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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 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
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Company is a singular noun, so it has to be either B or E. B flows a little nicer.

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A, C : pronoun error. Their refferring to the country (singular)

B, D - modifier error. "which ranges" wrongly seems modifying "country" rather than "market"

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agreed on E. Company requires singular pronoun, and "ranges..." modifier must modify market, not country.

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I'm going with E. Here's why...

A. their share of the country's $21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging
- the company ... their share. should be "its share"

B. from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the $21 billion book market in the country, which ranges
- this changes the meaning of the sentence. the company is not increasing from 6 - 10%, its share is

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 ranges" is awkward
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Hmm... caught me sleeping... didn't realize the collective noun part! :roll:

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By merging its tow 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 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 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

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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

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By merging its tow 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 mass-market paperbacks.
A) their share of the country's $21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging - their is not correct
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 their incorrect
D) in its share, from 6 percent to 10 percent, of the $21 billion book market in the country, which ranges in it is awkward
E) to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country's $21 billion book market, which ranges best answer



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New post 17 Jul 2009, 07:48
I would like to reach a consensus before I give the OA.

I think we can agree that any sentence with "their" is out, because it doesn't agree with "company".

That leaves: B, D, and E.

They all seem grammatically correct. The "awkward" argument seems very subjective, because I eliminated the answer choices down to 2 possibilities, and the more "awkward" choice to me was the OA.

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I have a question?

Why can't their refer to the divisions in here? Any particular reason!

Also, I think company can have x divisions and we are talking about its 2 divisions only. So market share of the 2 divisions(plural) is going to increase. So. what's the problem with 'their' in here.
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D sounds like modifying the country so IMO E. OA please?

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The OA is E.

thanks for pointing out the use of "which". I need to look up how which should be used as a modifier.

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can someone clarify why E is better than B ?
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can someone clarify why E is better than B ?


IMO E....in B ..which modifies country....it is not country that "ranges from from obscure textbooks to mass-market paperbacks" ...whick should modify market...

which (a relative pronoun) modifies the noun before comma

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I have a question?

Why can't their refer to the divisions in here? Any particular reason!

Also, I think company can have x divisions and we are talking about its 2 divisions only. So market share of the 2 divisions(plural) is going to increase. So. what's the problem with 'their' in here.



Well I think a pronoun ..here possesive pronoun(their) mentioned in independent clause canont modify a noun in modifying phrase ..especially when anoun is there is independent clause(company) ..

Wil chk more on it....

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By merging its tow 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 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 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

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to me D looks better. here, increase refers to increase in company's share not company. D immediately has share next to increase. E has mispaced modifier

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New post 14 Aug 2009, 01:48
It's definitely (E).

We can rule (A) & (C) out because "their" cannot refer to "the compnay". This left us with (B), (D) & (E).

Please be careful, in GMAT, "which" must be used to modify the exactly precedent noun(s). In (B) & (D), "the country" precedes "which". However, we intend to use "which" to modify "the market" for clear and precise meaning. So, (E) is the best.

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A. their share of the country's $21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging
Their is the incorrect pronoun

B. from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the $21 billion book market in the country, which ranges
its is the correct pronoun, however which incorrectly modifies country instead of the book market.

C. to 10 percent from 6 percent in their share of the $21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging
Their is the incorrect pronoun

D. in its share, from 6 percent to 10 percent, of the $21 billion book market in the country, which ranges
This is very awkward sounding. "the company will increase in its share"

E. to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country's $21 billion book market, which ranges
its is the correct pronoun and which correctly refers to the book market.

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