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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 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 choose D. But the answer is E. Is it because to maintain the same tense of the tense that is used in the non-underlined portion '.. that it will purchase.. ' ? Is this a grammar rule?

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    Exclamation Re: same tense

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    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 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 choose D. But the answer is E. Is it because to maintain the same tense of the tense that is used in the non-underlined portion '.. that it will purchase.. ' ? Is this a grammar rule?

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    I do not think any grammar rule invoved here. The sentence is is more simple. You do away with one addl clause "which is part of a deal" by using 'as' as a conjuction.
    The sentence can be still more simple as:The computer company has announced its intention to purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for $ 950 million, as a part of a deal to make it the largest manufacturer in the office market.

    I am not a professional teacher.

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    Re: same tense

    Thanks Mallick for the response. Even I choose D, but the official answer is E. That is reason I thought there could be some other space existing that I haven't looked upon. I feel that E could be the choice only if the tense of the total sentence shouldn't be altered unnecessarily..

    any thoughts?

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    Re: same tense

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    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 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 choose D. But the answer is E. Is it because to maintain the same tense of the tense that is used in the non-underlined portion '.. that it will purchase.. ' ? Is this a grammar rule?

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    E is right.
    D implies that the deal is being done simply to make it the largest manufacturer in the office market (regardless of whether this is efficient or a good decision).
    E means that deal will incidentally make it the largest ....

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    Re: same tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    E is right.
    D implies that the deal is being done simply to make it the largest manufacturer in the office market (regardless of whether this is efficient or a good decision).
    E means that deal will incidentally make it the largest ....
    True! But why can't the manufacturer make the deal to just make it the largest manufacturer in the office market? Why does the sentence here doesn't allow this meaning to sink in?

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    Re: same tense

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    True! But why can't the manufacturer make the deal to just make it the largest manufacturer in the office market? Why does the sentence here doesn't allow this meaning to sink in?
    I can't find a syntactical reason.

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    Re: same tense

    hmm.. can you please explain me in terms of syntactical reasoning as to why E is better than D? Sorry for the bother. I am not able to pan out the reason why E is better than D:(

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