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# Crucial in the decision to sell the company, a decision whic

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Crucial in the decision to sell the company, a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that plagued the system that was designated to be the company's flagship product.

a) a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that

b) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, has been numerous licensing issues which

c) was the numerous licensing issues that led to a decision which made some 300 employees redundant and that has

d) a decision that made around 300 workers unemployed, were the numerous licensing issues that

e) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues which

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02 Feb 2014, 23:14
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djanand wrote:

a) a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that- Incorrect, Plural Subject and singular verb "was".

b) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, has been numerous licensing issues which- Same as A- Singular verb "Has been".

c) was the numerous licensing issues that led to a decision which made some 300 employees redundant and that has- Same as the A- Was

d) a decision that made around 300 workers unemployed, were the numerous licensing issues that- Seems good!! Hold

e) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues which- Again repeats the SV agreement error as in A and C.

So the correct answer is D.
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03 Feb 2014, 00:02
Gnpth wrote:

a) a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that- Incorrect, Plural Subject and singular verb "was".

b) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, has been numerous licensing issues which- Same as A- Singular verb "Has been".

c) was the numerous licensing issues that led to a decision which made some 300 employees redundant and that has- Same as the A- Was

d) a decision that made around 300 workers unemployed, were the numerous licensing issues that- Seems good!! Hold

e) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues which- Again repeats the SV agreement error as in A and C.

So the correct answer is D.

Thanks for the explanation. I had a doubt while I was answering this question. The sentence has two noun phrase modifiers in the beginning.
NP 1- Crucial in the decision to sell the company,
NP-2 a decision which made some 300 employees redundant,

Are two back to back modifiers allowed in standard GMAT English? If so, can you help me with an OG example, which has a similar sentence structure ?
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03 Feb 2014, 00:21
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djanand wrote:

Thanks for the explanation. I had a doubt while I was answering this question. The sentence has two noun phrase modifiers in the beginning.
NP 1- Crucial in the decision to sell the company,
NP-2 a decision which made some 300 employees redundant,

Are two back to back modifiers allowed in standard GMAT English? If so, can you help me with an OG example, which has a similar sentence structure ?

Hi, i guess these below articles by E-GMAT will help you the most. The 1st article/link will explain your question in detail and precise manner.

1. Noun + Noun Modifiers: The most "versatile" modifier
2. A Premer on Noun Phrase and Noun Modifier
3. Noun Modifiers can Modify slightly far away noun
4. NOUN + NOUN MODIFIER VS. VERB-ING MODIFIER
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03 Feb 2014, 05:55
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Sorry but in my opinion I disagree with this question, mainly because:

is redundant

the part in between the commas and that at the same time is the subject of the sentence, in general is an incidental phrase. You can eleiminate it without a lack of meaning of the overall structure.

we have a passive voice

Considering that is quite difficult to have such sentence on gmat exam. My opinion

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03 Feb 2014, 06:20
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Sorry but in my opinion I disagree with this question, mainly because:

is redundant

the part in between the commas and that at the same time is the subject of the sentence, in general is an incidental phrase. You can eleiminate it without a lack of meaning of the overall structure.

we have a passive voice

Considering that is quite difficult to have such sentence on gmat exam. My opinion

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Thanks carcass. I had similar thoughts.
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Crucial in the decision to sell the company, a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that plagued the system that was designated to be the company's flagship product.

A) a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that
B) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, has been numerous licensing issues which
C) was the numerous licensing issues that led to a decision which made some 300 employees redundant and that has
D) a decision that made around 300 workers unemployed, were the numerous licensing issues that
E) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues which
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02 Jun 2014, 04:59
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D seems best: a decision that made around 300 workers unemployed, were the numerous licensing issues that

faults :
A) a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that
B) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, has been numerous licensing issues which
C) was the numerous licensing issues that led to a decision which made some 300 employees redundant and that has
D) a decision that made around 300 workers unemployed, were the numerous licensing issues that---->correct
E) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues which
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02 Jun 2014, 08:35
I have doubt in this

Why to use "were" ?

“which” introduces information that isn’t crucial to the meaning of the sentence, known as a non-restrictive or non-essential clause, while “that” introduces a restrictive clause. - For this reason D) is correct choice??????

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02 Jun 2014, 09:03
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Why to use "were" ?

"were" is needed because the subject is "the numerous licensing issues",which is plural
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“which” introduces information that isn’t crucial to the meaning of the sentence, known as a non-restrictive or non-essential clause, while “that” introduces a restrictive clause
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honestly i am not familiar with this lingo and to be very precise this nomenclature is not needed to get to the right answer .
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02 Jun 2014, 21:05
Crucial in the decision to sell the company, a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that plagued the system that was designated to be the company's flagship product.

A) a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that
was does not agree with numerous licensing issues
B) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, has been numerous licensing issues which
has does not agree with numerous licensing issues
C) was the numerous licensing issues that led to a decision which made some 300 employees redundant and that has
was does not agree with numerous licensing issues
D) a decision that made around 300 workers unemployed, were the numerous licensing issues that
Correct
E) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues which
was does not agree with numerous licensing issues
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02 Jun 2014, 21:07
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I have doubt in this

Why to use "were" ?

“which” introduces information that isn’t crucial to the meaning of the sentence, known as a non-restrictive or non-essential clause, while “that” introduces a restrictive clause. - For this reason D) is correct choice??????

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Yes you are correct with the usage of which and that.
But here "where" is used for number agreement.

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02 Apr 2015, 11:40
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djanand wrote:

a) a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that- Incorrect, Plural Subject and singular verb "was".

b) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, has been numerous licensing issues which- Same as A- Singular verb "Has been".

c) was the numerous licensing issues that led to a decision which made some 300 employees redundant and that has- Same as the A- Was

d) a decision that made around 300 workers unemployed, were the numerous licensing issues that- Seems good!! Hold

e) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues which- Again repeats the SV agreement error as in A and C.

So the correct answer is D.

What is subject here ?? a Decision or numerous licensing issues ??
I felt subject is decision and so it is consistent with verb "was"
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djanand wrote:
Crucial in the decision to sell the company, a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that plagued the system that was designated to be the company's flagship product.

a) a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that

b) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, has been numerous licensing issues which

c) was the numerous licensing issues that led to a decision which made some 300 employees redundant and that has

d) a decision that made around 300 workers unemployed, were the numerous licensing issues that

e) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues which

Change the order:
The numerous licensing issues that plagued..... were crucial in the decision to sell the company, a decision...

So we can see that the subject is plural.
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Crucial in the decision to sell the company, a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that plagued the system that was designated to be the company's flagship product.

a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that

a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, has been numerous licensing issues which

was the numerous licensing issues that led to a decision which made some 300 employees redundant and that has

a decision that made around 300 workers unemployed, were the numerous licensing issues that

a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues which
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djanand wrote:
Crucial in the decision to sell the company, a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that plagued the system that was designated to be the company's flagship product.

a) a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that

b) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, has been numerous licensing issues which

c) was the numerous licensing issues that led to a decision which made some 300 employees redundant and that has

d) a decision that made around 300 workers unemployed, were the numerous licensing issues that

e) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues which

reversed SV here.
numerous licensing issues were crucial in the decision to sell the company.
A/B/C/E all make the same mistake.
just by identifying the subject verb, I could easily get to the answer choice.
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