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New post 23 May 2012, 10:52
the statement has "shows" then shouldn't it be "are"? or "bring" ?- singular/plural rules?
or is there any reason why here it shouldn't work?

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New post 23 May 2012, 12:17
@daagh thanks. I was pretty confused if i should pick present progressive tense, since most materials say that gmat prefers simple tenses! Any ways I think in the context of this sentence progressive tense seems better. Though it would be of good help if you could pull out some rule that helps to make such a choice in tenses.

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New post 23 May 2012, 12:18
@kashishh iMo which modifies reality shows (plural) and so the subsequent verbs should be accordingly.

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New post 23 May 2012, 16:30
My answer was E.

Ron has answered this question very well http://www.beatthegmat.com/reality-tele ... 54890.html
he says B/D could be the answer. This question, though, has a that instead of a which. That means this does not really apply as the modifier has to the closest one. For this one, I guess B would be the best answer.

Missed the fact that continous tense is needed. I make this mistake often.

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thanks akrish1982 for the link.

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for the benefit of ppl reading this.. the most important takeaway for me formm that link was
"Use of the simple tense would indicate that the market or television shows always or generally bring(s) people onto the screen with increasing frequency, changing the intended meaning of the sentence.

Natural disasters bring out the best in people. (an atemporal observation)
The earthquake in Haiti is bringing out the best in people (happening now). "

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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.

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

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Is a subject of this sentence "a boomining market"

Then, can I say like this?
-> A booming market for "reality"television shows has grown out of the public's interest in the details of and conflicts in other people's lives.

4. other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which is bringing (correct answer)

Also, as far as I know, "which" always modifies a preceding word. That's why I picked 5 as an answer.
But in the correct answer "which" modifies "a booming market"

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Something is wrong with OA.

Which is modifing Shows. 'Shows' is plural so which are bringing is correct constuction. I fail to undestand why option D is correct. Please put some light on official explaination. KAPLAN experts please clarify.
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New post 19 Jun 2012, 09:51
I picked D but I'm not entirely convinced because of the "which" issue as mentioned above.

My rationale for picking D:

The shows are not bringing people onto the television screen. It is the market (think supply/demand) that generates an increased frequency.

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i noted three things
1.) have - with public interest, must be 'has'
2.) modifier 'which' are for shows - shows is plural so 'are'
3.) people's lives - shouldn't it be people's life, i think person's life' is better usage but not able to get grammatical reason for it

i opted B - and wrong.

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You've chosen a tricky question indeed--I've seen no fewer then four threads on the subject! But here is one from last year with a detailed explanation of why the correct answers is correct. I hope it clears up your confusion!
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Hm...interesting sentence. Can't see errors. Jumping right into choices:

- While reading B, clearly see that "has" is better than have, so eliminate A
- Eliminate C from "another person's"
- Eliminate E because "which bring" doesn't work with "increasing frequency"

So it's B or D, so "which are" or "which is". I'm not sure here because this seems like it could refer to either the booming market or tv shows, but it ultimately seems like booming market as that connects to increasing frequency. So D it is.

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other people’s lives has grown a booming market for “reality” television shows, which is bringing

D sounds correct here because of use of singular "is" and "television shows" and use of "has"
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If "...That are bringing regular people…" modifies market, how come a market can "bring people onto television"?
IMO "That are bringing regular people…" modifies tv shows, so and B would be correct.

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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!


The answer to this question is B. The subject here is "booming market" so "has" is needed. To decide between is bringing/are bringing we need to look at what "which" is referring to. In this case which is referring to television shows so we need are bringing.

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E and B are close calls for me, I went with B because of the "which" modifier " touch rule. Hence is this case which is modifying "television Shows" and not public interest which is far away.

To me, B is gramatically superior to D, BUT can somebody tell me wether the reverse is true in case of meaning?

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i would go for B due to the which touch rule.
Can some one please explain this and if D is correct, then when to use the which touch rule ...
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i would go for B due to the which touch rule.
Can some one please explain this and if D is correct, then when to use the which touch rule ...


Hi ankur,

this is a debatable question...as based on OA....so will suggest you to discard it from your list.

moreover IMO B too.

which is modifying tv shows...so we need plural verb here.

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Guys now that I revisit this question, I feel D is right. Which refers to the booming market ( singular) hence we need 'is' not 'are'. Has refers to people's interest which is again singular.

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