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# Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite

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Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like nonfiction books, seems to be on the rise.

A. like nonfiction books
B. as nonfiction books
C. as its interest in nonfiction books
D.like their interest in nonfiction books
E. like its interest in nonfiction books

here how can ITS refer to PUBLIC's

there is no reference to pronoun here right so how can E be the answer

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Hey, please paste the complete question including underlining in the future. I'm not sure if those commas are a part of the underlining or not.

Either way, let me answer your specific question. The "it" here refers to the public. Its is the possessive form of that pronoun. Therefore, its refers to the public's...

P.S. It's is a conjunction of it and is.
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Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like its interest in nonfiction books, seems to be on the rise. –Here, if momentarily mask the modifier in between the commas, then it will be clear that the verb actually belongs to the public's appetite for documentary films; thus what follow like is not a clause but simply a noun phrase. Hence E is good.
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29 Sep 2012, 10:01
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So correct me If I am wrong.

In the GMAT

'Like' is only compatible with either a Noun or a Noun Phrase (when comparing, Infact,it's always a comparison when we use 'Like')

whereas, 'As' is compatible with a Clause ( when comparing)
& it's As + Noun ( when stating Function / Designation)

Are there still any other exceptions to these guidelines?

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how come their does not refer to public's appetite where as its refer to public's appetite. I do not understand please explain
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08 Jun 2012, 22:02
Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like nonfiction
books, seems to be on the rise.
• like nonfiction books
• as nonfiction books
• as its interest in nonfiction books
• like their interest in nonfiction books
• like its interest in nonfiction books
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09 Jun 2012, 09:58
confused :-/ between their and its.
Is there any rule for using their/its with public?
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confused :-/ between their and its.
Is there any rule for using their/its with public?

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25 Sep 2012, 03:14
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Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like nonfiction
books, seems to be on the rise.



here how can ITS refer to PUBLIC's

there is no reference to pronoun here right so how can E be the answer

E

like nonfiction books - you need to compare public's appetite for X vs public's interest for Y, hence, ruled out.
 as nonfiction books - as wrong comparison
 as its interest in nonfiction books - as-> wrong comparison again
 like their interest in nonfiction books - their cannot refer to public's
 like its interest in nonfiction books - logical comparison.
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29 Sep 2012, 03:00
Why 'Like' & not 'As'...What I see in option E is that 'Like' precedes a Clause & not a Noun as it should be
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17 Jun 2013, 14:12
public is singular and here possessive form is used. Hence its rather than their.
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13 Apr 2014, 02:05
it is good question indeed; I marked as E

Because it will refer to public's appetite (Singular)
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24 Apr 2014, 05:27
The noun "public" is a mass and a collective noun. Unlike "people", it may take either plural or singular concord depending on the context and preference of the speaker. For example:

The public are getting restless about the austerity measures.
The public is getting restless about the austerity measures.

...have the same meaning and are both acceptable.
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venmic wrote:
Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like nonfiction
books, seems to be on the rise.

 like nonfiction books
 as nonfiction books
 as its interest in nonfiction books
 like their interest in nonfiction books
 like its interest in nonfiction books

here how can ITS refer to PUBLIC's

there is no reference to pronoun here right so how can E be the answer

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@venmic - Please follow the forum rules before posting any questions. Make sure to underline the SC question to avoid any confusion.
Explanation - Read the sentence and try to get the gist of the meaning. The sentence is trying to compare public's appetite with the public's interest. This is perfectly captured in E. Also in E "its" correctly refers to possessive noun "public's".
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30 Jul 2015, 01:54
here in this case possessive pronoun it's can refer to public's as both are in possessive form. in general it can refer to a general singular nouns such as pen, gun etc. however, it cannot be a pronoun for gun's or public's.
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venmic wrote:
Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like nonfiction
books, seems to be on the rise.

 like nonfiction books
 as nonfiction books
 as its interest in nonfiction books
 like their interest in nonfiction books
 like its interest in nonfiction books

clear E for me.
1. public's appetite like nonfiction books - no way! what a disastrous comparison structure.
2. as+noun => function of something..public's appetite, in the role of nonfiction books. this is absurd...
3. same as in B. as to be correctly used in comparison needs a verb.
4. their = pronoun error. should be its, as public's appetite is singular.
5. looks good. comparison + pronoun are correct.

E it is.
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04 Sep 2016, 22:02
Even I have the same doubt as nemesis23.

Since the sentence had a clause and not a noun/pronoun the use of preposition like is not correct.

Between B and C, C maintains the correct parallelism and hence I selected C. Can somebody care to explain why Like is correct over As??
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varunjoshi31 wrote:
Even I have the same doubt as nemesis23.

Since the sentence had a clause and not a noun/pronoun the use of preposition like is not correct.

Between B and C, C maintains the correct parallelism and hence I selected C. Can somebody care to explain why Like is correct over As??

As is used to provide an example while like means similar, here non fiction books cannot be an example of a type of movie
Between D and E , E is the correct option as the Public is singular and hence takes it rather than their
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