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Corporate culture ideally provides an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity, encouraging effort towards group ends that agian facilitate information flow within the organisation.

a. Corporate culture ideally provides an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity

b. Corporate culture provides an individual worker ideally with a group as well as individual identity

c. Corporate culture provides ideally an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity

d. Corporate culture provides an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity ideally

e. Ideally Corporate culture provides an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity

Can anyone explain what is the problem with choice E??
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Re: Corporate culture idealy provides an individual worker with [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 09:46
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An adverb is a part of speech that modifies either a verb (preceding or following), or an adjective or even another adverb that precedes it.
As per this definition, ideally should modify the verb ‘provides’.

a. Corporate culture ideally provides an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity; correct choice

b. corporate culture provides an individual worker ideally with a group as well as individual identity --- ideally modifies with a group, changing the meaning that a group is provided by the corporate culture.

c. Corporate culture provides ideally an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity --- same kind of distortion as in B

d. corporate culture provides an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity ideally; you cannot have a semicolon and then a phrasal modifier; you need to have an IC after the semi-colon.

e. Ideally corporate culture ideally provides an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity --- Ideally corporate culture ideally provides: The original does not distinguish between ideally corporate culture and just corporate culture. In ideally corporate culture may be ok grammar, but in usage, we normally say ideal corporate culture
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Re: Corporate culture idealy provides an individual worker with [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 10:00
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pariearth wrote:
Corporate culture idealy provides an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity, encouraging effort towards group ends that agian facilitate information flow within the organisation.
a. Corporate culture idealy provides an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity
b. Corporate culture provides an individual worker idealy with a group as well as individual identity
c. Corporate culture provides idealy an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity
d. Corporate culture provides an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity idealy
e. Idealy Corporate culture idealy provides an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity


Can anyone explain what is the problem with choice E??

Dear pariearth,
I'm happy to help with this. :-)

The first thing I'll say is --- this question is atrocious. I would give the question-writer a grade of F for writing such a poor SC question. This question falls well short of the standards held by the GMAT in any number of ways. Studying questions of this quality will not serve your well.

The correct spelling of the crucial word is ideally --- this word is consistently misspelled in the text above. I would say (E) is abysmal because the word "ideally" appears twice --- that's not simply wrong: that's embarrassing! The other "wrong" answers are not as clear ---- I could see an argument for one or two of the other answers besides (A). What this question is testing is astonishingly narrow. As a general rule, if all the different answer choices in a SC question do is slide one word around from place to place, that's not a very strong question at all.

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Re: Corporate culture idealy provides an individual worker with [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 21:59
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e. Ideally corporate culture ideally provides an individual worker with a group as well as individual identity --- Ideally corporate culture ideally provides: The original does not distinguish between ideally corporate culture and just corporate culture. In ideally corporate culture may be ok grammar, but in usage, we normally say ideal corporate culture

I had mistakenly added ideally twice...just an issue of copy-paste.. originally option e has 'ideally' only once. Now please help..!!
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Re: Corporate culture idealy provides an individual worker with [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 23:33
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which ideally remains in E , the first or the second ?. Can you pl. write the correct version?
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