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

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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, 13:36
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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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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, 03:23
Hi E-gmat,
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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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10 May 2014, 23:40
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".
Hope that helps.
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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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07 Apr 2016, 19:09
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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04 Sep 2016, 22:50
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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16 Sep 2017, 06:13
The original sentence contains a faulty comparison. “Nonfiction books” is either illogically compared to
“the public’s appetite,” or improperly used to suggest that "nonfiction books" are examples of
“documentary films.” The proper comparison should be between the public's "appetite" for x and its
"appetite" for y.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) In this choice, "nonfiction books" is illogically compared to the public's "appetite." The
proper comparison should be between the public's "appetite" for x and its "appetite" for y. Moreover,
the use of the comparison word "as" is incorrect. "As" is used to compare verb phrases, not nouns; in
this case, two nouns ("appetite" and "interest") are compared so the comparison word "like" should be

(C) This choice logically compares the public's "appetite" for documentary films to its "interest" in
nonfiction books. However, the use of the comparison word "as" is incorrect. "As" is used to compare
verb phrases, not nouns; in this case, two nouns ("appetite" and "interest") are compared so the
comparison word "like" should be used instead.

(D) This choice logically compares the public's "appetite" for documentary films to its "interest" in
nonfiction books. However, this choice incorrectly uses the plural pronoun "their" to refer to the
singular noun "the public."

(E) CORRECT. This choice logically compares the public's "appetite" for documentary films to its
"interest" in nonfiction books.
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06 Nov 2017, 02:38
ctkrishnan wrote:
public is singular and its is a singular pronoun referring to public..
public's ==> possessive & its ==> possessive pronoun
Hence E..

Hey, just contributing: Found this explanation here. Anyone should read this to have a clear picture of what is wrong or right with the possessive pronouns.

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-pronoun-traps/

Cheers.

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