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By merging its two publishing division, the company will increase their share of the country's \$21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging from obscure textbooks to mass-market paperbacks.

A. their share of the country's \$21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging
B. from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges
C. to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging
D. in its share, from 6 percent to 10 percent, of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges
E. to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country's \$21 billion book market, which ranges

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23 Jan 2014, 05:45
Hi

you can solve the question in 10 seconds thanks to the meaning of the sentence.

Only option E has which that modifies rightly market.

The other options do not do that

Hope it is clear.

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23 Jan 2014, 06:03
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Hi

you can solve the question in 10 seconds thanks to the meaning of the sentence.

Only option E has which that modifies rightly market.

The other options do not do that

Hope it is clear.

Unfortunately I have to say to read the rules for posting in verbal section BEFORE to post a question. The are mandatory

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C: to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging

how you are eliminating this choice ...
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23 Jan 2014, 12:04
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carcass wrote:
Hi

you can solve the question in 10 seconds thanks to the meaning of the sentence.

Only option E has which that modifies rightly market.

The other options do not do that

Hope it is clear.

Unfortunately I have to say to read the rules for posting in verbal section BEFORE to post a question. The are mandatory

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Hi,

C: to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging

how you are eliminating this choice ...

Simply becasue it does not make any sense.

By merging its two publishing division, the company will increase to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging from obscure textbooks to mass-market paperbacks.

Until the red part is fine then is a mess

First of all: the market share increas for a certain piece of the same (i.e. the company has a share higher than before on the overall market) and NOT has an increase IN the same but OF the same.

Secondly: in C we have a shift completely wrong see the bold part of the sentence i.e. a book ( market) in the country, a market ranging.......... whre is the sense. The sentence is completely illogic and unglued

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23 Jan 2014, 18:26
rahultripathi2005 wrote:
carcass wrote:
Hi

you can solve the question in 10 seconds thanks to the meaning of the sentence.

Only option E has which that modifies rightly market.

The other options do not do that

Hope it is clear.

Unfortunately I have to say to read the rules for posting in verbal section BEFORE to post a question. The are mandatory

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Hi,

C: to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging

how you are eliminating this choice ...

I can help with that !!! it has to do with the meaning !!! Ranging means that the market is changing which does not make sense . On the other hand, ranges means varies which is correct . Hope that helps
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13 Feb 2014, 10:49
I just want to correct this question a bit.

**This is an Official GMAT question, a correct option C is "to 10 percent from 6 percent their share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging". Thus, we can eliminate C easily.

**But in this question, option C is written wrongly: "to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging" --> Thus, C is not a wrong answer because C uses "noun+ noun modifier" - "a market ranging" correctly.

Note: NOUN + NOUN MODIFIER can modify a preceding noun, a middle noun or even a preceding clause. This kind of modifier is very versatile.
See lesson of "noun + noun modifier" here:
noun-noun-modifiers-the-most-versatile-modifier-137292.html

ANALYZE THE QUESTION:

By merging its two publishing division, the company will increase their share of the country's \$21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging from obscure textbooks to mass-market paperbacks.

A. their share of the country's \$21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging
Wrong.

B. from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges
Wrong.

C. to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging
Correct.

D. in its share, from 6 percent to 10 percent, of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges
Wrong.

E. to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country's \$21 billion book market, which ranges
Correct.

Please see a correct version of the question in the link below, OA is E.
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/sc- ... t8026.html

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03 Nov 2015, 07:48
egmat can you please clarify the reference of "which" in choice B. I think it clearly refers to the market since the essential modifier "in the country" is needed to specify which market the sentence is referring to. Am I right? The only reason to prefer choice E over B is choice E is more concise. Also, the correct idiom or the preferred idiom to use is "from....to" rather than "to....from"?
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03 Nov 2015, 23:07
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egmat can you please clarify the reference of "which" in choice B. I think it clearly refers to the market since the essential modifier "in the country" is needed to specify which market the sentence is referring to. Am I right? The only reason to prefer choice E over B is choice E is more concise. Also, the correct idiom or the preferred idiom to use is "from....to" rather than "to....from"?

Responding to a pm:

"which" will refer to the closest 'eligible' noun.
Here, country, the closest noun, is an eligible antecedent of the pronoun "which".

By merging its two publishing division, the company will increase from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges from obscure textbooks to mass-market paperbacks.
The country cannot range from textbooks to paperbacks and hence (E) is preferable.
In (E), "which" clearly refers to "market". There is no problem with (E). The construct 'to ... from ...' is equally valid even though 'from ... to...' is the one used often.

Conciseness comes into the picture only after all grammatical issues have been sorted out.
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30 Jan 2016, 05:28
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D.

A) their share of the country's \$21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging -- wrong pronoun , wrong modifier
B) from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges -- need preposition btw 10% and its shares
C) to 10 percent from 6 percent in their share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging -- the same as A
D) in its share, from 6 percent to 10 percent, of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges -- o.k.
E) to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country's \$21 billion book market, which ranges -- increase to...from is awkward , the country's is incorrect possesive form

In fact D is wrong. If you look closely you will see that " .... country, which ranges ... " as per the sentence it is the market that ranges and not the country. Eliminate D. Though E does sound awkward there is no error, and the latter part makes complete sense.
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22 Jun 2016, 07:52
company --it {singular]
correct use of which

>> E it is
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22 Jun 2016, 09:36
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By merging its two publishing division, the company will increase their share of the country's \$21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging from obscure textbooks to mass-market paperbacks.

A. their share of the country's \$21 billion b ook market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging
B. from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges
C. to 10 percent from 6 percent in their share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging
D. in its share, from 6 percent to 10 percent, of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges
E. to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country's \$21 billion book market, which ranges

'Company' is singular and hence 'their' is wrong form of verb. A and C are out.

'which' must refer to 'market and not to ' country' . B and D are out.

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22 Jun 2016, 10:43
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By merging its two publishing division, the company will increase their share of the country's \$21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging from obscure textbooks to mass-market paperbacks.

A. their share of the country's \$21 billion b ook market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging
B. from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges
C. to 10 percent from 6 percent in their share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging
D. in its share, from 6 percent to 10 percent, of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges
E. to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country's \$21 billion book market, which ranges

By merging its two publishing division, the company will increase to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country's \$21 billion book market, which ranges from obscure textbooks to mass-market paperbacks.

I find three correct usages in option (E)

1. The company ------> It
2. Book Market-------> Which
3. Range from X to Y-------> Correct Idiomatic Usage

Hence IMHO (E)

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Company is singular. The correct pronoun to denote the noun 'company' is it, and not their.

Also, the modifier after the comma, correctly modifies the market only in one of the options. i.e. E. This options also implements the correct pronoun it
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24 Sep 2016, 23:24
A. their share of the country's \$21 billion b ook market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging --> Wrong because Company is singular -- Pronoun-antecedent must agree in number
B. from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges --> here "which" referes illogically to nearest noun "country"
C. to 10 percent from 6 percent in their share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging --> Same error as described in A
D. in its share, from 6 percent to 10 percent, of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges --> "Which" modifies "Country" (illogically meaning that country ranges from obscure textbooks to mass- market paperbacks)
E. to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country's \$21 billion book market, which ranges --> "Which" correctly modifies "book market" ( book market ranges from x to y)
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Why is B wrong here.
By merging its two publishing divisions, the company will increase their share of the country’s \$21
billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging from obscure textbooks to massmarket
paperbacks.
A. their share of the country’s \$21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market
ranging
B. from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which
ranges
C. to 10 percent from 6 percent in their share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a
market ranging
D. in its share, from 6 percent to 10 percent, of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which
ranges
E. to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country’s \$21 billion book market, which Ranges

Over here
in B 'which' is correctly referring to '\$21 billion book market in the country' its a noun phrase

noun- \$21 billion book market /prepositional phrase-in the country

moreover a country cant range from obscure textbooks to massmarket
paperbacks.So which correctly and should refer to \$21 billion book market

if we go OG then it is perfectly fine

Emily Dickinson’s letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s
marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber her letters to anyone else. (OG 13#29, Choice
E)

Over here too(OG question) which refers to letters and not Susan Huntington Dickinson
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17 Mar 2017, 00:53
Hi nailin16, which actually modifies the nearest grammatically eligible word before it.

In B, that word happens to be country, while that word is letters in the Susan Huntington Dickinson example.

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Why is B wrong here.
By merging its two publishing divisions, the company will increase their share of the country’s \$21
billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging from obscure textbooks to massmarket
paperbacks.
A. their share of the country’s \$21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market
ranging
B. from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which
ranges
C. to 10 percent from 6 percent in their share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a
market ranging
D. in its share, from 6 percent to 10 percent, of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which
ranges
E. to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country’s \$21 billion book market, which Ranges

Over here
in B 'which' is correctly referring to '\$21 billion book market in the country' its a noun phrase

noun- \$21 billion book market /prepositional phrase-in the country

moreover a country cant range from obscure textbooks to massmarket
paperbacks.So which correctly and should refer to \$21 billion book market

if we go OG then it is perfectly fine

Emily Dickinson’s letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s
marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber her letters to anyone else. (OG 13#29, Choice
E)

Over here too(OG question) which refers to letters and not Susan Huntington Dickinson

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13 Aug 2017, 04:40
in option A and C, “their” (plural) does not agree with “company” (singular). Eliminate A and C.

in D, “the company will increase IN its share” implies that the COMPANY will increase. The intended meaning is that the SHARE will increase. Eliminate D.
in B, since the verb attributed to “which” is singular, the implied antecedent is the nearest preceding singular noun “(country)”. Since E places “which” next to its intended antecedent “(market)” , E is the clear winner. Eliminate B.
On the GMAT, when which does not refer to the nearest preceding noun, the verb generally will make the situation clear:
Many tourists gasp when they see the BUILDINGS of New York, which ARE among the world's tallest.
The plural verb are makes it clear that which refers to the plural antecedent buildings.
idioms:
The price fell FROM 10 euros TO 3 euros.
The price fell TO 3 euros FROM 10 euros.
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13 Aug 2017, 05:07
After easy eliminations, you come down to B and E.
B is wrong because which is modifying country which is wrong here.

So E best suits here..

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By merging its two publishing division, the company will increase their share of the country's \$21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging from obscure textbooks to mass-market paperbacks.

A. their share of the country's \$21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging - Pronoun their can't refer to singular company

B. from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges - which here incorrectly refers to country

C. to 10 percent from 6 percent in their share of the \$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging - same as A

D. in its share, from 6 percent to 10 percent, of the \$21 billion book market in the country, which ranges - which incorrectly refers to country

E. to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country's \$21 billion book market, which ranges - Correct

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