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Even though it was no longer cost-effective for the government to convert metals into coins to create the currency's one-cent and five-cent pieces, a spokesperson for a grassroots organization claimed that discontinuing the coins would hurt consumers by giving merchants an excuse to round all prices up to the nearest ten cents.


A) by giving merchants an excuse to round all prices up to

B) by its giving to merchants an excuse to round all prices up to

C) in its giving merchants an excuse of rounding all prices up to

D) because it gives merchants an excuse to round up to all prices

E) because it is giving merchants an excuse to round prices to


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Even though it was no longer cost-effective for the government to convert metals into coins to create the currency's one-cent and five-cent pieces, a spokesperson for a grassroots organization claimed that discontinuing the coins would hurt consumers by giving merchants an excuse to round all prices up to the nearest ten cents.

1st Check Speech : Direct or indirect : a spokesperson for a grassroots organization claimed that (Indirect Speech)

Verbs cant be in present tense (unless it is universal truth)

A) by giving merchants an excuse to round all prices up to
B) by its giving to merchants an excuse to round all prices up to -- by its giving -- awkward
C) in its giving merchants an excuse of rounding all prices up to -- in its giving -- awkward.
D) because it gives merchants an excuse to round up to all prices -- present tense can not be used in indirect speech -- highlighted part is in awkward.
E) because it is giving merchants an excuse to round prices to -- present tense -- not allowed.
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Even though it was no longer cost-effective for the government to convert metals into coins to create the currency's one-cent and five-cent pieces, a spokesperson for a grassroots organization claimed that discontinuing the coins would hurt consumers by giving merchants an excuse to round all prices up to the nearest ten cents.

A) by giving merchants an excuse to round all prices up to
B) by its giving to merchants an excuse to round all prices up to
C) in its giving merchants an excuse of rounding all prices up to
D) because it gives merchants an excuse to round up to all prices
E) because it is giving merchants an excuse to round prices to

B, C, D and E - Use the word "it" (or "its") a pronoun that must (on the GMAT) have a clear antecedent. From the context you can infer that "it" is "discontinuing the coins" which is a hypothetical situation.

Hence A
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Even though it was no longer cost-effective for the government to convert metals into coins to create the currency's one-cent and five-cent pieces, a spokesperson for a grassroots organization claimed that discontinuing the coins would hurt consumers by giving merchants an excuse to round all prices up to the nearest ten cents.

A) by giving merchants an excuse to round all prices up to
B) by its giving to merchants an excuse to round all prices up to
C) in its giving merchants an excuse of rounding all prices up to
D) because it gives merchants an excuse to round up to all prices
E) because it is giving merchants an excuse to round prices to

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So close on selecting D, but selected OA at last!
B,C,D & E all use "it" or "its", with no proper antecedent.
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Even though it was no longer cost-effective for the government to convert metals into coins to create the currency's one-cent and five-cent pieces, a spokesperson for a grassroots organization claimed that discontinuing the coins would hurt consumers by giving merchants an excuse to round all prices up to the nearest ten cents.

A) by giving merchants an excuse to round all prices up to
B) by its giving to merchants an excuse to round all prices up to
C) in its giving merchants an excuse of rounding all prices up to
D) because it gives merchants an excuse to round up to all prices
E) because it is giving merchants an excuse to round prices to

B, C, D and E - Use the word "it" (or "its") a pronoun that must (on the GMAT) have a clear antecedent. From the context you can infer that "it" is "discontinuing the coins" which is a hypothetical situation.

Hence A



Can someone please explain me what is the problem if it is a hypothetical situation? Does it mean that everytime a pronoun has hypothetical antecedent it's incorrect ?
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