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Even though the new CEO’s critics complained about the rate at which

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Even though the new CEO’s critics complained about the rate at which employees had been fired under his management, the board of directors insisted that more positions with higher average salaries were created on a monthly basis than were eliminated since he took up the position.

A. that more positions with higher average salaries were created on a monthly basisthan were eliminated since he
B. on a monthly basis that more positions with higher average salaries were created as had been eliminated since he
C. that more positions with higher average salaries every month were created than were eliminated since he
D. that more positions with higher average salaries were created every month as eliminated since the CEO
E. that more positions with higher average salaries were created on a monthly basis than were eliminated since the CEO

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23 Oct 2018, 20:21
I think E is correct answer

narrow down to choices based on last words he /CEO
since we have CEO's in beginning there is nothing He could refer to so there needs to be CEO

Also comparison of more ...than is correct In E not in D where it uses more ... as so

my take is on E though it uses phrase on monthly basis which is in original sentence
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24 Oct 2018, 02:56
aragonn wrote:
Even though the new CEO’s critics complained about the rate at which employees had been fired under his management, the board of directors insisted that more positions with higher average salaries were created on a monthly basis than were eliminated since he took up the position.

A. that more positions with higher average salaries were created on a monthly basisthan were eliminated since he
B. on a monthly basis that more positions with higher average salaries were created as had been eliminated since he
C. that more positions with higher average salaries every month were created than were eliminated since he
D. that more positions with higher average salaries were created every month as eliminated since the CEO
E. that more positions with higher average salaries were created on a monthly basis than were eliminated since the CEO

A,B and C can be eliminated because "he" cannot refer to CEO's critics.
D - wrong idiom. must be "more than"
and there should be "were" preceding "eliminated"

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24 Oct 2018, 09:55
aragonn wrote:
Even though the new CEO’s critics complained about the rate at which employees had been fired under his management, the board of directors insisted that more positions with higher average salaries were created on a monthly basis than were eliminated since he took up the position.

A. that more positions with higher average salaries were created on a monthly basis than were eliminated since he
B. on a monthly basis that more positions with higher average salaries were created as had been eliminated since he
C. that more positions with higher average salaries every month were created than were eliminated since he
D. that more positions with higher average salaries were created every month as eliminated since the CEO
E. that more positions with higher average salaries were created on a monthly basis than were eliminated since the CEO

+1 for (E), which correctly conveys the intended meaning....
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24 Oct 2018, 19:41

Official Explanation:

Meaning Analysis
The sentence presents a contrast. According to the critics of the new CEO, employees had been fired under the new management at an alarming rate. But according to the board of directors, since the new CEO joined, more posts with higher average salaries were created every month than the posts that were eliminated.

Error Analysis
The pronoun “he” should logically refer to the “CEO”, but the sentence has “CEO’s”. Since pronouns can only refer to nouns or other pronouns, “he” grammatically cannot refer to “CEO’s” as the latter is an adjective. This is the only error in the sentence.

A. that more positions with higher average salaries were created on a monthly basisthan were eliminated since he
Incorrect: This choice has the error pointed out in the error analysis.

B. on a monthly basis that more positions with higher average salaries were created as had been eliminated since he
Incorrect:

1) This choice retains the pronoun error of Choice A.

2) According to this choice, placement of “on a monthly basis” suggests that the board of directors insisted “on a monthly basis” and not that more positions were created on a monthly basis.

3) This choice uses the incorrect idiom “more X as Y”.

4) Use of the past perfect tense verb “had been eliminated” is incorrect because some positions were eliminated and new ones were created during the same time frame. It is not that first the positions were eliminated and then the new ones were created.

C. that more positions with higher average salaries every month were created than were eliminated since he

Incorrect:

1) This choice also repeats the pronoun reference error of Choice A.

2) Placement of “every month” suggests that higher salaries were given every month for the new positions. This is certainly distortion of the intended meaning. According to the intended meaning of the sentence, “every month” should modify when the new positions were created and not when the higher salaries were given.

D. that more positions with higher average salaries were created every month as eliminated since the CEO

Incorrect:

This choice corrects the pronoun reference error by replacing “he” with “CEO” but repeats the idiom error of “more X as Y” as in Choice B.

E. that more positions with higher average salaries were created on a monthly basis than were eliminated since the CEO

Correct:

This is the correct answer choice as it corrects the pronoun reference error in the original sentence and does not introduce any new errors.
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