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New post 29 Oct 2017, 12:41
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rever08 wrote:
There's been a lot of chaos to this question's answer explanation. Could you please explain D over E?


In my opinion both D and E are wrong. One standrad practice in GMAT is NOT to use the same pronoun in a sentence to refer to two different antecedents:
In
"....companies with a brand-orientated approach achieved twice as much return on their equity..."
and
"...as those that placed their focus elsewhere..."
the pronoun "their" refers to two diferent sets of companies.

Moreover, in
".....with little relation to whether their marketing was creative ...."
the pronoun "their" is ambiguous.

This question appears to be faulty.


Hi,

can you please elaborate on "two times" vs "twice". Is it safe to say that "two times" will always be used with a comparative degree. For example: 2 times LARGER than .....2 times stronger than .... will it always be followed by a "than"?

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A survey conducted on the marketing departments of some of Europe's top 500 companies reveals that companies with a brand-orientated approach achieved two times as much return on their equity as those that placed their focus elsewhere, with little relation to whether their marketing was creative.

A. reveals that companies with a brand-orientated approach achieved two times as much return on their equity as those that placed their focus elsewhere, with little relation to whether their marketing was creative

B. reveals that companies with a brand-orientated approach achieved twice as much return on their equity as those that placed their focus elsewhere, with little relation to whether or not their marketing was creative

C. reveals that companies with a brand-orientated approach achieved twice as much return on their equity as those that placed their focus elsewhere, with little relation to if their marketing was creative

D. revealed that companies with a brand-orientated approach achieved twice as much return on their equity, with little relation to whether their marketing was creative, as those that placed their focus elsewhere

E. revealed that companies with a brand-orientated approach achieved twice as much return on their equity as those that placed their focus elsewhere, with little relation to whether their marketing was creative or not


Hi Guys

A, B and C are out because of the wrong tense (present > reveals) and non idiomatic use of "two times" / "wheter or not".

The official answer is D. E looks promising but it is non-idiomatic: Although this answer choice corrects the original Redundancy error by replacing two times with twice, it is stylistically flawed. Using or not after whether is redundant.

Answer D: This answer choice corrects the original Redundancy error by replacing two times with twice. It also correctly uses whether (and not if) since there is no condition present.

Harley1980 Concerning the change in meaning, I must admit, it is distracting. But meaning is the last thing which one should consider. If one sentence is stylistically flawed or non-idiomatic, we have to POE it. Do you agree?

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Hey reto gmatexam439
Can you please breif how two times is unidiomatic with respect in choice A
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New post 01 Feb 2019, 01:04
It's true that the GMAT doesn't like to switch the antecedent for pronouns, but it's worth noting a few things:

*This is not a real grammar rule, and in fact could not sensibly be applied in real writing. We teach this, but I wouldn't make it into a general grammar rule.
*The meaning is very clear, so the GMAT might be willing to relax the "rule" here.
*This usage is in all the choices, so if this appeared on the GMAT we'd just ignore the "error" and look elsewhere.
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Hi, can someone share what is wrong with A?
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