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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 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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for B and D, the word which modifies country. That is incorrect. country is not ranging... market is ranging...
for A and C, their is incorrect


In my opinion, answer is E.

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 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

E is looking little awkward, but simplified form looks more convincing.

By merging its two publishing divisions, the company will increase ... its share of .. book market, a market ranging from obscure textbooks to mass-market paperbacks.
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[quote="jb2010"]If you look carefully, company is merging two divisions. So the pronoun should refer to divisions - plural - rather than company - singular. so, any usage of it's is incorrect. That leaves choices A and C. Now, company will increase to 10 percent .. in their share is not looking proper.

Also, for B and D, the word which modifies country. That is incorrect. country is not ranging... market is ranging...

In my opinion, answer is E.



But I think "company" is the pronoun, not "divisions".
"The company, merging its two divisons, will increase its ..... "

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I agree with you. That's why I modified my answer. Please check it again.
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I agree with you. That's why I modified my answer. Please check it again.


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Hi I am confused, please specify the OA direct.

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juat to add to the discussion: in option D - in- is unnecessary

go with E
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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 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

I didn't choose B because the relative modifier "which" that follows "country" not "the market". So does this belong to one of the exceptions to the touch rule?

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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 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

I didn't choose B because the relative modifier "which" that follows "country" not "the market". So does this belong to one of the exceptions to the touch rule?


I chose E over B because of the same reason; in B "which" seems to modify "country" and not "market". Of course the increase from 6 to 10 percent is better reported in B than it is in E and E also uses the dreaded apostrophe "country's ". Explain explain somebody, explain ! :-D

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Agree with the above, the modifier is completely ambigious and so sentence B must be incorrect-

I too chose E
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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 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

I think everybody is locked between B and E.
Choice E is certainly correct.

construction “A of B, which”, the referent could be either "A" or "B" depending on the surrounding context.( provided A and B are both NOUNS )
=> E is correct as Country's is an adjective.

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OA is definitely wrong. E is the right answer. There is no exception to the "which" rule and even if there is, this is not it.
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According to the Manhattan GMAT SC, it says there are three exceptions to the touch rule for the modifiers:
1.a mission critical modifier falls between.
2 a very short predicate falls between, shifting a very long modifier back.
3,a short non-essential phrase intervenes and is set off by commas.

There is an example for the rule 2: A new CEO has been hired who will transform the company by decentralizing authority to various division heads while increasing their accountability through the use of public scorecards.

So on this example, the modifier isn't followed the noun" CEO".

I am just wondering can rule 2 apply to this case?

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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 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

I didn't choose B because the relative modifier "which" that follows "country" not "the market". So does this belong to one of the exceptions to the touch rule?

May I know why A is incorrect?
Moreover its the market that ranges from bla bla, not the country
My take: option B---->the company cannot increase from x to y, certainly its shares can. Secondly its the market that ranges from obscure textbooks to something, not the country.
Option c-----> the company increasing to some % is awkward.
D-----> same
E------> same mistake
Also we have to note that the increment in share of the two merging companies has taken place, not the company. That's what I deduced from the intent.
Please let me know if I am wrong.
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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 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

I didn't choose B because the relative modifier "which" that follows "country" not "the market". So does this belong to one of the exceptions to the touch rule?

May I know why A is incorrect?
Moreover its the market that ranges from bla bla, not the country
My take: option B---->the company cannot increase from x to y, certainly its shares can. Secondly its the market that ranges from obscure textbooks to something, not the country.
Option c-----> the company increasing to some % is awkward.
D-----> same
E------> same mistake
Also we have to note that the increment in share of the two merging companies has taken place, not the company. That's what I deduced from the intent.
Please let me know if I am wrong.


because "their" does not agree with singular "the company"

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That's what I am saying. Their refers to the the two publishing divisions.
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That's what I am saying. Their refers to the the two publishing divisions.


"By merging its two publishing divisions..."

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That's what I am saying. Their refers to the the two publishing divisions.


"By merging its two publishing divisions..."

What I am saying is this---> By merging its two economies, the company wants the share of the two public divisions to increase......
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According to the Manhattan GMAT SC, it says there are three exceptions to the touch rule for the modifiers:
1.a mission critical modifier falls between.
2 a very short predicate falls between, shifting a very long modifier back.
3,a short non-essential phrase intervenes and is set off by commas.

There is an example for the rule 2: A new CEO has been hired who will transform the company by decentralizing authority to various division heads while increasing their accountability through the use of public scorecards.

So on this example, the modifier isn't followed the noun" CEO".

I am just wondering can rule 2 apply to this case?



Apparently Manhattan GMAT SC also gives a 4th exception:
When the modifier is a one of a series of parallel modifiers of which at least one touches the noun...so.....

I think this case falls under the mission critical exception. "...book market in the country" has to be read as one complete complex noun, just like the examples given in Manhattan GMAT SC for exception 1, the example being, "80 percent of the surface of Greenland"...all to be read as one.

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tingting85114 wrote:
According to the Manhattan GMAT SC, it says there are three exceptions to the touch rule for the modifiers:
1.a mission critical modifier falls between.
2 a very short predicate falls between, shifting a very long modifier back.
3,a short non-essential phrase intervenes and is set off by commas.

There is an example for the rule 2: A new CEO has been hired who will transform the company by decentralizing authority to various division heads while increasing their accountability through the use of public scorecards.

So on this example, the modifier isn't followed the noun" CEO".

I am just wondering can rule 2 apply to this case?



Apparently Manhattan GMAT SC also gives a 4th exception:
When the modifier is a one of a series of parallel modifiers of which at least one touches the noun...so.....

I think this case falls under the mission critical exception. "...book market in the country" has to be read as one complete complex noun, just like the examples given in Manhattan GMAT SC for exception 1, the example being, "80 percent of the surface of Greenland"...all to be read as one.

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oops! I forgot the 4th one :oops:
well, but the "mission-critical" modifier is often an "of"phrase. such as the example on the book: an ice sheet covers 80 percent of the surface of greenland, an area..... and another example: he had a way of dodging opponents thatimpressed .....

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