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One study found that although government policy and the industrial sector in which a company operates can influence its productivity and financial strength, management decisions have at least as great an impact on a company’s performance.

A) management decisions have at least as great an impact
B) decisions by management have a great impact
C) manager decisions impact greatly
D) decisions by a company’s management impact greatly
E) what a company’s management decides has a greater impact
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Re: Management Decisions [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2009, 05:25
Hi hogann,

just out of curiosity is A idiomatic..?...becoz if it is accepted then i guess we all have learnt a new thing...
for using "as" ...
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Re: Management Decisions [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2009, 05:35
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OA is A

The original sentence correctly draws this comparison with the phrase “at least as great an impact.” Also, "government policy," "industrial sector," and "management decisions" are all correctly parallel


god, this is a good question!!!!!!

really A.

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One study found that although government policy and the industrial sector in which a company operates can influence its productivity and financial strength, management decisions have at least as great an impact on a company’s performance.


A) management decisions have at least as great an impact
B) decisions by management have a great impact
C) manager decisions impact greatly
D) decisions by a company’s management impact greatly
E) what a company’s management decides has a greater impact
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Re: MGMAT tough one [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2011, 06:42
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The underlined part should end with "impact on"
A, B and E left.
B -"by" out
E - change of meaning. I think there is quant involved here and the difference between ">" (greater) and ">=" (atleast as) is clear from A's meaning.
A is the best unless you want to change the meaning.
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Re: MGMAT tough one [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2011, 08:48
My problem with A was the "as great AN impact". It sounded awkward to me. But I am not a native speaker, must be that. Thanks a lot!
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Re: MGMAT tough one [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2011, 09:00
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The gist of the original text is that management decisions have an impact at least as great. Any choice that does not reflect this 'at least as great' feature is distorting the intended meaning. You might notice no choice other than A carries this intent. Hence A is the best choice.
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One study found that although government policy and the [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2011, 08:16
One study found that although government policy and the industrial sector in which a company operates can influence its productivity and financial strength, management decisions have at least as great an impact on a company’s performance.

1.management decisions have at least as great an impact
2.decisions by management have a great impact
3.manager decisions impact greatly
4.decisions by a company’s management impact greatly
5.what a company’s management decides has a greater impact
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Step 1. The text seeks to state that management decisions have at least as great an impact as other factors. This vital element of comparison should not be missed in the choices. None of the choices, B, C, D, and E carries this original intent earnestly. B, C, and D are simple declarative statements of great impact and not comparisons. E on the other hand goes off board to say that the decisions have a greater impact. These are wrong presentations.

A, the verbatim choice from the text is the correct answer.
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Re: government policy [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 05:24
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One study found that although government policy and the industrial sector in which a company operates can influence its productivity and financial strength, management decisions have at least as great an impact on a company’s performance.

1.management decisions have at least as great an impact
2.decisions by management have a great impact
3.manager decisions impact greatly
4.decisions by a company’s management impact greatly
5.what a company’s management decides has a greater impact



Really tricky!

I wanted to go with A, because "Although government policy . . ., Management decision. . . seemed parallel; and at same time "at least as great impact" sounded un-idomatic. . . thus i choice B

but, the way Daagh is explaining pushes me to think harder. but still i cant comprehend :(
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Re: government policy [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 16:46
It should be A, can some one explain if B should be out because of passive in nature?
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One study found that although government policy and the [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 00:26
One study found that although government policy and the industrial sector in which a company operates can influence its productivity and financial strength, management decisions have at least as great an impact on a company’s performance.

management decisions have at least as great an impact

decisions by management have a great impact

manager decisions impact greatly

decisions by a company’s management impact greatly

what a company’s management decides has a greater impact

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Re: MGMAT [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 02:23
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Can you please specify what you wish to discuss? You must also lead the discussion by saying what your version of the discussion is, what particular issue you have in this topic and so on.
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Re: MGMAT [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 02:26
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Can you please specify what you wish to discuss? You must also lead the discussion by saying what your version of the discussion is, what particular issue you have in this topic and so on.


I have the OA but I dont understand how to eliminate choices here and on what basis...I read on other forums about parallelism...but i dont knw why financial strength is not included in parallelism too...

Also, is there any other strategy to use POE...I am not fully convinced by parallelism
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Re: MGMAT [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 02:48
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Please at this stage don't get confused by big jargons such as parallelism and modification etc,. For example this topic is not about parallelism. Your assumption that financial strength is not included in parallelism is unclear to the extent why you need to bother about //ism in this context and what it is not parallel with.

Can I give you a small suggestion, if you may permit me? Please go through the definitions of all the basic concepts of GMAT SC first either from some basic books or some good institutes. Or else, you will take lot more time to come to grip.

That aside, let me tell you that all the choices in the issue are grammatically correct, except for trivial issues such as missing of an apostrophe etc; But what this question tests is the intent.

Now can you pick up the thread from here on and arrive at how the OA differs from the rest.
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Re: MGMAT [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 03:02
Well to me "As great an " also sounded unidiomatic and therefore I eliminated A from my choice....

Are trying to say the other choices change the meaning of the sentence whereas A means something else therefore it should be A?
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Re: MGMAT [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 04:39
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exactly; now how do other things change the meaning? read word by word and tell me
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Re: MGMAT [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 04:43
If i knew i wouldnt have asked ;0)

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One study found that although government policy and the industrial sector in which a company operates can influence its productivity and financial strength, management decisions have at least as great an impact on a company’s performance.

A) management decisions have at least as great an impact
B) decisions by management have a great impact
C) manager decisions impact greatly
D) decisions by a company’s management impact greatly
E) what a company’s management decides has a greater impact

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Re: 700-800 question [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2011, 06:25
Hi, one suggestion, could you please underline the relevant portion of the questions ?
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Re: 700-800 question [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2011, 08:01
Can someone explain what's wrong with (C)?
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