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# The use of the bar code, or Universal Product Code, which was created

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30 May 2019, 17:47
The use of the bar code, or Universal Product Code, which was created in part to enable supermarkets to process customers at a faster rate, has expanded beyond supermarkets to other retail outlets and have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974.

(A) have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974( use of have incorrect): as its not parallel and if you will see the non-underline part. There they have used has. So its a clue for those who are getting confuse between have and has. So right answer should be HAS)

(B) has become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when they were first introduced in 1974( They????? to whom its referring. So wrong)

(C) have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when first introduced in 1974( use of have incorrect): as its not parallel and if you will see the non-underline part. There they have used has. So its a clue for those who are getting confuse between have and has. So right answer should be HAS)

(D) has become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when the bar code was first introduced in 1974. ( Correct. if you will compare B and D. In place of THEY. they have clearly mentioned the bar code( now its clear to whom its referring)

(E) bar codes have become readily accepted despite initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974( use of have incorrect): as its not parallel and if you will see the non-underline part. There they have used has. So its a clue for those who are getting confuse between have and has. So right answer should be HAS)
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The use of the bar code, or Universal Product Code, which was created in part to enable supermarkets to process customers at a faster rate, has expanded beyond supermarkets to other retail outlets and have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974.

(A) [b]have[/b] become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974

(B) has become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when they were first introduced in 1974: has : correct, They refer to??? so wrong

(C) have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when first introduced in 1974

(D) has become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when the bar code was first introduced in 1974: has correct

(E) [b]bar codes[/b] have become readily accepted despite initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974
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AbdurRakib wrote:
GMAT® Official Guide 2018

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Question No.: SC 707
Page: 687

The use of the bar code, or Universal Product Code, which was created in part to enable supermarkets to process customers at a faster rate, has expanded beyond supermarkets to other retail outlets and have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974.

(A) have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974

(B) has become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when they were first introduced in 1974

(C) have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when first introduced in 1974

(D) has become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when the bar code was first introduced in 1974

(E) bar codes have become readily accepted despite initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974

Universal Product Code

(A) Subject-Verb (have); Pronoun (it)

(B) Pronoun (they)

(C) Subject-Verb (have)

(D) CORRECT

(E) Pronoun (it)

First glance

Most of the answers begin with either have or has; find the Subject to determine whether the Verb should be singular or plural.

Issues

(1) Subject-Verb: have

Check the subject-verb pairings for all of the answer choices. Answers (A) and (C) both say the use of the bar code … have become readily accepted. Use is singular and have is plural, so eliminate choices (A) and (C) for a bad subject-verb match.

Answers (B) and (D) both correctly use the use … has become. Answer (E) changes the form to insert a new, plural subject for the final, plural verb: bar codes have. Keep these choices in.

(2) Pronoun: it; they

The it pronoun in the original sentence does match the singular bar code, but there’s still a difficulty. It is a subject pronoun, so the first expectation is to check the subject earlier in the sentence to see whether that subject is the antecedent for the pronoun. In this case, the subject is use. But the use was not first introduced in 1974. Rather, the bar code was. This potential ambiguity is enough to give answer (A) a question mark, though the test will likely give you a stronger reason to eliminate this answer (in this case, that’s the subject-verb mismatch).

Answer (B) uses the pronoun they in the same position. Use, bar code, and Universal Product Code are all singular; none can match with the plural pronoun they.

Answer (E) introduces a new plural subject, bar codes, but then pairs that with the singular pronoun it. In this case, the sentence should use they; eliminate (E) for a faulty pronoun match.

Correct answer (D) pairs the singular verb has become with the singular subject use. It avoids the pronoun issue entirely by repeating the words bar code rather than using a pronoun.

in choice (E), there is a typo. The word "some" is missing here. The original from OG is given bellow.

(E) bar codes have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974

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16 Jun 2019, 09:47
RashedVai wrote:
AbdurRakib wrote:
GMAT® Official Guide 2018

Practice Question
Question No.: SC 707
Page: 687

The use of the bar code, or Universal Product Code, which was created in part to enable supermarkets to process customers at a faster rate, has expanded beyond supermarkets to other retail outlets and have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974.

(A) have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974

(B) has become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when they were first introduced in 1974

(C) have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when first introduced in 1974

(D) has become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when the bar code was first introduced in 1974

(E) bar codes have become readily accepted despite initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974

Universal Product Code

(A) Subject-Verb (have); Pronoun (it)

(B) Pronoun (they)

(C) Subject-Verb (have)

(D) CORRECT

(E) Pronoun (it)

First glance

Most of the answers begin with either have or has; find the Subject to determine whether the Verb should be singular or plural.

Issues

(1) Subject-Verb: have

Check the subject-verb pairings for all of the answer choices. Answers (A) and (C) both say the use of the bar code … have become readily accepted. Use is singular and have is plural, so eliminate choices (A) and (C) for a bad subject-verb match.

Answers (B) and (D) both correctly use the use … has become. Answer (E) changes the form to insert a new, plural subject for the final, plural verb: bar codes have. Keep these choices in.

(2) Pronoun: it; they

The it pronoun in the original sentence does match the singular bar code, but there’s still a difficulty. It is a subject pronoun, so the first expectation is to check the subject earlier in the sentence to see whether that subject is the antecedent for the pronoun. In this case, the subject is use. But the use was not first introduced in 1974. Rather, the bar code was. This potential ambiguity is enough to give answer (A) a question mark, though the test will likely give you a stronger reason to eliminate this answer (in this case, that’s the subject-verb mismatch).

Answer (B) uses the pronoun they in the same position. Use, bar code, and Universal Product Code are all singular; none can match with the plural pronoun they.

Answer (E) introduces a new plural subject, bar codes, but then pairs that with the singular pronoun it. In this case, the sentence should use they; eliminate (E) for a faulty pronoun match.

Correct answer (D) pairs the singular verb has become with the singular subject use. It avoids the pronoun issue entirely by repeating the words bar code rather than using a pronoun.

in choice (E), there is a typo. The word "some" is missing here. The original from OG is given bellow.

(E) bar codes have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974

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20 Jun 2019, 02:09
Sentence analysis :

The use of the bar code, or Universal Product Code, which was created in part to enable supermarkets to process customers at a faster rate, has expanded beyond supermarkets to other retail outlets and have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974.

- the use of bar code - has expanded and have become - SV error.
- it is referring to "use of bar code", where as it should have been bar code itself.

(A) have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974 - errors as defined

(B) has become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when they were first introduced in 1974 - they is not right, they referring to bar code - not right

(C) have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when first introduced in 1974 - first intrduced what - use of bar code - wrong

(D) has become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when the bar code was first introduced in 1974 - ok

(E) bar codes have become readily accepted despite some initial opposition when it was first introduced in 1974
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