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Out of public's interest in the details of and conflicts

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07 Sep 2017, 01:21
KS15 wrote:

Well nice discussion here-but if this is not an official question, then it looks like a waste of time. Because if we look at the meaning and ask- 'what is it that is bringing people to TV'? It is the TV shows and not the 'market' so I would B looks to be the correct answer.

Both B and D are viable here as both "market" and "television shows" can work with the non-underline portion.

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07 Sep 2017, 04:59
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Out of public's interest in the details of and conflicts in other people's lives have grown a booming market for reality television shows, which are bringing regular people onto the television with increasing frequency.

1) Plural verb 'have' is fine as 'and' forms a compound subject. Why is has correct?
2) Which refers to the preceding noun. Then why is which referring to market?

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1) The subject of the verb "have / has" is "a booming market". Since the subject is singular, the verb should be "has". "Out of public's interest in the details of and conflicts in other people's lives" is NOT the subject of the sentence. This sentence is an example of subject-verb flip.

2) In Option D/E, "which" could refer to "shows" or "a booming market for reality television shows". Since in option D, the verb for the subject "which" is "is bringing" (singular), the antecedent for "which" is ""a booming market for reality television shows".

However option E also cannot be eliminated on solid grounds since it is meaningful to say " reality television shows bring regular people onto the television with increasing frequency".
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07 Sep 2017, 07:31
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However option E also cannot be eliminated on solid grounds since it is meaningful to say " reality television shows bring regular people onto the television with increasing frequency".

I think that we can eliminate E because "increasing frequency" signals continuous action, hence need a continuous tense.
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25 Sep 2017, 21:50
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Out of public's interest in the details of and conflicts in other people's lives have grown a booming market for reality television shows, which are bringing regular people onto the television with increasing frequency.

A. other people's lives have grown a booming market for reality television shows, which are bringing

B. other people's lives has grown a booming market for reality television shows, which are bringing

C. another persons's life has grown a booming market for reality television shows, which is bringing

D. other people's lives has grown a booming market for reality television shows, which is bringing

E. other people's lives has grown a booming market for reality television shows, which bring

My question is : What does "which" in this sentence refer to? The market or the reality television shows or is it combined phrase? My understanding was that which should always refer to noun preceding it -not sure anymore. Based on clarification, it will be either "which is" or to "which are". I am not sure. Can someone explain the rule please?

OA is D.

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I think it should be B. It is not "market" itself that is bringing audience to TV but it is shows that are bringing people to TV. As an audience, I don't care about the market but the shows.
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09 Feb 2018, 21:41
And this is why some experts have suggested test-takers to practice more OG questions.
I picked (B) because I believe booming market is not bringing people onto television, rather the shows are.
This is a bad question in my opinion.
If OA is nowhere to be found, I'm sure people are going to debate back and forth between (B) and (D).

I'd like to know how GMATNinja would approach this particular question
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09 Feb 2018, 21:56
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And this is why some experts have suggested test-takers to practice more OG questions.
I picked (B) because I believe booming market is not bringing people onto television, rather the shows are.
This is a bad question in my opinion.
If OA is nowhere to be found, I'm sure people are going to debate back and forth between (B) and (D).

I'd like to know how GMATNinja would approach this particular question

I agree with you! I probably say this too often, but the GMAT spends somewhere between \$1500 and \$3000 on every official question, and even the best test-prep companies can't compete. This one is clearly flawed, unfortunately, and isn't worth your time.

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