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What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends upon the interests and strengths of the executives responsible for overseeing the projects.

(A) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends

(B) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns are dependent

(C) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depends

(D) What an advertising agency should chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depend

(E) For an advertising agency to choose to focus on for its major campaigns depends

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IMO C

A) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends --incorrect, their has no antecedant

(B) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns are dependent---*incorrect, clause is alwyz followed by a singular verb, are is wrong ...is should be used

(C) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depends ---correct

(D) What an advertising agency should chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depend---incorrect ,verb is plural for singular subject clause

(E) For an advertising agency to choose to focus on for its major campaigns depends---incorrect, maeaning issue

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What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends upon the interests and strengths of the executives responsible for overseeing the projects.

Meaning Analysis: What AA chooses to focus on for X depends upon Y.

Error Analysis: their major campaigns ---> Advt agency is singular. So its.
Eliminate Option A.
(A) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends

(D) What an advertising agency should chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depend
should says its mandatory. Meaning changed, so eliminated.

(E) For an advertising agency to choose to focus on for its major campaigns depends
Not an intention to choose, AA chooses.

Now we are left with B and C.
(B) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns are dependent

----> 2 errors:
i.What X chooses are dependent on. Should be present tense.
ii. Focus ---> singular

So left with C.
(C) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depends
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What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends upon the interests and strengths of the executives responsible for overseeing the projects.

Meaning analysis: An advertising company decides to concentrate its major campaigns on something, and this something depends on interests and strengths of the big bosses.

Error analysis: pronoun agreement error, plural “their” have no plural antecedent, per the meaning of the sentence it have to refer to “advertising agency” – single.
Usage of “what” here is ideal.
“What” in English grammar plays 3 main functions:
1. What as a question word
2. What as a pronoun
3. What as a determiner
In our sentence “what” plays rote of a pronoun here, hence is correct.


(A) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends

(B) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns are dependent
(this choice corrects pronoun agreement error, but introduces subject-verb agreement error, since we don’t know reference noun of “what” here, is it plural or not, so, per the original sentence “what” takes “depends – singular verb – hence, we treat “what” as single)

(C) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depends

(D) What an advertising agency should chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depend
(as described above, “what” has to take singular “depends”, also "should chooses" is incorrect and distorts the intended meaning)

(E) For an advertising agency to choose to focus on for its major campaigns depends
(“for” is a coordinating conjunction, and cannot play a role of a “pronoun”, "to choose" is not intention per the original meaning)

So answer choice C is correct

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What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends upon the interests and strengths of the executives responsible for overseeing the projects.

(A) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends ( their can not refer to singular agency)

(B) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns are dependent( dependent is noun form, verb is required)

(C) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depends ( correct)

(D) What an advertising agency should chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depend( should is a modal,used for opinions,advice etc)

(E) For an advertising agency to choose to focus on for its major campaigns depends( doesn't convey the intended meaning)

Will go with choice C.

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IMO C.

What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends upon the interests and strengths of the executives responsible for overseeing the projects.

(A) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends - 'their' is wrong; 'it' can be used here for agency

(B) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns are dependent - 'dependent' induces a pronoun agreement error here

(C) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depends - correct

(D) What an advertising agency should chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depend - 'should chooses' is wrong

(E) For an advertising agency to choose to focus on for its major campaigns depends - 'for' is wrong here
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What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends upon the interests and strengths of the executives responsible for overseeing the projects.

(A) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends

(B) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns are dependent

(C) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depends

(D) What an advertising agency should chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depend

(E) For an advertising agency to choose to focus on for its major campaigns depends

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"Its" is required to refer back to the "Advertising agency". "Depends" is required to refer back to the phrase "What an advertising chooses", since phrase is always Singular.

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IMO: C

(A) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for their major campaigns depends [S-V agreement error]

(B) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns are dependent[S-V agreement error]

(C) What an advertising agency chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depends [Perfect]

(D) What an advertising agency should chooses to focus on for its major campaigns depend [S-V agreement error]

(E) For an advertising agency to choose to focus on for its major campaigns depends [Incorrect Usage of For; gives ambiguous meaning]
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Official Explanation :

If you look through the answer choices, you'll notice that some choices include their, whereas other include its. That pattern is a tip-off that the question is testing pronoun agreement.

Choice A is incorrect because the pronoun their does not agree with the singular referent advertising agency. The word agency is a tip-off that the question is testing collective nouns, which are always singular.

Choice B is incorrect because are should be is. The subject of that verb is what, which is always singular when it is used as a subject.

Choice C is correct because depends agrees with its subject, what, and its agrees with its referent, an advertising agency.

Choice D is incorrect because depend should be depends. A singular verb is required to agree with the subject what.

Choice E is incorrect because for cannot be used to begin a subject; the entire construction is grammatically unacceptable.
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