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# Companies in a downfall commit several mistakes such as embarking on

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Companies in a downfall commit several mistakes such as embarking on a program of such radical change forgetting the underlying strengths, hiring a visionary leader from outside with little understanding of making the company great in the first place, and seeking a big acquisition to transform the business in a single stroke.

(a) forgetting the underlying strengths, hiring a visionary leader from outside with little understanding of making

(b) forgetting the underlying strengths, hires a visionary leader from outside with little understanding to make

(C) that underlying strengths are forgotten, hiring a visionary leader from outside who has little understanding of what made

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09 Nov 2015, 05:47
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Companies in a downfall commit several mistakes such as embarking on a program of such radical change forgetting the underlying strengths, hiring a visionary leader from outside with little understanding of making the company great in the first place, and seeking a big acquisition to transform the business in a single stroke.

(a) forgetting the underlying strengths, hiring a visionary leader from outside with little understanding of making

(b) forgetting the underlying strengths, hires a visionary leader from outside with little understanding to make

(C) that underlying strengths are forgotten, hiring a visionary leader from outside who has little understanding of what made

A. The original sentence talks about the mistakes committed by a company. So all the three elements should be in parallel. The original sentence is written in a way that it is not clear who forgets the underlying strengths. Also with little understanding of making is incorrect. It should say what made the company great in the first place.
B. The three elements are not parallel.
C. Correct
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14 Nov 2015, 00:37
The mistakes of the company are 1)Embarking..., 2) hiring. That is the parallelism.. Hence, we are left with A and E but in A 'forgetting’ is not one of the items in the list. So, it should not be in 'ing' form.
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Although not a GMAT like question because of lacking the full set of questions, the moderator wants us to learn some concept from this example. So let’s make the best use of it.
The way to get at it is to note that ‘forgetting’ has no comma before it, implying that it is not part of the list, but only a part of the first factor. So essentially there three mistakes in the list, namely embarking, hiring and seeking. B is dropped. Between A and C:

In C, the idiomatic usage of ‘such radical… that’ is better suited to the context than the verb+ing modifier without the comma in A, meaning that it is the change that is forgetting the underlying strengths. Similarly, in A, the timeless participle ‘making’ doesn’t gel with the a definite past tense event of what made the company great in the first place. So A is inferior to C.
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