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# The soft drink company’s flat earnings for the second quarter reflect

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The soft drink company’s flat earnings for the second quarter reflect the success of both its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates keep down profits for multinational companies

(A) reflect the success of both its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates keep

(B) reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping

(C) reflect both the success of its restructured global system and the extent of poor currency exchange rates keeping

(D) both reflect the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extant poor currency exchange rates are keeping

(E) both reflect the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extent poor currency exchange rages are keeping

The results were the first to be reported under M. Douglas Ivester since he succeeded Roberto C. Goizueta, who died in October, as chairman and chief executive. They reflected both the success of the company's restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are dragging down profits for multinational companies.

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The soft drink company's flat earnings for the second quarter reflect the success of both its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates keep down profits for multinational companies.

Both X and Y parallelism should be applied. Hence eliminate A, D and E.

In C, "the extent of poor currency exchange rates keeping", there are incorrect meaning since the soft drink company's flat earnings do not reflect poor currency exchange rates. So eliminate C.

B correct.

A. reflect the success of both its restructured global bottling system and [the success of] the extent to which poor currency exchange rates keep

B. reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping

C. reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent of poor currency exchange rates keeping

D. both reflects the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extent poor currency exchange rates are keeping

E. both reflects the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extent poor currency exchange rates keep
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(B) Reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping
The parallelism here is one of the correlative conjunction "both … and" or in template terms, reflect --both X and Y-- where X is --the success of its restructured global bottling system and --where Y is -- the extent to which poor currency exchange rates ...
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VKat, I see where you're coming from, but both are noun phrases ("the success. . . " and "the extent . . . "). The switch you made in rewriting ("of" vs. "to which") makes a big difference. If I say "the extent of X is . . .," then the subject is "extent" and the verb is "is." However, if I say "the extent to which X is . . .," then our subject-verb pair is "X is." "Extent" has no verb and does not form a clause of its own.
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20 Oct 2017, 01:09
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The soft drink company’s flat earnings for the second quarter reflect the success of both its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates keep down profits for multinational companies

(A) reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent of poor currency exchange rates keep

(B) reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping

(C) reflect both the success of its restructured global system and the extent of poor currency exchange rates keeping

(D) both reflect the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extant poor currency exchange rates are keeping

(E) both reflect the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extent poor currency exchange rages are keeping

Answer A should always evoke the original sentence, am I wrong?
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Good catch! Why is A different from for the underlined part? Will someone post the correct version, before there can be some serious analysis?
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20 Oct 2017, 07:40
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Good catch! Why is A different from for the underlined part? Will someone post the correct version, before there can be some serious analysis?

Hi Daagh,

Can u please explain in option B how X is || Y (X= reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and Y = the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping )
b) reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping
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20 Oct 2017, 12:36
hazelnut wrote:
The soft drink company’s flat earnings for the second quarter reflect the success of both its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates keep down profits for multinational companies

(A) reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent of poor currency exchange rates keep

(B) reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping

(C) reflect both the success of its restructured global system and the extent of poor currency exchange rates keeping

(D) both reflect the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extant poor currency exchange rates are keeping

(E) both reflect the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extent poor currency exchange rages are keeping

B.

I shortened it to:

The earnings reflect both the success of x and "the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping down profits for multinational companies".

A doesn't sound right when shortened.

The earnings reflect both the success of x and "the extent of poor currency exchange rates keep down profits for multinational companies".

Also D and E are glaringly obvious when shortened.

The earnings both reflect the success of its x and y.
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20 Oct 2017, 13:38
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hazelnut wrote:
The soft drink company’s flat earnings for the second quarter reflect the success of both its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates keep down profits for multinational companies

(A) reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent of poor currency exchange rates keep

(B) reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping

(C) reflect both the success of its restructured global system and the extent of poor currency exchange rates keeping

(D) both reflect the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extant poor currency exchange rates are keeping

(E) both reflect the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extent poor currency exchange rages are keeping

B.

I shortened it to:

The earnings reflect both the success of x and "the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping down profits for multinational companies".

A doesn't sound right when shortened.

The earnings reflect both the success of x and "the extent of poor currency exchange rates keep down profits for multinational companies".

Also D and E are glaringly obvious when shortened.

The earnings both reflect the success of its x and y.

Hi,
reflect both X and Y.
X- the success of its restructured global bottling system and Y- the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping.
Here X is just a phrase and Y is a having a verb. How can X and Y are parallel
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20 Oct 2017, 13:40
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reflect both X and Y.
X- the success of its restructured global bottling system and Y- the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping.
Here X is just a phrase and Y is a having a verb. How can X and Y are parallel
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20 Oct 2017, 23:59
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IdiomSavant wrote:
hazelnut wrote:
The soft drink company’s flat earnings for the second quarter reflect the success of both its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates keep down profits for multinational companies

(A) reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent of poor currency exchange rates keep

(B) reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping

(C) reflect both the success of its restructured global system and the extent of poor currency exchange rates keeping

(D) both reflect the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extant poor currency exchange rates are keeping

(E) both reflect the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extent poor currency exchange rages are keeping

B.

I shortened it to:

The earnings reflect both the success of x and "the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping down profits for multinational companies".

A doesn't sound right when shortened.

The earnings reflect both the success of x and "the extent of poor currency exchange rates keep down profits for multinational companies".

Also D and E are glaringly obvious when shortened.

The earnings both reflect the success of its x and y.

Hi,
reflect both X and Y.
X- the success of its restructured global bottling system and Y- the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping.
Here X is just a phrase and Y is a having a verb. How can X and Y are parallel

Initially , I was also confused with this, but if you look closely the parallelism is between the noun
phrases. Let me break it down
X=The earnings reflect both the success ([color=#111111]Action noun[/color] ) of (((preposition))) its ((pronoun)) restructured global bottling system
Now,
y=The extent((Action noun))
to((preposition)) which(((Pronoun)) poor currency rate ..........

Also as i chose C) initially its wrong because the earnings have to reflect both x and y and in option C it seems as the poor currency rates start doing the job.
Hope it helps !!!!
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26 Oct 2017, 10:17
Hello expert,

I eliminated option 'b' because "the success of its restructured global bottling system" is a phrase and " the extent of poor currency rates are keeping" is a clause, then how can it be parallel?
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The soft drink company’s flat earnings for the second quarter reflect the success of both its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates keep down profits for multinational companies

(A) reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent of poor currency exchange rates keep

(B) reflect both the success of its restructured global bottling system and the extent to which poor currency exchange rates are keeping

(C) reflect both the success of its restructured global system and the extent of poor currency exchange rates keeping

(D) both reflect the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extant poor currency exchange rates are keeping

(E) both reflect the success of its restructured global bottling system and to what extent poor currency exchange rages are keeping

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Can you please verify my query the OA is B though to me option B isnot parallel kindly shade more light on it.
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18 Mar 2019, 03:40
bridgetnamugga wrote:
Can you please verify my query the OA is B though to me option B isnot parallel kindly shade more light on it.

Hi bridgetnamugga, wonder why you think B is not parallel?
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18 Mar 2019, 08:50
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bridgetnamugga wrote:
Can you please verify my query the OA is B though to me option B isnot parallel kindly shade more light on it.

Hi bridgetnamugga, wonder why you think B is not parallel?

@EducationAisle i have cleared my doubt thanks
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