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870. To maintain a high demand for their product, the manufacturers first took over the marketing and sales functions previously performed by outside agents; next, they began changing their advertising campaigns monthly to keep pace with the rapid changes in consumersâ€™ lives.
(A) they began changing
(B) this began changing
(C) the former began changing
(D) to begin changing
(E) to change
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28 Apr 2005, 11:23
C ?

Rest does not have a strong pronoun reference. What do they refer to?
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28 Apr 2005, 14:02
A)...

i think that "former" is used when two or more than two things are mentioned. in this case the meaning of the sentence would be altered when "they" refers to the agents.
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28 Apr 2005, 15:02
I'd go with A too. I think the contextual stress on "manufacturers" as a subject/noun is strong enough (as compared to the "outside agents") and the strong pronoun reference is not really required.
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28 Apr 2005, 17:13
I'd go wit A simply because first refers to manufacturers so should next.

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28 Apr 2005, 19:29
A correctly restates the manufacturers with the pronoun they
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28 Apr 2005, 22:15
The semicolon is used to equate two parts of a sentence together. The two parts of the sentence must be able to stand as independent sentences.

The first part of the sentence "To maintain a high demand for their product, the manufacturers first took over the marketing and sales functions previously performed by outside agents" has no problem. It's an independent sentence.

(A) they began changing

(B) this began changing
- 'this' has no clear referent.

(C) the former began changing
- We are not comparing two nouns. So 'the former' is not nescessary to point out manufacturers.

(D) to begin changing
- the second part no longer becomes an independent sentence

(E) to change
- the second part no longer becomes an independent sentence

A is best. It preserves the second part of the sentence as an independent sentence. "they" has a obvious referent - the manufacturers

A for me.
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02 May 2005, 06:19
OA is "A".....how u guys decided that "they" has a clear referrant....it can be "outside agents" also
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02 May 2005, 09:37
A...very similar to a recent question posted by Banerjeera
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02 May 2005, 12:10
banerjeea_98 wrote:
OA is "A".....how u guys decided that "they" has a clear referrant....it can be "outside agents" also

Let me try explaining,
In the first IC, there is only one subject. "they" refers to the subject i.e. the manufacturers.

BDE are clearly wrong.
There is no need for the former/latter usage in the orig sentence.

If we had something like this :

"The manufacturers and the agents tried advertising........."

Then probably we could use former and latter. Here usage of "they" would be ambiguous too.
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