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By integrating its two pharmaceuticals divisions, the firm will increase their share of the nation’s $135 billion healthcare market from 5 percent to 9 percent, a market ranging from over-the-counter drugs to hi-tech medical equipment.

A) their share of the nation’s $135 billion health care market from 5 percent to 9 percent , a market ranging
B) from 5 percent to 9 percent its share of $135 billion health care market in the nation , which ranges
C) to 9 percent from 5 percent in their share of the $135 billion health care market in the nation, a market ranging
D) in its share , from 5 percent to 9 percent, of the $135 billion health care market in the nation , which ranges
E) to 9 percent from 5 percent its share of the nation’s $135 billion health care market, which ranges

Originally posted by kschow on 06 Jun 2013, 23:21.
Last edited by Zarrolou on 07 Jun 2013, 05:11, edited 2 times in total.
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By integrating its two pharmaceuticals divisions, the firm will increase their share of the nation’s $135 billion healthcare market from 5 percent to 9 percent, a market ranging from over-the-counter drugs to hi-tech medical equipment.
A) Their share of the nation’s $135 billion health care market from 5 percent to 9 percent , a market ranging
- Firm is Singular so use of THEIR is incorrect. ITS should be used. INCORRECT

B) from 5 percent to 9 percent its share of $135 billion health care market in the nation , which ranges
- This option uses a inverted sentence structure i.e. "the firm will increase from 5 percent to 9 percent its share" . This can be rewritten as "the firm will increase its share from 5 percent to 9 percent". Note- WHICH is correctly used & clearly refers to the MARKET. CORRECT

C) to 9 percent from 5 percent in their share of the $135 billion health care market in the nation, a market ranging
- Firm is Singular so use of THEIR is incorrect. ITS should be used. INCORRECT

D) in its share , from 5 percent to 9 percent, of the $135 billion health care market in the nation , which ranges - Fragment. INCORRECT

E) to 9 percent from 5 percent its share of the nation’s $135 billion health care market, which ranges
[/quote] - How can a firm increase to a Percent "the firm will increase to 9 percent" INCORRECT.

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B) from 5 percent to 9 percent its share of $135 billion health care market in the nation , which ranges
- This option uses a inverted sentence structure i.e. "the firm will increase from 5 percent to 9 percent its share" . This can be rewritten as "the firm will increase its share from 5 percent to 9 percent". Note- WHICH is correctly used & clearly refers to the MARKET. CORRECT

Good explanation. "Which" can modify either the noun the immediately precedes the comma or the prepositional phrase that precedes the comma depending on the context. Option E would have been ideal if it hadn't been for the erroneous beginning "to 9 percent from 5 percent".
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can anyone tell me more convincingly why 'D' is not correct
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New post 07 Jun 2013, 01:34
Here is the sentence combined with Option D:

By integrating its two pharmaceuticals divisions,in its share, from 5 percent to 9 percent, of the $135 billion health care market in the nation, which ranges from over-the-counter drugs to hi-tech medical equipment.

The blue portion indicates the non-underlined section. The green portion indicates option D.

Notice that the first comma in the sentence signals the beginning of the modifier in its share. So if you ignored that modifier the sentence would become By integrating its two pharmaceuticals divisions from 5 percent to 9 percent. This does not make sense. Also, what does "its" refer to? The original sentence at least talks about a "firm". So that's also a pronoun error in D.

Secondly, the entire former part of the sentence is very awkwardly phrased. The author is trying to say that after integrating the 2 separate phama divisions, the company will increase its share of the $135B market from 5% to 9%. This is not coming out clearly in D. Remember, the commas play a big role in differentiating each of the modifiers. You cannot ignore them and think the sentence is accurate.
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By integrating its two pharmaceuticals divisions, the firm will increase their share of the nation’s $135 billion healthcare market from 5 percent to 9 percent, a market ranging from over-the-counter drugs to hi-tech medical equipment.

A) their share of the nation’s $135 billion health care market from 5 percent to 9 percent , a market ranging
Their usage is wrong
B) from 5 percent to 9 percent its share of $135 billion health care market in the nation , which ranges
which modifies the noun touching it, hence incorrect
C) to 9 percent from 5 percent in their share of the $135 billion health care market in the nation, a market ranging
their usage is wrong
D) in its share , from 5 percent to 9 percent, of the $135 billion health care market in the nation , which ranges
which modifies the noun touching it, hence incorrect
E) to 9 percent from 5 percent its share of the nation’s $135 billion health care market, which ranges
Did not even checked the statement as this was the only one left,hence had to be correct


Can some one please point out mistakes in my method as to where am i going wrong ...
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Can some one please point out mistakes in my method as to where am i going wrong ...


There is none, only the construct "to ... from" is a bit awkward. This sentence is similar to an official question
by-merging-its-two-publishing-divisions-the-company-will-45785.html?fl=similar

It has the same structure an B is wrong because "which" refers to the nation.
B) from 5 percent to 9 percent its share of $135 billion health care market in the nation , which (the nation) ranges

I just wanna point out that your method ankurgupta03 is not 100% correct.
"Which" can also modify noun that are not right next to it.

Example:
... the car of the year, which has a top speed of 300km/h.
Here which modifes car

Generally when you see: noun + modifer, which | in this kind of structure which refers to the noun.
If you look here for more about this topic noun-modifiers-can-modify-slightly-far-away-noun-135868.html
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ankurgupta03 wrote:
Can some one please point out mistakes in my method as to where am i going wrong ...


There is none, only the construct "to ... from" is a bit awkward. This sentence is similar to an official question
by-merging-its-two-publishing-divisions-the-company-will-45785.html?fl=similar

It has the same structure an B is wrong because "which" refers to the nation.
B) from 5 percent to 9 percent its share of $135 billion health care market in the nation , which (the nation) ranges

I just wanna point out that your method ankurgupta03 is not 100% correct.
"Which" can also modify noun that are not right next to it.

Example:
... the car of the year, which has a top speed of 300km/h.
Here which modifes car

Generally when you see: noun + modifer, which | in this kind of structure which refers to the noun.
If you look here for more about this topic noun-modifiers-can-modify-slightly-far-away-noun-135868.html


Thanks a ton for the article, will give it a read. Can you modify the OA of the question, it might mislead some people
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By integrating its two pharmaceuticals divisions, the firm will increase their share of the nation’s $135 billion healthcare market from 5 percent to 9 percent, a market ranging from over-the-counter drugs to hi-tech medical equipment.

A) their share of the nation’s $135 billion health care market from 5 percent to 9 percent , a market ranging
B) from 5 percent to 9 percent its share of $135 billion health care market in the nation , which ranges
C) to 9 percent from 5 percent in their share of the $135 billion health care market in the nation, a market ranging
D) in its share , from 5 percent to 9 percent, of the $135 billion health care market in the nation , which ranges
E) to 9 percent from 5 percent its share of the nation’s $135 billion health care market, which ranges


Even over-headed by other explanations above, I still trust my gut and got the question right. ooh hoo............:)

A) their share of the nation’s $135 billion health care market from 5 percent to 9 percent , a market ranging
Wrong. the firm is singular.

B) from 5 percent to 9 percent its share of $135 billion health care market in the nation , which ranges
Wrong. which refers to nation.

C) to 9 percent from 5 percent in their share of the $135 billion health care market in the nation, a market ranging
Wrong. the firm is singular

D) in its share , from 5 percent to 9 percent, of the $135 billion health care market in the nation , which ranges
Wrong. which refers to nation

E) to 9 percent from 5 percent its share of the nation’s $135 billion health care market, which ranges
Correct. which refers to health care market.
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B) from 5 percent to 9 percent its share of $135 billion health care market in the nation , which ranges
- This option uses a inverted sentence structure i.e. "the firm will increase from 5 percent to 9 percent its share" . This can be rewritten as "the firm will increase its share from 5 percent to 9 percent". Note- WHICH is correctly used & clearly refers to the MARKET. CORRECT


Hi fametop.

I'm not 100% positive, but I just want to elaborate your idea. According to MGMAT, there are few exceptions to the Touch Rule. One of these is the OF-phrase.

For example:
The touch screen OF THE NEW IPHONE that was presented last month is very sensitive.
that refers to the touch screen, not the new iphone.

But IN-phrase like the one in this question does not follow the exception rules, hence B is wrong.

Please correct if I'm wrong.
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