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New post 31 Aug 2008, 19:23
Factory outlet stores, operated by manufacturers, are usually located miles from downtown and regional shopping centers so as not directly to be competitive against department stores in the same trading area.

(A) so as not directly to be competitive against
(B) in order for them not to have direct competition with
(C) so that they do not compete directly with
(D) in order that they are not directly competitive against
(E) for the purpose of not competing directly with

The correct answer is C, but doesn't the pronoun 'they' get lost in the sentence? Couldn't one argue that the 'they' in answer choice C could refer to the shopping centers, the manufacturers

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New post 31 Aug 2008, 22:28
you are correct, "they" can be referred to the stores or the retail shopping centers. where is this question coming from?
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New post 31 Aug 2008, 23:38
you have a relevant point but if you see other answers they have other mistakes also and
our motive is to select the best possible answer
and in my opinion "C" is the best possble answer
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New post 01 Sep 2008, 01:29
i got it while scouting on MGMAT forum for SC.

i know , i know, but i was doing it to better the SC discussion on this site. i still remain loyal to this site.. :wink:

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