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# 2) The Federal investigators at Stapleton Industries have

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2) The Federal investigators at Stapleton Industries have [#permalink]  11 Jun 2013, 12:54
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2) The Federal investigators at Stapleton Industries have failed to find any evidence that has suggested that the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks, nor its officers guilty of improper relations with industry regulators.
(A) that has suggested that the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks, nor its officers guilty
(B) that suggests that the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks, or its officers guilty
(C) suggesting that the unusually large contributions to its accounts had been derived from government kickbacks, with its officers guilty
(D) to suggest that the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks or that its officers are guilty
(E) to suggest that the unusually large contributions to its accounts had been derived from government kickbacks, nor were its officers guilty

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Re: The Federal investigators at Stapleton Industries have [#permalink]  11 Jun 2013, 16:24
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2) The Federal investigators at Stapleton Industries have failed to find any evidence that has suggested that the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks, nor its officers guilty of improper relations with industry regulators.
(A) that has suggested that the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks, nor its officers guilty
(B) that suggests that the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks, or its officers guilty
(C) suggesting that the unusually large contributions to its accounts had been derived from government kickbacks, with its officers guilty
(D) to suggest that the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks or that its officers are guilty
(E) to suggest that the unusually large contributions to its accounts had been derived from government kickbacks, nor were its officers guilty

This questions explores, among other things, issue of Verb Form. For a full discussion of Verb Form on the GMAT SC, as well as a complete explanation of this question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/verb-forms ... orrection/

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Thanks Mike for the problem. The answer is D and it involved parallelism involving the relative pronoun 'that'.
The core sentence is :
The Federal investigators at Stapleton Industries have failed to find any evidence for 2 things :
a)the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks
b)its officers are guilty

D connects it beautifully.

A has parallelism error and verb tense error: has suggested is incorrect. The prosecutors have failed , it's results are out. So don't need perfect tense here. The parallelism error :
that has suggested blah blah....nor its officers guilty [not parallel]

B) parallelism error:
1 ) that suggests that the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks" is a that clause. Two uses of that are probably not correct.
2)its officers guilty - this is NOT.

C)suggesting that the unusually large contributions to its accounts had been derived from government kickbacks, with its officers guilty
Screws up the original meaning by using the -Ing modifier.

E)Parallelism Error:
1)to suggest that the unusually large contributions to its accounts had been derived from government kickbacks,
2)nor were its officers guilty
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Re: 2) The Federal investigators at Stapleton Industries have [#permalink]  16 Aug 2013, 14:44
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The Federal investigators at Stapleton Industries have failed to find any evidence that has suggested that the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks, nor its officers guilty of improper relations with industry regulators.

(A) that has suggested that the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks, nor its officers guilty
Wrong.
- "have failed" means negative --> "nor" is double negative.
- "that has suggested that" --> awkward (two "that")

(B) that suggests that the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks, or its officers guilty
Wrong.
- "that has suggested that" --> awkward (two "that")
- Need "that" before "its officers" to make a parallel structure (..have failed to find X to suggest that ..... or that.......)

(C) suggesting that the unusually large contributions to its accounts had been derived from government kickbacks, with its officers guilty
Wrong.
- Not parallel: evidence suggesting that..., with its.......... ==> Should be "suggesting that............or that..............."
- - Past perfect is not necessary

(D) to suggest that the unusually large contributions to its accounts are derived from government kickbacks or that its officers are guilty
Correct.
Parallel: .....have failed to suggest that............ or that................

(E) to suggest that the unusually large contributions to its accounts had been derived from government kickbacks, nor were its officers guilty[/color]
Wrong.
- "have failed" means negative --> "nor" is double negative.
- Past perfect is not necessary.

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Re: 2) The Federal investigators at Stapleton Industries have [#permalink]  05 Nov 2013, 06:15
To suggest is really correct? I was between B and D. B seemed awkward where it states "or its officers guilty". D seemed awkward with the "to suggest"
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Re: 2) The Federal investigators at Stapleton Industries have [#permalink]  05 Nov 2013, 11:44
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To suggest is really correct? I was between B and D. B seemed awkward where it states "or its officers guilty". D seemed awkward with the "to suggest"

Dear ashish8,
Yes, the structure "to suggest" is 100% correct, particularly in reference to "evidence" --- "the evidence to suggest that ..." That's a very common phrase in science writing.

My friend, apart from GMAT preparations, how much reading do you do? You develop an ear for more sophisticated structures only by reading high quality material. Here are some suggestions:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-reading-list/

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