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Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale

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Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state's economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.

(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state's economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state's economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves
(C) fund intended to sustain the state's economy after oil reserves are exhausted
(D) fund intended to sustain the state's economy after exhausting its oil reserves
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state's economy after oil reserves are exhausted

OA after some discussion....
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31 Oct 2012, 04:28
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Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state's economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.

(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state's economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves . - Alaska does not have intentions.
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state's economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves - Fund does not have intentions.
(C) fund intended to sustain the state's economy after oil reserves are exhausted - Correct
(D) fund intended to sustain the state's economy after r exhausting its oil reserves - Who is going to exhaust the oil reserves? Alaska??
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state's economy after oil reserves are exhausted - Whom does they refer to?

I think the answer is (C).
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31 Oct 2012, 04:42
C seems correct to me too.
Interesting to note here that passive voice sounds so much better than the active voice.
I think its a VERY gmat like question.
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31 Oct 2012, 06:17
closed271 wrote:
Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state's economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.

(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state's economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves . - Alaska does not have intentions.
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state's economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves - Fund does not have intentions.
(C) fund intended to sustain the state's economy after oil reserves are exhausted - Correct
(D) fund intended to sustain the state's economy after r exhausting its oil reserves - Who is going to exhaust the oil reserves? Alaska??
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state's economy after oil reserves are exhausted - Whom does they refer to?

I think the answer is (C).

I was confused with answer choice A.

The United States of America intends to expand and intensify a comprehensive dialogue at various levels with Russia
The above is a valid sentence ...

So I don't think you can kill Answer choice A based on the consideration you've highlighted...

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31 Oct 2012, 12:52
The issue raised here is the referent.
In A, what is "its" referring to? State's economy or state
In B, what is "they" referring to?
In D, what is "its" referring to?
In E, what is "they" referring to?

A good advice: When you encounter any of the deadly five: it, its, they, their and one more, just get to their referent. If there is an ambiguity, immediately eliminate it.
Hope that Helps.
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31 Oct 2012, 12:55
I dont think immediately eliminating an answer choice just on the basis of ambiguity is a solution to most problems on the GMAT.
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31 Oct 2012, 13:31
Yes I agree. In fact, if one is doing good then he will not face any such problem.
This problem is a special case of such problems where we can eliminate the answer choices just on the basis of referent.
Regarding the concision issue, I asked Tommy about this and he told that concision should be taken as last resort. Their might be several issues with the help of which we can eliminate the answer choices.
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31 Oct 2012, 13:33
I dont know you know.
Tangible concision is my fav way to eliminate answers
like annual per year
per capita per person
sufficient enough.
these are almost always wrong and I used to fail to notice these apparently insignificant things.
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31 Oct 2012, 19:04
Marcab wrote:
The issue raised here is the referent.
In A, what is "its" referring to? State's economy or state
In B, what is "they" referring to?
In D, what is "its" referring to?
In E, what is "they" referring to?

A good advice: When you encounter any of the deadly five: it, its, they, their and one more, just get to their referent. If there is an ambiguity, immediately eliminate it.
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the It in has to refer to State's right... there is no ambiguity here!
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02 Nov 2012, 05:16
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Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state's economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.

(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state's economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state's economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves
(C) fund intended to sustain the state's economy after oil reserves are exhausted
(D) fund intended to sustain the state's economy after exhausting its oil reserves
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state's economy after oil reserves are exhausted

OA after some discussion....

One more confusion , IN option C it says "after oil reserves are exhausted " so after whose "oil reserves are exhausted" the funds will support the state's economy?

Besides that why is A wrong? Any one has good explanation for this problem?

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07 Nov 2012, 04:47
(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state's economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves - usage of its is wrong
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state's economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves - refers to the intention of the funds not that of the state
(C) fund intended to sustain the state's economy after oil reserves are exhausted - Correct
(D) fund intended to sustain the state's economy after exhausting its oil reserves - wrong usage of its
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state's economy after oil reserves are exhausted - fund is not intending to do anything but the state is

Correct choice - C
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