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# The startup direct-to-consumer bike company’s first model

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The startup direct-to-consumer bike company’s first model, which, though not well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, quickly became popular with cyclists worldwide.

A. well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, quickly became

B. that well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, and they quickly became

C. as well known as some other companies’ bikes, was less expensive, quickly became

D. well known as some other company’s bike, was less expensive and quickly became

E. well known, as were some other companies’ bikes, was less expensive, quickly becoming

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04 Sep 2018, 19:45
The startup direct-to-consumer bike company’s first model, which, though not well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, quickly became popular with cyclists worldwide.

A. well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, quickly became
Errors-
1) SV error - subject is FIRST MODEL and is being modified by pronoun which. So what follows 'which' should be in agreement with singular subject. If you cut the unnecessary portion 'though not well .... bikes", the verb is were, which is incorrect.
2) usage of AS- AS is used to compare clause and is wrongly used here to talk of 'some other company's bikes.

B. that well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, and they quickly became
Apart from the error of A, a new error is introduced by usage of THEY and THAT

C. as well known as some other companies’ bikes, was less expensive, quickly became
correct..
1) AS .... AS is used and thus the usage of single as is corrected
2) WAS is correctly used

D. well known as some other company’s bike, was less expensive and quickly became
Errors of ' usage of AS' and a new error is introduced - when you cut non-essential part starting with 'which', the subject requires a VERB, which here is replaced with coordinating conjunction AND

E. well known, as were some other companies’ bikes, was less expensive, quickly becoming
errors are not corrected and other errors introduced

C
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04 Sep 2018, 20:27
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The startup direct-to-consumer bike company’s first model, which, though not well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, quickly became popular with cyclists worldwide.

A. well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, quickly became
Errors-
1) SV error - subject is FIRST MODEL and is being modified by pronoun which. So what follows 'which' should be in agreement with singular subject. If you cut the unnecessary portion 'though not well .... bikes", the verb is were, which is incorrect.
2) usage of AS- AS is used to compare clause and is wrongly used here to talk of 'some other company's bikes.

B. that well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, and they quickly became
Apart from the error of A, a new error is introduced by usage of THEY and THAT

C. as well known as some other companies’ bikes, was less expensive, quickly became
correct..
1) AS .... AS is used and thus the usage of single as is corrected
2) WAS is correctly used

D. well known as some other company’s bike, was less expensive and quickly became
Errors of ' usage of AS' and a new error is introduced - when you cut non-essential part starting with 'which', the subject requires a VERB, which here is replaced with coordinating conjunction AND

E. well known, as were some other companies’ bikes, was less expensive, quickly becoming
errors are not corrected and other errors introduced

C
Hi chetan2u sir,

I still can't get why E is wrong. As is correctly followed by a clause.

Secondly, becoming famous is typical verb+ing modifier presenting result of the previous clause. Additionally, becoming famous is makes sense with the subject of the previous clause.

For C--->

Was less exprensive, quickly became famous. - - - - > for me, it seems like something is missing between them. They look like cause and effect.

Please fill the gap in my understanding.

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04 Sep 2018, 20:38
sumit411 wrote:
chetan2u wrote:
The startup direct-to-consumer bike company’s first model, which, though not well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, quickly became popular with cyclists worldwide.

A. well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, quickly became
Errors-
1) SV error - subject is FIRST MODEL and is being modified by pronoun which. So what follows 'which' should be in agreement with singular subject. If you cut the unnecessary portion 'though not well .... bikes", the verb is were, which is incorrect.
2) usage of AS- AS is used to compare clause and is wrongly used here to talk of 'some other company's bikes.

B. that well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, and they quickly became
Apart from the error of A, a new error is introduced by usage of THEY and THAT

C. as well known as some other companies’ bikes, was less expensive, quickly became
correct..
1) AS .... AS is used and thus the usage of single as is corrected
2) WAS is correctly used

D. well known as some other company’s bike, was less expensive and quickly became
Errors of ' usage of AS' and a new error is introduced - when you cut non-essential part starting with 'which', the subject requires a VERB, which here is replaced with coordinating conjunction AND

E. well known, as were some other companies’ bikes, was less expensive, quickly becoming
errors are not corrected and other errors introduced

C
Hi chetan2u sir,

I still can't get why E is wrong. As is correctly followed by a clause.

Secondly, becoming famous is typical verb+ing modifier presenting result of the previous clause. Additionally, becoming famous is makes sense with the subject of the previous clause.

For C--->

Was less exprensive, quickly became famous. - - - - > for me, it seems like something is missing between them. They look like cause and effect.

Please fill the gap in my understanding.

Thank you = Kudos

Two problems...
1) verb error...
There is NO verb in the main sentence.. if I cut out non-essential part starting with which and ending with expensive..
The startup direct-to-consumer bike company’s first model [s], which, though not well known, as were some other companies’ bikes, was less expensive, [\s] quickly becoming
...
So quickly becoming is modifier ( ING modifier) but where is the VERB. In C verb was became, which is now converted into modifier. So first portion is incomplete with just a subject - the startup.... bike.
2) introduction of a comma after known makes WERE as verb of bike.
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04 Sep 2018, 20:58
chetan2u wrote:
sumit411 wrote:
chetan2u wrote:
The startup direct-to-consumer bike company’s first model, which, though not well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, quickly became popular with cyclists worldwide.

A. well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, quickly became
Errors-
1) SV error - subject is FIRST MODEL and is being modified by pronoun which. So what follows 'which' should be in agreement with singular subject. If you cut the unnecessary portion 'though not well .... bikes", the verb is were, which is incorrect.
2) usage of AS- AS is used to compare clause and is wrongly used here to talk of 'some other company's bikes.

B. that well known as some other companies’ bikes, were less expensive, and they quickly became
Apart from the error of A, a new error is introduced by usage of THEY and THAT

C. as well known as some other companies’ bikes, was less expensive, quickly became
correct..
1) AS .... AS is used and thus the usage of single as is corrected
2) WAS is correctly used

D. well known as some other company’s bike, was less expensive and quickly became
Errors of ' usage of AS' and a new error is introduced - when you cut non-essential part starting with 'which', the subject requires a VERB, which here is replaced with coordinating conjunction AND

E. well known, as were some other companies’ bikes, was less expensive, quickly becoming
errors are not corrected and other errors introduced

C
Hi chetan2u sir,

I still can't get why E is wrong. As is correctly followed by a clause.

Secondly, becoming famous is typical verb+ing modifier presenting result of the previous clause. Additionally, becoming famous is makes sense with the subject of the previous clause.

For C--->

Was less exprensive, quickly became famous. - - - - > for me, it seems like something is missing between them. They look like cause and effect.

Please fill the gap in my understanding.

Thank you = Kudos

Two problems...
1) verb error...
There is NO verb in the main sentence.. if I cut out non-essential part starting with which and ending with expensive..
The startup direct-to-consumer bike company’s first model [s], which, though not well known, as were some other companies’ bikes, was less expensive, [\s] quickly becoming
...
So quickly becoming is modifier ( ING modifier) but where is the VERB. In C verb was became, which is now converted into modifier. So first portion is incomplete with just a subject - the startup.... bike.
2) introduction of a comma after known makes WERE as verb of bike.
Thank you for clarification sir. I still have a small confusion though.

1) regarding missing verb in option E, why you are considering the non-essential modifier to end with expensive rather than bikes .

So if we remove the non - essential modifier - - - > The startup direct-to-consumer bike company’s first model was less expensive, quickly becoming

Thank you = Kudos
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05 Sep 2018, 03:10
Apart from the idiom error in option D, how is usage of and wrong in the sentence?

The startup direct-to-consumer bike company’s first model, which, though not as well known as some other company's bike, was less expensive and quickly became popular with cyclists worldwide.

Can someone please clear my confusion regarding connector and?

The model was

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Apart from the idiom error in option D, how is usage of and wrong in the sentence?

The startup direct-to-consumer bike company’s first model, which, though not as well known as some other company's bike, was less expensive and quickly became popular with cyclists worldwide.

Can someone please clear my confusion regarding connector and?

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The problem is not that the usage of "and" itself is incorrect. The problem is that the addition of "and" makes everything that follows "model" into a long modifier that modifies "model."

"the ... model ... which, though not as well known ..., was less expensive and ... became popular ..."

So the construction created via the use of D is basically a noun and a modifier. In other words, it has no main verb and, therefore, is not a complete sentence.
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05 Sep 2018, 17:09
Is option D incorrect because when we remove the fluff in the middle, it reads out like this and has no main verb?
The startup direct-to-consumer bike company’s first model, which, was less expensive and quickly became popular with cyclists worldwide
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05 Sep 2018, 20:01
csaluja wrote:
Is option D incorrect because when we remove the fluff in the middle, it reads out like this and has no main verb?
The startup direct-to-consumer bike company’s first model, which, was less expensive and quickly became popular with cyclists worldwide

Exactly.

Also, in the version created via the use of D, we have the following:

"though not well known as some other company’s bike"

Notice that that construction is missing an "as" before "well known", and that, as a result, it conveys the nonsensical meaning that the company's first model is not well known as being some other company's bike.
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