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# Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December

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Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December business, as much because of their top line revenue of a year earlier being so weak as that customers were gaining a new beginning on purchasing their Christmas present.

(A) of their top line revenue of a year earlier being so weak as that
(B) of their top line revenue of a year earlier having been as weak as because
(C) of their a top line revenue of the year before being as weak as because
(D) their top line revenue a year before had been so weak as because
(E) of their top line revenue of the year before were as weak as that

106. Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December business, as much because of their top line revenue of a year earlier being so weak as that customers were gaining a new beginning on purchasing their Christmas present.
(A) of their top line revenue of a year earlier being so weak as that
(B) of their top line revenue of a year earlier having been as weak as because
(C) of their a top line revenue of the year before being as weak as because
(D) their top line revenue a year before had been so weak as because – as much because X as because Y
(E) of their top line revenue of the year before were as weak as that
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Re: Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December [#permalink]

i followed a rule here which i am not sure is correct or not :

because of followed by a noun is appropriate but if it is followed by a entire clause then we cant use because of ;

if someone can tell me if am following the right rule this would help me ;

also to cross check ; A and c eliminated being usage awkward ; B has which pointing to jaws and D has each of which " are""

Word like each , everyone , everything takes singular
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rohitkumar77 wrote:

i followed a rule here which i am not sure is correct or not :

because of followed by a noun is appropriate but if it is followed by a entire clause then we cant use because of ;

if someone can tell me if am following the right rule this would help me ;

also to cross check ; A and c eliminated being usage awkward ; B has which pointing to jaws and D has each of which " are""

Word like each , everyone , everything takes singular

Correct regarding because. Either "because of + noun" or "because clause"

While you can technically parallel "because of + noun" with "because clause", it is not preferred.

Where are you getting "jaws" and "are"? But yes, each, everyone, and everything are singular.

Side note to the question's authors: "Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December business" is probably not the correct idiom - it should probably be "from their December business" or something else. That's the downside to using non-official verbal questions.
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GMAT Pill should give an explanation....
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abhinav11 wrote:
Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December business, as much because of their top line revenue of a year earlier being so weak as that customers were gaining a new beginning on purchasing their Christmas present.

(A) of their top line revenue of a year earlier being so weak as that
(B) of their top line revenue of a year earlier having been as weak as because
(C) of their a top line revenue of the year before being as weak as because
(D) their top line revenue a year before had been so weak as because
(E) of their top line revenue of the year before were as weak as that

I am still not sure that I understand what this passage means.
Tried to follow the structure - it was not easy to.
So I chose D because of past perfect, that suits in this cas without strange "beeing", "having been" and with more clear stucture.
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Re: Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December [#permalink]
Dear Experts,

Could you pls have a look at this question, especially b/w answer options B and D.

I chose B because 1. I was convinced we don't need a past perfect tense, 2. I knew that as long as we have "as because," we were golden; we don't necessarily need the structure: as much because X as because Y and therefore "of" would lead to elimination. I applied the logic from: https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-recent-ye ... ml#p620461
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Dear Experts,

Could you pls have a look at this question, especially b/w answer options B and D.

I chose B because 1. I was convinced we don't need a past perfect tense, 2. I knew that as long as we have "as because," we were golden; we don't necessarily need the structure: as much because X as because Y and therefore "of" would lead to elimination. I applied the logic from: https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-recent-ye ... ml#p620461

Hello ap2201,

We hope this finds you well.

To answer your query, the sentence formed by Option B features the phrase "as weak as because customers were gaining", which produces an incoherent meaning.

We hope this helps.
All the best!
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Merchandisers reported mild profits in their December [#permalink]
ap2201 wrote:
Dear Experts,

Could you pls have a look at this question, especially b/w answer options B and D.

I chose B because 1. I was convinced we don't need a past perfect tense, 2. I knew that as long as we have "as because," we were golden; we don't necessarily need the structure: as much because X as because Y and therefore "of" would lead to elimination. I applied the logic from: https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-recent-ye ... ml#p620461

Most importantly—I'm not seeing any real point in using this question. It's a knockoff of this official problem from GMAC, with the functional parts copied so exactly that the imitation problem can't possibly add any learning value. Whoever "created" this problem didn't even bother to scramble the answer choices, LOL.

I don't see a citation of the source. If anyone knows the source, please post that information—if only so that we can monitor future postings from the same source, to see whether those too are just plagiarized versions of official GMAC problems.

The explanation I gave in this post (permalinked—should jump to the post once the page has finished loading) also applies to the problematic OF + [noun] + __ING construction in choice B here.
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