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A majority of executives believe that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance and companies take few actions to support women in the workforce.

A. that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance and companies take few actions to support
B. gender diversity in leadership was linked to better financial performance, but companies take less actions to support
C. that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance, but companies take little actions to support
D. gender diversity in leadership was linked to better financial performance, but that companies take few actions to support
E. that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance, but companies take few actions to support

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A majority of executives believe that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance and companies take few actions to support women in the workforce.

A. that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance and companies take few actions to support
B. gender diversity in leadership was linked to better financial performance, but companies take less actions to support
C. that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance, but companies take little actions to support
D. gender diversity in leadership was linked to better financial performance, but that companies take few actions to support
E. that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance, but companies take few actions to support - this expresses contrast very well.



We need a "that" in the beginning of the sentence- eliminate B,D

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We require a) that to introduce the belief b) a ‘but’ to mark the transition and 3) ‘few actions’ to define a count and plural noun ‘actions ‘, all which are found in E only.
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E it is : that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial
performance, but companies take few actions to support
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"believe that" idiom - keep a, c and e

Use "but" as it creates a better contrast than "and" does - keep a and e

The number of actions is countable therefore use few - the answer is e
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“actions" is countable noun, use few. B, C out
"believe that", D out
because of the transition in sentence, choose E
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A majority of executives believe (clause) that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better (clause)
financial performance and companies take few actions to support women in the
workforce.(clause)

Contrast is missing. As per the sentence although the executives believe that gender diversity is import , they take few actions to address it.

one grammatical error of the sentence is two Independent clauses have been joined with out , + and

, + "but" will give the contrast and as well add independent clause in the sentence .

few is correct , as actions is countable noun.

A majority is plural so "believe" is correct verb form.

Only answer choice E correct all those error.
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few actions vs little actions ; few actions wins; we need "that". Will go for E
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E.

B and D can be ruled out because they do not use 'that'
Betwen A , C and E

A - Does not gives us comparison
C - Little actions do not make sense

So, E it is
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Actions is uncountable so few is required hence E
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Dear Friends,

Here is a detailed explanation to this question-

getgyan wrote:
A majority of executives believe that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance and companies take few actions to support women in the workforce.

A. that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance and companies take few actions to support
B. gender diversity in leadership was linked to better financial performance, but companies take less actions to support
C. that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance, but companies take little actions to support
D. gender diversity in leadership was linked to better financial performance, but that companies take few actions to support
E. that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance, but companies take few actions to support


Choice A: This answer choice makes an error by using the conjunction "and"; the purpose of this sentence is to show a contrast between the beliefs of executives and the actions of companies. The conjunction "and" does not signify contrast. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice B: This answer choice displays several errors. Firstly, this answer choice does not utilize the idiom "believe that" which is needed to express belief. Secondly, this answer choice incorrectly utilizes the simple past tense to express a supposed universal truth. Finally, this answer choice utilizes the word "less" to refer to the countable noun "actions". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice C: This answer choice utilizes the word "little" to refer to the countable noun "actions". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice D: This answer choice repeats the idiom and tense related errors found in Option B. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice E: This answer choice maintains correct idiom and tense use and conveys the intended meaning of the sentence. Thus, this answer choice is correct.

Hence, E is the best answer choice.

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A majority of executives believe that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance and companies take few actions to support women in the workforce.


A. that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance and companies take few actions to support ------- "And" doesn't make sense. We need a contrast in this sentence because they are saying that executives believe "Gender diversity has benefits BUT companies do not do an adequate job supporting women".


B. gender diversity in leadership was linked to better financial performance, but companies take less actions to support ------ 1. "Was" is in the past and changes the original meaning set in the present. 2. "Less" is a comparative and needs "than". 3. Reporting verbs need a subordinator THAT. Therefore, if we place a clause after the verb "believe", we must link it with "that".


C. that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance, but companies take little actions to support ----- "Little" is a modifier for uncountable nouns. It does not apply to "actions".


D. gender diversity in leadership was linked to better financial performance, but that companies take few actions to support -------- 1. Reporting verbs need a subordinator THAT. Therefore, if we place a clause after the verb "believe", we must link it with "that". 2. "Was" is in the past and changes the original meaning set in the present.


E. that gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance, but companies take few actions to support ---------- CORRECT
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