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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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29 Nov 2009, 06:30
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Modifier issue-hence ACD OUT

E has problem of referrent "these"
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29 Nov 2009, 06:35
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But then, technically speaking, in B, as it seems to me, its does not have antecedent either - both time we have company's (managers and products), not company...
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29 Nov 2009, 06:47
good point!
I did some research with my MGMAT Book
I got it right
"each of a company’s products" is SINGULAR

'its' is a possessive pronoun that refers back to each of a company’s products (a possessive noun)

Singular--Singular

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29 Nov 2009, 07:00
True, you are right, thanks! Its all about possessive pronouns refering back to possessive nouns, which is ok.
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29 Nov 2009, 07:02
Yes Brother
but even then singular-singular
plural-plural rule still will be applicable

Antecedent and Pronoun Must agree in Number

True, you are right, thanks! Its all about possessive pronouns refering back to possessive nouns, which is ok.

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29 Nov 2009, 08:14
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
-Modifier problem. Hence in correct

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
-Correct Choice

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
-Modifier problem. Hence in correct

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
-Modifier problem. Hence in correct

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” has no antecedent
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23 Dec 2009, 06:12
Agree and also "These" can not be used in place of a noun(company here), Gmat prefers it/its
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23 Dec 2009, 15:44
B is correct but changes ought to be to should. Is this standard?
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23 Dec 2009, 23:44

nice work folks... I fell for the obvious trap...!
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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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15 Mar 2010, 20:44
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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

Please underline the actual question part.

My take is E. what's the OA?
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16 Mar 2010, 05:48
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IMO B

A,C, and D are passive. E says these products which doesnot refer back to anything

hence B is correct
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16 Mar 2010, 12:47
I go for E...

modifiers is the issue with the orginal sentence. using "managers after the comma" solves that techniques are used by managers for .....
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17 Mar 2010, 10:46
This question must be posted in sentence correction.
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19 Mar 2010, 13:09
I will go for B.

A, C, D modifier issues..

E.. these products does not have clear reference..

So, only B is remaining.
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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
Here, there is a gerund problem '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
There is unnecessary wording here at the end
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
Here, what does 'these' refer to in this sentence
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
Again, what does 'these' refer to

So, I will go with B
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19 Mar 2010, 14:53
OA is B.
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21 Aug 2010, 10:18
I went with D, only because I thought removing "possibly" changed the meaning too much. I guess changing the meaning isn't as significant an error as the use of "these" in D.
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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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