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26 Apr 2016, 17:25
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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Have a difficulty understanding the reason for correctness of the OA for this one. Will appreicate a thorough explanation.

Thanks!

OA is B

I went with B..
by applying x, -> we need a subject here. managers applied smth to get smth else.
A - modifier error as above explained.
B - looks ok
C - boh short and long term - what it refers to? + modifier error as in A. THESE - doesn't have an antecedent
D - introduces a POSSIBILITY - so no. these - again error
E - managers at a company - way wordier. these - again pronoun error.

B looks better. B it is.
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02 May 2016, 00:04

I came down to B and E, and I found both of them had the errors.

E - use "these" with no antecedent
B - use its as a possessive pronoun of company's managers; this one is correct, but they used "A" company's managers. Is this correct?
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02 May 2016, 07:46
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I came down to B and E, and I found both of them had the errors.

E - use "these" with no antecedent
B - use its as a possessive pronoun of company's managers; this one is correct, but they used "A" company's managers. Is this correct?

The usage in B is valid. Take another example (from a famous song):

"Diamonds are a girl's best friend."
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02 May 2016, 08:25
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nighthawks wrote:

I came down to B and E, and I found both of them had the errors.

E - use "these" with no antecedent
B - use its as a possessive pronoun of company's managers; this one is correct, but they used "A" company's managers. Is this correct?

The usage in B is valid. Take another example (from a famous song):

"Diamonds are a girl's best friend."

Thank you for your answer, but I am still curious; company's managers is singular or plural? if it is plural how it "A" is correct?

I totally understand if it used A company's manager .... as a singular
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05 May 2016, 07:00
nighthawks wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
nighthawks wrote:

I came down to B and E, and I found both of them had the errors.

E - use "these" with no antecedent
B - use its as a possessive pronoun of company's managers; this one is correct, but they used "A" company's managers. Is this correct?

The usage in B is valid. Take another example (from a famous song):

"Diamonds are a girl's best friend."

Thank you for your answer, but I am still curious; company's managers is singular or plural? if it is plural how it "A" is correct?

I totally understand if it used A company's manager .... as a singular

The article "a" refers to the "company's", not "manager(s)". It does not matter whether the manager(s) is singular or plural.
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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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03 Mar 2017, 23:37
In option b, its (its short and long term goals)may refer to company's managers or copany's products, so it leads to ambiguity, please correct me if i am wrong..

and one more thing, why option'c' is wrong?
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In option b, its (its short and long term goals)may refer to company's managers or copany's products, so it leads to ambiguity, please correct me if i am wrong..

and one more thing, why option'c' is wrong?

"It" is singular and hence cannot refer to "managers" or "products. "It" (its) unambiguously refers to "company" (company's).

Though C is grammatically alright, the use of passive voice and the placeholder "it" at the beginning of the sentence are necessary. B is a more direct way of expressing the facts stated.
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04 Mar 2017, 10:01
I understand that B is correct. But not able to understand what is wrong with E. Can someone please help me understand the error?
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I understand that B is correct. But not able to understand what is wrong with E. Can someone please help me understand the error?

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

Hi abhimahna

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" is missing an antecedent. Hence E is OUT [please feel free to correct me if you think I am wrong]

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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

Hi abhimahna

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" is missing an antecedent. Hence E is OUT [please feel free to correct me if you think I am wrong]

I see you have already cracked 700. Congratulations.

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OMG. How can I miss such an easy point?

Anyways, thanks friend.

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abhimahna wrote:
TheRzS 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

Hi abhimahna

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" is missing an antecedent. Hence E is OUT [please feel free to correct me if you think I am wrong]

I see you have already cracked 700. Congratulations.

Cheers
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OMG. How can I miss such an easy point?

Anyways, thanks friend.

Yes, I do have 700 on my list but targeting atleast 750 now.

Just a random thought, can we also say that we require both the short and "the"long term -- in the format both X and Y?
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abhimahna wrote:
TheRzS 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

Hi abhimahna

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" is missing an antecedent. Hence E is OUT [please feel free to correct me if you think I am wrong]

I see you have already cracked 700. Congratulations.

Cheers
TheRzS

OMG. How can I miss such an easy point?

Anyways, thanks friend.

Yes, I do have 700 on my list but targeting atleast 750 now.

Just a random thought, can we also say that we require both the short and "the"long term -- in the format both X and Y?

Yes, in that case, the construction should be: both (the short term) AND (the long term).
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22 May 2017, 03:21
I do agree that option B is the best choice out of all the options, but could someone explain to me how "a company's managers" is correct?

'A' is used to refer to singular subjects, whereas managers is plural.
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01 Oct 2017, 22:20
in the actual sentence it does not say that the "manager" determines anything. so i am confused how B can be the right option.
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08 Oct 2017, 09:30
Can an expert pls help with this question.
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08 Oct 2017, 12:37
Can an expert pls help with this question.

I'm happy to respond.

My challenge to you is to read that blog carefully and thoughtfully; then, come back to this thread, and analyze everything that every expert says in this thread, and think deeply about all of that. It may be that all this will be enough to answer your own questions, but if you still have a question, write the most detailed and thoughtful question you can, explaining everything your do understand and what still confused you. If you ask that excellent question, I will be more than happy to answer it.

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