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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 ..


Tough one.
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"public’s interest" -> matches -> "is bringing"
So I selected D
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New post 27 Sep 2011, 11:03
It has to be B.

"public’s interest" (singular) is modifying verb "to have" here. So we need "has"
"television shows" (plural) is modifying verb "to bring". So we need "are bringing"

B resolves both errors.

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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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Really it doesn't help. Still, the question for me why it is not B? Is it a market that brings new customers or shows do that? For me, shows definitely do that, if you have another opinion please explain.

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wow! nice question, but still can't decide between B and D.

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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?


Have vs has => "has" win because it modifies public interest

"that" modifies "market". "for reality television shows" also modifies "market"

Between C and D. "other people's lives" is more concise.
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The choice D makes sense since the subject is the "market" and not the "shows".
But still E seems a better choice to me, since it really beyond the scope of the test taker to judge whether the industry as a whole changes or just the "formula" changes for a few shows.

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Really it doesn't help. Still, the question for me why it is not B? Is it a market that brings new customers or shows do that? For me, shows definitely do that, if you have another opinion please explain.

(B), because of the plural verb 'are,' give us a long complex noun phrase: "reality" shows that are bringing regular people onto television screens with increasing regularity. (B) also tells us that there is a booming market for this type of show.

This, despite appearing grammatically correct, is logically inconsistent. Reality shows by definition bring regular people onto the screeen; it doesn't make sense for such shows to bring those people on with 'increasing regularity. Moreover, (B) implies that ONLY the reality shows that keep increasing the number of regular people they feature make up the 'booming market.' This also isn't the intended meaning of the sentence.
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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 CORRECT
E. other people's lives has grown a booming market for "reality" television shows that bring
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Great question. +1 for D

Key: market is bringing ppl with great frequency....shows are not.


Consider meaning when stuch between last 2 options.
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I am for D. A booming market........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 ..


The contention is between B & E. D is out of question as "Shows" is the subject for the verb not the "Market" - Bring.

So question is between the tenses -
Shows ARE bringing Vs Shows Bring.
Present continuous Vs Simple present.

I will select B over E here becasue of the phrase "Increasing frequency". If E is selected it will be - Reality tv shows bring Regular people onto the television screen with increasing frequency. This distorts the meaning.

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Out of people's interest ............ has grown a booming market ......that is bringing.....

IMO D

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+1 for D.Market.........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, which are bringing "regular" people onto the television screen 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 people's lives 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

Guys please reason out your answer to this question!

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guys this question was discussed a few years back but the topic ended inconclusive. Hence i am reposting the question as I look for a satisfactory answer. IMO the answer should be E. You can check the previous thread here doubts-on-a-subject-verb-agreement-question-126783.html#p1036438

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To understand this question in its logical perspective, one needs to appreciate that the shows themselves create the interest by virtue of their sensational nature and therefore people throng to see them. Therefore, it is clear that the shows entice people. Then a demand emerges and the commercial people step in to cash in on the ready-made boom to make easy money. Therefore, the booming market is the end of the chain and not the beginning.
If this tenet is clear, then this can be easily solved. Here the verb has to be plural either -are bringing or a simple present tense bring. It is now the importance of the increasing frequency can be realized. It a frequently changing one means that it is a dynamic factor and an on- going affair. What better way could be there than to describe in a progressive tense—namely, are bringing. Please also note that choice B meticulously abides by the touch rule of relative pronoun. Therefore, B is the best IMO.
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@daagh Your explanation was really hard for me to understand. Can you please rephrase since I got D in 43 seconds.

My reasoning is as follows:

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 people's lives 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

First, the subject here is public's interest. So, we need a singular verb to accompany it (has NOT have).
So, A out.

Now, we all know another should definitely be allowed here. Since, this is seldom used in GMAT and if used it comes in the form of a comparative.
So, C out.

Also, we know that people are coming with increasing frequency (Tense used needs be future tense "verb+ing")
So, E out.

Last check, exactly what is bringing. IMO the interest is bringing. So, interest is singular term. Therefore, B is out.

D is the winner.

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The trap of the passage is to convolute it by reverse writing, while the trick of the solution is to write in the normal form.
The original sentence reads as:

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, which are bringing "regular" people onto the television screen with increasing frequency.

The reversed order will be

A booming market for "reality" television shows have grown out of the public's interest in the details of and conflicts in other people's lives, which are bringing "regular" people onto the television screen with increasing frequency.
After flipping, you may now realize that the subject of the main clause is not public interest but a booming market. All the same, the subject is still is singular and there is no issue about the singular verb has grown. Therefore, A is gone

You mean to say that the use of another has no place in this context, I suppose. Therefore, C is out and I couldn’t agree more

It is not clear what you imply by saying we need future tense verb+ing and so E is out.
I have a doubt that you are rather taking verb+ing as future tense. Verb+ ing (here in this case bringing) is never a future tense. It can be a present participle or a gerund. It can be part of past progressive when we say - was or were bringing-, part of present progressive when we say is/are brining or part of a future progressive when we say will be bringing. When we use them in progressive tenses, we need to combine them with a suitable auxiliary verb to mark the tense.

In the last check, you have just stopped short of the end. It is not the interest that brings the people. The passage makes it clear in the very beginning itself that the interest is in the details and conflicts of other people’s lives. Therefore, it is the shows that draw the crowds. All that I explained in my previous note was just that. I am sorry you could not make much out of it.

However, I wonder how the flouting of the touch rule of, which is excused in Choice D. Choice B truthfully follows this touch rule creed and hence is grammatically superior to D unless somebody wants to go out of the way to justify the modification of which with the distant interest
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@daagh why did you choose B over E?

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Chose B over E for nothing much of grammatical reasons. Since the people are being drawn with increasing frequency, it looks like an on-going thing. So I think a progressive tense such as which are bringing will be better than just a staid present tense which we bring
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