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# material, never were

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05 Dec 2008, 09:52
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

Should not the answer be E???

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05 Dec 2008, 10:18
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lgon wrote:
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

Should not the answer be E???

Okie

forget the subordinate clause of decline

During the first nine months of 1979, textbook publishers incurred substantial costs for creating products that

(A) never were
(B) never was
(C) was never
(D) the products were never
(E) they were never

Conclude with

1. we dont need subject or pronoun at all for book (since if we remove the subordinate clause) subject is clear..we may not repeat it

Remove D and E

2. Products is plural hence "was" is incorrect

Choose A

Now look at the subordinate clause

funding for X -is idiomatic

E misses info "for instructional material", C futher splits the subordinate clause of decline ", the instructional material, "

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10 Dec 2008, 01:45
Thanks for the nice explanation imcste.. OA too supports you.

iamcste wrote:
lgon wrote:
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

Should not the answer be E???

Okie

forget the subordinate clause of decline

During the first nine months of 1979, textbook publishers incurred substantial costs for creating products that

(A) never were
(B) never was
(C) was never
(D) the products were never
(E) they were never

Conclude with

1. we dont need subject or pronoun at all for book (since if we remove the subordinate clause) subject is clear..we may not repeat it

Remove D and E

2. Products is plural hence "was" is incorrect

Choose A

Now look at the subordinate clause

funding for X -is idiomatic

E misses info "for instructional material", C futher splits the subordinate clause of decline ", the instructional material, "

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10 Dec 2008, 03:56
lgon wrote:
Thanks for the nice explanation imcste.. OA too supports you.

you are welcome, I thank you for posting nice questions

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10 Dec 2008, 09:26
lgon wrote:
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

Should not the answer be E???

This one was wierd.

A seems to be the best though. BC out b/c we need plural for "products"

D is redudant and just wrong.

E: no need for they.

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10 Dec 2008, 11:23
lgon wrote:
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

Should not the answer be E???

I'm going to say A .... products is plural, need to use were. Even though never were sold seems ackward, it's the best choice

E seems wrong because they is ambiguous

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11 Dec 2008, 04:32
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lgon wrote:
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 Hold
(B) funding for instructional material, never was products is plural
(C) funding, the instructional material, was never products is plural
(D) funding for instructional material, the products were never repitition of products is redundant
(E) funding, they were never since that has already been used in the sentence, so the use of they is redundant

Should not the answer be E???

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11 Dec 2008, 09:02
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it has to be plural thus it's either A or E. E use of 'they' is ambiguous, thus A.

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11 Dec 2008, 09:08
great explanation iamcste . +1 for you.

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