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# Unlike most other mergers in the utility industry, which have been

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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

(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

Originally posted by marine on 23 Sep 2004, 15:46.
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A. and electric company is intended to create a huge marketing network for the utilities in question with states opening ------ wrong because, if the gas and electric company were one entity, there is no question of a merger with another company. One cannot defend that it is merger between two divisions within the company. The text is not saying so

B. and electric companies are intended to create a huge network for marketing the utilities in question as states open ---- are intended is plural ---wrong

C. and electric companies are intended to create a huge network that will be marketing the utilities in question, with states opening--- same as in B

D. company and electric company are intending to create a huge marketing network for the utilities in question, with states opening ----same as in B

E. company and leading electric company is intended to create a huge network for marketing the utilities in question as state’s open --- The best option; the merger is between two entities and there is no SV error

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Originally posted by daagh on 19 May 2013, 20:22.
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23 Sep 2004, 20:19
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I will choose E.

1. merger "is". So, B, C and D are out.
2. The leading gas company and leading electric company - two different companies are needed for a merger. A makes it look like one compant (leading gas and electric company)
3. "as states open" seems correct.
E - the merger is intended to create a huge network with states opening market (looks like the states opening market is mandatory and coordinates for creating a network)
A - the merger is intended to create a huge network as states "open" market
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E

In A:
gas and electric company
incorrect. should be companies. moreover introducing clause with "as" in E is better than prepositional phrase begginning "with" in A.
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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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the subject 'merger' should have a singular verb 'is'. This leaves us with A and E.

I will choose A against E - because, 'with states opening' sure makes more meaningful sense compared to 'as states open'
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Pl help. I marked ans A but the ans is E.
I had brought it down to A & E only because of singular "is" then got confused and marked 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.

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

Dear Tanmay,

Pay close attention to the meaning of the sentence. The sentence is talking about mergers.

When we are talking about "merging", logically at least two entities should be present.

However, Option A says "the merger of the gas and electric company". This is illogical. There needs to be at least another company for this company to be merged with. Option A is incorrect for this reason.

Observe that Option E corrects this error by saying "the merger of gas company and electric company".

Hope this helps

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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?

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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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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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.

I hope this helps!
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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!
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Pl help. I marked ans A but the ans is E.
I had brought it down to A & E only because of singular "is" then got confused and marked 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.

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, 11:34
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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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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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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18 Apr 2018, 07:24
GMATNinja can you please advice on this question as to why option A is incorrect
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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

(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

The subtle meaning is that a merger could only happen between two distinct entities and not between two departments of the same company. That consideration will come later. Before that

The subject is the singular merger and therefore the plural verb 'are' is a childish mistake. Drop C, D, and E in a single slash

Between A and E, we can see that the diction makes it clear that it is a merger between two different companies and not between the two arms of the same company as can be inferred in A.
E is the correct choice.
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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?
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08 May 2019, 01:43
look at choice a
with+noun+noun modifier can work as an adverb to modify the main clause. but we need comma after the phrase if this phrase comes before the main clause or comma before "with" if this clause come after the clause.

so, we need "question , with state..."

without comma, "with states..." modifies "questions". this case is unacceptable grammatically.
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longhaul123 wrote:
GMATNinja can you please advice on this question as to why option A is incorrect

Quote:
(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.

I hope this helps!

Hello daagh Gmat Ninja - I thought ellipses was at play in option A.
the nation's leading gas and electric company = the nation's leading gas company and electric company.. why not? We always do this, don't we?
Example - Mr. and Ms. Jones, March and Feb holidays etc etc. Then why not here?
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