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The football team's winning it's first game of the season excited the student body.

A. The football team's winning it's first game of the season.
B. The football team having won it's first game of the season.
C. The football team's having won it's first game of the season.
D. The football team's winning its first game of the season.
E. The football team winning it's first game of the season.

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03 Aug 2013, 04:02
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The football team's winning it's first game of the season excited the student body.

A. The football team's winning it's first game of the season.
B. The football team having won it's first game of the season.
C. The football team's having won it's first game of the season.
D. The football team's winning its first game of the season.
E. The football team winning it's first game of the season.

Not convinced with the OA.

IT'S = IT IS
ITS = POSSESIVE OF IT

It's
It's is short for it is or it has. This is a 100% rule. It cannot be used for anything else. If you cannot expand it's to it is or it has, then it is wrong.
Its
Its is like his and her.
Read more at http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_c ... MGFWxZg.99

WE NEED POSSESIVE THATS WHY ALL OTHER OPTIONS ARE WRONG

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summer101 wrote:
The football team's winning it's first game of the season excited the student body.

A. The football team's winning it's first game of the season.
B. The football team having won it's first game of the season.
C. The football team's having won it's first game of the season.
D. The football team's winning its first game of the season.
E. The football team winning it's first game of the season.

Not convinced with the OA.

Every choice except D has a huge problem : "it's" (it's a verb, not a possessive), for example A

A. The football team's winning IT IS first game of the season.<== this is grammatically incorrect

D is the best choice because it does not have this problem.
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Zarrolou wrote:
summer101 wrote:
The football team's winning it's first game of the season excited the student body.

A. The football team's winning it's first game of the season.
B. The football team having won it's first game of the season.
C. The football team's having won it's first game of the season.
D. The football team's winning its first game of the season.
E. The football team winning it's first game of the season.

Not convinced with the OA.

Every choice except D has a huge problem : "it's" (it's a verb, not a possessive), for example A

A. The football team's winning IT IS first game of the season.<== this is grammatically incorrect

D is the best choice because it does not have this problem.

Zarralou,

Dont you think in D, the phrase "The football team's winning" is a noun phrase and "ITS" is referring to "football team" which is not specified in the answer choices.

I think that you are referring to the "poison pronoun"(or something similar) rule of MGMAT, according to which in sentence like
"The house of Maria (....) her" the pronoun "her" cannot stand for "Maria". Am I correct?

If that's the case, remember that this rule has been removed from the MGMAT guides, and appears on 0 Official Problems. So my advise is not to bother with it.

Hope this is what you meant
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04 Aug 2013, 17:27
Zarrolou wrote:
summer101 wrote:
The football team's winning it's first game of the season excited the student body.

A. The football team's winning it's first game of the season.
B. The football team having won it's first game of the season.
C. The football team's having won it's first game of the season.
D. The football team's winning its first game of the season.
E. The football team winning it's first game of the season.

Not convinced with the OA.

Every choice except D has a huge problem : "it's" (it's a verb, not a possessive), for example A

A. The football team's winning IT IS first game of the season.<== this is grammatically incorrect

D is the best choice because it does not have this problem.

Zarralou,

Dont you think in D, the phrase "The football team's winning" is a noun phrase and "ITS" is referring to "football team" which is not specified in the answer choices.
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07 Aug 2013, 20:28
I do not believe any of the answers are correct. The sentence should read: The football team, having won it's first game of the season, excited the student body.
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09 Aug 2013, 09:16
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I think that you are referring to the "poison pronoun"(or something similar) rule of MGMAT, according to which in sentence like
"The house of Maria (....) her" the pronoun "her" cannot stand for "Maria". Am I correct?

If that's the case, remember that this rule has been removed from the MGMAT guides, and appears on 0 Official Problems. So my advise is not to bother with it.

Hope this is what you meant

Yes I was referring to the same rule.

Thanks Zarralou for letting me know about it. I did not know that rule was removed.
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04 Sep 2013, 03:58
Is this even a GMAT like question?
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04 Sep 2013, 05:55
Hi,

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18 Oct 2013, 10:08
Phoenix72 wrote:
Is this even a GMAT like question?

It could be. Just learn it, it isn't tough. It's = It is, Its= Possessive
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28 Aug 2015, 23:54
in option B, had it been its in place of it's. will it then be a right answer?
can anyone please explain the intended meaning of this sentence? as I am totally confused.
team's is a possesive isn't it?
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29 Aug 2015, 17:59
This sentence is completely wrong! the '' football team" plays the role of an adjective rather than a noun! hence the supposedly correct answer (D) can be simplified into : the winning its first game of the season. (No sense at all).

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