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Unlike most other mergers in the utility industry, which

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I can see what I did wrong, but is it absolutely necessary to have the "company" parallel?
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Re: GMAT Prep: Gas and electric company [#permalink]

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04 Oct 2009, 05:07
Unlike most other mergers in the utility industry, which have been driven by the need to save money and extend companies' service areas, the merger of the nation's leading gas and electric company is intended to create a huge marketing network for the utilities in question with states opening their utility markets to competition.

A,B,and C are all wrong not necessarily because of parallelism issues, but rather because of meaning issues. It is not clear whether the merger is between the one "gas and electric company" and another unknown company or whether it is the merger between the "gas company" and the "electric company". So, that leaves D and E.

Regards to D and E, D is wrong because "the merger....are" is a subject-verb error. It has to be "the merger...is". Hence, E is the right answer!

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So true.... First of all my method of solving this problem
1.understand the meaning
2.understand the structure.

As we read the statement we are left in a dilemna whether the "merger" is taking place between a "gas&electric" company and some"x" company or between "gas" & "electric" company.

Structure-wise options bcd go wrong due to subject-verb agreement,

Option E correctly exemplifes the merger concept.

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04 Oct 2009, 20:53
OA is E

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Re: GMAT Prep: Gas and electric company [#permalink]

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29 Nov 2009, 03:16
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I can see what I did wrong, but is it absolutely necessary to have the "company" parallel?

I've also reached to option E as my answer. However, I've picked option E for a different reason. First of all, I've narrowed my answer choices to A and E because of the subject-verb agreement regarding the use of "is". THEN, I picked E for 2 reasons:

First reason: option A has "huge marketing network" --->it confuses us as we can't tell whether "huge" is modifying "marketing" or "network", but according to the rules of grammar, adjectives can only modify nouns. So "huge" should logically refer to "network", but option E took care of this issue.

Second reason: In option A, we have 3 prepositional phrases right next to one another. We have "for the utilities", "in question", and "with states opening." I think it's better to have only 2 prepositional phrases next to each other rather than 3! So option E took care of this issue by having only 2, which are "for marketing" and "in question." What do you guys think?

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Re: GMAT Prep: Gas and electric company [#permalink]

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“The merger” requires a singular verb ( “is” instead of “are”) hence Choice B C D are out.

As for choice A, a merger requires two companies. Here the phrase “leading gas and electric company” indicates only one company. Hence this is wrong.

Choice E is corrects all the errors. Hence is the correct answer

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Re: GMAT Prep: Gas and electric company [#permalink]

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22 Jul 2013, 02:45
There is meaning difference between A and E but notice the initial part of the underlined portion

Only E has that.
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20 Dec 2015, 02:30
I understand why E is a better choice between A and E, but can someone talk about the last phrase of the sentence - states opening vs as states open.

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