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# Brutal SC # 2

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29 Jul 2007, 13:36
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Ok..i just solved a few Brutal SC questions and i think i skipped a heart beat or two ... when i checked the answers, So i am going to start putting these questions one by one here for discussion.
If Any one knows of a thread where any of these questions has already been discussed then please just point to it.

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２． In a leveraged buyout, investors borrow huge sums of money to buy companies, hoping to pay off the debt by using the company's earnings and to profit richly by the later resale of the companies or their divisions.

A. by using the company's earnings and to profit
B. by using the companies' earnings and by profiting
C. using the companies' earnings and profiting
D. with the company's earnings, profiting
E. with the companies' earnings and to profit
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29 Jul 2007, 13:39
I am going with D, but a lot of them seem reasonable. This is a pretty tough one actually.
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29 Jul 2007, 13:40

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29 Jul 2007, 14:04
I will stick with A. This is a most parallel construction. I don't see anything wrong with this one.
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29 Jul 2007, 14:56
D.

It makes the most sense to pay off the debt with money.... So that limits it to D and E. I will go with D because it seems the most concise.
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29 Jul 2007, 14:57
Nevermind. I think E makes the most sense here using the context of the original sentence.
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29 Jul 2007, 15:12
I pick C for parallelism.
A and D use singular-company's.

What is OA
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29 Jul 2007, 15:22
OA is E

can someone please explain this more?
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30 Jul 2007, 00:11
can you please also explain why A and E are only parallel .

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botirvoy wrote:
It seems the only plausible answers are A and E.

empty_spaces wrote:
２． In a leveraged buyout, investors borrow huge sums of money to buy companies, hoping to pay off the debt by using the company's earnings and to profit richly by the later resale of the companies or their divisions.

A. by using the company's earnings and to profit --"company's" is the possessive of a singular, we need possessive of a plural for parallelism. "pay off+by" sounds ackward
B. by using the companies' earnings and by profiting
C. using the companies' earnings and profiting
D. with the company's earnings, profiting
E. with the companies' earnings and to profit - this does not have that issue. Correct answer
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30 Jul 2007, 01:06
there is a parallel to X and (to) Y construction in the sentence. The correct choice should maintain parallelism by using 'to profit'. This leaves us choices A and E. The 'by using' in A seems unnecessary. I'd say E.
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can you please also explain why A and E are only parallel .

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botirvoy wrote:
It seems the only plausible answers are A and E.

empty_spaces wrote:
２． In a leveraged buyout, investors borrow huge sums of money to buy companies, hoping to pay off the debt by using the company's earnings and to profit richly by the later resale of the companies or their divisions.

A. by using the company's earnings and to profit --"company's" is the possessive of a singular, we need possessive of a plural for parallelism. "pay off+by" sounds ackward
B. by using the companies' earnings and by profiting
C. using the companies' earnings and profiting
D. with the company's earnings, profiting
E. with the companies' earnings and to profit - this does not have that issue. Correct answer
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30 Jul 2007, 05:10
Okay, heres my explanation for E. "Hoping to pay off the debt by using the company's earnings" is like saying I hope to pay my credit card bill by using this month's pay check. You pay of something with something.

Same problem with C. You pay off something with something. Besides, C is not parallel. Profiting is not parallel to "to buy".

Okay between D and E, I chose E because D suggests that they are paying off the debt and profiting simultaneously. It does not work simply because of the context of the setnence. The sentence says the investors hope to profit LATER, therefore "profiting" is incorrect.

Hope this makes sense.
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30 Jul 2007, 05:27
empty_spaces wrote:
can you please also explain why A and E are only parallel .
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(A) In a leveraged buyout, investors borrow huge sums of money to buy companies, hoping to pay off the debt by using the company's earnings and to profit richly by the later resale of the companies or their divisions. - "to pay off" and "to profit" is parallel, "company's" is the possessive of a singular, we need possessive of a plural for parallelism. "pay off+by" sounds ackward

(E) In a leveraged buyout, investors borrow huge sums of money to buy companies, hoping to pay off the debt with the companies' earnings and to profit richly by the later resale of the companies or their divisions. - All "blues" should agree and they do!
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30 Jul 2007, 07:25
Thanks everyone for the explanations.
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30 Jul 2007, 08:58
It got to be between A and E.

to pay off......and to profit..satisified the llsm.

Now between A and E, answe is E becuase usage of companies'e earning is correct.

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