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New post 09 Jan 2011, 17:54
I ll go with E.

My logic - rephrase

A booming market for “reality” television shows that bring “regular” people onto the television screen with increasing frequency has grown out of the public’s interest in the details of and conflicts in other people’s lives.

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Out of the publc's interest in the details of and conflicts in other people's lives have grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that are bringing "regular" people onto television screen with increasing frequency.

A. other people's lives have grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that are bringing
B. other people's lives has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that are bringing
C. another person's live has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that is bringing
D. other people's lives has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that is bringing
E. other people's lives has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that bring



Is there anyone think that this question is illed- written, as we all know that relative clause always stands right next to the noun modified?
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I chose B, because obviously the " reality shows" "are bringing" people to the screen, not the "market".
This question is from Kaplan 800.
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The sentence is inversed and 'the market' is the subject here, 'is bringing' is correct.
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think this question is already discussed and answer is thought as E
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This sentence is confusing only because 'that' clause is not located immediately next to the one it refers to. But once the meaning of the sentence is understood, the answer is clear D.

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anyway, I still think this question is ill-written.
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Ok; this is from Kaplan and not from GMAC and so the OA is discussable

1. Is this question abiding by the relative pronoun’s touch rule? No and why?

2. The sentence is said to be reversed and the subject is market. So what? The crux is whether the market is bringing the crowds or the tele-shows are bringing. Can the market bring the crowds without the tele - shows? That is why the word 'booming' has been used to describe the market. By any logic, the market would have remained languishing but for the tele shows that were able to tickle the public’s interest in certain kind of things. So, we can’t but conclude that the relative clause indeed modifies the shows rather than market. So the use of the singular verb ‘is bringing’, hop - stepping the noun ‘shows’ and trying to modify the distant 'market' is incongruous in IMO.

I would rather vote B in
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It does seem ill written I agree with you guys.
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Nice explaination Daagh. 1+ to you.
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Hi Folks,

This one is indeed tricky because of the 'that' being placed near the word 'shows'. Grammatically, "...shows that bring "regular" people onto the screen with increasing frequency" is correct. However, (E) fails logically. "Reality" shows are already about regular people, but (E) means that the individual shows are featuring more and more regular people, since the plural verb means 'that' modifies 'shows. This seems a little silly; it's clear from the rest of the sentence that the make-up television as a whole is changing, not just the formula of a few shows.

Further, the word 'brings' is the simple present tense. Although there are several ways to use this tense, the most common one--and the one that applies here--is the habitual action. Use of the word 'brings' means that those shows are not just shifting immediately from actors to regular folks, but have been doing so as a matter of course!

The GMAT will usually have errors in its sentences that make them grammatically untenable. But sometimes a grammatically correct but nonsensical answer will show up, and those must be eliminated too. Since (E) has a long-term habit of more and more regular folks showing up on shows that are already 'reality' shows, we can conclude that it does not produce a particularly sensible meaning.

On the other hand, (D) has "...a booming market for "reality" television shows that is...", which looks fishy because of the singular verb 'is'. But 'is' doesn't apply to the plural noun 'shows' in choice (D). Rather, the market (for shows) is changing. (D) is sound construction and matches the intent of the sentence, and for those reasons is the correct answer.

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E cannot be the answer because "bring" can be used with a plural noun. Here the noun is " a booming market". Thus, "is bringing" or option D is correct.

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think this question is already discussed and answer is thought as E

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This question is from Kaplan 800 [8ed SC#-27] The OA is D. The SC area that the question is posted is under subject/verb agreement. The solution explanation tries to emphasize how important it is at times to get rid of all the fillers so that you can see the primary subjects and verbs. In option E. [for reality television shows] is describing the subject "market", so "bring" needs to be brings. On the other hand, In option B "are bringing" should be "is bringing" because the subject at hand is still "market." I think that the concept of fillers can be confusing because often times "which" should describe the word that proceeds it but in this case it doesn't.

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Lvnguyen87 wrote:
I think that the concept of fillers can be confusing because often times "which" should describe the word that proceeds it but in this case it doesn't.


Exactly my doubt!

OA according to Kaplan 800 is D. I chose B.
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If OA is D, then what is the subject of 'is bringing....' ?

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Out of the public’s interest in the details of and conflicts in other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows that are bringing “regular” people onto the television screen with increasing frequency.

1. other people’s lives have grown a booming market for “reality” television shows that are bringing
2. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows that are bringing
3. another person’s life has grown a booming market for a “reality” television show that is bringing
4. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows that is bringing
5. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows that bring

Which one is the correct answer and why ?
This one of very good hard level questions. Answer debate is between 3 and 4 (C and D) to make it simpler, rest all looks obvious.

i.e. Subject "Out of the public’s interest " is singular so "has" .. "increasing frequency" means it has to be progressive tense so E is out.. debate between C and D ..


Since the "Booming Market" is the thing that is growing, "Has" is the correct verb. (A) can be eliminated. And, "another person's life" doesn't make much sense, unless one person (Kim Kardashian?) is on ALL reality TV. That rules out (C)

(B), (D), and (E) are all very similar to one another, but the verb following the word 'that' is different. 'that' introduces a modifier for the noun or noun-phrase preceding it. Here is where it gets tricky. "That are bringing" and "that bring" both include a plural verb. So each of these phrases modifies a plural noun: "television shows." However, (D)'s "that is bringing" is singular, meaning it modifies the singular preceding noun-phrase, "a booming market for television shows."

So what makes the most sense? Well, in (B) and (E), there is a booming market for a specific type of show: {{shows that bring/are bringing "regular people" onto the television screen with increasing frequency}}. This doesn't actually make sense! It means that there is no market for a show that has ALWAYS had real people on it, but only for shows that USED to have actors but NOW have more real people. This is clearly illogical.

On the other hand, in (D), the market is bringing real people to TV. The meaning here is clear--reality TV shows are appearing in new time slots BECAUSE of this market, which is causing this change. Since (D) is the only sentence with a logical meaning, it is the correct answer.
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I picked B...but I see why D could be the right answer....what is the OA???

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This is a toughie.. Looks like we have to use critical reasoning concepts to identify the answer between B and D. :)
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+1 for B. Subject verb agreement.

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