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07 Jan 2009, 22:30
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The granddaddy of manufacturers, the Shutters Company, headquartered in Milton, is nearly 50 yeas as old as any of their supposed predecessors.

A. as old as any of their supposed
B. older than any of their supposed
C. as old as their supposed
D. older than any of their supposedly
E. as old as their supposedly

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07 Jan 2009, 23:05
after removing the filler material the sentence reads as

the Shutters Company is nearly 50 years _____ predecessors

now, I am a bit confused as to why none of the answer choices has a singular pronoun (all choices have "their") since we are talking about a singular noun - "the shutters company"

any ideas?

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08 Jan 2009, 00:38
"50 year as old as" is not logical---> B and D left
In D supposedly is not correct.
We need an adjectice, so supposed is the correct one.

PS. I support xyx, The sentence should be:

The granddaddy of manufacturers, the Shutters Company, headquartered in Milton, is nearly 50 years as older than any of its supposed predecessors.

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08 Jan 2009, 00:48
Agree with the guys - B, but with the caveat that "their" should be "its"

Last edited by seofah on 08 Jan 2009, 00:50, edited 2 times in total.

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08 Jan 2009, 00:48
Yup B here too !

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08 Jan 2009, 05:37
Even i think the pronoun should be singular since the subject is singular
however from the given choices i choose B as the best answer

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08 Jan 2009, 08:23
Another B

company is a collective noun. I'm always confused with those.

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09 Jan 2009, 08:20
OA is B

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10 Jan 2009, 20:53
Agree again with B;
again sometimes (in British english) company\organization is used as they as opposed to it. Never heard this in american english though.
OA is B

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