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Although the coordination of monetary policy can help facilitate the orderly financing of existing imbalances, it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant in the absence of an appropriate fiscal adjustment.


(A) it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant

(B) it is unlikely that the size of their effect would be significant

(C) affecting their sizes are not likely to be significant

(D) the significance of their effect on its size is unlikely

(E) its effect on their size is not likely to be significant


The OA is E,but why cant the ans be A.plz explain

Originally posted by shrutisingh on 20 Jul 2009, 01:24.
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Hey All,

Everybody's pretty much talked this one to death, but I got asked by PM to take on one particular issue, so I'll just run through all the answer choices, while I'm here.

Although the coordination of monetary policy can help facilitate the orderly financing of existing imbalances, it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant in the absence of an appropriate fiscal adjustment.

(A) it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant

PROBLEM: The use of "it" here twice to mean two different things is grammatically unfeasible. The first "it" has no referent (That's the "it" we use to start out clauses, such as "It's crazy how much fire there is in here."), and the second refers to "the coordination..."

(B) it is unlikely that the size of their effect would be significant

PROBLEM: We want to imply the effect on the size of imbalances, not the size of the effect.

(C) affecting their sizes are not likely to be significant

PROBLEM: The subject of "are" here is...what? Maybe "affecting"...doesn't make any sense.

(D) the significance of their effect on its size is unlikely

PROBLEM: We don't mean the significance is unlikely, but that it's unlikely to be significant.

(E) its effect on their size is not likely to be significant

ANSWER: Isn't it pretty? Like in ALL the answer choices, the "its" refers to "the coordination...".

Hope that helps!

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97. Although the coordination of monetary policy can help facilitate the orderly financing of existing imbalances, it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant in the absence of an appropriate fiscal adjustment.
(A) it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant
(B) it is unlikely that the size of their effect would be significant
(C) affecting their sizes are not likely to be significant
(D) the significance of their effect on its size is unlikely
(E) its effect on their size is not likely to be significant

The OA is E,but why cant the ans be A.plz explain



A has amiguity, it and its.
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Hey All,

Everybody's pretty much talked this one to death, but I got asked by PM to take on one particular issue, so I'll just run through all the answer choices, while I'm here.

97. Although the coordination of monetary policy can help facilitate the orderly financing of existing imbalances, it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant in the absence of an appropriate fiscal adjustment.
(A) it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant
PROBLEM: The use of "it" here twice to mean two different things is grammatically unfeasible. The first "it" has no referent (That's the "it" we use to start out clauses, such as "It's crazy how much fire there is in here."), and the second refers to "the coordination..."

(B) it is unlikely that the size of their effect would be significant
PROBLEM: We want to imply the effect on the size of imbalances, not the size of the effect.

(C) affecting their sizes are not likely to be significant
PROBLEM: The subject of "are" here is...what? Maybe "affecting"...doesn't make any sense.

(D) the significance of their effect on its size is unlikely
PROBLEM: We don't mean the significance is unlikely, but that it's unlikely to be significant.

(E) its effect on their size is not likely to be significant
ANSWER: Isn't it pretty? Like in ALL the answer choices, the "its" refers to "the coordination...".

Hope that helps!

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And what about the idiom?
According to Manhattan SC, the idiom is either "likely to" or "likely that X will". Taking this into account, you can choose E quickly.
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Hey Noboru,

It helps a bit, but it doesn't get you right down to E. As far as I can see, C would work, too. Still, getting rid of three answer choices is pretty good.

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Hey All,

Everybody's pretty much talked this one to death, but I got asked by PM to take on one particular issue, so I'll just run through all the answer choices, while I'm here.

97. Although the coordination of monetary policy can help facilitate the orderly financing of existing imbalances, it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant in the absence of an appropriate fiscal adjustment.
(A) it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant
PROBLEM: The use of "it" here twice to mean two different things is grammatically unfeasible. The first "it" has no referent (That's the "it" we use to start out clauses, such as "It's crazy how much fire there is in here."), and the second refers to "the coordination..."

(B) it is unlikely that the size of their effect would be significant
PROBLEM: We want to imply the effect on the size of imbalances, not the size of the effect.

(C) affecting their sizes are not likely to be significant
PROBLEM: The subject of "are" here is...what? Maybe "affecting"...doesn't make any sense.

(D) the significance of their effect on its size is unlikely
PROBLEM: We don't mean the significance is unlikely, but that it's unlikely to be significant.

(E) its effect on their size is not likely to be significant
ANSWER: Isn't it pretty? Like in ALL the answer choices, the "its" refers to "the coordination...".

Hope that helps!

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In this other post: sc-gmatprep-1-federal-reserve-76040-20.html#p757216
I have thrown a question regarding the usage of "it" that you explain above.
Many thanks for your comments.
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Hey Noburu,

I'll post the same response in both places, just in case. However, I believe that I'm entirely consistent in these two examples. It's okay to start a sentence/clause with it, as in: "It sure is raining a lot today." Yes, that "it" has no antecedent, but we allow this usage. In the example you cite here, the problem in answer choice A is not the first "it", but the second "it", which could be referring to "coordination" or "orderly financing". Though ambiguity is an issue that GMAT sometimes ignores and sometimes doesn't, it's clearly better here to get rid of that extra pronoun. Remember that we ALSO have a "their", which makes for three pronouns in 8 words (in answer choice A).

Hope that's clearer!

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Although the coordination of monetary policy can help facilitate the orderly financing of existing imbalances, it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant in the absence of an appropriate fiscal adjustment.

(A) it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant

(B) it is unlikely that the size of their effect would be significant

(C) affecting their sizes are not likely to be significant

(D) the significance of their effect on its size is unlikely

(E) its effect on their size is not likely to be significant

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I m confused between A and E. Both seem correct to me. please help.
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Although the coordination of monetary policy can help facilitate the orderly financing of existing imbalances, it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant in the absence of an appropriate fiscal adjustment.

(A) it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant

(B) it is unlikely that the size of their effect would be significant

(C) affecting their sizes are not likely to be significant

(D) the significance of their effect on its size is unlikely

(E) its effect on their size is not likely to be significant

Please explain your answer



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I m confused between A and E. Both seem correct to me. please help.


(A) is wrong because of the wrong usage of present tense "is" - likely / unlikely depicts a future event, and hence "will be" should be used.

...it is unlikely that its effect on their size is WILL BE significant...
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tarek99 wrote:
Although the coordination of monetary policy can help facilitate the orderly financing of existing imbalances, it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant in the absence of an appropriate fiscal adjustment.

(A) it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant

(B) it is unlikely that the size of their effect would be significant

(C) affecting their sizes are not likely to be significant

(D) the significance of their effect on its size is unlikely

(E) its effect on their size is not likely to be significant

Please explain your answer



sayantanc2k
I m confused between A and E. Both seem correct to me. please help.


(A) is wrong because of the wrong usage of present tense "is" - likely / unlikely depicts a future event, and hence "will be" should be used.

...it is unlikely that its effect on their size is WILL BE significant...


but, Both option A and E use "is" ...... How is E better than A?
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sayantanc2k
I m confused between A and E. Both seem correct to me. please help.


(A) is wrong because of the wrong usage of present tense "is" - likely / unlikely depicts a future event, and hence "will be" should be used.

...it is unlikely that its effect on their size is WILL BE significant...


but, Both option A and E use "is" ...... How is E better than A?


No, option E does not have "is" inside likely. You are talking about the verb "is" that is outside likely and is there in both options. The problematic "is" in option A is replaced with "to be" in option E.

A) it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant
E) its effect on their size is not likely to be significant

The blue font "is" could be any tense - this verb is not the verb whose likelihood is discussed. The red "is" the problem because the likelihood of this red "is" is discussed and hence must be in future ( or infinitive as in option E).

The two correct forms are:
likely that <future>
likely <infinitive>
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Although the coordination of monetary policy can help facilitate the orderly financing of existing imbalances, it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant in the absence of an appropriate fiscal adjustment.

(A) it is unlikely that its effect on their size is significant ---unlikely' a future feature doesn't gel with the present 'is' -- out

(B) it is unlikely that the size of their effect would be significant-- We must pair 'its' with 'effect' and 'their' with 'size'. out

(C) affecting their sizes are not likely to be significant, --- Affecting their sizes and are is an S-V error. out.

(D) the significance of their effect on its size is unlikely-- As in B: We must pair 'its' with 'effect' and 'their' with 'size'. -- out.

(E) its effect on their size is not likely to be significant -- correct
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