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In the mid-1920â€™s the Hawthorne Works of the Western Electric Company was the scene of an intensive series of experiments that would investigate changes in working conditions as to their effects on workersâ€™ performance.

(A) that would investigate changes in working conditions as to their effects on workersâ€™ performance
(B) investigating the effects that changes in working conditions would have on workersâ€™ performance
(C) for investigating what are the effects in workersâ€™ performance that changes in working conditions would cause
(D) that investigated changes in working conditionsâ€™ effects on workersâ€™ performance
(E) to investigate what the effects changes in working conditions would have on workersâ€™ performance

OA is B

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27 Mar 2007, 03:09
mba07 wrote:
B.

Why not (D), for example?
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27 Mar 2007, 05:55
Another B

D cant be as it says intensive series of experiments has investigated.

but we are talking about the scene in 20's.

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27 Mar 2007, 06:22
Amardeep Sharma wrote:
Another B

D cant be as it says intensive series of experiments has investigated.

but we are talking about the scene in 20's.

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I agree with B. However, I do not understand your explanation, Amardeep. There is no "has" in D.
I am actually having a hard time explaining why D is wrong. Is it because of unnecessary use of possessive nouns? Or is it the fact that experiments cannot investigate the causes? In that case, how is B different?
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27 Mar 2007, 20:19
Its B.
D is wrong because it changes the meaning of the sentence.
The experiments investigated the effects of the changes not the changes themselves.

I was stuck b/w B and E...chose B because 'what' in E seems wordy...any thoughts??
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27 Mar 2007, 21:21
We need would have in the unlined sentence

leaves us with B and E

in E "what the effects changes in working conditions" is awkward

moreover the usage investigating effects is correct
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28 Mar 2007, 04:31
Dear nervousgmat,

What I mean is that D changes the meaning of the sentence as it appear that intensive series of experiments has investigated

sorry for the confusion... I dont meas has is in D.

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28 Mar 2007, 06:57
Agree wtih B. In D, 'that' modifies 'experiment' making it look like the experiment is actually doing something physically, when in fact, it's just a function.
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Re: SC - Hawthorne Works [#permalink]

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28 Mar 2007, 07:47
nick_sun wrote:

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In the mid-1920â€™s the Hawthorne Works of the Western Electric Company was the scene of an intensive series of experiments that would investigate changes in working conditions as to their effects on workersâ€™ performance.

(A) that would investigate changes in working conditions as to their effects on workersâ€™ performance
(B) investigating the effects that changes in working conditions would have on workersâ€™ performance
(C) for investigating what are the effects in workersâ€™ performance that changes in working conditions would cause
(D) that investigated changes in working conditionsâ€™ effects on workersâ€™ performance
(E) to investigate what the effects changes in working conditions would have on workersâ€™ performance

OA is B

D introduces a subtle change in meaning -

The focus is on the effects that changes in working conditions WOULD HAVE on employees and not the effect that changing working conditions would have
There's a subtle difference between CHANGES IN WORKING CONDITIONS and CHANGING WORKING CONDITIONS

Not sure if I've been able to explain it properly and correctly but that's what I feel.
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Re: SC - Hawthorne Works [#permalink]

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28 Mar 2007, 14:02
dwivedys wrote:

D introduces a subtle change in meaning -

The focus is on the effects that changes in working conditions WOULD HAVE on employees and not the effect that changing working conditions would have
There's a subtle difference between CHANGES IN WORKING CONDITIONS and CHANGING WORKING CONDITIONS

Not sure if I've been able to explain it properly and correctly but that's what I feel.

I think I've got what you mean... It is better to say here (1) "the effects that changes in working conditions would have" rather than (2) "changes in working conditionsâ€™ effects on", because in (1) changes would have the effects, in (2) the effects of working conditions (not changes of working conditions). So (1) must be preferable
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