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# Crucial in the decision to sell the company, a decision which made som

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10 Aug 2015, 18:14
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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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10 Aug 2015, 18:20
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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.

SV# error with singular "was" used for plural "licensing issues".

A) a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that
Incorrect as mentioned above.

B) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, has been numerous licensing issues which
Incorrect as mentioned above.

C) was the numerous licensing issues that led to a decision which made some 300 employees redundant and that has
Incorrect as mentioned above.

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
Incorrect as mentioned above.
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10 Aug 2015, 21:54
Can someone please comment on the usage of 'that' vs 'which' in options D and E respectively? Are both correct?
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10 Aug 2015, 22:34
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Between D and E:

In D : "were" plural verb for "numerous issues" rightly used."that" rightly modifies the noun immediately before it:"issues"

In E : "was" does not meet Subject-verb agreement. "which" in GMAT should be used with a comma before it if it is referring to the immediate noun before it.

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11 Aug 2015, 04:24
arhumsid wrote:
Can someone please comment on the usage of 'that' vs 'which' in options D and E respectively? Are both correct?

'that' in D refers to the decision/issues and by the grammar rules,the 2 instances or "that" are correct.

'which' in E is incorrect as it is anon restrictive pronoun and as such should be separated from the lnoun it refers to by a comma.
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13 Aug 2015, 13:03
Engr2012 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.

SV# error with singular "was" used for plural "licensing issues".

A) a decision which made some 300 employees redundant, was the numerous licensing issues that
Incorrect as mentioned above.

B) a decision that made some 300 employees redundant, has been numerous licensing issues which
Incorrect as mentioned above.

C) was the numerous licensing issues that led to a decision which made some 300 employees redundant and that has
Incorrect as mentioned above.

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
Incorrect as mentioned above.

HI Engr2012,

I am a bit confused on this part

SV# error with singular "was" used for plural "licensing issues".

Isn't was is referring to the decision, which should make it used as singular

Please let me know what I am missing here
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15 Aug 2015, 03:40
kanigmat011 wrote:

HI Engr2012,

I am a bit confused on this part

SV# error with singular "was" used for plural "licensing issues".

Isn't was is referring to the decision, which should make it used as singular

Please let me know what I am missing here

Hi kanigmat011,

you need to answer the question, What was crucial in the decision to sell the company? "numerous licensing issues" right? Then you need to take care of SV agreement to frame the sentence
The numerous licensing issues that .... were crucial in the decision to sell the company. This decision made some 300 employees redundant/ unemployed.

Hope it helps.
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17 Jul 2017, 18:59
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
--> awkward and wordy.
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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17 Jul 2017, 23:51
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It is surprising that a question with four choices depicting only a basic subject-verb error that pops up in front of the eyes at the first glance is a 700-level question. To be a 700-level question, there must be at least two errors, and the final elimination between two grammatically correct choices should be based on a substantially meaning based error.
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18 Jul 2017, 00:26
Imo D
If we remove the non essential modifier then the sentence would read as Crucial in the decision to sell the company were the numerous licensing issues that
This sentence has correct SVA .
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27 Sep 2017, 01:58
Mascarfi 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

Classci SV flip problem,,,,

licensing issues --plural,,
hence were is required,,,

ans D
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