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In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners have cut prices; their wines have been priced to sell, and they are.

(A) have been priced to sell, and they are
(B) are priced to sell, and they have
(C) are priced to sell, and they do
(D) are being priced to sell, and have
(E) had been priced to sell, and they have
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New post 14 Sep 2009, 14:45
by POE, got C, but dont know how this is correct...i still think it should be past tense...

(A) have been priced to sell, and they are -have been/are tense mismatch
(B) are priced to sell, and they have -they have what?
(C) are priced to sell, and they do -tense wise are ok, but i dont know why this could be right
(D) are being priced to sell, and have -and who have what? are being is also awkward
(E) had been priced to sell, and they have -had been? tense incorrect

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given the choice needs something || to sell

(A) have been priced to sell, and they are -- Selling not ||
(B) are priced to sell, and they have - will have sold, not ||
(C) are priced to sell, and they do - sell, and || -> correct choice
(D) are being priced to sell, and have - sold same as B, no subject
(E) had been priced to sell, and they have - sold same as B

So C.

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Parallelsim of the usage of SELL....whatever usage precedes,the same usage should fit
in the 2nd half and hence C

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Could anyone please detail the sentences and why each correction is good or bad?

I even don't understand the second part of the sentence... I don't know how I could find the good answer then :)

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(A) have been priced to sell, and they are selling

the omitted word is selling

(B) are priced to sell, and they have sold
Wrong tense the omitted word is Sold


(C) are priced to sell, and they do sell

best answer, do is correctly used in place of the full verb do sell; in this verb, do is a conjugated
form and sell is in the infinitive form


(D) are being priced to sell, and have sold

Wrong tense the omitted word is Sold

(E) had been priced to sell, and they have sold

Wrong tense the omitted word is Sold

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New post 02 Nov 2009, 11:56
Thanks a lot hrish88!!

I'll give you a kudo for that...

If I rewrite the sentence C, I'll have the wines are priced to sell, and the vintners do sell

Am I right ?

This is really the worst SC I have ever seen...

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If you rewrite using proper noun then it will be

Italian vintners wines are priced to sell, and Italian vintners do sell

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hrish88 wrote:
If you rewrite using proper noun then it will be

Italian vintners wines are priced to sell, and Italian vintners do sell



WTF????

Italian vintners wines are priced to sell ????
What does it mean? I don't find any idiom on this form...

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pierrealexandre77 wrote:
hrish88 wrote:
If you rewrite using proper noun then it will be

Italian vintners wines are priced to sell, and Italian vintners do sell



WTF????

Italian vintners wines are priced to sell ????
What does it mean? I don't find any idiom on this form...



366. In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners have cut prices; their wines have been priced to sell, and they are.


their refers to Italian vintners.Its not an idiom

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Hi all,

Can A be interpreted as "they have been priced to sell, and they are priced to sell"?

I know this perhaps is not a meaningful phrase as "they have been" implies continuing event. Can I fill the ellipsis this way?

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went with b but clearly c is the better one.

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87. In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners
have cut prices; their wines have been priced to sell,
and they are
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(A) have been priced to sell, and they are
(B) are priced to sell, and they have
(C) are priced to sell, and they do
(D) are being priced to sell, and have
(E) had been priced to sell, and they have

In the OG explanation "the second verb does not need to repeat the word sell because it is understood from the previous verb phrase priced to sell..."

I seem to constantly miss these problems types where key words do not need to be repeated. Any suggestions of improving on these question types?

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In general, words being left out or ellipsed is one of the most difficult tricks that English grammar plays, and certainly one of the weirdest that shows up in SC. A couple of general tips:

1) Think as often as you can of the rules of parallel structure. Many different kinds of words can "distribute" to all parts of parallel constructions. The most common are auxiliary (helping) verbs, but other words can also be ellipsed comfortably. For instance:

"My sisters, brothers, and cousins all are coming over." (the adjective "my" is distributed)
"I am, was, and always will be, living in the shadow of my father." (the "living" completes all three verbs -- it's like it's distributed backwards)

2) Think of the word "do" as a "pro-verb." Much as pronouns stand in for nouns, "do" often stands in for a present-tense verb. This is especially common in comparisons:

"As do crickets in the countryside, cars fill up the cityscape with constant background noise." Here, the entire second phrase, but mostly the verb "fill up," is contained within the simple word "do." It may seem weird, but it's very common and totally legitimate.

Please keep in mind that there's no such thing as a "pro-verb" -- it's just something I made up to simplify the explanation of sentences like these. Please don't tell the folks at the Modern Language Association or I'll be in big trouble!
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Shouldn't "their" and "they" refer to the same noun, which is Italian vintners...

and when we say "they do sell", isn't it confusing?

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+1 for C. Some really good explanations given.

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C.+1. Italian Vintners.....their wines are priced to sell, and they do-Sell.

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A tricky SC question indeed!

I think the answer should be A.

If we observe we see that 'they' in the subordinate in all the options, except for D, refers to the noun in the preceding independent clause 'their wines'. So 'wines do sell' sounds awkward; wines cannot sell instead they can be sold or are sold. So option C doesn't make sense to me.

Also the independent clause 'their wines have been priced to sell' is in passive voice and therefore, the following dependent clause should also be in passive voice - 'wines are sold'

So according to me option A makes the best answer

In an effort to reduce their inventories, Italian vintners have cut prices; their wines have been priced to sell, and they are [sold]

Anyone has any insight or what I might be doing wrong?

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A: wines...priced to SELL, and they are [SELLING].
Selling and sell are different forms.
Eliminate A.

B, D, and E: wines...priced to SELL, and they have [SOLD].
Sold and sell are different forms.
Eliminate B, D and E.

The correct answer is C:
wines priced to SELL, and they do [SELL].
Here, do is standing in for sell.
Both verbs are in the same form.
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I agree with AdeelSilat, how on earth can wines sell themselves. So A can be the only correct answer. I know this is not OA however this questions is full of ****!

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