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C and D are out right away because "as either" should be "either as" to match "or as." B is out because "or" should have "as" after it to match "either as." These are very easy parallelism issues to catch.

The easiest way to get rid of E is to notice that "them" is trying to refer to something in the subordinate clause.

A's parallel structures and pronouns are all correct.
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The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation of a new digital imprint division, under which it will publish about 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

A) works to be sold online as either electronic books or --- Correct
B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or --- "as" is wrong here (it should be "either as X or as Y")
C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as -- again wrong for same reason as of B
D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as --- selling them wrong
E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or --- "it will sell them "-- no need of this

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IMO it's A ...as only option A is structurally(Either....Or) correct.
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The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation of a new digital imprint division, under which it will publish about 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

A) works to be sold online as either electronic books or --- Correct
B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or --- "as" is wrong here (it should be "either as X or as Y")
C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as -- again wrong for same reason as of B
D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as --- selling them wrong
E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or --- "it will sell them "-- no need of this

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The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation of a new digital imprint division, under which it will publish about 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

A) works to be sold online as either electronic books or - CORRECT
B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or - WRONG - either as X.... or Y (should be either as X or as Y)
C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as - WRONG - as either X .... or as Y (should be as either X or Y)
D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as - WRONG - as either X....or as (should be as either X or Y)
E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or - WRONG - same subject, so "it" is redundant. Moreover, never use a comma before and to link two dependent clauses.
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The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation of a new digital imprint division, under which it will publish about 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

A) works to be sold online as either electronic books or
Right idiom: as either X or Y.

B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or
Wrong idiom: either as X or Y.

C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as
Wrong idiom: as either X or as Y.

D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as
Wrong. "will publish" and "selling" are not parallel.

E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or
Wrong. The use of "it" is redundant because same subject.
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This is a very good question that exemplifies the importance of understanding the meaning of the sentence in order to arrive at the correct answer:
Check out this video for detailed explanation. Note that I have only discussed choices A and E in the video.


Let me know if you have any other doubts about this :)

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Hi, You said said there is no grammatical error in E. But I am confused that why I will use comma before and to indicate two independent clause. Besides, Use of "it" after and makes the choice redundant. Because " it" is not at all necessary if I even want to mean that publisher will sell the them. Would you please correct me?

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Can someone please explain "that refers to 'them' - something in the Subordinate clause"....It completely lost me...

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The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation of a new digital imprint division, under which it will publish about 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

A) works to be sold online as either electronic books or
B) works to sell them online, either as electronic books or
C) works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as
D) works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as
E) works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or

How does "and" change the meaning in E in comparison with A?
How should we understand the meaning of that choice?


Addressing your query ...how does and changes the meaning !!

The orignal intend of the sentence is that the 20 purely digital works will be pulished with an intention to sold online in form of electronic books or ...

which is perfectly conserved in A, In E --> Structure wise sentence has no error, but the intention of publisher to publish books is missing...therefore wrong !!!

Always remember that to ...verb form is used to express intention or plan..

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The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation of a new digital imprint division, under which it will publish about 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

A. works to be sold online as either electronic books or
B. works to sell them online, either as electronic books or
C. works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as
D. works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as
E. works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or


Why is C incorrect

Can someone explain why E is incorrect?

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The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation of a new digital imprint division, under which it will publish about 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

A. works to be sold online as either electronic books or
B. works to sell them online, either as electronic books or
C. works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as
D. works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as
E. works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or


Why is C incorrect

Can someone explain why E is incorrect?


E is wrong because:

1. Structure problem: A will do X and do Y
+ No comma before "and" because there are ONLY TWO items in the list. X and Y --> correct; X, and Y --> wrong.
+ Redundant: A will do X, and A will do Y --> Repeat subject and auxiliary. GMAT prefers A will do X and (will) do Y.

2. Intended meaning:
+ By separating a clause into two different clauses, E does not convey the plan/intention of action "publish 20 digital works"

Thus, E is incorrect.

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One small trick for elimination is: In American English, whenever we have 3 or more items, we have comma just before and. In two items and doesn't have comma before it.
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The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation of a new digital imprint division, under which it will publish about 20 purely digital works to be sold online as either electronic books or downloadable copies that can be printed upon purchase.

A. works to be sold online as either electronic books or
B. works to sell them online, either as electronic books or
C. works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as
D. works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as
E. works, and it will sell them online as either electronic books or


Why is C incorrect


why E is wrong, the hardest thing

in generla english, " and" is used to make the second clause and to say that the action in second clause have some meaning relation with the first action. on gmat land, this meaning relation is not accepted by gmat. gmat consider "and" is used to connect two actions which are separate and have no meaning relation

E means
under which, it sell book and it publish books. there is no meaning relation and no time relation-no subsequent actions- between the two actions. NO LOGIC

in C, the meaning relation is close.
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The important thing to note in this context is that by using the passive voice ‘to be sold’ the text does not say who is going to sell the digital works. To assume that the company itself is going to sell them is a significant change of meaning. That is the reason choices B, C, D, and E fall by the wayside. D in addition is a fragment. Then add to this the additional grammar requirement of correlative conjunction parallelism and you will find A glaring as the right choice, even dispelling the close E.

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The important thing to note in this context is that by using the passive voice ‘to be sold’ the text does not say who is going to sell the digital works. To assume that the company itself is going to sell them is a significant change of meaning. That is the reason choices B, C, D, and E fall by the wayside. D in addition is a fragment. Then add to this the additional grammar requirement of correlative conjunction parallelism and you will find A glaring as the right choice, even dispelling the close E.


Hello daagh,

Can you please explain what kind of verb tense is 'To be sold' and how does it fit in this sentence?
I eliminated this choice considering, it will sell (future) in E fits well with the announcement.

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The important thing to note in this context is that by using the passive voice ‘to be sold’ the text does not say who is going to sell the digital works. To assume that the company itself is going to sell them is a significant change of meaning. That is the reason choices B, C, D, and E fall by the wayside. D in addition is a fragment. Then add to this the additional grammar requirement of correlative conjunction parallelism and you will find A glaring as the right choice, even dispelling the close E.


Hello daagh,

Can you please explain what kind of verb tense is 'To be sold' and how does it fit in this sentence?
I eliminated this choice considering, it will sell (future) in E fits well with the announcement.

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"to be sold" is not a verb at all, and hence it does not have any tense as such. It is an infinitive in passive form.

Nonetheless, I cannot make out convincingly why E would not be the correct answer - probably because A is more economical with words to express the same meaning.

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This question is a case of parallelism error. The construction is 1. as either A or B 2. either as A or as B

A) Works to be sold online as either electronic books or
B) Works to sell them online, either as electronic books or
C) Works and it will sell them online as either electronic books or as
D) Works, and selling them online as either electronic books or as
E) Works, and it will sell them online either as electronic books or

All the options but A use the wrong construction.

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