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Why are these sentences incorrect?

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Why are these sentences incorrect?

When the price goes up, the demand falls down.
The Company where I work has gone bankrupt.

I think both logically and grammatically, they are correct.
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Hi gmatkillerdude

It's helpful if you can give us a little context about the source of these sentences - did they come from a practice question, or elsewhere in the world?

For the first one, "demand falls down" is redundant. Demand can't fall up – fall already includes the idea of down, so you don't need both words. We could go for either "demand falls" or "demand goes down".

For the second one, the "where" is suspicious. Many people commonly say or write this, but GMAT may not like talking about a company as a place. (Company also should not start with a capital letter, but I'm guessing this was just how you typed it, not how it appeared if this came from a practice question.)

There aren't great options for rewriting the second sentence, because if we take out the "where", we're going to get stuck with the preposition "at" or "for" somewhere. Technically "The company at which I work has gone bankrupt" or "The company for which I work has gone bankrupt" would be correct, but these are pretty stuffy. A more concise option would be "My employer has gone bankrupt" but you may not find this option.
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