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# After the company recalled one of its best-selling products,

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25 Oct 2012, 14:56
A query:

In option A, the section "an expense that would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss" is IMO a noun (An expense) + noun modifier (that .....), which modifies "one billion" and not "loss". So it is correctly placed and makes sense that the loss of (NOUN) "one billion" ( and NOT LOSS) would have forced the company to declare bankruptcy.
Also, "it" in "it had suffered such a loss" i believe refers to the main competitor. Though "it" may as well refer to the initial company (Not sure though).

In option D, the section "its main competitor would have been forced to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss" implies that someone/something else is forcing the main competitor to declare bankruptcy which IMO is incorrect.

So please confirm the right option.
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You are correct in saying that in option A, “an expense that would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss” is a Noun (an expense) + Noun Modifier (that .....). However, notice that it cannot refer to “one billion dollar” because it is an adjective. The complete noun phrase here is “a one billion dollar loss”. Hence, this Noun + Noun Modifier refer to this entire noun phrase. This is illogical because a loss cannot be an expense.

Pronoun “it” in “it had suffered such a loss” correctly refers to “main competitor”.

The correct option for this problem is option D indeed. Study the full sentence with the correct option:

After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it was forced to accept a one billion dollar loss; its main competitor would have been forced to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

The sentence clearly states the reason why the company was forced to accept a one billion dollar loss. It was forced to do so because it recalled one of its best-selling products. So here we have cause-effect relationship.
The independent clause after semicolon clearly and correctly states that if its main competitor had suffered such a loss, it would have been forced to declare bankruptcy.

Hope this helps.
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26 Oct 2012, 01:37
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Hi,
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You are correct in saying that in option A, “an expense that would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss” is a Noun (an expense) + Noun Modifier (that .....). However, notice that it cannot refer to “one billion dollar” because it is an adjective. The complete noun phrase here is “a one billion dollar loss”. Hence, this Noun + Noun Modifier refer to this entire noun phrase. This is illogical because a loss cannot be an expense.

Pronoun “it” in “it had suffered such a loss” correctly refers to “main competitor”.

The correct option for this problem is option D indeed. Study the full sentence with the correct option:

After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it was forced to accept a one billion dollar loss; its main competitor would have been forced to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

The sentence clearly states the reason why the company was forced to accept a one billion dollar loss. It was forced to do so because it recalled one of its best-selling products. So here we have cause-effect relationship.
The independent clause after semicolon clearly and correctly states that if its main competitor had suffered such a loss, it would have been forced to declare bankruptcy.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.

Hi Sharddha,
Can you explain why 'it' cannot refer to 'the company'? I feel 'it' is ambiguous in here..Please explain..Thanks
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26 Oct 2012, 09:48
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[Hi Sharddha,
Can you explain why 'it' cannot refer to 'the company'? I feel 'it' is ambiguous in here..Please explain..Thanks

Hi there,

In Choice D, the refrence of "it" is not ambiguous beause it appears in the independent clause that comes after the semicolon. This clause only talk about the "main competitor". his is the grammatical part of it. Logically also, "it" cannot refer to "the company" because why would the "main competitor" declare bankruptcy if the company (it) had suffered such a loss? This logic is also applicable to the reference of "it" in choice A as well.

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