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# A. Based on the recent decline in enrollment, the admissions

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A. Based on the recent decline in enrollment, the admissions office decided to reevaluate
its recruitment strategies.

B. Based on the recent decline in enrollment, plans were made by the admissions office to
reevaluate its recruitment strategies.

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21 Sep 2009, 23:32
B is correct.
A is wrong because it means Admission office is "Based on..." but it meant to say that plans are based on the recent decline..
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22 Sep 2009, 02:10
mendelay wrote:
A. Based on the recent decline in enrollment, the admissions office decided to reevaluate
its recruitment strategies.

B. Based on the recent decline in enrollment, plans were made by the admissions office to
reevaluate its recruitment strategies.

(from MGMAT SC 2003ed)

B is correct as the modifier clause is is followed by "plans". However, the usage of "based on..." often results in passive voice and I understand that a sentence in passive voice is usually not correct in GMATLAND.

Folks, please provde some insight into the use of "based on..." and passive construction of sentences in GMAT.
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22 Sep 2009, 12:12
Passive is not wrong in GMAT. Active is preferred over Passive. So if you have two correct Active and Passive, choose Active. But in this case, active is clearly wrong so Passive is the right choice.
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22 Sep 2009, 17:46
thanku for the Question picked A first
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23 Sep 2009, 12:51
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Based on means "because of". It's an introductory phrase that does not directly refer to the subject. If it were a modifying phrase then I would question whether it's modifying admissions office or plans - but it isn't.
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24 Sep 2009, 13:35
I saw a question in OG in which based on construction was wrong as well. In correct answer choice, it was replaced with a modifier starting with "ing" construction. Question starts with based on modifier,which modifies the noun that immediately follows it.
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25 Sep 2009, 09:10
Even though B is passive, it is not incorrect.
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