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

(A) After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it would be forced to accept a one billion dollar loss, an expense that would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

(B) As the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it accepted a one billion dollar loss; forcing its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

(C) After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, its one billion dollar loss would have to be accepted; such a loss would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy.

(D) 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.

(E) When the company recalled one of its best-selling products, a one billion dollar loss it was forced to accept, an expense that would have forced its main competitor into bankruptcy.
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i'm choosing between A & D.

B, C & E are clearly out.

B) for incorrectly using semi-colon
C) change of meaning ..... its one billion dollar loss would have to be accepted ...
E) awkward ... a one billion dollar loss it was forced to accept

i think the problem with A is the use of 'would'

AFTER the company recalled ... it WOULD/WAS
WAS is correct because we're talking about a past incident (AFTER)

IF the company recalled .. it WOULD ---> correct use of 'would'

IMO it is D ... what is the OA?

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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.

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14 Jun 2010, 02:11
IN A an absolute modifier 'an expense...' modifies the previous clause. but the first conditional 'would' isnt required. and hence makes this choice wrong.D solves this issue and hence is the correct answer.
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14 Jun 2010, 02:12
dammit miss the first reply by a minute
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14 Jun 2010, 02:21
It must be D. I selected B which is clearly wrong (1:40)
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14 Jun 2010, 12:26
D... others are wrong or change the meaning
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14 Jun 2010, 22:15
would pronoun ambiguity not be an issue in the option D? the second part of the sentence uses it in two different ways.

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14 Jun 2010, 22:27
ykaiim, could you please publish the OA? IMO, the answer should be D. vijayvenky, I presume the use of "it" in the option D for the second part still refers to the first noun Company in the sentence.
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14 Jun 2010, 23:15
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IMO D. A according to me is wrong as it uses "would"
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04 Jun 2012, 19:09
D and A are the contenders for me. I picked D in the end since it is less wordiness and breaking into two part.

What is the OA for this?
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06 Jun 2012, 19:30
OA is D

A is wrong because of error in tense. After past simple, clause following also contain in past form. Choice D match this.
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23 Jul 2012, 06:35
but in the option D, do all "it" refer to the company. I am sure the last it does not. I am quite confused with such statements. Can verbal instructors, such as e-gmat, can take up this?
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After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it would be forced to accept a one billion dollar loss, an expense that would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

(A) After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it would be forced to accept a one billion dollar loss, an expense that would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

(B) As the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it accepted a one billion dollar loss; forcing its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

(C) After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, its one billion dollar loss would have to be accepted; such a loss would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy.

(D) 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.

(E) When the company recalled one of its best-selling products, a one billion dollar loss it was forced to accept, an expense that would have forced its main competitor into bankruptcy.

One error to note in A is a one billion dollar LOSS is considered as expense. However, it is one billion dollar and not LOSS which should be counted as expense.

In D, pronoun use is correct. Moreover, the sentence after ; is proper and standalone.
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it has to be D for the correct conditional sentences
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D is my choice.
The sentence is clear and unambiguous, which is not the case with the rest of the sentences.
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After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it would be forced to accept a one billion dollar loss, an expense that would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

(A) After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it would be forced to accept a one billion dollar loss, an expense that would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

(B) As the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it accepted a one billion dollar loss; forcing its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss.

(C) After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, its one billion dollar loss would have to be accepted; such a loss would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy.

(D) 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.

(E) When the company recalled one of its best-selling products, a one billion dollar loss it was forced to accept, an expense that would have forced its main competitor into bankruptcy.

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B and E changes meaning of sentence. (Given sentence is like uncertain Cause ---> Effect relation)
Left with A,C and D
C --> After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, its one billion dollar loss would have to be accepted; such a loss would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy. Second sentence seems to depend on immediate phrase, if this is case semicolon is not needed.
A -->After the company recalled one of its best-selling products, it would be forced to accept a one billion dollar loss, an expense that would have forced its main competitor to declare bankruptcy if it had suffered such a loss. There is discontinuity in sentence. (i could not find the error exactly)
This left me with D.

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(D) 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.

D is a clear winner as it separates two closely related statements by a semicolon
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