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# A year advantage in a new computer product or process being

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08 Jul 2007, 10:26
Himalayan wrote:
r019h wrote:
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

Cannot seem to agree with the OA (will post it later). Hence, explanations are most helpful.

B. i do not see any problem.

you don't think 'by a year earlier' is a bit awkward?

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09 Jul 2007, 15:06
r019h wrote:
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

Cannot seem to agree with the OA (will post it later). Hence, explanations are most helpful.

E in my opinion. For B to be right, "earlier"should be followed by "than its competitors"
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09 Jul 2007, 16:35
I say C.

The original sentence's subject is 'the year advantage', not 'the computer or process'.

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09 Jul 2007, 17:42
I am with E.
Though having a being..it is clear and conveys the meaning properly.[/b]

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10 Jul 2007, 03:51
I got it down to either C or E
I will go with C as somehow i dont like being in E

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10 Jul 2007, 15:10
i WILL BE SURPRISED IF "E" IS not the answer

GMAT might not like "being" but not all the times..

B. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier - by a year earlier sounds very awkward
C. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process - It's the advantage that the firm gets not the year
D. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier- Obviously this is grammatically wrong/awkward
E. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process - Being represents present continuous event which we want here. The usage "a year ahead" is a good usage with chronological events compared to "a year earlier"

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10 Jul 2007, 16:00
i think we gotta learn to stop saying "Gmat likes this, Gmat does not like that". This kind of analysis will catch you in questions such as this and many more 700+ level questions.
My personal view is, never exclude an answer unless you have at least one strong conceptual reason.

For this question, I will choose E.
My explanation:
The subject of the sentence should be "Being a year ahead" -i.e.

Being a year ahead (in introducing a new computer product or process - this part of the sentence is just a subject modifier) can give a company a significant edge on its competitors.

A. A year advantage in a new computer product or process being introduced can give a company a significant edge on its competitors. -----redundant, to say the least
B. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier can give a company a significant edge on its competitors. -----does not make sense
C. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process can give a company a significant edge on its competitors. -----redundant, to say the least
D. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier can give a company a significant edge on its competitors. -----does not make sense

r019h wrote:
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

Cannot seem to agree with the OA (will post it later). Hence, explanations are most helpful.

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10 Jul 2007, 16:02
B and D are close.

D is preferred to B because of using infinitive.
Infinitives are preferred to gerunds in GMAT land.

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14 Aug 2007, 12:00
32. 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

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14 Aug 2007, 13:33
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 --> this seems to be a modifier and the next phrase after this clause should begin with a subject, which here is the company. also a year earlier does not sound right.
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process --> Year's advantage is wrong.
d. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier --> To introduce X is to Y, also a year earlier does not sound right.
e. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process.

Between A and E, A sounds more logical.

Am I right?? what is the correct answer.

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14 Aug 2007, 13:56
I don't think its 'by a year earlier'.......... it'd just be a a year earlier without the by

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30 Aug 2007, 20:35
kripalkavi wrote:
Thanks for the underline doloris!
a. WRONG. you need a year's advantage.
b. Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier - by is extra.WRONG
c. A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process - advantage-to is wrong. should be advantage-in
d. Being a year ahead in introducing a new computer product or process - Right.
e. To introduce a new computer product or process by a year earlier - by is extra.

nice. i was wondering why my answer of E wasnt matchign until i realized this question has scrambled choices.

I agree with all your reasons.

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01 Sep 2007, 12:02
32. 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

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01 Sep 2007, 12:15
LOL another one where we agree on an answer that is wrong
The OA is D...but it doesn't seem like someone would actually say something that way...E seems to be more natural but it is wrong..or maybe the OA is wrong..any SC gurus in here? Why is E wrong?

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01 Sep 2007, 14:00
Well, for one thing it is very rare for the word" being" to be right in SC. Keeping in mind, that it is SOMETIMES correct but most often it's not.
I usually will pick that word ONLY if i'm a 100% sure that no other choice is correct.
I had narrowed my choices down to: b, c or d.

Choice B says: Introducing a new computer product or process by a year earlier - If you break it down to "Introducing...by a year"- well that just sounds wrong.

Choice C: A year's advantage to introduce a new computer product or process - May be if it said " in introducing" instead of " to introduce" I would have considered it.

Choice D: The only one left ( besided E). I broke it down to " To introduce...by a year" - Makes sense to me.

Hence, I'm left with D and E. Someone else might have a better explanation as to why E is wrong. But to me since D sounds Ok, I picked that over E

My 2 cents on how I broke apart this SC. These Brutal SCs can be killers!

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01 Sep 2007, 14:32
I think, best choice would have been -
A year's advantage in introducing a new computer product or process . Unfortunately, that is not one of the choices.
I had narrowed between C and E and took E.

Being a year ahead ................can give..... sounds better subject verb construction than others....

I am not convinced with choice D. If D is correct then what is wrong with B. Introducing in B sounds much better than To introduce in D.

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01 Sep 2007, 14:35
jamesrwrightiii wrote:
32. 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

Come on guys, the OA is right.
This one clearly test the difference between the use of Gerund vs Infinitive to begin to sentence.
D is correct.

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01 Sep 2007, 14:47
Guys D is correct and here is better explanation. Since sentence is making a prediction so we need to use infinitve phrase here. Gerund phrase is used for more definite case.

Having more than the usual number - Gerund phrase
To have more than the usual number - Infinitive phrase

Both Gerunds and Infinitives can be used as the subject of a sentence.How to choose between them :

Gerunds - Actions that are more real, and completed, factual information etc.
Infinitive - Actions that are unreal, abstract and future.

For example :
Swimming is good for health - correct.
To swim is good for health - incorrect.

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11 Sep 2007, 17:27
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

Can any SC guru post a nice explanation why it is D.

Thanks,

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11 Sep 2007, 17:43
Ravshonbek wrote:
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

Can any SC guru post a nice explanation why it is D.

Thanks,

it is also my question.

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