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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

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Heres my take on this:

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

it may be possible shows uncertainity, while the original sentence has certainity so i'm going to eliminate this answer.

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.

These does not have a clear antecedent. The operation's products? Off with this option.

A,B,C all seem pretty close.

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.

its does not have a clear antecedent. In this sentence it seems to refer to the goals of the company's products. So off with this option too.

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

Again, its does not seem to have an antecedent.

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

Here the company is mentioned in the first line itself. A company's managers can... in order to meet its short and long term goals.

The word managers can be removed and still the sentence would be fine.
A company can...in order to meet its...goals.

Also...each of the company's products... is written instead of 'each of its products' to avoid reference to 'managers'.

So B seems to be the best answer.

Of course since you have already mentioned that B is the answer, our minds will be a bit biased. Would help if you would put the answer in a spoiler.
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14 Sep 2010, 00:21
My take is E.Correctly placed modifiers in E.Who is applying optimization techniques?Managers.So down to B and E.In B,a company’s managers is incorrect.Are you sure OA is b?
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14 Sep 2010, 07:18
I have doubt with B because it uses its for Company's Managers which is incorrect.. its may also be used for Company's products which is also incorrect...
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14 Sep 2010, 07:45
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wording is just not right - each of a company's products !!!!!!!!!! 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

"its" ..... whose ? company's or product's ? 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

(siyer) "These" does not have a antecedent and "it may be" shows uncertainty . 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

(siyer) "These" does not have a antecedent. 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
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14 Sep 2010, 08:09
As far as I know you can add possession only to concrete nouns, meaning you can "feel/hear/touch/smell" the noun (correct me if I'm wrong). the company sounds like a noun that in my opinion is not concrete. so any use of company's sounds odd. Yet each of the answer choices uses this noun with possession in some way or another. So if I ignore the seemingly possession mistake I'd say that since the bold part should start with something that is modified by the first part of the sentence we can only choose between B & E.
B is phrased more concisely than E (again disregarding the possession mistake).
So I would pick B.

Can I ask what is the source of the question?
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14 Sep 2010, 11:09
Taking into a consideration the first part of the sentences, B is perfect.
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14 Sep 2010, 11:16
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I have doubt with B because it uses its for Company's Managers which is incorrect.. its may also be used for Company's products which is also incorrect...

pronoun "its" can refers to a possessive noun, it does not break any rules. B wins because of concision and style.
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14 Sep 2010, 12:07
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Taking into a consideration the first part of the sentences, B is perfect.

True. Considering that there is a comma, choice B seems correct.
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14 Sep 2010, 12:17
Actually,

Its is the possessive form of "it." (Its is a possessive pronoun).

Therefore, just to make it clear - "its" should refer to a possessive noun.

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pseudotix wrote:
I have doubt with B because it uses its for Company's Managers which is incorrect.. its may also be used for Company's products which is also incorrect...

pronoun "its" can refers to a possessive noun, it does not break any rules. B wins because of concision and style.

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14 Sep 2010, 20:46
Thanks adishail.. a difference of ' made all that fuss.. Thank you all
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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

In original sentence, doer of the action is not mentioned, whereas in OA introduces the person (company's managers ) who does the action. Is it correct?

In the following link it is said it is not correct.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/5-strategies ... 24296.html

Moreover, the original sentence talks about the possibility whereas OA talks about the ability (can). This seems incorrect to me.
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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

In original sentence, doer of the action is not mentioned, whereas in OA introduces the person (company's managers ) who does the action. Is it correct?

In the following link it is said it is not correct.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/5-strategies ... 24296.html

Moreover, the original sentence talks about the possibility whereas OA talks about the ability (can). This seems incorrect to me.

Option B is alright.

Please note that nowhere in the official guide is it mentioned that the correct answer cannot convey a different meaning from that conveyed by the original sentence. If there is only one gramatically correct answer, one must select that one, even if it differs in meaning from the original question.
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