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Re: Q40 The computer companys present troubles are a result of [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2014, 21:46
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Re: Q40 The computer companys present troubles are a result of [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2014, 21:55
Marcab wrote:
Many thanks for the reply.
"....are result of technological
stagnation, marketing missteps, and managerial blunders
so that several attempts to revise corporate strategies have failed
to correct it"
"HOW"are the company's present troubles a result of technological
stagnation, marketing missteps, and managerial blunders?
ANSWER: Because several attempts to revise corporate strategies have failed to correct the company's troubles.

As far as I think, if one is able to create a "how" question and is able to answer it, then the in that construction is valid.
Please let me know if I am missing something. I feel I am pretty naive in SC.

Moreover, please elaborate how you prefer "revising to" over "revising at". Both to and at are preposition and hence are followed by noun. What's wrong in that?


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Can someone answer the above query?

I have the same one.

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Re: Q40 The computer companys present troubles are a result of [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2014, 08:16
Without "them" in C, the sentence is not even complete.

One way to think about "in that" is that it expresses specific information to elaborate on a general statement.
For e.g. Humans are mammals in that they are warm-blooded.
"In that" explains "in what way" humans belong to the general category of mammals.

Back to the question. First, the antecedent of "them" is unclear.
Let us assume that "them" refers to the correct antecedent. Now ask whether "in that" makes sense.

"The company's troubles are the result of X problems" in that "Y attempts have failed to correct the X problems".
Here, does "Y attempts..." explain how or in what way "the company's troubles are the result of those problems"? To be able to explain it, the attempts would need to have come first. But the attempts to correct can only have come after the problems were discovered, not before.

In this question, the sequence of events is more like this: Stagnation/missteps/blunders -> troubles -> attempts.

At best, the two threads provide independent pieces of information. "In that" incorrectly links them.
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Re: Q40 The computer companys present troubles are a result of [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2014, 07:47
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This sentence, among other things, entails the intrinsic knowledge of common English constructions.

“so that” is used to introduce the concept of consequence. For instance,

I am studying hard for the GMAT, so that I can get a good score.
The president is tapering IT industries’ tax-breaks so that his approval rating will rise.
Europe will rebuff any nuclear power-plant project so that the risk of potential trouble is greatly diminished.

A, B, C “so that” construction in this sentence is logically out of place.

A) pronoun "it" is un-necessary and ambiguous. You don’t say “This is the car that I sold it.
B) fragment: the sentence is incomplete.
C) “in that” is completely wrong. Moreover “them” is un-necessary and ambiguous.
D) this is the correct answer. Every issue has been addressed. (“so that” construction has been discarded, “attempts to” substituted with “attempts at”, and “it/them” removed.
E) “them” once again is not necessary and wrong.

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