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Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2009, 08:22
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311. Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, have been led to move from passive involvement in commercial real estate partnerships to active development of their own increasingly ambitious projects.

(A) Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, have been led
(B) Foreign investors, growing confident about their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, has led them
(C) Growing confidence in their ability to make profitable investments in the United States has led foreign investors
(D) Growing confidence in their ability for making profitable investments in the United States have led foreign investors
(E) Growing confident about their capabilities for making profitable investments in the United States, foreign investors have been led
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Re: Foreign investors [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2009, 08:41
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311. Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, have been led to move from passive involvement in commercial real estate partnerships to active development of their own increasingly ambitious projects.

(A) Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, have been led
(B) Foreign investors, growing confident about their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, has led them
(C) Growing confidence in their ability to make profitable investments in the United States has led foreign investors
(D) Growing confidence in their ability for making profitable investments in the United States have led foreign investors
(E) Growing confident about their capabilities for making profitable investments in the United States, foreign investors have been led


capability often refers to one's maximum ability, to one's limits of capacity for doing/accomplishing something;

on the other hand, ability is more applicable to the generic, non-quantifiable quality of being able to do something/capable of doing something

Ability is closer to a talent, a natural skill which is hard to quantify, whereas capability is more applicable to enterprizes, rather than persons, or, if it is applied to a person, it may more often reflect on limitations, rather than talents.

A. We need ability.
B. Awkward construction.
C. Correct. Ability to is the correct idiom.
D. Subject verb agreement.
E. Same as A.
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Re: Foreign investors [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2009, 05:24
This one is very easy because "for making profits" is unidiomatic. Only C has the correct idiom.

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Re: Foreign investors [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2009, 06:02
only C is idiomatically correct.
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Re: Foreign investors [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2009, 00:07
All wrong except C due to incorrect idiom. OA plz
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Re: Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2012, 15:05
There's a pronoun issue in C. What's "their" referring to? The sentence could be interpreted as if there's a 3rd party involved.

But I do get the point about their "capability for" ...

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Re: Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2012, 05:36
their can only refer to the investor .It had no other antecedent .There is no scope for assumption when there is a clear noun which it refers to .Hope it helps.
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Re: Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2012, 20:21
A) Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, have been led
misplaced modifier;have been led is modifying foreign investors-incorrect
(B) Foreign investors, growing confident about their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, has led them
"them" -has no/vague antecedent - incorrect
(C) Growing confidence in their ability to make profitable investments in the United States has led foreign investors
correct choice ; proper usage -"ability for" ; "Growing confidence..... has led"
(D) Growing confidence in their ability for making profitable investments in the United States have led foreign investors
incorrect- "ability for" ; have led is incorrect with growing confidence
(E) Growing confident about their capabilities for making profitable investments in the United States, foreign investors have been led
incorrect- "ability for" ; have been -wrong / unnecessary tense

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Re: Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2012, 00:11
Please help me in identifying the subject for this question i thought foreign investors to be subject so need have .. SA Agreement .. how to identify subject in such questions ..

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(A) Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, have been led -> capability of is correct form.
(B) Foreign investors, growing confident about their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, has led them -> Foreign investors are plural
(C) Growing confidence in their ability to make profitable investments in the United States has led foreign investors -> Correct
(D) Growing confidence in their ability for making profitable investments in the United States have led foreign investors -> ability to do sth/to doing sth is correct form
(E) Growing confident about their capabilities for making profitable investments in the United States, foreign investors have been led -> capabilities of is correct form
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Re: Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2012, 15:00
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(A) Foreign investors,......... have been led ...... ( does this make any sense ) Eliminated

(B) Foreign investors,...... has led them ( Investors - Has - SV disagreement) Eliminated

(C) Growing confidence (in their ability to make profitable investments in the United States ) has led foreign investors ------------- remove the bracketted portion n reread, Growing confidence has led investors to move from X to Y : Perfect

(D) Growing confidence .............have led foreign investors ( Have, SV Disagreement ) Eliminated

(E) Growing confident about their capabilities for making profitable investments in the United States, foreign investors have been led ( Same as A )

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Re: Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2012, 19:56
clearly idiom is flawed in all other options other than c

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Re: Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2013, 08:00
"capability for making profitable investments" is rather awkward... Hence, eliminate A and E.
"ability to make profits" is better...

(A) Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in their capability formaking profitable investments in the United States, have been led
(E) Growing confident about their capabilities for making profitable investments in the United States, foreign investors have been led

"Has led them" is pointing to itself... "Foreign investors has led them" - Confusing isn't it? Hence, eliminate B.

(B) Foreign investors, growing confident about their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, has led them

(D) Growing confidence ... have led foreign investors - must be singular

Answer: C




Answer: C
(C) Growing confidence in their ability to make profitable investments in the United States has led foreign investors

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Re: Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2014, 22:29
noboru wrote:
311. Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, have been led to move from passive involvement in commercial real estate partnerships to active development of their own increasingly ambitious projects.

(A) Foreign investors, because of their growing confidence in their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, have been led
(B) Foreign investors, growing confident about their capability for making profitable investments in the United States, has led them
(C) Growing confidence in their ability to make profitable investments in the United States has led foreign investors
(D) Growing confidence in their ability for making profitable investments in the United States have led foreign investors
(E) Growing confident about their capabilities for making profitable investments in the United States, foreign investors have been led


We need the subject " growing confidence", not "foreign investors" have been led. Left with C, D, and E. C is the best choice since "ability to" is idiomatic, "ability for doing sth" and " growing confident about" are not preferred.
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