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18.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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01 Apr 2004, 22:15
I would go for C...'they' does not seem to have a clear referrent.
It could be either be the manufacturers or the outside agents.

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02 Apr 2004, 07:27
they in A is ambiguous, C makes the reference clear.
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02 Apr 2004, 07:34
I go with A. The semi-colon makes the parallelism clear and that "they" refers to "manufacturers"
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02 Apr 2004, 08:19
Yes I did doubt the function of semi colon in the sentence...anyway lets wait for the official answer.

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02 Apr 2004, 20:48
I will go with A
I had in mind exactly the same explanation that Paul has given.
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03 Apr 2004, 03:15
OA is A.
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10 Jul 2004, 10:58
Paul wrote:
I go with A. The semi-colon makes the parallelism clear and that "they" refers to "manufacturers"

I agree with the answer, but choose to defer on the explanation. In my opinion "the former" can not be used to refer to a plural noun in a sentence. Because IMO â€œThe formerâ€
10 Jul 2004, 10:58
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