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Hi, please take a look at following two questions. Which answer would you choose and why?

1. By merging its two publishing divisions, the company will increase their share of the country’s $21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging from obscure textbooks to mass-market paperbacks. A. their share of the country’s$21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging
B. from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the $21 billion book market in the country, which ranges C. to 10 percent from 6 percent in their share of the$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging
D. in its share, from 6 percent to 10 percent, of the $21 billion book market in the country, which ranges E. to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country’s$21 billion book market, which ranges

2. A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1980.

A. that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times
B. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
C. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
D. CEO’s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
E. CEO’s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times
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02 May 2011, 15:01
For (1), B seems to make the most sense in the way the two sets of numbers no longer appear jumbled, one number + concept and then another number + concept, unlike the unchanged A. C, D, and E just either make things worse (C, E) or just split it up into a bunch of terribly fitting fragments (D).

For (2), it seems the original A makes the most sense. C, D, and E are eliminated again because the sentence becomes way too fragmented (C), have an unnecessary break (D), or don't make sense verb wise (E). A and B seem fine enough, but A works better without as many commas.

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03 May 2011, 02:23
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Hi, please take a look at following two questions. Which answer would you choose and why?

1. By merging its two publishing divisions, the company will increase their share of the country’s $21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging from obscure textbooks to mass-market paperbacks. A. their share of the country’s$21 billion book market from 6 percent to 10 percent, a market ranging
B. from 6 percent to 10 percent its share of the $21 billion book market in the country, which ranges C. to 10 percent from 6 percent in their share of the$21 billion book market in the country, a market ranging
D. in its share, from 6 percent to 10 percent, of the $21 billion book market in the country, which ranges E. to 10 percent from 6 percent its share of the country’s$21 billion book market, which ranges

2. A recent review of pay scales indicates that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times in 1980.

A. that CEO’s now earn an average of 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, compared to a ratio of 42 times
B. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, a ratio that compares to 42 times
C. that, on average, CEO’s now earn 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
D. CEO’s who now earn on average 419 times more pay than blue-collar workers, as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio
E. CEO’s now earning an average of 419 times the pay of blue-collar workers, compared to the ratio of 42 times

For the first sentence:
By merging its two publishing divisions, the company will increase......

it should increase something from x to y value.

A is wrong as it uses their share and not its share.
B seems Ok so keep it on hold.
C is wrong as it also use their.
D is ill-formed.
E Just notice:
its share of the country’s $21 billion book market it should have been its share of$21 billion book market in country

SO B is correct.

For the second sentence:
D and E are out as we need to use that with indicate.
B the usage is faulty
a ratio that compares to 42 times
C also has faulty composition.
as compared to 42 times their pay, the ratio

So A seems to be the correct choice.
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