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# A leading maker of the computer servers and software behind the Intern

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+1 for B.

A. citing demand in Europe being surprisingly low as

B. citing surprisingly low demand in Europe as --> Correct

C. citing demand in Europe that was surprisingly low to be

D. with surprisingly low demand in Europe cited to be

E. with demand in Europe that was surprisingly low being cited as

Hence, B.
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A leading maker of the computer servers and software behind the Internet lowered its revenue and profit forecasts for the current quarter, citing demand in Europe being surprisingly low as one reason for the change in its expectations.

A. citing demand in Europe being surprisingly low as

B. citing surprisingly low demand in Europe as

C. citing demand in Europe that was surprisingly low to be

D. with surprisingly low demand in Europe cited to be

E. with demand in Europe that was surprisingly low being cited as

Can we have discussion about errors in wrong answer choices?
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1) workout - you assert that in options C and E, the word "that" incorrectly modifies Europe

Did you rely on the "touch" rule about essential modifiers and their nouns?
Have you considered the exceptions to the "touch" rule?

I think Manhattan Prep calls such exceptions "mission-critical" modifiers.
Might "in Europe" be a vital modifier?

Yes generis I eliminated options C and E based on the touch rule regarding "that". I have seen a few official sentences where this touch rule was given an exception when the phrase immediately before "that" is a prepositional phrase. However, I am not 100% sure when this touch rule is applied and when it is given an exception. So, I would like to avoid answer choices that are constructed this way. I also see the option B without this construction and no other errors. Hence I chose it.

generis Thanks for the Manhattan reference. By "mission-critical modifiers" do you mean those modifiers that cannot be placed anywhere else except at that particular position ? I would love to know if there are more rules about when the touch rule applies and when it doesn't ?

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Please find my detail analysis below:

A. citing demand in Europe being surprisingly low as --> Though correct idiom ' cite x as y' is used here, 'being surprisingly low' is wordy and incorrect

B. citing surprisingly low demand in Europe as --> Correct, use of idiom 'cite x as y'

C. citing demand in Europe that was surprisingly low to be --> 'cite low to be' is incorrect idiom

D. with surprisingly low demand in Europe cited to be --> 'with...cited to be' is wordy and unidiomatic

E. with demand in Europe that was surprisingly low being cited as --> 'with...surprisingly low being cited as' is wordy and unidiomatic

Hence, B.
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Could there please be a disucession on why the wrong choices were eleminated, instead of pinning them as unidiomatic?
I had rejected B since i thought (incorrectly) that "surprisingly" in the sentence could modify citing. Since the i eleimnated the right option, i just went with E
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