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It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items are placed on shelves and the frequency of inventory turnovers can be crucial to profits.

(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be
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It is E.
This maintains the parallelism of S-V:
how items...are placed and how inventory... turns over
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Its D i suppose.

E gives a picture that inventory turns over of its own.

Parallelism should be

How items are placed
How fereuqntly is the inventory turned over

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30 May 2007, 21:20
sorry, I meant E
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30 May 2007, 21:38
It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items are placed on shelves and the frequency of inventory turnovers can be crucial to profits.

(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be

maintains ||ism
initially confused with B & E
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My pick is D.

"is often" is wrong because there are two things "... x and y..." (B, C out).

A is less parallel compares to D and E, "turnovers" looks wrong also.

Between D and E, D is better because the tense match: "placed on shelves" versus "inventory turned over".

What is OA?
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My pick E

between D & E.
D -> says how frequently is the inventory turned over are often

Thus D is NOT the correct.
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According to OG 10, explanation for the question is given by:

Choice E the best answer, grammatically and clearly makes the statement "x and y can be crucial," in which x and y are parallel clauses, each introduced by the conjunction how. This parallelism is preferable to the use of noun phrase the frequency in A, B and C. Furthermore, the frequency of inventory turnovers in A and B is less clear than how frequently the inventory turns over. In B and C is often does not agree with the plural compound subject. Choice D ungrammatically reverses the subject-verb order with is the inventory
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12 Jun 2007, 12:29
I don't have the OG (plan on getting it soon though). Does a question like this come from the questions at the end, the supposedly harder questions? I got this one wrong, and I am curious as to the difficulty of this quesiton by GMAT standards.
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21 May 2011, 05:30
Can some one explain why it is not D and the correct one is E. 'how items are placed' and 'how frequently inventory turned over' seems more parallel against 'turns over'
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brandy96 wrote:
Can some one explain why it is not D and the correct one is E. 'how items are placed' and 'how frequently inventory turned over' seems more parallel against 'turns over'

It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items are placed on shelves and the frequency of inventory turnovers can be crucial to profits.

(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be

parallel is kept through : .. how items are placed and how frequently the inventory turns over can be.... crucial to profits

If you'd pick D you'd get: how items are placed and how frequently the inventory turned over are often crucial to profits

If you look closely, you see that the sentence just isn't right.. Compare: how ARE placed (present) + how TURNS (present) and how ARE placed (present) + how TURNED (past)

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24 May 2011, 12:51
Thanks, good one. +1, i missed the 'are' piece.
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26 May 2011, 01:39
E it is.How is a must to maintain the parallelism so the choices boil down to D and E.
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15 Jul 2011, 03:13
IMO E as it maintains parallelism using "How"
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grad_mba wrote:
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It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items are placed on shelves and the frequency of inventory turnovers can be crucial to profits.

(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often -
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be
maintains ||ism, conveys the intended meaning

Opening must be with "how" to keep ||ism intact. so D, E- "how items are" is || to "how frequently the inventory turns" (in option D- it just go little off the mark!)
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brandy96 wrote:
Thanks, good one. +1, i missed the 'are' piece.

I don't see any problem with 'are'. But in my opinion, the point is, we have to compare two things that affect some result. In D, the later part gives importance to 'frequency' rather than inventory. If the first part is something like '...placement of items..', D would be the correct answer.

Am I right?
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I pick D

Can you please let me know why it is D? (In my previous post, I have already mentioned why D is wrong). My choice is E.
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03 Apr 2012, 13:04
I fell on the trap too.

Revewing my Manhattan guide I ran into Verb > Adjective > Noun (VAN Rules in the advanced section). They state that a Verb is prefered over an adjective, and an adjective is prefered over a noun.

I guess the main difference between D and E is that in D " how frequently is the inventory turned over are often", is the adjetive form of E " how frequently the inventory turns over can be fall".

I am not that sure about the "are" in D, as it seems to me that "how items are placed on shelves and how frequently is the inventory turned over.." could act as group and therefore need a plural verb.

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grad_mba wrote:
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It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items are placed on shelves and the frequency of inventory turnovers can be crucial to profits.

(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be

I do not how many times that I have answered wrong this in 2-3 years but here is the easy way :

how items are placed = Order how+noun+verb

D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often = How + verb + noun
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be = how + noun + verb

Therefore D out . E is right.
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