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The auto company attributed its recent increase in profits to both its introduction of new models in North America that are less expensive in their manufacture and to success in making its factories more efficient.

(A) to both its introduction of new models in North America that are less expensive in their manufacture and to success in
(B) to both its introduction of new models in North America that are less expensive in manufacturing and success in its
(C) to both its introducing new models in North America that are less expensive in manufacturing and to success in
(D) both to its introduction of new models in North America that are less expensive to manufacture and to success in
(E) both to its introducing new models in North America that are less expensive in their manufacturing and to success in its

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why option b is wrong here.??


I am no native, but hardly I have seen usage of "expensive in manufacturing".
Generally it is idiomatic to use "expensive to manufacture"
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As Ahmed mentioned here, it sounds idiomatic if you say expensive to manufacture rather than expensive in....... .
But quite still, I am unable to understand the meaning of the given answer. How can the recent increase in profits, which is quite clearly singular, be stated as both? (read question)
So if I go with the meaning, then I will choose option c.
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option c is wrong here because its not parallel. introducing is not parallel to success.
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I got it.
But can you help me in explaining the meaning of the correct answer.
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I got it.
But can you help me in explaining the meaning of the correct answer.


The company attributed <effect> both to <cause 1> and to <cause 2>.

effect : increase in profits
cause 1: introduction of new models...
cause 2: success in..

effect and cause are independent phrases here and they are not guided by count of each other.
the effect can have 1,2.. n number of causes.
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This is somewhat a specious GMATPREP question because of some lingering doubts. Of course ‘to manufacture’ is the right idiom and therefore no other choice but D will fit in.

That apart, the doubt is what the correlative conjunction both modifies. If it modifies the two causes then it should just prior to those two causes and be called ‘to both’ rather than ‘both to ‘. On the contrary, if both modifies profits, it should be ‘both to’ rather than ‘to both’. There seems to be no such possibility

Since there seem to be two causes, only ‘to both’ should be declared appropriate in this case. However, as per this tenet, D and E are out.

If we can ignore ‘both to and to both’ muddle, then D is the choice. Should we deem not so, then there is no correct choice that satisfies both idom and appropriate word order
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I too used idiom 'to manufacture' to filter out other answer options while attempting this one.
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If by meaning its option C. But by usage its obviously 'to manufacture' . How can Option D be correct ?? egmat need your explanation pls.
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This is somewhat a specious GMATPREP question because of some lingering doubts. Of course ‘to manufacture’ is the right idiom and therefore no other choice but D will fit in.

That apart, the doubt is what the correlative conjunction both modifies. If it modifies the two causes then it should just prior to those two causes and be called ‘to both’ rather than ‘both to ‘. On the contrary, if both modifies profits, it should be ‘both to’ rather than ‘to both’. There seems to be no such possibility

Since there seem to be two causes, only ‘to both’ should be declared appropriate in this case. However, as per this tenet, D and E are out.

If we can ignore ‘both to and to both’ muddle, then D is the choice. Should we deem not so, then there is no correct choice that satisfies both idom and appropriate word order

Dear Daag Sir,
Could you please elaborate on this subject you just discussed.
Lets assume the shortened version of the question
A) A company attributed its increase in profits to Both X and Y.
B) A company attributed its increase in profits Both to X and Y.

What is difference in meaning between these two sentences.

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The auto company attributed its recent increase in profits...

why option b is wrong here.??



If option b was "to both its introduction of new models in north america that are less in manufacturing and its success in factories more efficient" then it would be a valid contender for the correct answer choice along with option D.

In option B, there is error of parallelism. I tried to fix it.. check whether that helps to resolve your quarry.
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1. ‘Profits ‘both to’may imply that there are two profits involved. On the contrary, ‘to both’ more explicitly implies that the profits are due to two factors. Here the prompt refers to two factors rather than two profits. Doesn’t it?

Both to X and Y is unparallel; it should be ‘both to X and to Y.

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why is D better option than A?....is it not correct or better to say..." Company attribute it recent increase in profits to both...?
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Hi Tridhipal,

Tridhipal wrote:
why is D better option than A?....is it not correct or better to say..." Company attribute it recent increase in profits to both...?


in A we have 2 problems:
1. if "to" outside of "both" then there is no place for "to" before "success"
to both its introduction of new models in North America that are less expensive in their manufacture and to success in
or first "to" must be go after "both"

2. Pronoun before "introduction"
to both its introduction of new models in North America that are less expensive in their manufacture and to success in
"its" ruins parallelism with to success

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Please explain why "to both" usage is incorrect here

Also kindly explain the meaning of the sentence here
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vasuca10 - looking at your doubt I would like you to find out where you went wrong. here are few pointers to help you to do that.

1. use of Both - Both X and Y - Here X and Y must be parallel to each other. Have you identified X and Y and their parallelism ? If you do this You can eliminate A,B,C.
2. Between D and E you can easily eliminate E. Let me know if you need help with that.

Regarding Meaning, Always break the sentence in basic parts. Keep the subject and main verbs, and object but Drop the prepositional clauses etc. Try to figure out the meaning of this then one by one put dropped elements back in the structure and meaning can be understand. For solving most SC questions I use following syntax. I suggest you to have a syntax for yourself, make one what suits you the most. Now, I care for your learning and that is why saying it - No matter how easy/difficult question is, follow the syntax. When you make a comment/ ask question follow this order, this will make me understand, where things went wrong. Most people stuck one score for years, dont know how to improve. Most of the time when you follow rules, you will get answers on your own. I gave you the direction, I hope you will get your path. Ask me any pending doubts you have.

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Hi Experts,

I cant really seem to shake the idea of the use of "both to" over "to both" since the correct idiom is X attribute to Y.
Could you please shed some light on its usage here?

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Hi Experts,

I cant really seem to shake the idea of the use of "both to" over "to both" since the correct idiom is X attribute to Y.
Could you please shed some light on its usage here?

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There is no difference between attribute X to both A and B and attribute X both to A and to B. The correct option is just trying to maintain parallelism.
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