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21 Jan 2008, 03:36
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A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.

a. A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced

b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier

c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process

d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier

e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process

I chose B, but the OA is D. Aren't both gerunds and infinitives can be used as subjects anyways? what makes them both different in this question?thanks

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21 Jan 2008, 04:08
tarek99 wrote:
A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.

a. A year advantage in a new computer product or process being

b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier

c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process

d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier

e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process

I chose B, but the OA is D. Aren't both gerunds and infinitives can be used as subjects anyways? what makes them both different in this question?thanks

by year earlier is not idiomatic. OA is D
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21 Jan 2008, 05:14
"by a year earlier" is not idiomatic? you haven't told me anything cause both option B and option D have this idiomatic expression, so it must be acceptable. I appreciate your effort to help out, but honestly, you're not really helping when you just mention what the OA is, especially when i had already posted the OA. I know what the OA is, but my question is why.
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21 Jan 2008, 08:37
tarek99, are you sure that this question is correctly underlined?

If OA is D,

To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.

Obviously, this answer does not sound correct.
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"introduce by a year earlier" is incorrect - it should be "introduce a year earlier".. and as was pointed out - the underlining seems incorrect.. none of the answers is correct.
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21 Jan 2008, 12:11
oh i'm really sorry guys! I've corrected the question now. Please have a look at it again and let me know.
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22 Jan 2008, 07:14
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Tarek, I still see "by" is this correct?

was thrown off as well by it
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26 Jan 2008, 06:50
i really don't know the proper usage of "by", so i'm not really sure what to tell you here. anyone can help out??
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26 Jan 2008, 08:04
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may be 'by' is used here because of that COMPETITOR? don't really know...! i mean by a year earlier than the competitor
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The answer is : D

I found very useful information at: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/verbs.htm#infinitive

I hope this helps to resolve your confusion.

I chose B, but the OA is D. Aren't both gerunds and infinitives can be used as subjects anyways? what makes them both different in this question?thanks

Both gerunds and infinitive phrases can function as nouns, in a variety of ways.

Actual and Potential MeaningsAlthough a gerund and an infinitive will often have practically the same meaning ("Running in the park after dark can be dangerous" and "To run in the park after dark can be dangerous"), there can be a difference in meaning. Gerunds are used to describe an "actual, vivid, or fulfilled action" whereas infinitives are better used to describe "potential, hypothetical, or future events" (Frodesen & Eyring 297). This is especially true with three kinds of verbs: verbs of emotion, verbs of completion/incompletion, and verbs of remembering.
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24 Feb 2008, 20:01
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Imo infinitive subjects are acceptable as long as there is a be verb and a subject compliment following it as in following sentences.

To run in the park after dark can be dangerous.

To be good is to be great.

To predict waterflow reliably is necessary for large-scale agriculture and suburbs.

However, with transitive verb such as 'give' as in option D, an infinitive can not function as the subject of the sentence since such sentence illogically implies that the infinitive (a verb form) is the doer of the action expressed in the main verb ('give' in D). (illogical subject).

In E, the state of being expressed in gerund phrase acts as the compliment of 'Company' and is grammatically correct imo.
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11 Mar 2008, 05:42
32. A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.
a...
b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process
d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier
e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process
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11 Mar 2008, 07:52
What "can give a company a significant edge on its competitors" ofcourse it is "a new computer product or process".
So a new computer product or process should be immediately followed by can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.

We have 2 such options, C & E.
Being is not preffered in GMAT, so E is gone.

So Answer is C.
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12 Mar 2008, 06:31
(A) is awkward
(C) A year's advantage -> not so sure can be used, but i think it looks strange for writing ; anyway A year's advantage to introduce doesn't seem right
(E) Being is not preferred

left B and D, all the while i though V-ing is preferred in GMAT? I chose B at first, so still not understand D also.
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26 May 2008, 04:57
A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.
a...
b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process
e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process
d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier

I chose B, but its wrong!!
The OA is

D (why?? i thought "being" is wrong)
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26 May 2008, 05:21
Hmm, I thought that B is correct. Yeah, what is wrong with B???
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25 Jun 2008, 07:53
e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process

E can not be answer.
E is giving a modifier for the company..it is not showing what activity is giving the advantage.

Modifier should show an action which gives the advantage for the company.
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25 Jun 2008, 15:52
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e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process

E can not be answer.
E is giving a modifier for the company..it is not showing what activity is giving the advantage.

Modifier should show an action which gives the advantage for the company.

Among all the choices E sounds good
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17 Aug 2008, 00:20
A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.
a...
b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process
d. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process
e. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier
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17 Aug 2008, 02:47
I think is C, but it is a verry difficult question. I did not chose B,D and E because in that paragraphs the author don't speak about "the advantage". A don't sound good for me. What is the OA?
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