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At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous
challenges facing the company, including among them the threat from a rival’s
multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and the declining sales for
the company’s
powerful microprocessor chip.
A. including among them the threat from a rival’s multibillion-dollar patentinfringement
suit and the declining sales for
B. which includes the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit
and declining sales of
C. included among these the threat from a rival’s multibillion-dollar patentinfringement
suit as well as a decline in sales for
D. among them the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and
the decline in sales of
E. among these the threat from a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit
as well as the decline in sales for
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21 May 2008, 16:49
Shouldnt it be E

I thought the right idiom was "threat from X".
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21 May 2008, 20:33
I would go with B. For better reading, I reconstructed the sentence with my selection and it seems to be reading fine.

At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous challenges facing the company, which includes the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and declining sales of the company’s powerful microprocessor chip.
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21 May 2008, 20:38
A and C an be eliminated - I would go with B - anybody knows the OA? And explanation please!
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21 May 2008, 21:22
wizardofwashington wrote:
I would go with B. For better reading, I reconstructed the sentence with my selection and it seems to be reading fine.

At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous challenges facing the company, which includes the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and declining sales of the company’s powerful microprocessor chip.

Interesting finding Wix!

But,
1. why there is not "a comma" between "suit" and "and declining..."?
2. Do you think that "which" refers to " the company", making the sentence awkawrd?

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22 May 2008, 07:01
OA is D.

A - including among is redundant ; Also, it is 'sales of chips' NOT sales for
B - which incorrectly refars to company.
C - again 'sales of' not 'for'
E - same as C.

I went with C, it took me more than 3 minutes.DAMN
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22 May 2008, 08:26
sondenso wrote:
wizardofwashington wrote:
I would go with B. For better reading, I reconstructed the sentence with my selection and it seems to be reading fine.

At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous challenges facing the company, which includes the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and declining sales of the company’s powerful microprocessor chip.

Interesting finding Wix!

But,
1. why there is not "a comma" between "suit" and "and declining..."?
2. Do you think that "which" refers to " the company", making the sentence awkawrd?

Thanks!

Well, looks like I got it all wrong. Saravali posted the OA with some easy explanations.
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22 May 2008, 09:59
I can exclude all the ones NOT using 'decline/declining (in) sales of'. Left wth B and D. 'which' is obviously bad in B. So, D. But I wonder what is the source of this question as 'them' can have multiple referrent. No?
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22 May 2008, 11:54
A. including among them the threat from a rival’s multibillion-dollar patentinfringement
suit and the declining sales for [including among – redundant – eliminate it]
B. which includes the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit
and declining sales of [the threat and declining - not parallel – eliminate it]
C. included among these the threat from a rival’s multibillion-dollar patentinfringement
suit as well as a decline in sales for [including among – redundant – eliminate it]
D. among them the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and
the decline in sales of [Hold it]
E. among these the threat from a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit
as well as the decline in sales for [ “the numerous challenges” requires objective form – eliminate it

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22 May 2008, 12:04
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saravalli wrote:
At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous
challenges facing the company, including among them the threat from a rival’s
multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and the declining sales for
the company’s
powerful microprocessor chip.
A. including among them the threat from a rival’s multibillion-dollar patentinfringement
suit and the declining sales for
B. which includes the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit
and declining sales of
C. included among these the threat from a rival’s multibillion-dollar patentinfringement
suit as well as a decline in sales for
D. among them the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and
the decline in sales of
E. among these the threat from a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit
as well as the decline in sales for

the key is to look for decline IN sale OF.. sales for is wrong idiom..

so we are left with B and D..which in B is wrong..there are numerous challenges so we need something plural..D is best
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22 May 2008, 18:48
saravalli wrote:
OA is D.

A - including among is redundant ; Also, it is 'sales of chips' NOT sales for
B - which incorrectly refars to company.
C - again 'sales of' not 'for'
E - same as C.

I went with C, it took me more than 3 minutes.DAMN

Saravalli, in D "them" refers to "investors" or challengles"? Pronoun is nightmare for me!
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22 May 2008, 21:25
i eliminate the use of pronoun "them" right away.
oh well.. i hope i don't run into questions like these on the real test.
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23 May 2008, 10:13
sondenso wrote:
saravalli wrote:
OA is D.

A - including among is redundant ; Also, it is 'sales of chips' NOT sales for
B - which incorrectly refars to company.
C - again 'sales of' not 'for'
E - same as C.

I went with C, it took me more than 3 minutes.DAMN

Saravalli, in D "them" refers to "investors" or challengles"? Pronoun is nightmare for me!

Thats exactly why I eliminated D..but looks like other errors are much worse ...so D wins..
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23 May 2008, 11:13
[quote="saravalli"]At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous
challenges facing the company, including among them the threat from a rival’s
multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and the declining sales for
the company’s
powerful microprocessor chip.
A. including among them the threat from a rival’s multibillion-dollar patentinfringement
suit and the declining sales for
B. which includes the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit
and declining sales of
C. included among these the threat from a rival’s multibillion-dollar patentinfringement
suit as well as a decline in sales for
D. among them the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and
the decline in sales of
E. among these the threat from a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit
as well as the decline in sales for[quote]

I will go for B
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23 May 2008, 11:26
I am not convinced with answer D, why B is wrong

Can some one explain with details.
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23 May 2008, 11:33
x2suresh wrote:
I am not convinced with answer D, why B is wrong

Can some one explain with details.

Re-arranging the sentence with B.

B - At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous
challenges facing the company, which includes the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and declining sales of the company’s powerful microprocessor chip.

It incorrectly saying that Which(company) includes X and Y.
But it is the 'numerous challenges' that includes X and Y.
X and Y are two of those 'numerous challenges'.
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23 May 2008, 14:17
saravalli wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
I am not convinced with answer D, why B is wrong

Can some one explain with details.

Re-arranging the sentence with B.

B - At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous
challenges facing the company, which includes the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and declining sales of the company’s powerful microprocessor chip.

It incorrectly saying that Which(company) includes X and Y.
But it is the 'numerous challenges' that includes X and Y.
X and Y are two of those 'numerous challenges'.

Saravalli, I disagree with you about the reference for "Which". IMHO, here the word "which" refers to the challenges facing teh company. I find that a bit puzzling how monst of you could relate that word as a reference the company. If I am allowed to rewrite the sentence here, this is what it actually means:
At the annual stockholders meeting, investors heard a presentation on the numerous challenges facing the company, which includes the threat of a rival’s multibillion-dollar patent-infringement suit and declining sales of the company’s powerful microprocessor chip.

Try reading it without the letters in blue and you would understand what I mean. Or, are you implying that the "which" is dubiously placed in the sentence as a tricky measure to "get the reader" to pick the wrong choice. In any case, I am still having a hard time accepting D as the preferred choice.
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23 May 2008, 16:51
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In that case, 'numerous challenges' is plural. So we need 'include' and not 'includes'.

I even thought what if the 'which' is pointing to 'presentation' and then 'includes' will be right...but later thought I was thinking too much.
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23 May 2008, 23:15
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Answer choice : I think pronoun "them" correctly refers the object of the preposition "challenges facing the company".

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24 May 2008, 07:53
hanumayamma wrote:
Answer choice : I think pronoun "them" correctly refers the object of the preposition "challenges facing the company".

Thanks

Thats exactly where I get stuck. To be honest I am not familiar the grammar lingo..I get scared as soon as I see that language. Donno what to do. Many Thanks hanumayamma. Really appreciate if you can squeeze a 'lay man rule' for people like me.
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