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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.

In the statement above, the underlined part is pissing me off.

I was stuck with a thinking that "its" in the underlined part is doubtful here as it can refer to either country or the restuarant.

Kindly help on this issue. Can I say that "its" can refer to the country??
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17 Sep 2009, 08:08
No, "its" clearly refers to restaurant Company. If "its" refers to country, then you are saying "country’s sales have increased dramatically", which doesn’t make sense.
Moreover, "its" in non-underlined portion refers to restaurant company so that gives us more certainty that "its" refers to restaurant company.
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17 Sep 2009, 08:48
getmba wrote:
No, "its" clearly refers to restaurant Company. If "its" refers to country, then you are saying "country’s sales have increased dramatically", which doesn’t make sense.
Moreover, "its" in non-underlined portion refers to restaurant company so that gives us more certainty that "its" refers to restaurant company.

I dont think so, as far as pronouns are considered in gmat, there should be no ambiguity for their reference, we cannot take logical sense to decide about which noun it refers.

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It would be helpful, if you post the entire problem, sometimes there may be other reasons to eliminate an answer choice, we always have to choose the best among the available answers.
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17 Sep 2009, 11:08
crejoc wrote:
getmba wrote:
No, "its" clearly refers to restaurant Company. If "its" refers to country, then you are saying "country’s sales have increased dramatically", which doesn’t make sense.
Moreover, "its" in non-underlined portion refers to restaurant company so that gives us more certainty that "its" refers to restaurant company.

I dont think so, as far as pronouns are considered in gmat, there should be no ambiguity for their reference, we cannot take logical sense to decide about which noun it refers.

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It would be helpful, if you post the entire problem, sometimes there may be other reasons to eliminate an answer choice, we always have to choose the best among the available answers.

You just can't make or break a question on this kind of pronoun reference. Yes, you will see questions on GMAT with this kind of ambiguity (if you call it so), but there will be other deciding factors on these kind of questions.
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17 Sep 2009, 13:00
Hussain15 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.

In the statement above, the underlined part is pissing me off.

I was stuck with a thinking that "its" in the underlined part is doubtful here as it can refer to either country or the restuarant.

Kindly help on this issue. Can I say that "its" can refer to the country??

The key word here is 'and' .. clearly signifies that the pronoun it's signifies the restaurant company and not country.
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17 Sep 2009, 13:08
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

This is the problem. Actually I was seraching a logical reasoning of not considering the first "its" referring to country. Can we say that as "its" coming after "and", so we can say with surity that the ancedent is restuarant not the country?? Similarly can we say that had there been no "and" between "country" & "its", then could have said that "its" referring to the "country".

I just want such kind of logic.
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18 Sep 2009, 23:39
Hussain15, I agree with your view. I think that "its" refers to company on the basis of parallel structure with and.
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