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30 Oct 2008, 09:59
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Imo infinitive subjects are acceptable as long as there is a be verb and a subject compliment following it as in following sentences.

To run in the park after dark can be dangerous.

To be good is to be great.

To predict waterflow reliably is necessary for large-scale agriculture and suburbs.

However, with transitive verb such as 'give' as in option D, an infinitive can not function as the subject of the sentence since such sentence illogically implies that the infinitive (a verb form) is the doer of the action expressed in the main verb ('give' in D). (illogical subject).

In E, the state of being expressed in gerund phrase acts as the compliment of 'Company' and is grammatically correct imo.

This is an awesome explanation. While I don't know whether D still rules as the OA, I had chosen E and my logic for choosing E stands vindicated. I am not sure what was the source of this question, though it appeared in the Brutal SC compilation.

I would urge folks to carefully consider the point mentioned in the above post regarding infinitives acting as subjects.

+1 goes to you tvsom.
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11 Feb 2009, 10:23
A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.
a...
b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process
d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier
e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process

Pls explain with reason to strike off wrong choices ..
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11 Feb 2009, 10:38
I will go with B. The sentence needs to begin wiwht a gerund. Moreover, "being" in option E is not required.
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11 Feb 2009, 13:01
Hi mates,

IMO B

A and E out: being

C out: sounds wordy, put it in ither words: "A advantage to introduce a new..." cannot be the subject of "can"

Now, the clause that is underlined must be the subject of "can" and we have to choose between "introducing" and "To introduce".

I'd go with B

OA and Source?

Can someone explan the difference between B and D?

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11 Feb 2009, 14:44
B is clear and concise

gerund sounds better than infinitive (D) here
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11 Feb 2009, 23:29
b/w B and D, B is definitely better choice. Introducing beats 'to introduce'
tenaman10 wrote:
A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.
a... Use of being and also it is awkward
b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process awkward
d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier
e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process

Pls explain with reason to strike off wrong choices ..
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12 Feb 2009, 08:53
I'll go with E

a. possessive is required....'a year's'
b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier('by' makes it awkward)
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process('in' is the right word)
d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier(doesn't fit with the later part of the sentence)
e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process(looks OK)
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12 Feb 2009, 17:48
Its B for me.

The statement is in subjuctive mood, the word can indcates a subjunctive statement, hence using a introduction clause with a gerund is the correct option.

Using an infinitive in option D is wrong "to introduce..." the subsequent statement should mention what should be done or indicate the action.
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14 Feb 2009, 13:31
A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.
a...
b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process
d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier
e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process

Between A and E, choose E.
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15 Feb 2009, 07:00
Don't agree with OA. D screws up the parallelism rule

Do you have OE?

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15 Feb 2009, 08:20
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Don't agree with OA. D screws up the parallelism rule

Do you have OE?

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Hi unplugged,

what //ism do you refer to? For me the right answer was between B and D, i.e. between "introducing" and "to introduce" which must be the subject of can

Could someone explain what's the difference between "introducing myself should be the first thing to do" and "to introduce myself should be the first thing to do"?

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unplugged wrote:
Don't agree with OA. D screws up the parallelism rule

Do you have OE?

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Hi unplugged,

what //ism do you refer to? For me the right answer was between B and D, i.e. between "introducing" and "to introduce" which must be the subject of can

Could someone explain what's the difference between "introducing myself should be the first thing to do" and "to introduce myself should be the first thing to do"?

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Both are right!!!

Gerunds and infintives can both function as the subject of a sentence:

Playing basketball takes up too much of her time.
To play basketball for UConn is her favorite fantasy.
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/GRAMMAR/gerunds.htm
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16 Feb 2009, 04:17
JohnLewis1980 wrote:
Hi unplugged,

what //ism do you refer to? For me the right answer was between B and D, i.e. between "introducing" and "to introduce" which must be the subject of can

Could someone explain what's the difference between "introducing myself should be the first thing to do" and "to introduce myself should be the first thing to do"?

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What if the infinitive is needed because we have a modal verb later in the prhase?
To introduce ... can give...

I would have used a present participle if the subsequent verb had been a present simple.
Introducing... results in...

This is just a tentative explanation, I don't know if it holds true by grammar rules.
Can someone provide feedback?
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16 Feb 2009, 08:55
Thanks for the thoughtful post, Suresh

However, I have my reservations against the second sentence - "To play basketball for UConn is her favorite fantasy"
Here, the gerund seems to be correct.

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16 Feb 2009, 17:12
A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.
a...
b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process
d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier
e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process

I think the answer is "B." Here is an explanation: This is a modifier, active/passive voice question. Taking these two things into consideration, B seems to be a better choice.
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A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.

(A) A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced
(B) Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier
(C) A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process
(D) To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier
(E) Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process

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23 Mar 2009, 03:38
Brutal Q

What can give a company a significant edge?
"Introducing a new computer product "
IMO B?
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A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.
a A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced
b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process
d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier
e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process
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23 Mar 2009, 03:41
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A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.
a A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced
b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process
d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier
e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process

Just my logic

1. advantage....significant edge = redundant, so A and C out
2. To do A is to do B is better, so D out
3. The concentration is on "a year" as subject rather than the Introduction of new product. E out

B is the best
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A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.
a A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced
b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process
d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier
e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process

Being is rarely correct on the GMAT, so eliminate E
What gives a company a significant edge? It's not a year's advantage. It is the whole action of introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier. So eliminate A and C.
Now, between B and D. Introducing....can give or To introduce...can give.
Introducing....give is not parallel. So eliminate B.

The correct answer left is D.
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ritula wrote:
A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.
a A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced
b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process
d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier
e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process

Being is rarely correct on the GMAT, so eliminate E
What gives a company a significant edge? It's not a year's advantage. It is the whole action of introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier. So eliminate A and C.
Now, between B and D. Introducing....can give or To introduce...can give.
Introducing....give is not parallel. So eliminate B.

The correct answer left is D.

Can you please explain why Introducing...give is not parallel.
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