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

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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
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29 Aug 2007, 13:11
Piter wrote:
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

I think E.
B&C is wrong because it is missing verb with the use of "as"
D is wrong because of "their"
A sounds like nonfiction books is on the rise where it should be interest

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29 Aug 2007, 13:13
Piter wrote:
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

Its D,
we need to compare "appetite for documentary films" to interest in nonfiction books

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29 Aug 2007, 13:34
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-wrong comparision

b. as nonfiction books-again the same as A

c. as its interest in nonfiction books-it is fine except fo AS
d. like their interest in nonfiction books--sounds oK but find out whether public is plural or singular
e. like its interest in nonfiction books -- i go for this

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29 Aug 2007, 16:17
D ...

the comparison is between the appetite for documentary films, and non-fiction books.

public is a group, and "its" doesn't work ,but "their" does

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30 Aug 2007, 04:04
Guys please correct me.

Her we are comparing actions (appetite and interest) and for comparing action we use "as" and not "like".

Should not the answer be C in that case.

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Guys please correct me.

Her we are comparing actions (appetite and interest) and for comparing action we use "as" and not "like".

Should not the answer be C in that case.

I used to look at comparison that way, but it is incorrect. "As" and "like" can be used interchangeably. If C were correct, it would have had a verb after books.

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11 Jul 2011, 20:59
Piter wrote:
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

Can someone explain in the choice E, what is 'its' referring to... i mean i know logically but confused with the way sentence is constructed.

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15 Jul 2011, 04:12
Remove first modifier "Based on.." and rewrite sentence
Like its interest in nonfiction books, the public's appetite for documentary films seems to be on the rise

"its interest" and "the public's appetite" are compared and are in parallel
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15 Jul 2011, 04:48
public is singular and its is a singular pronoun referring to public..
public's ==> possessive & its ==> possessive pronoun
Hence E..

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15 Jul 2011, 04:53
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D ...

the comparison is between the appetite for documentary films, and non-fiction books.

public is a group, and "its" doesn't work ,but "their" does

public is a collective noun... hence singular its is right and not the plural their.. hope this helps..

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"the public's appetite for [X], like the public's [something] for [nonfiction books], seems to be on the rise.

X&Y consistency

the format should be [something] for [nonfiction books]

So you want something in the form of answer (D) or (E).

(C) is no good because "as" does not draw a comparison---"like" is used for comparisons as in this case. (Notice I just used "as" because I wasn't drawing a comparison).

But between (D) and (E) which one?

Well, it's also testing singular vs plural (public - singular or plural?)

Public refer to a collection of people, but the word itself is SINGULAR.

So between (D) and (E), you have to choose (E): like its interest in nonfiction books.

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19 Aug 2011, 13:12
Based on recent box office receipts, the public's appetite for documentary films, like nonfiction books, seems to be on the rise.

d. like their interest in nonfiction books

e. like its interest in nonfiction books

The correct answer is E. In choice D, the pronoun "their" can only refer back to "public's", however "public's" modifies "appetite" and is not a noun in this sentence.

In choice E, "its" correctly references "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

E

can anyone please explain

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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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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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09 Jun 2012, 19:57
dexerash wrote:
confused :-/ between their and its.
Is there any rule for using their/its with public?

check out vandygrad11 reply .. it shud clear your confusion I guess

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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

can anyone please explain

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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