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# By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan

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By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan [#permalink]

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By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan operations, it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms.

A it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms
B a company’s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company’s products in order to meet its short and long term goals
C it can be determined by company managers how much effort ought to be devoted to each of the company’s products in order to meet its goals, both short and long term
D it may be possible for company managers to determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s short and long term goals
E managers at a company can determine how much effort ought to be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s goals in both the short and long term

A: dangling modifier, its has no antecedent (should be company, but there´s no company)
B: its has no antecedent (should be company, but there´s no company)
C: same as A
D: dangling modifier, these products have no reference
E: these products have no reference

So...I dont know...I´m with F!
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Re: optimization techniques (I´m with F) [#permalink]

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09 Nov 2009, 16:19
noboru wrote:
By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan operations, it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms.

A it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms
B a company’s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company’s products in order to meet its short and long term goals
C it can be determined by company managers how much effort ought to be devoted to each of the company’s products in order to meet its goals, both short and long term
D it may be possible for company managers to determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s short and long term goals
E managers at a company can determine how much effort ought to be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s goals in both the short and long term

A: dangling modifier, its has no antecedent (should be company, but there´s no company)
B: its has no antecedent (should be company, but there´s no company)
C: same as A
D: dangling modifier, these products have no reference
E: these products have no reference

So...I dont know...I´m with F!

its refers to "the company's" ..in this case possessive to possessive

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Re: optimization techniques (I´m with F) [#permalink]

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09 Nov 2009, 18:50
IMO E

"By applying optimization techniques...," should be followed by someone who applies those techniques. E looks good for that reason as it has "managers", also as you mentioned... there is the problem of dangling "its" which E takes care of.
But E does change the original meaning by replacing "company's products" with "these products" F would have been a good option... wat the F

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Re: optimization techniques (I´m with F) [#permalink]

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09 Nov 2009, 19:54
The clear options which correct the modifier error are B and E.
Between these two options, I would choose B for the same reason as lagomez.
In addition, E uses the more wordy “goals in both the short and long term” and B uses the more precise “short and long term goals”.

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Re: optimization techniques (I´m with F) [#permalink]

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10 Nov 2009, 01:22
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Thanks guys for the good question. I would have gone with E. but seeing that B is a better bet. MGMAT does not endorse much for X's constructions, but E has a refence issue - there products.

So B

I dont think F is needed

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Re: optimization techniques (I´m with F) [#permalink]

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10 Nov 2009, 01:49

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Re: optimization techniques (I´m with F) [#permalink]

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10 Nov 2009, 02:48
“By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan operations” should be followed by “managers”

So choice A, C and D are out.

In choice E “these” doesn’t has a referent.

So IMO the answer is B

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Re: optimization techniques (I´m with F) [#permalink]

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10 Nov 2009, 03:52
In MCQs, We are required to select the best choice. The choice may not be entirely correct but at-least better than the rest.
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