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# At the press conference, the CEO denied in the

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Updated on: 10 Feb 2014, 21:13
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At the press conference, the CEO denied in the most strenuous terms that his corporation's lawyers for the six charged senior officers they could provide undue favorable influence in the imminent embezzlement trials.

A) for the six charged senior officers they could provide
B) for the six senior charged officers had the ability of providing
C) had the ability, for the six senior officers charged, of providing
D) were able to provide for the six senior officers charged
E) being able to provide for the six senior charged officers

Originally posted by guerrero25 on 10 Feb 2014, 04:53.
Last edited by guerrero25 on 10 Feb 2014, 21:13, edited 1 time in total.
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10 Feb 2014, 05:28
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At the press conference, the CEO denied in the most strenuous terms that his corporation's lawyers for the six charged senior officers they could provide undue favorable influence in the imminent embezzlement trials.

pre-thinking - a verb should be present in the relative pronoun clause (that his corp ....)

A) for the six charged senior officers they could provide
based on prethinking, there is no verb corresponding to the subject - that his corp's lawyers. Eliminate

B) for the six senior charged officers had the ability of providing
The verb 'had' seems to talk about the action of officers, than the lawyers. Additionally, the construction is verbose, owing to the usage of noun form - ability of providing'. Eliminate.

C) had the ability, for the six senior officers charged, of providing
Unnecessary usage of 'past perfect'. Verbose in that noun form (ability of providing) is used. The placement of the parenthetical element is wrong. Eliminate

D) were able to provide for the six senior officers charged
Verb is good. Participle modifies officers perfectly well. Verb form is also good and concise. Right answer

E) being able to provide for the six senior charged officers
Present continuous (of be) is not needed. Placement of participle is wrong. Eliminate.
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10 Feb 2014, 08:27
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The text is a convoluted sentence without proper punctuation’

A) for the six charged senior officers they could provide --- The problem here is the pronoun ’they’ which is redundant and renders the sentence a fragment, with one verb for two subjects. There should be a comma after officers to set off the officers from modifying the providing of undue influence.

B) for the six senior charged officers had the ability of providing --- meaning changed; providing influence is shifted to officers wrongly

C) had the ability, for the six senior officers charged, of providing --- ‘had the ability of providing’ is wrong idiom. Correct idiom is ‘had the ability to provide. ----

D) were able to provide for the six senior officers charged---- maybe the best of the lot although still were able to provide is wordier than ‘could provide’

E) being able to provide for the six senior charged officers --- ‘being able to provide’ --- here being able to does not have a full verb; the relative clause is a fragment since it lacks a verb such as ‘were’.
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At the press conference, the CEO denied in the most strenuous terms that his corporation's lawyers for the six charged senior officers they could provide undue favorable influence in the imminent embezzlement trials.

A) for the six charged senior officers they could provide
B) for the six senior charged officers had the ability of providing
C) had the ability, for the six senior officers charged, of providing
D) were able to provide for the six senior officers charged
E) being able to provide for the six senior charged officers

From the underline text onwards, the sentence is trying to say:
corporation's lawyers provided undue favorable influence in the imminent embezzlement trials. The lawyers did this for the six charged senior officers.

A: they is ambiguous (lawyers vs officers)
B, C: awkward wording - had the ability of providing, ability to is the correct idiom
E: being able is awkward and very indirect way of saying when a better option D is available.

D is concise and good with placing the subject and verb as close as possible .
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10 Feb 2014, 21:08
I have a doubt in options "C" and "D". The statement says "...they could provide". Shouldn't it be "C" then as "D" clearly says "..were able to" which sort conflicts with the problem statement?
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10 Apr 2018, 10:45
From Magoosh:

1) Split #1: the word orders “the six charged senior officers” and “the six senior charged officers” are awkward: answers (A) & (B) & (E) have these variants. It sounds awkward to mix the participle “charged” with ordinary adjectives. The order “the six senior officers charged” sounds considerably more natural — it separates the adjective before the noun, where they should be, and the participle after the noun.

Split #2: idiom. The idioms “able to do X” or “ability to do X” are correct, and the idiom “ability of doing X” is wrong: choices (B) & (C) make this mistake.

Split #3: missing verb. In choice (E), instead of a full verb inside the “that” clause, we have only a participle, “being” — the subject “lawyers” has no legitimate verb. (E) is incorrect.

Split #4: double subject. In choice (A), we have the structure “… lawyers … they could provide” — both the noun “lawyers” and the pronoun “they” could be the subject of the verb, but they can’t both be the subject of the same verb simultaneously.

For all these reasons, (D) is the only possible answer.
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