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The chairman of the board of directors have decided that this year's profits will be used for research and development, rather than for a shareholder dividend.

(A) have decided that this year's profits will be used
(B) has decided that this year's profits will be used
(C) have decided on using this year's profits
(D) has decided on using this year's profits
(E) decided this year's profits will have been used
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2004, 20:02
Between B and D, I pick D. D looks concise!
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2004, 15:37
THe official answer is B.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2005, 17:06
is there anything grammatically incorrect with the option D?
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2005, 17:13
Ya can somebody please explain me why is D wrong?
I am kind of confused.

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 [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2005, 20:51
The idomatic usage is decide to do something instead of decide on doing something, I believe.
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The chairman of the board of directors have decided that [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2013, 12:19
The chairman of the board of directors have decided that this year`s profits will be used for research and development,rather than for a shareholder dividend.

(A)have decided that this year`s profits will be used

(B)has decided that this year`s profits will be used

(C)have decided on using this year`s profits

(D)has decided on using this year`s profits

(E)decided this year`s profits will have been used

I picked D but OA is B.Need explanation why d is wrong and b is correct.

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Re: The chairman of the board of directors have decided [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2013, 12:31
hi Mun23,
"for" is also underlined in them. hence in option D.
"year`s profits research and development" doesn't make sense.

also there seems 2 be an idiomatic error in "decided on using" but i m not sure..
also in option B "used for research" is // to "than for a shareholder dividend"...


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Re: The chairman of the board of directors have decided [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2013, 15:32
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The chairman is singular so "has" is correct.
That leaves us with B and D.
D does not flow. (D)...has decided on using this year`s profits research and development...
It is missing a "for" so B is the correct answer.
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Re: The chairman of the board of directors have decided that [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2013, 00:13
The chairman of the board of directors have decided that this year's profits will be used for research and development, rather than for a shareholder dividend.

(B)has decided that this year`s profits will be used
(D)has decided on using this year`s profits

I chose D because, 1) decided on is a correct phrase for this statement 2) this option is short and concise.
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Re: The chairman of the board of directors have decided that [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2013, 11:44
Nicely explained by Brian@VeritasPrep in beatthegmat. Sorry, unable to post the link. Please google if interested.
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The chairman of the board of directors have decided that this year's profits will be used for research and development, rather than for a shareholder dividend.

"the board of directors" is singular so A and C are discarded

(A) have decided that this year's profits will be used
(B) has decided that this year's profits will be used
(C) have decided on using this year's profits
(D) has decided on using this year's profits- has decided on + "noun/noun phrase" would need to be "the use of"
(E) decided this year's profits will have been used - the tenses do not make sense
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The chairman of the board of directors have decided that this year's profits will be used for research and development, rather than for a shareholder dividend.

(A) have decided that this year's profits will be used
(B) has decided that this year's profits will be used
(C) have decided on using this year's profits
(D) has decided on using this year's profits
(E) decided this year's profits will have been used


A and C are out because chairman is singular.

E is out because it is weird.(Can't Explain) :P

Between B and D,
In D, use of -ing form is unnecessary. Why add an -ing form unnecessarily and complicate it when a straightforward and simple option is there in B?

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Re: The chairman of the board of directors have decided that [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2014, 01:34
Vithal wrote:
is there anything grammatically incorrect with the option D?


I guess we it uses -ing form of use. We should prefer simple past/present over continuous whenever possible.
Hence B
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