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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, 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..

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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.

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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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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, 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

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