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The problem is not the ellipsis. The problem is that A says the merger between gas and electric company". It should sat say 'the merger between gas and electric companies' as two companies are involved.
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Hi, I wanted to understand is the usage of both "with states opening" in option A and "as states open" in option E correct?

As daagh noted, we don't have to worry about the construction in (A) because it doesn't make any sense for a merger to consist of a single entity.

For whatever it's worth, I think you can argue that "with states" is, at best, confusing. At first, it sounds as though the the author is referring to a "question with states" or a "network...with states," neither one of which is logical. If you read it a few times, you can probably figure out what the author intended to convey, but we had to filter out some illogical interpretations to do so.

In (E), we have "the merger of the nation's leading gas company and leading electric company is intended to create a huge network for marketing the utilities in question as states open their utility markets.." "As" indicates that one action ("the merger is intended") is happening at the same time as another action ("states open their utility markets..."). This is crystal clear, and there's no other plausible way to interpret the sentence.

If you have to re-read one answer choice several times to understand it, but the other answer choice is clear and logical, the clear and logical one will be the winner. So (E) is still better, even if we ignore the other major problem in (A). (And we wouldn't!)

I hope that helps!


If choice A acknowledged two companies, would the usage of "with" have been right if preceded by a comma?
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