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After establishing several lucrative deals in the Far East, the CEO of Brantford Industrial said that he wanted to encourage their expanding into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials besides oil products, and the acquisition of a more extensive distribution network.

(A) their expanding into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials besides
(B) their expansion into promising overseas markets, using domestic suppliers for all materials instead of
(C) its expansion into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials other than
(D) its expansion into promising overseas markets, using domestic suppliers for all materials other than
(E) its expanding into promising overseas markets, using domestic suppliers for all materials except

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16 Nov 2014, 09:19
Hey ! Here is how i got C.

We can eliminate A &B - Pronoun Error (should be "its")

Coming down to C,D,&E.

Meaning plays an important role here.

D&E say "The CEO wants to expanding into international markets using domestic suppliers for all materials other than oil."
it is not logical to expand into international markets using local suppliers.
eliminate D & E.

Hence C .

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After establishing several lucrative deals in the Far East, the CEO of Brantford Industrial said that he wanted to encourage their expanding into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials besides oil products, and the acquisition of a more extensive distribution network.

The sentence should use "its" instead of "their" but in the non - underline section, there is no give away.
In the non underlined section we have "Comma + and" so there is a list consisting of three or more elements.

(A) their expanding into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials besides
expanding is not a noun to be used where we have expansion. We can make a gerund using verb-ing only if we don't have a noun.

(B) their expansion into promising overseas markets, using domestic suppliers for all materials instead of
using -> it becomes a modifier and breaks the list. More of cause and effect and that aspect is not required here

(C) its expansion into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials other than - Looks good

(D) its expansion into promising overseas markets, using domestic suppliers for all materials other than - Same issue as that of Option B)
(E) its expanding into promising overseas markets, using domestic suppliers for all materials except - Same issue as that of Option B)
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After establishing several lucrative deals in the Far East, the CEO of Brantford Industrial said that he wanted to encourage their expanding into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials besides oil products, and the acquisition of a more extensive distribution network.

(A) their expanding into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials besides – CEO is singular hence singular pronoun is required. ‘Use’ and ‘acquisition’ are absolute noun form therefore proper noun (Expansion) instead of gerund noun form (expanding) is required to maintain II-ism.
(B) their expansion into promising overseas markets, using domestic suppliers for all materials instead of - CEO is singular hence singular pronoun is required. Present participle ‘Using’ must be Noun form ‘Use’ to maintain II-ism as it is one of the items in list and not modifier to 1st item.

(C) its expansion into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials other than - Correct
(D) its expansion into promising overseas markets, using domestic suppliers for all materials other than – Present participle ‘Using’ must be Noun form ‘Use’ to maintain II-ism as it is one of the items in list and not modifier to 1st item.
(E) its expanding into promising overseas markets, using domestic suppliers for all materials except – Gerund noun form ‘Expanding’ must be absolute noun form ‘expansion’ to be parallel with third item of the list. Present participle ‘Using’ must be Noun form ‘Use’ to maintain II-ism as it is one of the items in list and not modifier to 1st item.

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17 Nov 2014, 09:39
What are the list items in this question?
If 'the use....' is a list item, then list item 2 and 3 are clear. From where the first list item starts?
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What are the list items in this question?
If 'the use....' is a list item, then list item 2 and 3 are clear. From where the first list item starts?

After establishing several lucrative deals in the Far East, the CEO of Brantford Industrial said that he wanted
1) to encourage its expansion into promising overseas markets,
2) to encourage the use of domestic suppliers for all materials other than oil products
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3) to encourage the acquisition of a more extensive distribution network
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11 Jan 2018, 21:47
there is a similar question from OG. That question has the answer in which all verb-ings, not nouns are parallel.
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08 May 2018, 02:21
what is the antecedent of its in thev OA?
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what is the antecedent of its in thev OA?

The antecedent of "its" is Brantford Industrial's

Meaning CEO is talking about the expansion of Brantford Industrial.

Does that make sense?
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abhimahna wrote:
what is the antecedent of its in thev OA?

The antecedent of "its" is Brantford Industrial's

Meaning CEO is talking about the expansion of Brantford Industrial.

Does that make sense?

Brantford Industrial's (Apostrophe) is not present in the sentence please see the original sentence. can It modify the Brantford Industrial in the CEO of Brantford Industrial ?
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Brantford Industrial's (Apostrophe) is not present in the sentence please see the original sentence. can It modify the Brantford Industrial in the CEO of Brantford Industrial ?

Neither are we talking about Brantford Industrial in the sentence. We are talking about the CEO of Brantford Industrial. This means "Brantford Industrial" itself is used in possessive form. Hence, we are using another possessive "its" to refer to the previous possessive.

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MAGOOSH OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

Split #1: pronoun problems. The CEO is clearly talking about what he wants for Brantford Industrial. Brantford Industrial is presumably a big company with lots of employees, but as a collective noun, it is singular, and must take the singular pronoun "it." The plural pronoun "they" is incorrect, and choices (A) & (B) make this mistake.

Split #2: Parallelism, part one. Clearly we have parallelism in this question, in the things that the CEO wanted to encourage. The final element is "the acquisition", so we expect other elements to have a parallel structure. The first element should be "expansion", not "expanding." Choices (A) & (E) make this mistake.

Split #3: Parallelism, part two. The big question is: how many elements are in parallel. It could be three "the expansion, … the use, … and the acquisition" or, the middle one could be the participial phrase "using," modifying the first element. Choices (C) & (D) are both 100% grammatically correct, and we have to decide purely on the basis of logic.

version (C): its expansion into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials other than oil products, and

version (D): its expansion into promising overseas markets, using domestic suppliers for all materials other than oil products, and

Version (C) implies that the CEO encouraged three different things, and that the use of domestic suppliers is a different agenda item from the overseas expansion. Version (D) implies that the CEO encouraged two different things, and that he wants the first, overseas expansion, done by using only domestic suppliers. There is something fishy about this second version: why would we want to do all business overseas with only domestic suppliers? More importantly, these are two different meanings, and version (C) is faithful to the meaning given in the prompt. Therefore, version (C) is the best answer.
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This is a Parallelism classic,

"After establishing several lucrative deals in the Far East, the CEO of Brantford Industrial said that he wanted to encourage their expanding into promising overseas markets, the use of domestic suppliers for all materials besides oil products, and the acquisition of a more extensive distribution network."

here, the list being compared is of the things that the CEO wants to encourage - so it should be "the expansion, the use, and the acquisition".

Only option C represents the correct nouns, Hence it is the one.

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01 Jun 2018, 15:16
Grammatically speaking, both C and D are correct.

The only thing that makes C a winner is *and* in the non-underlined part. This shows that it is a list of more than 2 items

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