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At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous challenges facing the company, including among them the threat from a rival's multibilllon-dollar patent-infringement suit and the declining sales for company's powerful microprocessor chip.

A including among them the threat from a rival's multibilllon-dollar patent-infringement suit and the declining sales for
B which includes the threat of a rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and declining sales of
C Included among these the threat from a rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit as well as a decline in sales for
D among them the threat of a rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and the decline in sales of
E among these the threat from a rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit as well as the decline in sales for
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Re: annual stockholders [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 04:37
The answer is D.
1) "threat of" is correct usage for non-person threats, threat from is for "persons".

2) "Sales of" is the correct idiom

Also, "including among" is redundant.
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Re: annual stockholders [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 04:54
isn't in D it should have 'among them was' rather 'among them'
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Re: annual stockholders [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 05:14
Nope, was is verb for singular subject, but here the Subject reference is to "challenges", outlined by these two, a plural subject :

threat from a rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit as well as a decline in sales
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Re: annual stockholders [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 05:28
brandy96 wrote:
isn't in D it should have 'among them was' rather 'among them'


You are saying:
At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous challenges facing the company, among them were the threat of rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and the decline in sales of company's powerful microprocessor chip.

Looks more apt than saying

At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous challenges facing the company, among them the threat of rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and the decline in sales of company's powerful microprocessor chip.

I see the former is a clause modifying the noun "challenges" and latter is a phrase modifying the noun. Both look correct to me unless someone points out a discrepancy. Just that the former is not in the option.
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Re: annual stockholders [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 05:35
@fluke, two suggestions:

1) I think if we should have "threats" rather than threat
2) you're creating another sentence effectively, so a ";" will be more appropriate than ",".

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isn't in D it should have 'among them was' rather 'among them'


You are saying:
At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous challenges facing the company, among them were the threats of rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and the decline in sales of company's powerful microprocessor chip.

Looks more apt than saying

At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous challenges facing the company, among them the threat of rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and the decline in sales of company's powerful microprocessor chip.

I see the former is a clause modifying the noun "challenges" and latter is a phrase modifying the noun. Both look correct to me unless someone points out a discrepancy. Just that the former is not in the option.

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Re: annual stockholders [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 06:43
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Nope, was is verb for singular subject, but here the Subject reference is to "challenges", outlined by these two, a plural subject :

threat from a rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit as well as a decline in sales


as well as doesn't make it plural...
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Re: annual stockholders [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 06:44
Stuck between B and D

Will go with B....
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Re: annual stockholders [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 08:29
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The basic tenet of absolute phrases is that, they comprise a noun or a noun phrase but not a finite verb. In D if you add a verb, that is against absolute modification. D per se is best.
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Re: annual stockholders [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 08:36
+1 D

It is more concise than A.
"including among them" is wordy.
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Re: annual stockholders [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 09:24
the OA is D. I was in same boat as Fluke. D was best among the choices given, but was having question on why 'were' was missing (thanks fluke for correcting me). If it was 'including' rather than 'among them' I would not have any doubt.


At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous challenges facing the company, including threat of rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and the decline in sales of company's powerful microprocessor chip.

in the above 'including' is modifying the clause. just what I felt 'among them' is little different than 'including'
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Re: annual stockholders [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 09:25
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The basic tenet of absolute phrases is that, they comprise a noun or a noun phrase but not a finite verb. In D if you add a verb, that is against absolute modification. D per se is best.



daagh, is there any difference between 'including' and 'among them'? if not then D is for sure the correct answer.
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Choice D??!...

In choice D -- there is no article (a,an,the) before the word rival. How can this sentence be correct?



None of the choices is correct.
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Re: annual stockholders [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 10:26
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Choice D??!...

In choice D -- there is no article (a,an,the) before the word rival. How can this sentence be correct?



None of the choices is correct.



It was a typo, I added 'a'


Ok! Great...now D makes more sense.
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Re: annual stockholders [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2011, 08:41
First eliminate A,C and E as they have "sales for" which is an incorrect idiom. The proper idiom is "sales of".

Between B and D choose D as it is parallel (threat of.....and decline in sales of...). Hence the answer is D.
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At the annual stockholder meeting, investors heard a present [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 03:36
At the annual stockholder meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous challenges facing the company, including among them the threat from a rival´s multibillion dollar patent infringement suit and the declining sales for the company's powerful microprocessor chip.

A. including among them the threat from a rival´s multibillion dollar patent infringement suit and the declining sales for
B. which includes the threat of a rival´s multibillion dollar patent infringement suit and declining sales of
C. included among these the threat from a rival´s multibillion dollar patent infringement suit as well as a decline in sales for
D. among them the threat of a rival's multibillion dollar patent infringement suit and the decline in sales of
E. among these the threat from a rival's multibillion dollar patent infringement suit as well as the decline in sales for
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Re: At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 07:28
Can someone please correct the original post to ensure the proper thing is underlined? I got this question wrong because D doesn't make sense without "the" at the end of it.
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Re: At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 10:44
At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous challenges facing the company, including among them the threat from a rival's multibilllon-dollar patent-infringement suit and the declining sales for company's powerful microprocessor chip.

A including among them the threat from a rival's multibilllon-dollar patent-infringement suit and the declining sales for
B which includes the threat of a rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and declining sales of
C Included among these the threat from a rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit as well as a decline in sales for
D among them the threat of a rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and the decline in sales of
E among these the threat from a rival's multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit as well as the decline in sales for


Sales for is wrong in this context, hence A,C and E are wrong.
B is wrong because which seems to refer company which is not the intended meaning.
Hence the correct answer is D
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