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New post 05 Sep 2017, 03:15
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According to a recent study of consumer spending on prescription medications, increases in the sales of the 50 drugs that were advertised most heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came from sales of the 9,850 prescription medicines that companies did not advertise or advertised very little.
A. heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came
B. heavily were what accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year; the remainder of the increase coming
C. heavily accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of the increase coming
D. heavily, accounting for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, while the remainder of the increase came
E. heavily, which accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, with the remainder of it coming



meaning is really helpful in this question
a and e is out because of no clear indication "which" if referring which noun
d is a fragment no verb for increases in the sales
b after ; it is not independent main clause
so answer is c

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New post 07 Sep 2017, 11:16
My take on this question:

As this entire argument talks of study of consumer spending. The event of spending on prescription medicines (heavily advertised or very little advertised) is done in past.

Main problem in these argument is incorrect use of verb form.When entire argument talks of past, its is wrong to use present tense.

Hence (Accounts - Verb in 1st Clause) is incorrect.

A - Issue of verb form
B - IC;DC - This is incorrect. It should be IC;IC
C - Correct
D - (Accounting for) Verb error
E - Verb error

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Re: According to a recent study of consumer spending on [#permalink]

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According to a recent study of consumer spending on prescription medications, increases in the sales of the 50 drugs that were advertised most heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came from sales of the 9,850 prescription medicines that companies did not advertise or advertised very little.

(A) heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came - Subject verb agreement issue - increases plural and accounts for is singular

(B) heavily were what accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year; the remainder of the increase coming - the part of sentence after semi-colon is a fragment

(C) heavily accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of the increase coming - Correct

(D) heavily, accounting for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, while the remainder of the increase came - No verb for the subject increases

(E) heavily, which accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, with the remainder of it coming - fragment - missing verb; usage of which

Answer C
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New post 07 Oct 2017, 01:45
septwibowo wrote:
Hi expert, just curious why option C is the answer. Construction of "The remainder of the increase coming..." especially with V-Ing here seems suspicious for me.


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Hey, I am no expert but was thinking on the same lines. I hope my analysis helps you.

Below is the option C with the sentence.

According to a recent study of consumer spending on prescription medications, increases in the sales of the 50 drugs that were advertised most heavily accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of the increase coming from sales of the 9,850 prescription medicines that companies did not advertise or advertised very little.

After a closer analysis of option C, I figured out that the sentence in bold actually has no verb in it and hence act as a noun phrase. A noun phrase can modify a previous clause and hence option C is right.

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(A) heavily accounts for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of which came remainder of what?

(B) heavily were what accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year; the remainder of the increase coming

(C) heavily accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, the remainder of the increase coming

(D) heavily, accounting for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, while the remainder of the increase came incomplete sentence

(E) heavily, which accounted for almost half of the $20.8 billion increase in drug spending last year, with the remainder of it coming

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