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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
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This is a very good question that exemplifies the importance of understanding the meaning of the sentence in order to arrive at the correct answer:
Check out this video for detailed explanation. Note that I have only discussed choices A and E in the video.

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I chose A. In B: "either as....or", we need "as" after "or". In C: we have "as either"..."or as"-wrong. In D: the same problem, plus "selling" which is wrong. E affects the meaning of the sentence, because it says that the books will be sold under the "new digital imprint division".

i choose A. (E) breaks the paralelism. We dont use the structure " and it" when we have "it" as referent to the same subject "The largest trade-book publisher in the US". you can study more the grammar point in Ron's explanation here:
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/sc- ... 19-15.html
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The important thing to note in this context is that by using the passive voice ‘to be sold’ the text does not say who is going to sell the digital works. To assume that the company itself is going to sell them is a significant change of meaning. That is the reason choices B, C, D, and E fall by the wayside. D in addition is a fragment. Then add to this the additional grammar requirement of correlative conjunction parallelism and you will find A glaring as the right choice, even dispelling the close E.
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According to me the correct sentence should either use the format "as either X or Y" or it should use "either as X or as Y". Only A and E does that.
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IMO A,

IN E , it is not required after comma

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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

Answer is A. in E, as shown above, no need to have ", and it will". Other choices have a problem of location of the "as".
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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 --- Correct
B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or --- "as" is wrong here (it should be "either as X or as Y")
C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as -- again wrong for same reason as of B
D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as --- selling them wrong
E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or --- "it will sell them "-- no need of this
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31 Mar 2013, 22:31
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IMO it's A ...as only option A is structurally(Either....Or) 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 --- Correct
B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or --- "as" is wrong here (it should be "either as X or as Y")
C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as -- again wrong for same reason as of B
D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as --- selling them wrong
E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or --- "it will sell them "-- no need of this
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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 - CORRECT
B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or - WRONG - either as X.... or Y (should be either as X or as Y)
C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as - WRONG - as either X .... or as Y (should be as either X or Y)
D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as - WRONG - as either X....or as (should be as either X or Y)
E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or - WRONG - same subject, so "it" is redundant. Moreover, never use a comma before and to link two dependent clauses.
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31 Aug 2008, 09:53
I assume the answer is A. Can you post the OA, please?
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01 Sep 2008, 06:23
I chose A. In B: "either as....or", we need "as" after "or". In C: we have "as either"..."or as"-wrong. In D: the same problem, plus "selling" which is wrong. E affects the meaning of the sentence, because it says that the books will be sold under the "new digital imprint division".
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16 Jan 2011, 09:13
A.
E is too wordy and that "it" is quiet unnecessary .
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10 Nov 2011, 11:14
I am unable to spot errors in choice E. I think E does not have any errors. I dont agree with other posters that E is wordy. So I am stuck between A and E. What am I missing?
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10 Nov 2011, 16:52
what's the underlined portion?
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04 Apr 2012, 22:07
IMO A.............. E is perfect but wordy!!!!!!
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01 Apr 2014, 10:15
egmat wrote:
This is a very good question that exemplifies the importance of understanding the meaning of the sentence in order to arrive at the correct answer:
Check out this video for detailed explanation. Note that I have only discussed choices A and E in the video.

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Hi, You said said there is no grammatical error in E. But I am confused that why I will use comma before and to indicate two independent clause. Besides, Use of "it" after and makes the choice redundant. Because " it" is not at all necessary if I even want to mean that publisher will sell the them. Would you please correct me?
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The important thing to note in this context is that by using the passive voice ‘to be sold’ the text does not say who is going to sell the digital works. To assume that the company itself is going to sell them is a significant change of meaning. That is the reason choices B, C, D, and E fall by the wayside. D in addition is a fragment. Then add to this the additional grammar requirement of correlative conjunction parallelism and you will find A glaring as the right choice, even dispelling the close E.

Thanks! Wish I could give more than one kudos to this post as it clearly points out the 'actual' error in choice E. The explanations saying that E is grammatically incorrect or 'it' is redundant aren't completely correct/sufficient considering "comma + and" grammatically expects an independent clause, thereby negating any grammar or redundancy issues in E. The usage of "and it will" adds the doer of the sale which is something that wasn't present in the original choice, and thus changes the meaning, thereby making E an incorrect choice.
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daagh wrote:
The important thing to note in this context is that by using the passive voice ‘to be sold’ the text does not say who is going to sell the digital works. To assume that the company itself is going to sell them is a significant change of meaning. That is the reason choices B, C, D, and E fall by the wayside. D in addition is a fragment. Then add to this the additional grammar requirement of correlative conjunction parallelism and you will find A glaring as the right choice, even dispelling the close E.

Hello daagh,

Can you please explain what kind of verb tense is 'To be sold' and how does it fit in this sentence?
I eliminated this choice considering, it will sell (future) in E fits well with the announcement.

Thanks
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