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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 chips’ circuits more complex,
both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
vastly increased.

(A) the chips’ circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
(B) the chips’ circuits more complex, the power of both the chips and the electronic devices they drive has
(C) the chips’ 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
(E) their circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
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Re: SC: computer chips (repost) [#permalink]

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15 Oct 2008, 14:01
B is correct. It preserves the meaning and is grammatically correct.
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16 Oct 2008, 02:31
B. It is meaningful and structurally correct.
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Re: SC: computer chips (repost) [#permalink]

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16 Oct 2008, 10:52
bigtreezl wrote:
As the etched lines on computer memory chips have become thinner and the chips’ circuits more complex,
both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
vastly increased.

(A) the chips’ circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
(B) the chips’ circuits more complex, the power of both the chips and the electronic devices they drive has
(C) the chips’ 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
(E) their circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have

The intended meaning of the statement is power of both the chips and elec devices !!! hence options A C and E are out !!!

Between B and D B is correct since power has is correct
power have is incorrect in E

IMO E
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Re: SC: computer chips (repost) [#permalink]

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16 Oct 2008, 11:06
OA is B
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Re: SC: computer chips (repost) [#permalink]

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17 Oct 2008, 09:29
Shouldn't the first part of the sentence say:

As the etched lines on computer memory chips have become thinner and the circuits of the chips more complex...

else you break the parallelism.
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Re: SC: computer chips (repost) [#permalink]

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19 Oct 2008, 09:11
bigtreezl wrote:
As the etched lines on computer memory chips have become thinner and the chips’ circuits more complex,
both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
vastly increased.

(A) the chips’ circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have
(B) the chips’ circuits more complex, the power of both the chips and the electronic devices they drive has
(C) the chips’ 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
(E) their circuits more complex, both the power of the chips and the electronic devices they drive have

Need the power of so B) and D) remains.

D) has issue of "have", need singular

IMO B)
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Re: SC: computer chips (repost) [#permalink]

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20 Oct 2008, 06:58
Any explanation on my question below? Thanks.

Shouldn't the first part of the sentence say:

As the etched lines on computer memory chips have become thinner and the circuits of the chips more complex...

else you break the parallelism.
Re: SC: computer chips (repost)   [#permalink] 20 Oct 2008, 06:58
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