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During the tenure of Steve Jobs, which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded any large technology company in the world.

(A) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded any

(B) memorable both for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple was exceeded by that of no other

(C) who was memorable for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any

(D) who was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, Apple exceeded every other

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This one is tricky! (And apologies to anybody who saw a version with some discrepancies between the original underlined portion and answer choice (A). The problem has been fixed.) If you get too mechanical with the word "which", you can get yourself into trouble here, especially if you're not paying obsessively close attention to the meaning of each of the answer choices.

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(A) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded any

“Which” can’t modify a person, so you might automatically think that this one is wrong, since “which” seems to be modifying “Steve Jobs.” But as we discussed in our long-winded article about the many uses of “that” on the GMAT, it can be perfectly OK for a noun modifier (“that” or “which”, for example) to “reach behind” a prepositional phrase. So (A) is saying that “the tenure of Steve Jobs” was memorable for a couple of different reasons. That seems fine.

But there’s a different problem: “the growth of Apple exceeded any large technology company.” Nope. We can’t really compare the growth of Apple to “any large technology company.” (A) is out.

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(B) memorable both for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple was exceeded by that of no other

There’s a nice, clear parallelism error here: “both for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations.” “Both” is followed by a prepositional phrase, and “and” is followed by a noun, and that’s not OK. (B) is gone.

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(C) who was memorable for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any

I guess I’m OK with the modifier beginning with “who”, though I think it would make more sense if we modify the entire phrase “tenure of Steve Jobs”, instead of just Steve Jobs. But I guess it’s not DEFINITELY wrong to use “who” here.

The bigger problem is that the comparison at the end is just a tiny bit off. "That" is a singular pronoun referring back to "the growth", so then we have: “…the growth of Apple exceeded {the growth of} any technology company in the world.” This is subtle as hell, but Apple’s growth didn’t exceed the growth of any technology company – it exceeded the growth of any other technology company. Nasty! (And here’s an official question that has a similar issue, in case you think we’re inventing weird stuff.) So (C) is out.

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(D) who was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, Apple exceeded every other

As mentioned in (C), I’m not crazy about the use of “who” here, but again, I’m not sure that it’s wrong. The comparison at the end of the underlined portion is definitely wrong, though: it’s literally saying that Apple itself exceeded every other tech company, and that doesn’t make sense. (D) is gone.

Crap, I hope we like (E).

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(E) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any other

Not bad! The phrase beginning with “which” correctly modifies “the tenure of Steve Jobs”, and that makes sense. And the comparison is finally better: “the growth of Apple exceeded {the growth of} any other large tech company…” That works. (E) is the answer.
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Really confused.

E is very tempting with the phrase "that of any other". However, "which" can not modify "Steve Jobs"

Finally go for D.

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During the tenure of Steve Jobs, which was known for his dictatorial management style and for his innovative ventures, the growth of Apple Inc. exceeded any large technology company in the world.
There seems to be a typo error between and original question and option A.

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(A) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded any

Here, the growth of apple is compared with every large tech company so on the basis of an incorrect comparison. A is out!


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(B) memorable both for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple was exceeded by that of no other

I'm really not sure what this phrase 'memorable.....innovations' is modifying. I hope it's tenure, because if it's modifying the entire previous clause, it makes little sense. Plus, its in passive voice for no apparent reason. I'm going to knock this one OUT, as I think it's modification is ambiguous!


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(C) who was memorable for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any

We're talking about Steve Job's tenure, and not Steve Jobs himself so this modifier does not make any sense with the subordinate clause 'During the tenure of Steve Jobs'. I'll still keep this one, but I'm pretty sure, we need to modify tenure.


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(D) who was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, Apple exceeded every other

Apple exceeded every other company in what sense? It's not clear in this sentence. This one is OUT!


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(E) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any other

",which" modifier is correctly modifying tenure as 'of Steve Jobs' is an essential modifier, and there is a correct comparison between the growth of apple and the growth of any other large tech company.
This seems like a good contender.


Battle of C and E.
In C, we're modifying Steve Jobs with a relative modifier starting with 'who'
The original sentence is giving us more information about what his tenure was known for.

E is the answer for me :)
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During the tenure of Steve Jobs, which was known for his dictatorial management style and for his innovative ventures, the growth of Apple Inc. exceeded any large technology company in the world.

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(A) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded any- Comparison is wrong

(B) memorable both for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple was exceeded by that of no other- Both X..and Y not ||;any other is the right idiom used in comparision

(C) who was memorable for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any- Any other is the right idiom used in comparision; modifier seems to modify Steve Jobs instead of tenure

(D) who was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, Apple exceeded every other- Growth of apple must be compared with growth of other companies

(E) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any other- Correct

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I go with C.

In E which cannot refer to a person.

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During the tenure of Steve Jobs, which was known for his dictatorial management style and for his innovative ventures, the growth of Apple Inc. exceeded any large technology company in the world.

(A) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded any - Incorrect comparison -

(B) memorable both for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple was exceeded by that of no other - Awkward and passive

(C) who was memorable for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any - The growth of Apple can't exceed its own growth since any will include Apple too.

(D) who was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, Apple exceeded every other - unclear meaning - what of Apple exceeded every other

(E) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any other - Correct

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For everyone confused between C and E:
(C) who was memorable for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any
(E) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any other

C uses "...that of any" and E uses "...that of any other".

We have to use "Any other" (as in E) because if we use "any" (as in C), then we are comparing growth of apple to that of all the large technological companies-including Apple. And this is absurd. Apple's growth cannot exceed that of Apple.

Simple example:
The population of Tokyo exceeds that of any city in the world. We may say: any city's? really? even Tokyo's? Although this is normally correct in colloquial english, this is wrong sentence
The population of Tokyo exceeds that of any other city in the world. Oh, now by adding "other" we exclude Tokyo from the list of cities Tokyo is compared to.

This is why E is correct :)

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During the tenure of Steve Jobs, which was known for his dictatorial management style and for his innovative ventures, the growth of Apple Inc. exceeded any large technology company in the world.

(A) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded any. We need any other, also incorrect comparison-growth can't be compared to other companies

(B) memorable both for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple was exceeded by that of no other:What a mess

(C) who was memorable for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any:Same as A

(D) who was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, Apple exceeded every other:Meaning change

(E) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any other: Correct Answer
GMAT Ninja:My only question-In B, is it acceptable to say 'Both for A and B' or 'Both for A and for B'?Are both correct?

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GMAT Ninja:My only question-In B, is it acceptable to say 'Both for A and B' or 'Both for A and for B'?Are both correct?


Thats a good point you noticed (we often tend to read whole sentence instead of reading the bits)
It should be either For Both A and B or Both for A and for B.

So Both for A and B will distort the meaning in the complete sentence.
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GMAT Ninja:My only question-In B, is it acceptable to say 'Both for A and B' or 'Both for A and for B'?Are both correct?


Thats a good point you noticed (we often tend to read whole sentence instead of reading the bits)
It should be either For Both A and B or Both for A and for B.

So Both for A and B will distort the meaning in the complete sentence.
Experts may second me if I am correct :)


Yes, that's true.

The correct form is "Both X and Y", where X and Y MYST be ||.

In Both for A and B, X is starting a preposition while B is not. Hence, INCORRECT.
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GMAT Ninja:My only question-In B, is it acceptable to say 'Both for A and B' or 'Both for A and for B'?Are both correct?


Thats a good point you noticed (we often tend to read whole sentence instead of reading the bits)
It should be either For Both A and B or Both for A and for B.

So Both for A and B may distort the meaning in the complete sentence.
But here in this sentence it doesn't distort the meaning.

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During the tenure of Steve Jobs, which was known for his dictatorial management style and for his innovative ventures, the growth of Apple Inc. exceeded any large technology company in the world.

(A) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded any-- on first glance one would be tempted to eliminate this in a rush. but attention needs to be paid that the restrictive modifier here is modifying the tenure of Steve jobs- NOT STEVE JOBS HIMSELF. Hold onto this option.

(B) memorable both for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple was exceeded by that of no other - issues in second clause the growth of Apple was exceeded by that of no other company in the world.

(C) who was memorable for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any - DELETE, who cannot be employed for describing "tenure"

(D) who was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, Apple exceeded every other- delete same reason as C

(E) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any other- seems alright.

Comparing A and E
A) growth of apple exceeded any large technology company in the world. Comparison error - comparison between growth of a company and company is WRONG. Delete.

E) the growth of Apple exceeded that of any other- No comparision error as comparison is between growth of apple and "that" of any other company.

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During the tenure of Steve Jobs, which was known for his dictatorial management style and for his innovative ventures, the growth of Apple Inc. exceeded any large technology company in the world.

(A) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded any

(B) memorable both for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple was exceeded by that of no other

(C) who was memorable for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any

(D) who was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, Apple exceeded every other

(E) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any other



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There is something wrong in the question.

Choice A should match the original senescent. However, it missed "ventures" a word and replaces by another word "products". Also you have added this word in all choices.

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The mistake has been fixed in the original question, and the official explanation reflects the correct version.

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During the tenure of Steve Jobs, which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded any large technology company in the world.

(A) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded any

(B) memorable both for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple was exceeded by that of no other

(C) who was memorable for his dictatorial management style and his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any

(D) who was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, Apple exceeded every other

(E) which was memorable as much for his dictatorial management style as for his groundbreaking product innovations, the growth of Apple exceeded that of any other

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A is wrong as it compares growth with any company

B there is a parallelism error and " the growth of Apple exceeded that of no other" changes meaning that growth of apple exceeded no other company .

C relative phrase can not describe the tenure hence incorrect

D same as C and what apple exceeded other companies in ?

E correct relative phrase correctly modifies the tenure and comparison is correct .
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