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To maintain a high demand for their product, the

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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 consumersтАЩ 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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09 May 2004, 20:48
A is QA. But what bothers me is "they", isn't it ambiguous, it stands for agents or manufacturers ??

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09 May 2004, 21:02
It stands for "manufacturers".

Often times, the pattern after the use of semicolon is:

semicolon + conjunctive adverb + comma
; next ,
What follows that typical structure is a pronoun which refers to the subject of the independent clause --> "they" refers to "the manufacturers" for it is the manufacturers which took over the first set of actions and "they"[the manufacturers] who began changing [...]
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