It is currently 23 Nov 2017, 12:02

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# In the textbook publishing business, the second quarter

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Manager
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 93

Kudos [?]: 26 [0], given: 13

Schools: Haas '16, AGSM '16

### Show Tags

11 Mar 2015, 21:02
In the textbook publishing business, the second quarter is historically weak, because revenues are low and marketing expenses are high as companies prepare for the coming school year.

a. low and marketing expenses are high as companies prepare

b. low and their marketing expenses are high as they prepare
"their" doesn't have logical preceding ancestor
not parrallel: revenues are ... and expenses are (both subjects should express content within the scope of financial flow)

c. low with higher marketing expenses in preparation
"with higher ..." seems to modify the verb_to_be "are low", this change the intended meaning of the sentence

d. low, while marketing expenses are higher to prepare
"while" is separated with the first clause by a comma which signal an independent clause. for this reason, choice D changes the meaning of the sentence: "the second quarter is weak, ......., while marketing expenses . . ."

e. low, while their marketing expenses are higher in preparation
same reason for incorrect in choice D
"their" doesn't have logical preceding ancestor

Kudos [?]: 26 [0], given: 13

VP
Joined: 09 Jun 2010
Posts: 1393

Kudos [?]: 168 [0], given: 916

### Show Tags

27 Mar 2016, 01:10
ArashKhurana wrote:
In the textbook publishing business, the second quarter is historically weak, because revenues are low and marketing expenses are high as companies prepare for the coming school year.

a. low and marketing expenses are high as companies prepare
b. low and their marketing expenses are high as they prepare
c. low with higher marketing expenses in preparation
d. low, while marketing expenses are higher to prepare
e. low, while their marketing expenses are higher in preparation

Thanks!
Arash

this is a hard question. the main point tested is parallelism.
low should not go with higher, not parllel. e and d are out
revenure can not be parallel with their expense, b is out
with higher marketing expenses modify main clause which is "revenue is low" . this modification is not logic
_________________

visit my facebook to help me.
on facebook, my name is: thang thang thang

Kudos [?]: 168 [0], given: 916

Retired Moderator
Status: worked for Kaplan's associates, but now on my own, free and flying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 4315

Kudos [?]: 8195 [2], given: 364

Location: India
WE: Education (Education)

### Show Tags

27 Mar 2016, 05:12
2
KUDOS
In the textbook publishing business, the second quarter is historically weak, because revenues are low and marketing expenses are high as companies prepare for the coming school year.

a. low and marketing expenses are high as companies prepare --- Correct
b. low and their marketing expenses are high as they prepare ---looks as if their and they stand for revenues which is absurd.
c. low with higher marketing expenses in preparation --- revenues seems to be having higher marketing expense; in addition, ‘higher than what’ is not made clear.
d. low, while marketing expenses are higher to prepare--- higher than what? In addition, there is no specific purpose to us the infinitive verbal ‘to prepare’
e. low, while their marketing expenses are higher in preparation ---'their' has no relevance as in B; in additions it looks as if the marketing expenses are in preparation. The companies are in preparation.

_________________

Can you solve at least some SC questions without delving into the initial statement?

Narendran 98845 44509

Kudos [?]: 8195 [2], given: 364

Intern
Joined: 02 Jul 2014
Posts: 10

Kudos [?]: [0], given: 4

GPA: 3.62

### Show Tags

28 Jul 2016, 15:18
When to use "While" or when not to use "While"

Kudos [?]: [0], given: 4

Manager
Joined: 03 Apr 2016
Posts: 103

Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 31

Location: India
Concentration: Operations, General Management
GMAT 1: 720 Q50 V37
WE: Analyst (Computer Software)

### Show Tags

28 Jul 2016, 23:17
infotalk wrote:
Almost fell for the "while" trap.

What while trap?? I have Gmat in 2 weeks and haven't heard of the while trap.. :O

Sent from my SM-N910H using Tapatalk

Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 31

Intern
Joined: 26 Sep 2015
Posts: 44

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 35

Location: Viet Nam
Concentration: Finance, Strategy
GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V44
GPA: 3.1

### Show Tags

11 Aug 2016, 10:06
I remember SC manhattan said that when "and" is used to link two clauses, there is always a comma right before "and". Thus, in order for (A) to be correct, it should look like this: "low, and marketing expenses are high as companies prepare".
I know that questioning an OA is stupid, but can someone please enlighten me?

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 35

Manager
Joined: 17 Feb 2014
Posts: 112

Kudos [?]: 48 [0], given: 31

Location: United States (CA)
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V35
GMAT 2: 740 Q48 V42
WE: Programming (Computer Software)

### Show Tags

01 Mar 2017, 09:06
In the textbook publishing business, the second quarter is historically weak, because revenues are low and marketing expenses are high as companies prepare for the coming school year.

Issue: Meaning | Parallelism

Analysis:
1. The underlined portion of the sentence presents two reasons for weak second quarter. These reasons should be conjugated by "and" and should be parallel.

A. low and marketing expenses are high as companies prepare

B. low and their marketing expenses are high as they prepare
- "their" incorrectly refers to "revenues"
- "they" has to no referent

C. low with higher marketing expenses in preparation
- "with" seems to be incorrect conjunction here
- "higher" incorrectly used as it is used when comparing two entities. Here other entity is missing.

D. low, while marketing expenses are higher to prepare
- "while" seems to be incorrect conjunction here
- "higher" incorrectly used as it is used when comparing two entities. Here other entity is missing.

E. low, while their marketing expenses are higher in preparation
- "their" incorrectly refers to "revenues"
- "higher" incorrectly used as it is used when comparing two entities. Here other entity is missing.

Kudos [?]: 48 [0], given: 31

Senior Manager
Joined: 04 Sep 2016
Posts: 377

Kudos [?]: 83 [0], given: 235

Location: India
WE: Engineering (Other)

### Show Tags

30 Jul 2017, 02:55
Hi Experts
Why can't THEY and their refer to companies in option (B)?
_________________

Press kudos if you liked this post

Kudos [?]: 83 [0], given: 235

GMAT Club Verbal Expert
Status: GMAT and GRE tutor
Joined: 13 Aug 2009
Posts: 1189

Kudos [?]: 1900 [0], given: 454

Location: United States
GMAT 1: 780 Q51 V46
GMAT 2: 800 Q51 V51
GRE 1: 340 Q170 V170

### Show Tags

30 Jul 2017, 09:16
Hi Experts
Why can't THEY and their refer to companies in option (B)?

The companies aren't even mentioned in (B), so "they" and "their" can't possibly refer to "companies". Whenever you see a plural pronoun, you have to look for plural nouns elsewhere (usually earlier) in the sentence. In (B), the only potential referent for "their" and "they" is "revenues" -- and that makes absolutely no sense at all.
_________________

GMAT Club Verbal Expert | GMAT/GRE tutor at www.gmatninja.com (Now hiring!) | GMAT blog | Food blog | Friendly warning: I'm bad at PMs

GMAT Ninja Wednesdays LIVE on YouTube

Beginners' guides to GMAT verbal
Reading Comprehension | Critical Reasoning | Sentence Correction

SC & CR Questions of the Day (QOTDs), featuring expert explanations
All QOTDs | Subscribe via email | RSS

Sentence Correction articles & resources
How to go from great (760) to incredible (780) on GMAT SC | That "-ing" Word Probably Isn't a Verb | That "-ed" Word Might Not Be a Verb, Either | No-BS Guide to GMAT Idioms | "Being" is not the enemy | WTF is "that" doing in my sentence?

Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and other articles & resources
All GMAT Ninja articles on GMAT Club | Using LSAT for GMAT CR & RC |7 reasons why your actual GMAT scores don't match your practice test scores | How to get 4 additional "fake" GMAT Prep tests for \$29.99... in any section order

"Next-level" GMAT pronouns | Uses of "that" on the GMAT | Parallelism and meaning | Simplifying GMAT verb tenses | Comparisons, part I |
November webinar schedule

Kudos [?]: 1900 [0], given: 454

Status: It's now or never
Joined: 10 Feb 2017
Posts: 279

Kudos [?]: 27 [0], given: 51

Location: India
GMAT 1: 650 Q40 V39
GPA: 3
WE: Consulting (Consulting)

### Show Tags

17 Aug 2017, 03:52
'A' is correct - Logical prediction and parallelism are in tact.
_________________

Class of 2019: Mannheim Business School
Class 0f 2020: HHL Leipzig

Kudos [?]: 27 [0], given: 51

Re: In the textbook publishing business, the second quarter   [#permalink] 17 Aug 2017, 03:52

Go to page   Previous    1   2   [ 30 posts ]

Display posts from previous: Sort by