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# While most Americans have heard of and have used Microsoft products

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21 Jan 2019, 04:50
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While most Americans have heard of and have used Microsoft products, few people know that its name is actually short for “microcomputer software.”

(A) few people know that its name is actually short for “microcomputer software.”
(B) few people know that their name is actually short for “microcomputer software.”
(C) few of them know that its name is actually short for “microcomputer software.”
(D) only a handful of them know that its name is actually short for “microcomputer software.”
(E) few people know that the company’s name is actually short for “microcomputer software.”

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21 Jan 2019, 08:28
While most Americans have heard of and have used Microsoft products, few people know that its name is actually short for “microcomputer software.”

(A) few people know that its name is actually short for “microcomputer software.”
(B) few people know that their name is actually short for “microcomputer software.”
(C) few of them know that its name is actually short for “microcomputer software.”
(D) only a handful of them know that its name is actually short for “microcomputer software.”
(E) few people know that the company’s name is actually short for “microcomputer software.”

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Correct Answer must be (E) for the highlighted errors in other options...
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28 Jan 2019, 02:20
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Most readers will infer that the antecedent for its is Microsoft. However, Microsoft is used as an adjective, to modify software. It is not used as a noun in the sentence, so its must be removed. Only Choice (E) clears up the sentence.
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28 Jan 2019, 06:56
Official Explanation:
Most readers will infer that the antecedent for its is Microsoft. However, Microsoft is used as an adjective, to modify software. It is not used as a noun in the sentence, so its must be removed. Only Choice (E) clears up the sentence.

Great explanation, but I think you intended to say ...to modify products.
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