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# Even though it was not illegal for the bank to share its customers' pe

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30 Jul 2011, 14:30
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Even though it was not illegal for the bank to share its customers' personal and financial information with an outside marketing company in return for a commission on sales, the state's attorney general accused the bank of engaging in deceptive business practices by failing to honor its promise to its customers to keep records private.

(A) by failing to honor its promise to its customers to keep

(B) by its failure of honoring its promise to its customers to keep

(C) in its failing to honor its promise to its customers of keeping

(D) because of its failure in honoring its promise to its customers in keeping

(E) because of its failure to honor its promise to its customers of keeping
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30 Jul 2011, 19:18
A for me.

"practices by failing... " sounds right.

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30 Jul 2011, 19:25
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A for me.

"practices by failing... " sounds right.

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Could you please explain why are the others wrong?
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To explain the process of elimination as requested in the title:

1. By failing to honor is the right idiom – So B, D, and E are out.
2. Between A and C , again the idiom ‘promise of keeping’ in C is wrong ; ‘promise to keep’ in A is right
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06 Sep 2012, 08:37
the state's attorney general accused the bank of engaging in deceptive business practices by failing to honor its promise to its customers to keep records private.

Can the bold part be ambiguous as to which party it's referring to? Is it saying the attorney general accused the bank by taking some action, or is it saying what the bank did that caused the accusation?
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06 Sep 2012, 10:22
Even though it was not illegal for the bank to share its customers' personal and financial information with an outside marketing company in return for a commission on sales, the state's attorney general accused the bank of engaging in deceptive business practices by failing to honor its promise to its customers to keep records private.

a) by failing to honor its promise to its customers to keep CORRECT (Clear, concise and correct idiom usage)
b) by its failure of honoring its promise to its customers to keep
c) in its failing to honor its promise to its customers of keeping
d) because of its failure in honoring its promise to its customers in keeping
e) because of its failure to honor its promise to its customers of keeping
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11 Jun 2014, 21:17
I was confused between A and B. B sounded too verbose with too many references to its where there was no ambiguity
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03 Jul 2014, 08:18
some help between A and B pls.

a) by failing to honor its promise to its customers to keep CORRECT (Clear, concise and correct idiom usage)
b) by its failure of honoring its promise to its customers to keep
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04 Mar 2019, 08:50
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In B, 'by its failure of honoring' might erroneously lead to misreading that honoring itself is a failure. One has to really read in between lines to see this nuance.
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04 Mar 2019, 12:16
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UmairAftab wrote:
What’s wrong with E?

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Hi,

Not only is option E super awkward, but also it is idiomatically incorrect. The correct idioms are : failing to honor & promise to keep NOT failure to honor & promise of keeping.

Hope this helps!
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