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A question for investors is whether there will be an end to the patter

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A question for investors is whether there will be an end to the pattern according to which a social network attains an unprecedented number of customers, which is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept.

A. customers, which is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept

B. customers, then is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept

C. customers but is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept

D. customers, which is dethroned by a new company that has a slightly different product concept

E. customers and then is dethroned because a new company has a slightly different product concept

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New post 26 Jan 2017, 06:38
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A question for investors is whether there will be an end to the pattern according to which a social network attains an unprecedented number of customers, which is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept.

A. customers, which is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept

B. customers, then is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept

C. customers but is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept

D. customers, which is dethroned by a new company that has a slightly different product concept

E. customers and then is dethroned because a new company has a slightly different product concept

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My take is C.
I think , point here is social network is Dethroned by new companies..
we need contrast-So but..
A-which is wrong
B-Then - awkward
C-correct
D-which is wrong
E-Then is not suitable here.
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New post 30 Jan 2017, 08:19
The logical meaning of the sentence:

..whether there will be an end to the pattern according to which a social n/w attains an unprecedented number of customers and then that social n/w is dethroned by a new company with different product.

A) "which" makes a wrong reference; the customers are not dethroned.

B) Instead of the comma, there should a connector such as "and". As per the logical meaning of the sentence, a pattern is presented and the components of the pattern must be connected via connector(s).

C) Strikes to me as a pattern and thus is the sentence logical.

D) The customer is not dethroned. "which" makes a wrong reference.

E) The option changes the meaning of the sentence by making the "slightly different product" of the other company a reason for dethroning. It is not as per the logic of the sentence.

Thus, option C.
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A question for investors is whether there will be an end to the pattern according to which a social network attains an unprecedented number of customers, which is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept.

A. customers, which is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept - Which incorrectly refers to customers

B. customers, then is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept - , then is awkward construction

C. customers but is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept - But clearly introduces a contrast and is most concise answer choice.

D. customers, which is dethroned by a new company that has a slightly different product concept - Which incorrectly refers to customers

E. customers and then is dethroned because a new company has a slightly different product concept - Here BECAUSE appears to modify NOUN whereas it should always modify a verb. DUE TO is used as NOUN Modifier
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A – “which” is incorrectly referring to customers
B – “then” is a bit awkward
C – correct, best preserves the meaning of the original sentence
D – same as A
E – change in meaning. Implies that the social media platforms are not dethroned by new companies with a slightly different product concept, but rather just because new companies have those different product concepts.


C is the correct option.
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A question for investors is whether there will be an end to the pattern according to which a social network attains an unprecedented number of customers, which is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept.

A. customers, which is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept

B. customers, then is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept

C. customers but is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept

D. customers, which is dethroned by a new company that has a slightly different product concept

E. customers and then is dethroned because a new company has a slightly different product concept

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What if option E had 'by' instead of 'because'?
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New post 26 Aug 2019, 10:45
Official Explanation

Creating a filter: the original sentence has an error at the beginning of the underlined portion. As written, the clause "which is dethroned" modifies "customers," contrary to the intended meaning of the sentence. To keep it in reference to the about-to-be-dethroned social network, we must cut the comma from the phrase and add a conjunction, such as "and." We'll look for an answer choice that resolves this defect.

Applying the filter: answer choices (C) and (E) both roughly match what we are looking for. Choice (D) has the same problem as (A), and choice (B) creates a clause without a grammatical subject.

Finding objective defects: we are left with choices (C) and (E). Choice (E) draws us away from the intended meaning. "Dethrone" indicates that someone else is taking the throne, but (E) does not convey clearly that the new company is taking the throne. Also, the word "then" in (E) is inferior to the conjunction "but" in (C), because it fails to express the contrast between the two events in the pattern.

The correct answer is (C).


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New post 26 Aug 2019, 14:58
sillyboy wrote:
A question for investors is whether there will be an end to the pattern according to which a social network attains an unprecedented number of customers, which is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept.

A. customers, which is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept

B. customers, then is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept

C. customers but is dethroned by a new company with a slightly different product concept

D. customers, which is dethroned by a new company that has a slightly different product concept

E. customers and then is dethroned because a new company has a slightly different product concept

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Answer choice (C) is correct.

Answer choices (A) and (D) are incorrect because of the use of "which," which in this case refers incorrectly to "customers" rather than the company"

Answer choice (B) needs to have a conjunction to connect the two parts of the sentence

Answer choice (E) creates a meaning distortion with the use of "because"--this suggests that the dethroning is the direct result of the slightly different product concept, rather than the original meaning which simply states that the company is dethroned.
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