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

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I read all of the explanations provided, but still haven't understood why (C) is the right answer.
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can you please explain?

If I incorporate option choice (C) we get:
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.

If the phrase starting with “the remainder of the increase coming...” is a new sentence - dont we need a verb?
if it doesnt, how can it modifies a subject ("the remainder of the increase") that has been mentioned for the first time in the sentence?

"The remainder of the increase coming from sales..." is a modifier providing more information about the previously mentioned "$20.8 billion increase." Put another way, the $20.8 billion increase had two components: more sales of heavily advertised drugs and more sales of not-so-heavily advertised drugs. We're told about the heavily advertised drugs in the main clause, and the other drugs are described in the modifier.

It's a pretty common construction, and there's nothing technically wrong with it. Here's another example, "Once the trick-or-treaters returned home, Tim fed half of his leftover candy to feral dogs, the other half of the candy devoured by his feral toddlers." The portion in red is playing the same role here - modifying the previously mentioned "leftover candy."

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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



How is "the remainder of the increase coming" correct in option C
mikemcgarry can you please explain.

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