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# The Sports Medicine Programs of the Olympic Training Center,

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The Sports Medicine Programs of the Olympic Training Center, a complex where final tryouts are held for athletes representing the United States in the Olympics, is geared toward enhancing athletes' performance and toward their preparation for internation competition.

A) is geared toward enhancing athletes' performance and toward their preparation for internation competition
B) is geared to enhance the performance of athletes and to prepare them
C) are geared to enhance athlete's performance and their preparation
D) are geared toward the enhancement of athletes' peformance and toward preparing them
E) are geared toward enhancing the performance of athletes and preparing them

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
E

I originally chose A. Can someone explain why the correct tense is plural. The modifier states that it is a complex (singular), which threw me off.

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03 Feb 2010, 23:15
" a complex" refers to Olympic Training Center, but the subject of the main clause is "The Sports Medicine Programs" - a plural noun phrase as you can see.
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04 Feb 2010, 14:01
Cool, thanks for the explanation.
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04 Feb 2010, 14:09
I picked C. What is wrong in C ?

are geared to enhance athlete's performance and their preparation

athlete's performance and their preparation seems to be parallel.
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04 Feb 2010, 15:10
enhance and preparation should be parallel? In C, it is not. It should be to enhance and to prepare or enhancing and preparing, etc
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14 Jan 2016, 07:18
After Evaluation, it should be E
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03 Aug 2016, 02:37
burnttwinky wrote:
The Sports Medicine Programs of the Olympic Training Center, a complex where final tryouts are held for athletes representing the United States in the Olympics, is geared toward enhancing athletes' performance and toward their preparation for internation competition.

A) is geared toward enhancing athletes' performance and toward their preparation for internation competition
B) is geared to enhance the performance of athletes and to prepare them
C) are geared to enhance athlete's performance and their preparation
D) are geared toward the enhancement of athletes' peformance and toward preparing them
E) are geared toward enhancing the performance of athletes and preparing them

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
E

I originally chose A. Can someone explain why the correct tense is plural. The modifier states that it is a complex (singular), which threw me off.

The first decision point is to find the subject of the sentence and its grammatical number (singular or plural)
Lets do that here by removing non essential parenthetical information from the sentence

The Sports Medicine Programs of the Olympic Training Center, a complex where final tryouts are held for athletes representing the United States in the Olympics, is geared toward enhancing athletes' performance and toward their preparation for international competition.

As we can see the Subject is "PROGRAMS" which is plural, therefore our options will start with "ARE" and not "IS"

A and B are out
SECONDLY we can see that the coordinating conjunction "AND" is used therefore there should be separate subjects in each clause before and after "and"

a) is geared toward enhancing athletes' performance and toward their preparation
WRONG:- SV AGREEMENT

b) is geared to enhance the performance of athletes and to prepare them
WRONG:- SV AGREEMENT

c) are geared to enhance athletes' performance and their preparation
WRONG:- athletes' is used not as a noun but as an adjective that modifies the noun performance. The position of the apostrophe in athletes' denoted that it is used as an adjective. The subject of the clause becomes performance
Therefore there is pronoun error in the clause. "Their " is a pronoun that refers back to performance but logically it should refer back to athlete.

d) are geared toward the enhancement of athletes' performance and toward preparing them
WRONG:- Not parallel - "enhancement" and "preparing" are not parallel forms of verb
SAME AS C. athletes' is used not as a noun but as an adjective that modifies the noun performance. The position of the apostrophe in athletes' denoted that it is used as an adjective. The subject of the clause becomes performance
Therefore there is pronoun error in the clause. "Their " is a pronoun that refers back to performance but logically it should refer back to athlete.

e) are geared toward enhancing the performance of athletes and preparing them
CORRECT:- A proper subject athletes (plural) exist in the second clause and the pronoun "them" correctly refers back to athlete.
Enhancing and preparing are parallel
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