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As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments, the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales they would in the past have conceded to rivals.

A) they would in the past have conceded to rivals
B) they would have conceded previously to their rivals
C) that in the past would have been conceded previously to rivals
D) it previously would have conceded to rivals in the past
E) it would in the past have conceded to rivals
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A) "they" is wrong

B) "they" is wrong

C) "in the past" and "previously" are redundant

D) "in the past" and "previously" are redundant

E) GOOD
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go E go... for the same reasons as gamjatang

gmat doesnt like the use of redundant phrases like "reduced down to" or "previously in the past"

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OA is E.

The subject of the main clause is the singular noun company, which must be followed by the singular pronoun it.

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A and B uses wrong pronoun They for singular company.

C is awkward.
D uses redundant previously and past together

So E is the last man standing.
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E for me.

A is wrong because "they" changes the meaning of the sentence. The same for B. C is redundant: in the past.....previously... ; The same for D. E is good because "it" refers to company.

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As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments, the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales they would in the past have conceded to rivals.


What I am confused about here is the phrase: it would in the past have conceded to rivals.

Would in the past trigger that the sentence must be written in past tense rather than "have conceded to". That's where I am getting confused..could any one please clarify?

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Yeah the usage of 'have' in this sentence and the choices is so confusing.

On the first read, it looked the sentence was missing a 'that' so I choose C though it was wordy!

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I agree with the answer E:

A. The singular subject "company" does not correspond to the plural pronoun "they."

B. Same as A.

C. In the past and previous are redundant in this case.

D. Same as C.

E. This can be the only correct answer choice. The use of "it" is correct because it refers back to "the company" and the present perfect tense makes sense.

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Nice explanation by gamjatang...

I would also go with E and answers are as explained by gamjatang

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Here the subject is company (singular) so "it " should come . D is incorrect as D " previously" and " in the past " are redundant. So E is the correct answer.
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As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments, the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales they would in the past have conceded to rivals.

(A) they would in the past have conceded to rivals
(B) they would have conceded previously to their rivals
(C) that in the past would have been conceded previously to rivals
(D) it previously would have conceded to rivals in the past
(E) it would in the past have conceded to rivals

This may be a stupid question as I am asking a very basic grammar rule but I need to understand this so please help me.
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As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments, the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales it would in the past have conceded to rivals.

I was able to choose the correct answer but I have a different question here.

Subordinate Clause: As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments
Main Clause: the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales

Extra clause/Dependent: it would in the past have conceded to rivals.

My question is how the main clause and extra/dependent clause are joined without any subordinate conjunction such as that etc.
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As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments, the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales they would in the past have conceded to rivals.

(A) they would in the past have conceded to rivals
(B) they would have conceded previously to their rivals
(C) that in the past would have been conceded previously to rivals
(D) it previously would have conceded to rivals in the past
(E) it would in the past have conceded to rivals

This may be a stupid question as I am asking a very basic grammar rule but I need to understand this so please help me.
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As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments, the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales it would in the past have conceded to rivals.

I was able to choose the correct answer but I have a different question here.

Subordinate Clause: As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments
Main Clause: the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales

Extra clause/Dependent: it would in the past have conceded to rivals.

My question is how the main clause and extra/dependent clause are joined without any subordinate conjunction such as that etc.


Hi skamal7
Your question is really good!

The rule is:
You CAN OMIT the relative pronouns such as that, which, who,...... if they modify an OBJECT of the sentence.
You CANNOT OMIT the relative pronouns if they modify SUBJECT of the sentence.

Examples:
(1) I forgot a book that I borrowed at the library last week. ==> "a book" is the object of the sentence [I borrowed a book at the library last week], you can omit the relative pronoun "that
Right: I forgot a book I borrowed at the library last week

(2) The professor who taught me math in high school is really smart ==> "the professor" is the subject of the sentence ==> you cannot omit "who"
Wrong: The professor taught me math in high school is really smart.

Hope it helps.
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hi PQHAI,
I completely agree with your view point.However when a sentence has more than one subject then the sentence is called a run-on sentence.
The company has become -one subject and verb followed by it would another subject verb. So this should be a run-on sentence right..Please clarify
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hi PQHAI,
I completely agree with your view point.However when a sentence has more than one subject then the sentence is called a run-on sentence.
The company has become -one subject and verb followed by it would another subject verb. So this should be a run-on sentence right..Please clarify


Hi skamal7

The definition of run-on sentence is: A run-on is a sentence in which two or more independent clauses (i.e., complete sentences) are joined without appropriate punctuation or conjunction.

This is a correct sentence:
the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales it would in the past have conceded to rivals.

The second part "it would in the past have conceded to rivals" is independent sentence? The sentence has subject and main verb. However, it will make no sense unless it comes with the previous clause.

Key point is: "independent sentence".

Hope it clarifies.
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As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments, the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales they would in the past have conceded to rivals.

(A) they would in the past have conceded to rivals. Needs Singular pronoun for Company
(B) they would have conceded previously to their rivals. Needs Singular pronoun for Company
(C) that in the past would have been conceded previously to rivals
(D) it previously would have conceded to rivals in the past
(E) it would in the past have conceded to rivals

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As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments, the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales they would in the past have conceded to rivals.

(A) they would in the past have conceded to rivals
(B) they would have conceded previously to their rivals
(C) that in the past would have been conceded previously to rivals
(D) it previously would have conceded to rivals in the past
(E) it would in the past have conceded to rivals

This may be a stupid question as I am asking a very basic grammar rule but I need to understand this so please help me.
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As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments, the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales it would in the past have conceded to rivals.

I was able to choose the correct answer but I have a different question here.

Subordinate Clause: As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments
Main Clause: the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales

Extra clause/Dependent: it would in the past have conceded to rivals.

My question is how the main clause and extra/dependent clause are joined without any subordinate conjunction such as that etc.


Option E is correct.

options A ,B are incorrect because plural pronoun "they" is used for singular "company".
In options C,D "previously" is redundantly used with "past".

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As its sales of computer products have surpassed those of measuring instruments, the company has become increasingly willing to compete for the mass market sales they would in the past have conceded to rivals.


B they would have conceded previously to their rivals

C that in the past would have been conceded previously to rivals

D it previously would have conceded to rivals in the past

E it would in the past have conceded to rivals
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