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# The largest trade-book publisher in the US has announced the creation

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01 Feb 2012, 20:41
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Hello Everyone,

1. 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 option B incorrect? The correct answer is A.

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01 Feb 2012, 21:21
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This is primarily a test of the //ism of correlative conjunctions ‘either - or’: On the right of both either and or, you must have // form and meaning. B, C, and D fail this test.

Between A and E: The secondary factor is the use of pronoun ‘it’. What does ‘it' refer to in choice E. It may be either the publisher or the division. Its antecedent is ambiguous. Thus, A survives by avoiding the use of any hazy pronoun.
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01 Feb 2012, 21:32
daagh wrote:
This is primarily a test of the //ism of correlative conjunctions ‘either - or’: On the right of both either and or, you must have // form and meaning. B, C, and D fail this test.

Between A and E: The secondary factor is the use of pronoun ‘it’. What does ‘it' refer to in choice E. It may be either the publisher or the division. Its antecedent is ambiguous. Thus, A survives by avoiding the use of any hazy pronoun.

Gotcha! Just for my understanding, would the below formation be considered parallel?

And is the below one preferred?

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01 Feb 2012, 22:15
Both forms are parallel; but you see, the second format is somewhat concise since it avoids repetition of as; so that far, it is slightly more preferable in GMAT SC and that is the one in A and E
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01 Feb 2012, 22:23
very good question .Refreshing the concepts.Yes A is the answer .
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16 Jan 2019, 06:03
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Hello Everyone,

1. 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 option B incorrect? The correct answer is A.

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-largest- ... 69573.html
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