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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

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

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04 Sep 2003, 15:51
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

is the usage "year's" ok?

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04 Sep 2003, 18:23

If you have "earlier" you should also have "than" so B and D are out

From A,C and E I would choose E.

in C , "advantage TO introduce" is not idiomatic isn't it?
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04 Sep 2003, 18:28
praetorian123 wrote:
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

is the usage "year's" ok?

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To answer your question, "A year's" would not be correct under standard written (or GMAT) English unless it were used in a different context, for example:

"This year's NHL schedule is unfriendly to the Red Wings, because it forces them to make an extra trip to the west coast."

(A) sounds bogus
(B) "by a year earlier" is incorrect
(C) "A year's advantage" is awkward, and "advantage to" is incorrect ("advantage of" is the correct thing to say)
(D) same as (B)
(E) is correct, but is still a bit gangly for ETS, I would think.
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04 Sep 2003, 23:22
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"earlier" should be followed by "than" b'cause its a comparative word (for comparing one thing/people with others). Am i right.. ?
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"earlier" should be followed by "than" b'cause its a comparative word (for comparing one thing/people with others). Am i right.. ?
... -Vicks

I'm no expert but I think so yes. Every word that finishes with "..er" must be followed by "than"
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Vicky wrote:
Martin & JP
"earlier" should be followed by "than" b'cause its a comparative word (for comparing one thing/people with others). Am i right.. ?
... -Vicks

I'm no expert but I think so yes. Every word that finishes with "..er" must be followed by "than"

You have to be careful here -- it depends on the structure of the sentence. For example:

(1) "Vicky woke up earlier than JP."

(2) "JP woke up at 7am, but Vicky had woken up earlier."

both are correct, but since "earlier" comes at the end of sentence (2), you don't have a "than."
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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...
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

is the usage "year's" ok?

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JP already mentioned the problem with D...i agree with him...

To X a year earlier can give...
To X by a year earlier can give....

To take your gmat by a month earlier can give you more time....
To take your gmat a month earlier can give you more time....

Which one do you guys think is better?

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01 Jun 2004, 05:43
This Q was posted by Praet in last sept, but i think this is good.

What do you think is the answer

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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01 Jun 2004, 06:09
most dictionaries can tell that, being in this case can be elipssed and normally is to create a more concise sentence.

try without being, does the sentence meaning change and indeed makes the structure better?
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01 Jun 2004, 06:19
You're right. C is much better though the meaning is somewhat different I believe.
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01 Jun 2004, 11:38
Tough one!
I think it's between B and C
Depends on what gives the company a significant edge? A year's advantage OR A new product intriduction!

I will go with C
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01 Jun 2004, 21:33
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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...
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

my chioce : B

A,E - incorrect .. avoid "being"

D - to introduce .... can .. not matches .. incorrect.

only B and C are contenders.

but in C "a year's advantage" what is meant by this?. is it meaning introducing the product by a year earlier? not clear in it's meaning.

so B is left which is best choice in this case.

Correct me if i am wrong.

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Good one Praet, straight to the notes.

To v (simple present) .... can v ( simple present)~
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Yes it should be E.
Great work MATT digging out these SC's with some good concepts.
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Yes it should be E.
Great work MATT digging out these SC's with some good concepts.

Thanks Buzz. Ive been wearing the miners cap and taking a flashlight deep into the archives over the past few days.. Some good stuff buried in this site
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buzzgaurav wrote:
Yes it should be E.
Great work MATT digging out these SC's with some good concepts.

Thanks Buzz. Ive been wearing the miners cap and taking a flashlight deep into the archives over the past few days.. Some good stuff buried in this site

Yeah, these are some gems alright. Keep bringing them to the surface and lets polish them again to make them of greater value to everybody.
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23 Aug 2006, 12:45
I'm sorry, I'm a bit confused... is the OA D or E?

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08 Sep 2006, 02:27
Which is correct B or D and why?

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
Iinfinitive or gerund   [#permalink] 08 Sep 2006, 02:27

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