The three spacecraft manufacturers have agreed to merge their production and sales operations in North America, forming a new entity for controlling nearly 80 per cent of the market.

A – forming a new entity for controlling

B – forming a new entity that would control

C – which would form a new entity that controlled

D – which formed a new entity for controlling

E – which formed a new entity that would control

Right Answer: B

Error Identification: 

IdentifierFix
Underlined participial modifier “forming…” correctly modifies the entire preceding clauseModifier
Incorrect usage of “for controlling”Idiom

Explanation:

In the sentence, the underlined modifier ‘forming…’ seems to correctly modify the entire preceding clause. However, the rest of the modifying phrase introduces the words ‘for controlling’ that is idiomatically incorrect, and conveys that ‘controlling 40 per cent of the market’ is the purpose of the merger, rather than the outcome.

 A – Distorts the intended meaning, by conveying that ‘controlling 40 per cent of the market’ is the sole purpose of the merger, rather than the outcome. Hence, eliminated.

B – Modifier ‘forming…’ correctly modifies the entire preceding clause. Correct use of ‘that would control’ to convey the correct meaning. This is the correct answer.

C – Incorrectly uses ‘which’ to modify North America, distorting the meaning of the sentence. Incorrect usage of past ‘controlled’. Hence, eliminated.

D – Incorrectly uses ‘which’ to modify North America, distorting the meaning of the sentence. Incorrect usage of past ‘formed’. Hence, eliminated.

E – Incorrectly uses ‘which’ to modify North America, distorting the meaning of the sentence. Incorrect usage of past ‘formed’. Hence, eliminated.

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