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In this article, we’ll look at the solution to this GMAT sentence correction –  Out of America’s fascination with all things antique have grown a market for bygone styles of furniture and fixtures that are bringing back the chaise lounge, the overstuffed sofa, and the claw-footed bathtub.

We have analyzed the 5 answer choices and arrived at the correct choice through 3 steps:

  • Meaning Analysis
  • Error analysis
  • Answer choice analysis

General information on this question

  • Difficulty level – Medium
  • 55% of people got this question correct.
  • The average time is taken to correctly answer this question – 1:34

Let’s look at the question-and-answer choices.

Out of America’s fascination with all things antique have grown a market for bygone styles of furniture and fixtures that are bringing back the chaise lounge, the overstuffed sofa, and the claw-footed bathtub.

(A) things antique have grown a market for bygone styles of furniture and fixtures that are bringing

(B) things antique has grown a market for bygone styles of furniture and fixtures that is bringing

(C) things that are antiques has grown a market for bygone styles of furniture and fixtures that bring

(D) antique things have grown a market for bygone styles of furniture and fixtures that are bringing

(E) antique things has grown a market for bygone styles of furniture and fixtures that bring

Video and text solution

Meaning Analysis

  • Out of America’s fascination with all things antique
  • have grown a market
    • for bygone styles of furniture and fixtures
      • that are bringing back
        • the chaise lounge,
        • the overstuffed sofa, and
        • the claw-footed bathtub.

The sentence talks about America’s amazement with all things antique, and out of this passion for antiques, a new market has grown for furniture styles of furniture from the past.  This new market is bringing back the chaise lounge, overstuffed sofas, and claw-footed bathtubs. 

Error Analysis

Verb tense error

The sentence has an inverted subject-verb pair “a market- have grown.”  Once we locate the subject-verb pair, we see that we have a subject-verb must agree error- the verb for the singular subject market is the plural “have grown,” and we need a singular subject “has grown.”  The noun modifier “that” refers to the slightly far away noun “market,” so we have another subject-verb must agree error as “that” requires the singular verb “is” and not the plural verb “are.” 

Note: The use of the slightly far away noun modifier is acceptable because we know we can have a slightly far noun modification when three criteria are fulfilled, and we have all three here.

  1. The modifier does not make sense with the preceding noun; thus, we need to look deeper into the sentence.
  2. The preceding prepositional phrase is modifying the market, and the noun modifier can jump over the prepositional phrase to modify the same entity.
  3. The preceding modifier cannot be placed anywhere else in the sentence and still make logical sense.

Answer Choice Analysis 

Choice A: things antique have grown a market for bygone styles of furniture and fixtures that are bringing-

Incorrect: Errors as discussed in the error analysis

Choice B: things antique has grown a market for bygone styles of furniture and fixtures that is bringing

Correct

Choice C: things that are antiques has grown a market for bygone styles of furniture and fixtures that bring

Incorrect: Verb tense error

That refers to the singular subject market but takes the plural verb ” bring ” and needs to have the singular verb.

Choice D: antique things have grown a market for bygone styles of furniture and fixtures that are bringing

Incorrect: Verb tense error

Same as discussed in option A  (note they have only switched two words here, “antique things” and “things antique”). The subject and verb must agree- the singular market does not agree with the plural verb have grown. Thus, the noun modifier that refers to the singular market must have the singular “is” and not the plural “are.”

Choice E: antique things has grown a market for bygone styles of furniture and fixtures that bring

Incorrect: Verb tense error

Verb tense error is the same as discussed in C: That refers to the singular subject market but takes the plural verb’ bring’ and needs to have the singular verb.

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FAQs – Out of America’s fascination with all things antique

What is the difficulty level for this question?

The difficulty level for this question is Hard.

How much time should i take to solve this question?

The average time taken to correctly answer this question – 1:34.

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