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Recognizing, understanding, and adjusting to changes in the global marketplace has become an increasingly complex task for most product managers.
A) Recognizing, understanding, and adjusting to
B) To recognize, understand, to adjust to
C) The recognition, understanding, and adjustment to
D) Recognizing, as well as understanding and adjusting to
E) That one recognize, understand, and adjust to
(A) for sure. Parallel structure is present in (A). (B) is wrong, because of the missing
'to' before understand. Same for (C). (D) has a redundant use of 'as well'.
(E) That one recognize is correct only when we end the sentence off by saying 'for one'
Hi Praet, this is coming from Peterson's GMAT CAT which I find is pretty good. As for your question, I believe the enumeration is ok and could be called a compound gerund phrase.
Recognizing, understanding, and adjusting to changes in the global marketplace.
Had we had only 1 element, you would see that it is a gerund phrase: "adjusting to changes in the global marketplacehas"
"Recognizing, understanding, and adjusting to changes in the global marketplace" could be seen as a sequence of events, considered one group, leading to something. It could be replaced by noun X
X has become an increasingly complex task for most product managers
This definitely was a tricky one but I believe that A could be the answer for that reason
thanks for the reply. the question is definitely controversial. I think the rules are quite clear for subject verb agreement in case of compound subjects. recognizing, understanding and adjusting are definitely gerunds and act as nouns. its not about putting them in a group.. its about whether you have the conjunction "and" in a subject.
Paul, Praet and Anand has been working together
if you read this sentence, it would be immediately obvious that even though Paul, Praet and anand can be considered as a group, "has" is not the correct verb.
IMO, For SC, one should not venture too far beyond OG / Kaplan. it can get so confusing to read different stuff in different books. you wont find such controversial questions on the exam.
I agree with you Praet that this question is too controversial. However, I still want to point out that your example is not totally similar to the explanation I gave. This is because your enumeration involves what I call distinct entities. The 3 names you mentioned cannot be part of the same process or sequence of events making a whole. I think I had a discussion about this with gmatblast or mba a while back. In the given question, the 3 gerunds could be part of the same "process" making a whole, if you see what I mean. Anyhow, this question is indeed controversial and for everyone who attempted it, do not let it ruin your confidence.
(A) is parallel and keeps things simple
(B) To understand is required
(C) I ruled this out. If you read the recognition changes in the global market place is awkward compared to recognizing changes in the market place
(D) is a lenghty version of (A)
(E) use of 'one should go with 'one