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Trans World Entertainment Corporation, which owns the Record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains, announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.

A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales.
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores.
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed.

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OA =C , Please explain why should we remove other options. In A, they will refer to stores not sales because sales can not be closed.

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15 Aug 2012, 12:07
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Trans World Entertainment Corporation, which owns the Record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains, announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.

A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales.
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores.
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed.

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OA =C , Please explain why should we remove other options. In A, they will refer to stores not sales because sales can not be closed.

My answer is B because it imbibes the original meaning what A says.
A says - sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor and those one-fourth of stores will be closed. "they" is ambiguous - incorrect.
B says - Keeps the meaning intact - Correct.
C says - closing up to one fourth of its stores because of overall poor result. - Meaning changed - Incorrect.

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A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed….. Although retails chains is also a possible contender for the antecedence of they, still stores is the ideal match . However, what is striking here is the rampant use of tense. The sentence starts with a past tense announcement, then shifts to present tense while describing sales and then jumps to future tense for the eventual action. This is the reason it may not contend for the honors of top choice.

B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales ----- relative pronoun touch rule error
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales. --- precise and forthright; correct choice
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores. ---- announced to be closing is unidiomatic
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed…… conjugating two ICs with a mere comma, renders it a run-on, precisely a comma splice

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15 Aug 2012, 12:45
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A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed….. Although retails chains is also a possible contender for the antecedence of they, still stores is the ideal match . However, what is striking here is the rampant use of tense. The sentence starts with a past tense announcement, then shifts to present tense while describing sales and then jumps to future tense for the eventual action. This is the reason it may not contend for the honors of top choice.

B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales ----- relative pronoun touch rule error
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales. --- precise and forthright; correct choice
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores. ---- announced to be closing is unidiomatic
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed…… conjugating two ICs with a mere comma, renders it a run-on, precisely a comma splice

@daagh - can you illustrate the "relative pronoun touch rule error" in option B?
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15 Aug 2012, 15:54
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A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed….. Although retails chains is also a possible contender for the antecedence of they, still stores is the ideal match . However, what is striking here is the rampant use of tense. The sentence starts with a past tense announcement, then shifts to present tense while describing sales and then jumps to future tense for the eventual action. This is the reason it may not contend for the honors of top choice.

B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales ----- relative pronoun touch rule error
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales. --- precise and forthright; correct choice
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores. ---- announced to be closing is unidiomatic
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed…… conjugating two ICs with a mere comma, renders it a run-on, precisely a comma splice

Thank you very much daagh.....now I know the correct reasoning.
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15 Aug 2012, 18:40
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Trans World Entertainment Corporation, which owns the Record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains, announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.

A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales.
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores.
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
OA =C , Please explain why should we remove other options. In A, they will refer to stores not sales because sales can not be closed.

Isn't there a verb tense error in C? Why is it using "was"?
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15 Aug 2012, 22:10
rphardu wrote:
Trans World Entertainment Corporation, which owns the Record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains, announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.

A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales.
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores.
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
OA =C , Please explain why should we remove other options. In A, they will refer to stores not sales because sales can not be closed.

Answer is B. the tense used is correct and the modifier "which" correctly modifies the stores.
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15 Aug 2012, 22:57
Since the action tool place in the past , so the clause "it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales" should be "it was closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales" .
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B says it is the stores that accounted for its poor sales; What accounted for the company’s poor sales can’t be fixed from the way B states it. It is clear that in real, it should not to stores; if it were to refer to all the stores then all the stores must be closed. The context does not imply that.
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