are very easy parallelism issues to catch.

The easiest way to get rid of E is to notice that "them" is trying to refer to something in the subordinate clause.

A's parallel structures and pronouns are all correct.
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The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation of a new digital imprint division, under which it will publish about 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

A) works to be sold online as either electronic books or
Right idiom: as either X or Y.

B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or
Wrong idiom: either as X or Y.

C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as
Wrong idiom: as either X or as Y.

D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as
Wrong. "will publish" and "selling" are not parallel.

E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or
Wrong. The use of "it" is redundant because same subject.
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10 Sep 2012, 12:54
my understanding :

it will publish 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

E : It will publish digital works.... AND.....It will sell them online.

A : It will publish digital works .....TO BE..... Sold online

Why is the company publishing digital works ? What is it's INTENT ? Bxn A n E, do we get an answer to our above query ...........

Yes A speaks of an intent by virtue of the usage of Infinitive : works are published - Why? ------To be sold online

whereas in E, the preceeding n following clause appears to be two separate actions which contextually/ or going by the intent ----- is quite offbeat

In E, it appears as if both 1. It publishes the work , 2. It sells online ----have equal weightage

But the case is not so : Actually, The 2nd follows the first : It publishes something with some intent in mind either to sell online or to sell through retail outlets ....... ie the 2nd action is somewhat dependent on the 1st.

So the usage of AND ( that demands both the P n F section to carry equal weightage ) is not desirable here.

Hope I didn't confuse much.
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10 Sep 2012, 23:41
The intent of the text is that the company will (only) publish the works: it does not make it explicit that the co. itself is going to sell them. May be it may sell through some third party arrangement or give the rights to some Amazon.com. But meaning-wise, all choices, B through E mean to say that the company itself intends to sell the works, a factor that distorts the original meaning.
But this topic also tests correlative conjunctional //ism.

A) works to be sold online as either electronic books or ….. either electronic books or downloadable copies; correct correlative conjnl. //ism.

B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or … either as x or y; //ism missing
C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as; as either x or as y; // distorted.
D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as ; as either x or as y - //ism distorted.
E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or ; as either x or y. //ism ok but intent distorted.
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11 Sep 2012, 01:19
Can anyone explain why C is wrong. the sentence says 'it will publish....' So shouldn't it be it will sell??
Even the idiom either or is maintained. I am a little confused over here.
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11 Sep 2012, 05:09
Hi Daagh,

As far as meaning goes, I understand your logic about (A). However, what is the correct way to use "either/or" along with "as". Would (A) still be correct if it is rephrased as "works to be sold online either as electronic books or as" ..............Note here that I have placed "as" after "either" and have placed another "as" after "or".

Meaning wise, is either of the following same:
1) As either X or Y
2) Either as X or as Y

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11 Sep 2012, 05:23
Yes. You are absolutely right; both are correct as per the tenets of correlative conjunctional use. What comes after Either should be repeated after Or
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Can someone please explain "that refers to 'them' - something in the Subordinate clause"....It completely lost me...
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30 Sep 2014, 08:03
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The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation of a new digital imprint division, under which it will publish about 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

A) works to be sold online as either electronic books or
B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or
C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as
D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as
E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or

How does "and" change the meaning in E in comparison with A?
How should we understand the meaning of that choice?

The orignal intend of the sentence is that the 20 purely digital works will be pulished with an intention to sold online in form of electronic books or ...

which is perfectly conserved in A, In E --> Structure wise sentence has no error, but the intention of publisher to publish books is missing...therefore wrong !!!

Always remember that to ...verb form is used to express intention or plan..

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