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# Correct usage of "with" in a prepositional phrase

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11 Oct 2011, 20:03
India, like Italy and China, has no single dominant cuisine: Indian food comprises many different styles of cooking, with each a product of their regional influences, from the fiery vegetarian dishes of the south to the Portuguese-influenced Goan cooking of the west, to the more familiar Mogul food of the north.

a) with each a product of their
b) with each as a product of its
c) each products of their
d) each a product of
e) each products of

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Experts please explain, why option B is wrong? Why is it wrong "with each as a product" to modify "styles of cooking" ?

Why the pronoun "its" is incorrect in option B. Isn't this pronoun referring to "each" ?

Experts please help, I am really confused.
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India, like Italy and China, has no single dominant cuisine: Indian food comprises many different styles of cooking, with each a product of their regional influences, from the fiery vegetarian dishes of the south to the Portuguese-influenced Goan cooking of the west, to the more familiar Mogul food of the north.

a) with each a product of their
b) with each as a product of its
c) each products of their
d) each a product of
e) each products of

Source: Official GMAT Paper Test Question

Experts please explain, why option B is wrong? Why is it wrong "with each as a product" to modify "styles of cooking" ?

Why the pronoun "its" is incorrect in option B. Isn't this pronoun referring to "each" ?

Experts please help, I am really confused.

I surprisingly arrived at (D) in less than 10 seconds. Here's how:

Step 1) I recognize this sentence structure--they're trying to describe the many different styles - but you want to describe them individually in a certain way. So I knew you have to use the word "each" in the beginning. That narrows it to (C), (D), and (E).

Step 2) When you say "each" - it's singular so whatever follows must be the SINGULAR form - even though the overall context of what we're talking about is plural (styles). Recognizing this potential trap and knowing what the answer should be, I was able to identify (D) as the only answer choice that as the SINGULAR form of "product"

Step 3) Choose (D) confidently and move on.

Hope that helps.
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# Correct usage of "with" in a prepositional phrase

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