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# During the first nine months of 1979, textbook publishers

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263. During the first nine months of 1979, textbook publishers incurred substantial costs for creating products that, due to a decline in public funding for instructional material, never were sold.

(A) funding for instructional material, never were
(B) funding for instructional material, never was
(C) funding, the instructional material, was never
(D) funding for instructional material, the products were never
(E) funding, they were never

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09 Jun 2005, 20:31
(A) funding for instructional material, never were

(B) funding for instructional material, never was
- was is the wrong tense for subject products

(C) funding, the instructional material, was never
- same problem as B

(D) funding for instructional material, the products were never
- 'the products were never' is awkward and does not gel with the nonunderlined portion seamlessly

(E) funding, they were never
- 'they' since the modifier is already marked out by commas

A is best.

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09 Jun 2005, 21:04
If it were not for "the products" in D, I would have gone for D.
A seems best
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10 Jun 2005, 09:21
A is just fine

B and C out, need plural.

D is awkward creatinnf products that products were never sold -- wrong

E they has no clear referrent.

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10 Jun 2005, 16:34
A is the only one where i can't find fault...though initially i dismissed it because i didn't like the words 'never were sold'...thought it should be 'were never sold'
oh well...can't always trust your instincts
but its fairly simple to eliminate the rest in this question so it was ok

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11 Jun 2005, 13:31
The OA is A.

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11 Jun 2005, 13:39
- disagree with the OA

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11 Jun 2005, 13:54
cloudz9 wrote:
Vithal wrote:
:no - disagree with the OA

why so?

oops ... I thought I have seen the OA as E !! - looks like I am stressed!

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17 Jan 2015, 02:38
The subject in this question is the term "products", which is plural. Thus B& C can be eliminated straightaway. D creates a repetition using the subject again, thus redundancy applies here, and in E, the usage of "they"is clearly unacceptable. This leaves the option A as our answer. I can understand that the conventional usage of "were never" can create a conflict with the used "never were". This is nothing but a trap. In order to get clarity on such questions, Optimus Prep has a targeted verbal course for candidates preparing for the GMAT.
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Re: During the first nine months of 1979, textbook publishers   [#permalink] 17 Jan 2015, 02:38
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