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# Unlike most other mergers in the utility industry, which hav

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09 Jun 2017, 01:56
A. and electric company is intended to create a huge marketing network for the utilities in question with states opening
B. and electric companies are intended to create a huge network for marketing the utilities in question as states open
C. and electric companies are intended to create a huge network that will be marketing the utilities in question, with states opening
D. company and electric company are intending to create a huge marketing network for the utilities in question, with states opening
E. company and leading electric company is intended to create a huge network for marketing the utilities in question as states open
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04 Oct 2017, 12:34
I know the best option is E but what I know is that during comparison using like or unlike, both the two entities should either be plural or singular, Here one is plural "mergers" and second is singular "merger" , Doesnt that make the question wrong itself?
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04 Oct 2017, 20:13
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I know the best option is E but what I know is that during comparison using like or unlike, both the two entities should either be plural or singular, Here one is plural "mergers" and second is singular "merger" , Doesnt that make the question wrong itself?

IMO both entities for this kind of comparison should be noun. And this question satisfies that condition.

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04 Oct 2017, 20:39
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utkbits wrote:
I know the best option is E but what I know is that during comparison using like or unlike, both the two entities should either be plural or singular, Here one is plural "mergers" and second is singular "merger" , Doesnt that make the question wrong itself?

IMO both entities for this kind of comparison should be noun. And this question satisfies that condition.

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i am not sure on this. you are saying that the below sentence is correct?

Unlike the white cats, the black cats are fearless.

I know both are nouns but I dont think we can compare plural with singular. Can anyone else opine here?
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05 Oct 2017, 03:12
utkbits wrote:
i am not sure on this. you are saying that the below sentence is correct?

Unlike the white cats, the black cats are fearless.

I know both are nouns but I dont think we can compare plural with singular. Can anyone else opine here?

Hello utkbits,

Take a look at the original sentence:

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.

The two compared entities highlighted in the above-mentioned sentence lie in the non-underlined portion. Hence we cannot change these entities.

This usage makes it very clear that singular entities can be compared to plural entities. The number of the noun entities compared does not affect the comparison. What we must make sure is that the compared entities must be grammatical - must play the same function in the sentence - and logical - they must be logically comparable.

Official sentences are not only for practice. Such usages in official sentences help us learn new usages that we may not be aware of.

Hope this helps.
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16 Oct 2017, 10:47
Options B, C and D are out because it says the merger are (wrong) Merger is singular and we need is (singular).

This leaves us A and E.

Option A compares leading gas and company which is wrong.

Option E states clearly that the merger is between 2 companies (gas and electric). Therefore, option E is correct.
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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. and electric company is intended to create a huge marketing network for the utilities in question with states opening - illogical meaning -- for a merger we need two entities ;
"with states opening..." is incorrect. when you have an -ING WITHOUT COMMA modifier, like this one, it's a RESTRICTIVE ("essential") modifier. this means that we're only talking about those states that are "opening their utility markets to competition", the implication being that only some states are doing so. the intended meaning is better conveyed by "as states open..
B. and electric companies are intended to create a huge network for marketing the utilities in question as states open - Subject-verb agreement issue -- merger is singular and thus needs is
C. and electric companies are intended to create a huge network that will be marketing the utilities in question, with states opening - same as B
D. company and electric company are intending to create a huge marketing network for the utilities in question, with states opening - same as B
E. company and leading electric company is intended to create a huge network for marketing the utilities in question as states open - Correct

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18 Apr 2018, 08:24
GMATNinja can you please advice on this question as to why option A is incorrect
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18 Apr 2018, 09:16
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GMATNinja can you please advice on this question as to why option A is incorrect

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(A) 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.

The key is to think about what, exactly, is being merged. The only thing that could make sense is to have a merger of two different companies -- in this case, the leading gas company AND the leading electric company. They're two separate entities, right? But in (A), it sounds like we're somehow just merging a single "gas and electric company", and that doesn't make sense.

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23 Apr 2018, 21:32
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. and electric company is intended to create a huge marketing network for the utilities in question with states opening
B. and electric companies are intended to create a huge network for marketing the utilities in question as states open
C. and electric companies are intended to create a huge network that will be marketing the utilities in question, with states opening
D. company and electric company are intending to create a huge marketing network for the utilities in question, with states opening
E. company and leading electric company is intended to create a huge network for marketing the utilities in question as states open

I was stuck between A and E . E sounds wordy to me so I chose A, however it is incorrect
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24 Apr 2018, 07:41
A. and electric company is intended to create a huge marketing network for the utilities in question with states opening

E. company and leading electric company is intended to create a huge network for marketing the utilities in question as states open

'Merger' is singular, and they do it to market the utilities / not to create a huge marketing network for the utilities.

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