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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## in old problem.. in other point.. ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 2 member replies ## in old problem.. in other point.. The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for$950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market.

a.million, which is part of a deal that will make
b.million, a part of a deal that makes
c.million, part of a deal making
d.million as a part of a deal to make
e.million as part of a deal that will make

I know the OA is e
but in sight of "b"..
what is the subject of "make"?

that I think.. "make" should be a singular verb.. since..
if the subject is "$950 million", make should be "makes" else if "color company division", make should be "makes" else if the whole pre sentence "purchase", make should be "makes" please explain about that.. I have no idea.. ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 25 May 2010 Posted: 15385 messages Followed by: 1872 members Upvotes: 13060 GMAT Score: 790 Top Reply Mo2men wrote: Dear GMATGuru, Is 'a part of a deal' in choices B & C an appositive modifier or absolute modifier? why? thanks An ABSOLUTE PHRASE refers to the preceding subject. COMMA + APPOSITIVE serves to explain or define the nearest preceding noun or noun phrase. B and C: The computer company...will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for$950 million, a part of a deal...
Here, the modifier in red does not refer to the computer company -- the preceding subject -- and thus does not constitute an absolute phrase.
The referent for the red phrase is not crystal clear.
If the red phrase is intended to refer to $950 million, then it may be considered an appositive. _________________ Mitch Hunt Private Tutor for the GMAT and GRE GMATGuruNY@gmail.com If you find one of my posts helpful, please take a moment to click on the "UPVOTE" icon. Available for tutoring in NYC and long-distance. For more information, please email me at GMATGuruNY@gmail.com. Student Review #1 Student Review #2 Student Review #3 Free GMAT Practice Test How can you improve your test score if you don't know your baseline score? Take a free online practice exam. Get started on achieving your dream score today! Sign up now. Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 15 Oct 2012 Posted: 194 messages Followed by: 6 members Upvotes: 47 Castor.kim wrote: The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for$950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market.

a.million, which is part of a deal that will make
b.million, a part of a deal that makes
c.million, part of a deal making
d.million as a part of a deal to make
e.million as part of a deal that will make

I know the OA is e
but in sight of "b"..
what is the subject of "make"?

that I think.. "make" should be a singular verb.. since..
if the subject is "$950 million", make should be "makes" else if "color company division", make should be "makes" else if the whole pre sentence "purchase", make should be "makes" please explain about that.. I have no idea.. In option b, 'makes' is a singular verb that corresponds to the subject 'a deal'. A restrictive 'that' has been used to provide essential info about what such a deal will do. However, as they stand options a,b, and c are all incorrect for the reason that only the noun before the comma ($950 million) is being referred to.

Here the entire clause before the comma in the original sentence needs to be referred to. As such we need to use 'as a part of a deal'

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The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for $950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market. a.million, which is part of a deal that will make b.million, a part of a deal that makes c.million, a part of a deal making d.million as a part of a deal to make e.million as part of a deal that will make I know the OA is e Dear GMATGuru, Is 'a part of a deal' in choices B & C an appositive modifier or absolute modifier? why? thanks • 5 Day FREE Trial Study Smarter, Not Harder Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Get 300+ Practice Questions 25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Award-winning private GMAT tutoring Register now and save up to$200

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