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24 Sep 2010, 01:05
IMO it should be A.

C changes the meaning a little.
fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted

Oil Reserves of??? Alaska or entire country? I assume its is necessary because then it will be crystal clear as to why Alska is keeping the funds.

What is the source of the question?

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24 Sep 2010, 01:33
gkslko101 wrote:
IMO it should be A.

C changes the meaning a little.
fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted

Oil Reserves of??? Alaska or entire country? I assume its is necessary because then it will be crystal clear as to why Alska is keeping the funds.

What is the source of the question?

But the country(US) is not even mentioned in the sentence, so there is no ambiguity.
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24 Sep 2010, 18:36
+1 for C.
Great explanations shrouded1

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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
it should be "with the intention of"
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state’s economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves"the intention of which" is awkward and wordy construction
(C) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted"Intended" is used correctly, the fund is intended to do something. Also captures the relative time line correctly by saying "after oil reserves are exhausted"
(D) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after exhausting its oil reservesTo sustain after the oil reserves are exhausted would have been the corrected tense
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhaustedIf you construct it this way, it should say that they intend to sustain the state's economy with

Can someone explain why "..... fund intended to..." is working on this sentence? I can't understand what role does "intended to" play here?

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@Shrouded1 : Correct me if i am wrong, but isnt option D eliminated for another reason - The ambiguous antecedent for "its" (state or economy) ?

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26 Sep 2010, 03:20
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I understand why intended to.. but
why not D, can someone explain?

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.

(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

Let me try to clarify,

The usage of "Its" as pronoun must refer to a definite noun preceding it, if you observe the choice D exhausting ITS --- ask question whose --- and you won't get a definite answer because the immediate preceding noun is state's economy.

So , when "its" is used as pronoun, it must refer to something it is intended to refer.

hope it clarifies.
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27 Jul 2011, 21:48
Is there any other to prefer C over D except pronoun reference error for Its?
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28 Jul 2011, 02:46
I did this Q by pronoun issue.
Only in C we use correct one.

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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 - its refers to economy by need to country, because country's reserve and not state's economy reserve
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state’s economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves - incorrectly refer to Alaska which is singular and not plural
(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 - its refers to economy by need to country, because country's reserve and not state's economy reserve
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted - incorrectly refer to Alaska which is singular and not plural

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28 Jul 2011, 09:52
D) usage of "its" is ambiguous. C is more clearer and simple.

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20 Feb 2012, 23:04
According to my document, the OA is C.

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21 Feb 2012, 01:25
(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves (where does "its" refer to?)
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state’s economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves (too wordy - where do "they" and "their" refer to??)
(C) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted (Everything is clear here!)
(D) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after exhausting its oil reserves ("its"?? Who?? the economy's oil reserves??))
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted ("They"??)

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21 Feb 2012, 03:15
I think the correct answer is C. Don't pick D as there is a "Ing " i.e exhausting.
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21 Feb 2012, 03:19
Guys,

Ans is C.

A is wrong for ambigous "its". C is unambigously says what is intended in the main sentence.
One more reason for why A is wrong: read it as "Alaska does smth with the intention to sustain smth" - guys sorry but it is a completely perfect bullsh*t. Alaska is a piece of land.
Ask yourself can a piece of land have intentions??!
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01 Apr 2012, 16:49
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Ans is C.

A is wrong for ambigous "its". C is unambigously says what is intended in the main sentence.
One more reason for why A is wrong: read it as "Alaska does smth with the intention to sustain smth" - guys sorry but it is a completely perfect bullsh*t. Alaska is a piece of land.
Ask yourself can a piece of land have intentions??!

I agree. I'd say D is wrong because of the above reason. It has a meaning issue! Alaska can't exhaust its oil reserve.

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24 Apr 2012, 01:20
A and D is wrong because of the unclear modifier "its"

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31 Oct 2012, 03:09
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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(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, 03:42
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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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, 11:52
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.
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31 Oct 2012, 11:55
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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