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Although the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales have increased dramatically, its sales at restaurants open for more than a year have declined.
A. the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales have increased dramatically, its
B. the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales increased dramatically, its
C. many new restaurants have recently been opened across the country and its sales increased dramatically, the restaurant company’s
D. having recently added many new restaurants across the country and with its sales increasing dramatically, the restaurant company’s
E. recently adding many new restaurants across the country and having its sales increase dramatically, the restaurant company’s
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16 Sep 2009, 21:01
I have just one query.

I rejected the first three choices because of wrong modifier "its".

I thought that the modifier "its" can refer to either the company or the country, as this wrong placement was doubtful so I rejected "A".

Now can anyone pls explain that why my thinking was wrong? Can "its" refer to "country"??
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17 Sep 2009, 06:32
I revised the question to include the underline.
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17 Sep 2009, 06:32
The subject is the restaurant company. The country cannot be mistaken as the subject.
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17 Sep 2009, 07:31
Hussain15 wrote:
I have just one query.

I rejected the first three choices because of wrong modifier "its".

I thought that the modifier "its" can refer to either the company or the country, as this wrong placement was doubtful so I rejected "A".

Now can anyone pls explain that why my thinking was wrong? Can "its" refer to "country"??

I am still unable to find the answer of my query.
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17 Sep 2009, 07:40
having is incorrect - D & E are out
B - is missing "have", which is required - out
C - has modifier error

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17 Sep 2009, 07:49
Please explain why have is necessary in this case.
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[Reveal] Spoiler:
OA is A
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17 Sep 2009, 08:15
“Have” is necessary in A & B in order to maintain parallelism; the sentence begins “the restaurant company has…”
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Please explain why have is necessary in this case.

We don’t need past tense in the second half of the underlined portion as sales have increased up until this point.

Sales is plural, so "have" usage is right.
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22 Oct 2011, 10:35
mendelay wrote:
Although the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales have increased dramatically, its sales at restaurants open for more than a year have declined.
A. the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales have increased dramatically, its
B. the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales increased dramatically, its
C. many new restaurants have recently been opened across the country and its sales increased dramatically, the restaurant company’s
D. having recently added many new restaurants across the country and with its sales increasing dramatically, the restaurant company’s
E. recently adding many new restaurants across the country and having its sales increase dramatically, the restaurant company’s

A - no problem in A. "its" refers to "the restaurant company"
B - we need present perfect
C - Passive voice. "its" refers to restaurants, but should refer to "the restaurant company"
D - Awkward.
E - We need present perfect and not present continuous.

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Although the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales have increased dramatically, its sales at restaurants open for more than a year have declined.
A. the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales have increased dramatically, its
Clear and precise
B. the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales increased dramatically, its
'Sales have increased' sounds better than 'Sales increased'
C. many new restaurants have recently been opened across the country and its sales increased dramatically, the restaurant company’s
Changes the meaning. Sounds as if restaurant company has no relation with newly opened restaurants
D. having recently added many new restaurants across the country and with its sales increasing dramatically, the restaurant company’s
Modifier issue - seems to modify 'Company's sales'
E. recently adding many new restaurants across the country and having its sales increase dramatically, the restaurant company’s
Modifier issue - seems to modify 'Company's sales'

I was confused by 'its' but PoE helped to choose 'A'
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I have just one query.

I rejected the first three choices because of wrong modifier "its".

I thought that the modifier "its" can refer to either the company or the country, as this wrong placement was doubtful so I rejected "A".

Now can anyone pls explain that why my thinking was wrong? Can "its" refer to "country"??

well, actually I have chosen a wrong answer too ) but found a good explanation why "its" can not refer to "country". it is because country is an object of the preposition "across" in this sentence.
my bad that I have not paid attention to that preposition (

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29 Oct 2011, 07:14
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Although the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales have increased dramatically, its sales at restaurants open for more than a year have declined.
A. the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales have increased dramatically, its
B. the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales increased dramatically, its
C. many new restaurants have recently been opened across the country and its sales increased dramatically, the restaurant company’s
D. having recently added many new restaurants across the country and with its sales increasing dramatically, the restaurant company’s
E. recently adding many new restaurants across the country and having its sales increase dramatically, the restaurant company’s

A wins. C,D and E are out because the subject is "restaurant company" and we want to maintain an active voice. We need a perfect tense (have) to show demarcation in time. (i.e. after adding many new restaurants, the sales have increased)
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29 Oct 2011, 09:00
I had initially rejected A to search for an alternate option; was hoping to find a sentence without icky 'its'. But C, D and E are plain wrong for using wrong pronouns to replace possessives.

Between B and A, A wins.
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31 Mar 2012, 05:39
A it is.......
most clear and it and its refer to company
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Although the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales have increased dramatically, its sales at restaurants open for more than a year have declined.
A. the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales have increased dramatically, its
B. the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales increased dramatically, its
C. many new restaurants have recently been opened across the country and its sales increased dramatically, the restaurant company’s
D. having recently added many new restaurants across the country and with its sales increasing dramatically, the restaurant company’s
E. recently adding many new restaurants across the country and having its sales increase dramatically, the restaurant company’s

i choose A. there is a verd-tense error in B. all verbs are in present tense except the verb increase, which is incorrect. in C, the intended meaning is distorted. it means that many restaurants of different company have been opened. D is out for parallelism. E is out for modifier error. correct me if i am wrong or my process of elimination is wrong.

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Although the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales have increased dramatically, its sales at restaurants open for more than a year have declined.
A. the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales have increased dramatically, its
B. the restaurant company has recently added many new restaurants across the country and its sales increased dramatically, its
C. many new restaurants have recently been opened across the country and its sales increased dramatically, the restaurant company’s
D. having recently added many new restaurants across the country and with its sales increasing dramatically, the restaurant company’s
E. recently adding many new restaurants across the country and having its sales increase dramatically, the restaurant company’s

i choose A. there is a verd-tense error in B. all verbs are in present tense except the verb increase, which is incorrect. in C, the intended meaning is distorted. it means that many restaurants of different company have been opened. D is out for parallelism. E is out for modifier error. correct me if i am wrong or my process of elimination is wrong.

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A. CORRECT

B. INCORRECT: inconsistent verb tense on "its sales increased dramatically". It would have been correct if it's "its sales have increased dramatically"

C. INCORRECT: ambiguous pronoun "its sales"

D. INCORRECT: "the restaurant company’s sales" cannot be the subject of "having recently added many new restaurants across the country" at preceding clause

E. INCORRECT: "the restaurant company’s sales" cannot be the subject of "recently adding many new restaurants across the country" at preceding clause
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I must say, this question is quite an eye opener to me. Previously I used to think that "sales" is usually used as singular only.
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