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# The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-pri

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The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for \$950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market.

(A) million, which is part of a deal that will make

(B) million, a part of a deal that makes

(C) million, a part of a deal making

(D) million as a part of a deal to make

(E) million as part of a deal that will make

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Originally posted by LM on 03 Jun 2007, 03:59.
Last edited by Bunuel on 12 Dec 2018, 04:38, edited 1 time in total.
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I wouldn’t think that there is great hair-splitting difference between a part of a deal and as part of a deal. But in C the problem is that a part refers to the million, by virtue of the comma before it while in E as part of a deal refers to the entre clause before it. As per Ron’s view, ‘a part’ is used for more concrete nouns such as 950 million and as part of is used for inconcrete and less perceptible abstract events like purchase or acquisition
Here the sentence means to focus on the event rather than the money involved
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32. The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for \$950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market,
A) million, which is part of a deal that will make
B) million, a part of a deal that makes
C) million, part of a deal making
D) million as a part of a deal to make
E) million as part of a deal that will make

I think this question is discussed before but I chose wrong answers both times ... can some one explain in details why each option is wrong/write?

A - 'which' refers to 950 million. If you think about it, 950 million is NOT part of a deal, the purchase is. Hence WRONG
B - Simple present tense is used to denote a future event. Hence WRONG
C - Same Tense error as in (B)
D - Did the company announce the purchase with an intent ('to make') to become the largest manufacturer? The original sentence does not state that.. Hence WRONG
E - Correct.
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Good question. Meaning wins!

The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for \$950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market,

A) million, which is part of a deal that will make
Wrong even the option is quite attractive.
Meaning: "which" modifies the CLOSEST noun "590 million" <-- wrong meaning because 590M is NOT a part that will make the computer company the largest manufacture. In fact, the purchase (an action) of the color-printing division is a part that makes the computer the largest manufacturer.

B) million, a part of a deal that makes
Wrong. Because the company will purchase.............. --> Future tense should be used, not simple present tense.

C) million, a part of a deal making
Wrong. Because the company will purchase.............. --> Future tense should be used.

D) million as a part of a deal to make
Wrong meaning. It seems the company will purchase the printing division to make it largest manufacturer. The intended meaning is that the deal makes the company the largest manufacturer.

E) million as part of a deal that will make
Correct. Only E keeps correct grammar and intended meaning.

Hope it helps.
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32. The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for \$950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market,
A) million, which is part of a deal that will make
B) million, a part of a deal that makes
C) million, part of a deal making
D) million as a part of a deal to make
E) million as part of a deal that will make

I think this question is discussed before but I chose wrong answers both times ... can some one explain in details why each option is wrong/write?

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/the ... t2673.html

Good explanation by Ron
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It doesn't make sense to say that \$950 million is part of a deal that will make the company the largest manufacturer. The purchase of the rival company is part of a deal, but the price itself is not.
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Good explanation for usage of 'a part of' and 'part of'

In this case, E is correct.

IMO

as purchase is part of the deal and not \$950 million - A, B, C incorrectly uses comma

I picked E, because deal is the one that will make ....

but there is one more explanation given in the link why D is wrong?
'to make it' is incorrect as the subject in that case is 'company', and 'itself' should be used instead of 'it'.

Nice Question!
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Second part is not a stand alone Dependent clause, but has the following structure: phrase (a part of a deal) + a Dependent clause (that makes it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market).

Such structures serve as phrases (in this case, more specifically, it's called an appositive).

In B, the meaning is incorrect. It seems to suggest that \$950 million is part of a deal!

However, the intended meaning is that the purchase (of the color-printing division) is being done as part of the deal.
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The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for \$950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market,

Issue: Verb form

Analysis:
1. The non-underlined part of the sentence states that "computer company will purchase". Since, this event happens in future, the verb "be" should also be in future. So, the correct phrase is "a deal that will make...."
2. "which" is used incorrectly here to refer to the entire clause.

A) million, which is part of a deal that will make
- "Which" does not have a referent

B) million, a part of a deal that makes
- "a part" does not have a referent
- Incorrect verb form "makes"

C) million, part of a deal making
- "part" does not have a referent
- Incorrect verb form "making"

D) million as a part of a deal to make
- In correct verb form

E) million as part of a deal that will make

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The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for \$950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market,
A) million, which is part of a deal that will make
B) million, a part of a deal that makes
C) million, a part of a deal making
D) million as a part of a deal to make
E) million as part of a deal that will make

Hi Experts,

Request you to please share your reasoning on the following doubts -

Doubt 1:
OG explanation says that " The appositive phrase requires a clear antecedent; making does not indicate future tense"

However, as per -ing rules, ing modifiers are tenseless, and thus adopts the tense from the clause that it modifies.
So, I believe, we can write option C as -

a part of a deal that will make...... the tense can be adopted from the previous clause since it is the outcome of that clause. Please enlighten.

Doubt 2-
What is the difference between a part of vs part of vs the part of .

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Doubt 1:
OG explanation says that " The appositive phrase requires a clear antecedent; making does not indicate future tense"

However, as per -ing rules, ing modifiers are tenseless, and thus adopts the tense from the clause that it modifies.
So, I believe, we can write option C as -

a part of a deal that will make...... the tense can be adopted from the previous clause since it is the outcome of that clause. Please enlighten.

u r missing a major flaw in C: meaning wise C is nonsensical
ask ur self :is it a part of a deal or the deal itself that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market
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The thing to remember here is that the deal is yet to be completed; the company will purchase the new division sometime later. So the part of the deal that makes it the largest blah –blah will also happen only in the future.

a) million, which is part of a deal that will make -- future tense is ok, but the reference for which is wrong. It is the purchase that is part of the deal and not \$950 M
b) million, a part of a deal that makes --- present tense is wrong

c) million, a part of a deal making --- the present participle is wrong

d) million as a part of a deal to make --- infinitive to make is wrong; This changes the meaning that the deal’s purpose itself is to make it the largest company

e) million as part of a deal that will make --- use of future tense is correct; hence the correct answer
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First, if only one choice has a given meaning, it's probably not right unless the other meanings are clearly flawed. Second, it's hard to imagine that the rival would agree to a deal with the specific purpose of making this company the largest player. While that might be a clear consequence, surely that is not the *purpose* of the deal from their end.
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The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for \$950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market.

A. million, which is part of a deal that will make
which refers to the closest noun million.

B. million, a part of a deal that makes
if future simple had been used here, the sentence would have been correct.

C. million, part of a deal making
making modifies the deal, but it is only a part of the deal will make the company the largest manufacturer

D. million as a part of a deal to make
here to+infinitive suggests that the purpose is to make the company the largest manufacturer.

E. million as part of a deal that will make
correct
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The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for \$950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market.

(A) million, which is part of a deal that will make -Which is wrongly modifying million \$

(B) million, a part of a deal that makes -"part of deal" doesn't make in largest manufacturer

(C) million, a part of a deal making -"part of deal" doesn't make in largest manufacturer

(D) million as a part of a deal to make -"to make" is wrongly used here. We are talking about the outcome of a deal, not the purpose

(E) million as part of a deal that will make -Correct
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Official explanation:

D Wrong. This sentence is a little awkward (the article a in a part is unnecessary) and says something rather different; as a part of a deal to make suggests that the deal itself includes making the company the largest manufacturer rather than its being the outcome of the deal.

E Correct. The future tense is used throughout and the sentence structure is clear.
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28 Jan 2018, 08:56
when you have noun modifiers like these - called appositives, if you happen to care about terminology - they must tag the immediately preceding noun (in the same manner as would a modifier with a comma followed by "which", for example).
see here.

according to this rule, then, choices (b) and (c) both declare that the actual amount of \$950 million is "(a) part of a deal..."
that's incorrect; it's the purchase / acquisition of the rival company's color printing division that's part of the deal. therefore, this is a misplaced modifier.
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21 Oct 2018, 05:55
can anyone plz explain what exactly 'as' in (E) means
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03 Jan 2019, 23:23
I am confuse. Pls, help

I get 700 gmat score and get into Havard, a fact many vietnamese persons know

in this above correct sentence, a fact can modify the total main clause. so, "a part ...." can modify the total main clause. so, what is the reason for eliminating choice B and C.
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19 Jan 2019, 06:31
Ron said that because "part of a deal " is a concrete noun, it can not modify the whole preceding sentence, and, so, can only modify preceding noun illogically

but why "part of a deal " is not an abstract noun which can modify the preceding clause?

I give her money in exchange for her book, a part of a deal agreed between her and me.

I see above sentence is correct. I think "part of a deal " is an abstract noun and it can refer to the whole preceding sentence.
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