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228. Corporations will soon be required to report to the government whether they have the necessary reserves to pay the pension benefits earned by their employees and that the information be published in annual reports to shareholders.
(A) earned by their employees and that the information be published
(B) that their employees earned and that the information be published
(C) that was earned by their employees with the information being published
(D) earned by their employees, information that must also be published
(E) earned by their employees and published the information

There is no correct answer according to me.....
if in option C the verb 'was' is replaced by 'were' then it might be the correct option.
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Corporations will soon be required to report to the government whether they have the necessary reserves to pay the pension benefits earned by their employees and that the information be published in annual reports to shareholders.

As usual we will begin by understanding the meaning of this sentence. The sentence is saying that corporations will soon be asked to report to report to the government whether they have the necessary funds to pay the pension benefits earned by their employees. In addition, they will be required to publish this information in annual reports to shareholders.

Now let’s find the errors by splitting the sentence into clauses:

Cl 1: Corporations will soon be required to report to the government
Cl 2: whether they have the necessary reserves to pay the pension benefits earned by their employees
Cl 3: and that the information be published in annual reports to shareholders.

Error Analysis:

1. Presence of “and” indicates the presence of a list. Hence, it is very important to identify correct entities in the list. So the list in the sentence is:
Corporations will soon be required to X and Y.
X = report to the government whether they have the necessary reserves to pay the pension benefits earned by their employees
Y = that the information be published in annual reports to shareholders.

These two entities are not parallel because the first entity is written in “to verb” form while the second one is written in subjunctive verb form.

POE:

A. earned by their employees and that the information be published: Incorrect for the reason stated above.

B. that their employees earned and that the information be published: Incorrect. Repeats the same parallelism error as in choice A.

C. that was earned by their employees with the information being published: Incorrect.

1. Singular “was” does not agree in number with plural “pension benefits”.
2. This sentence distorts the meaning of the sentence. This choice now says that employees earned the benefits with information that was being published in the annual reports. This is clearly not the intended meaning.

D. earned by their employees, information that must also be published: Correct. This choice discards the parallelism in the sentence to convey the intended meaning most effectively. Here “information that must also be published…” is a Noun (information) + Noun Modifier “that must be…”) that modifies the preceding clause “whether they have…”.

E. earned by their employees and published the information: Incorrect. Past tense “published” is cannot follow “to” and to logically make “to require” and “to publish” parallel.

Hope this helps.
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228. Corporations will soon be required to report to the government whether they have the necessary reserves to pay the pension benefits earned by their employees and that the information be published in annual reports to shareholders.
(A) earned by their employees and that the information be published (and that the information has no parallel before and)
(B) that their employees earned and that the information be published - "pension benefits that someone earned" is wrong; its right to say "pension benefits earned"
(C) that was earned by their employees with the information being published
(D) earned by their employees, information that must also be published - correct (corps will be required to report to the govt. _____ , information ; here the ____ is the 'information' and information correctly modifies the phrase before ,(comma)
(E) earned by their employees and published the information - awkward

IMO D, what is OA?
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21 Oct 2009, 09:31
The solution says answer is C.....
which is clearly incorrect
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21 Oct 2009, 13:38
papillon86 wrote:
The solution says answer is C.....
which is clearly incorrect

what is the source of this questiono. C does seem to be wrong...
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22 Oct 2009, 11:26
The best option seems to be D.
I think,for very few questions,the answers in 1000 SC are incorrect.
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03 Feb 2010, 09:56
What is wrong with A ??

Its a subjunctive case, and i think A is best placed here.. what say???
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21 Jul 2010, 07:15

I have particular interest in the word 'information' in the sentence. What information does the sentence refer to..It has to refer to "they have the necessary reserves to pay the pension benefits earned by their employees ". Hence if there is a comma, there has to be a noun or a pronoun reference inorder to speak further about that information..

Hence taking this explanation..let me know if the sentence makes the intended meaning..
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21 Jul 2010, 08:20
D for me.

The information to be published in annual reports is "whether they have the necessary reserves to pay the pension benefits earned by their employees".
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29 Dec 2010, 03:40
A for me as well. A looks much better than the rest.
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21 Mar 2011, 08:38
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A??

Corporations will soon be required to report to the government whether they have the necessary reserves to pay the pension benefits earned by their employees [b] and that [/b]the information be published in annual reports to shareholders.

I am bit confused .. I think there should not be that after And.
If the sentence was "Corporations will soon be required to report to the government [strike]whether[/strike] that" , it would have been correct.

and moreover the clause before and is not in subjunctive but one after and is in subjunctive?

Am I missing sth?
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31 Jul 2012, 19:24
The explanation was superb. Thank you very much.
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02 Aug 2012, 05:55
I am the e gmat customer and I understand that the first step is important.

we need to infer/understand the intended meaning when read only the original sentence. This first step is hard because we need to understand the intended meaning when we read the distorted meaning/sentence.

in this problem, it is hard to infer the intended meaning and though I get it correct, I spent 4 minutes.

How to improve the process of understanding/infering the intended meaning when we read only the distorted original sentence. This is my question.
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