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# As the etched lines on computer memory chips have become

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As the etched lines on computer memory chips have become thinner and the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have vastly increased.

(A) the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
(B) the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, the power of both the chips and the electronic devices they drive has
(C) the chipsâ€™ circuits are more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive has
(D) their circuits are more complex, the power of both the chips and the electronic devices they drive have

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08 Apr 2006, 11:37
(B) the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, the power of both the chips and the electronic devices they drive has

As the etched lines on computer memory chips have become thinner and the chipsâ€™ circuits more complex, the power of both the chips and the electronic devices they drive has vastly increased.

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08 Apr 2006, 11:53
^ A ^

we need a plural verb "have" so B and C are out.

I am not happy with "are" in E..

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08 Apr 2006, 12:00
selene wrote:
^ A ^

we need a plural verb "have" so B and C are out.

I am not happy with "are" in E..

Nope, we need the singular verb here.
'B' is more clear than 'A' selene. The power is a noun and has is a verb.

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08 Apr 2006, 12:09
M8 wrote:
selene wrote:
^ A ^

we need a plural verb "have" so B and C are out.

I am not happy with "are" in E..

Nope, we need the singular verb here.
'B' is more clear than 'A' selene. The power is a noun and has is a verb.

Yes my friend you are right!

How could I overlook it

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08 Apr 2006, 12:30
Very GMATtie question

I would go for B too has "have" and "has" has to be decided for the "power" but not the middleman"both the...and..."

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08 Apr 2006, 16:32
This was a good one. I went for A but after reading the explaination went for B.

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08 Apr 2006, 16:59
what wrong with the answer choice "C"? is it because the first clause is not parallel?

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