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# Exceeding even the figures predicted by the most optimistic

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Exceeding even the figures predicted by the most optimistic financial analysts, the automobile company had earnings in the first quarter that more than doubled the previous quarter?

B. company earned more than double in the first quarter what they were in
C. company had first quarter earnings that more than doubled those in
D. company's earnings in the first quarter were more than double
E. company's earnings in the first quarter were more than double those of

Key question: isn't it true that a modifier can't modify a possessive noun (not company's earnings, but instead, the company?)

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[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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13 Oct 2007, 18:27
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Exceeding even the figures predicted by the most optimistic financial analysts, the automobile [u]company had earnings in the first quarter that more than doubled[/b] the previous quarter?

B. company earned more than double in the first quarter what they were in
C. company had first quarter earnings that more than doubled those in
D. company's earnings in the first quarter were more than double
E. company's earnings in the first quarter were more than double those of

Key question: isn't it true that a modifier can't modify a possessive noun (not company's earnings, but instead, the company?)

Help!

Not always true. In this case we are talking about figures. Comparing figures to automobile company is incorrect.

Always compare like with like. (meaning people to people, cars to cars, facts to facts, etc...)

So elim ABC.

Im stuck btwn D and E. I think its E.
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14 Oct 2007, 03:57
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It's NOT the company itself that is exceeding the figures predicted, but the company's earnings. This should be made clear from the start of the main clause of the sentence.

Therefore, you can rule out A, B and C

D is wrong comparison: you cannot compare company's earnings with the previous quarter, you have to compare company's (current) earnings with the (company's) previous quarter's earnings. E is therefore the best answer.
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15 Oct 2007, 07:22
Big-O wrote:
Exceeding even the figures predicted by the most optimistic financial analysts, the automobile company had earnings in the first quarter that more than doubled the previous quarter?

B. company earned more than double in the first quarter what they were in
C. company had first quarter earnings that more than doubled those in
D. company's earnings in the first quarter were more than double
E. company's earnings in the first quarter were more than double those of

Key question: isn't it true that a modifier can't modify a possessive noun (not company's earnings, but instead, the company?)

Help!

The key to determining the answer is to figure exactly who is it that's exceeding the figures? The company by itself can't exceed any figure - its earnings can.

E fits the bill. D makes a wrong comparison between earnings and previous quarter.
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15 Oct 2007, 10:33
I would pick C.

it is the company that is exceeting.

What is the OA?
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17 Oct 2007, 10:20
dwivedys wrote:
Big-O wrote:
Exceeding even the figures predicted by the most optimistic financial analysts, the automobile company had earnings in the first quarter that more than doubled the previous quarter?

B. company earned more than double in the first quarter what they were in
C. company had first quarter earnings that more than doubled those in
D. company's earnings in the first quarter were more than double
E. company's earnings in the first quarter were more than double those of

Key question: isn't it true that a modifier can't modify a possessive noun (not company's earnings, but instead, the company?)

Help!

The key to determining the answer is to figure exactly who is it that's exceeding the figures? The company by itself can't exceed any figure - its earnings can.

E fits the bill. D makes a wrong comparison between earnings and previous quarter.

I am going with E, the same reason as dwivedys....company can't exceed figures, and you also need "that" to complete the comparison...

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20 Jan 2012, 04:01
Answer is E ..gt the difference...
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22 Jan 2012, 04:44
IMO E
and think it's quite clear E
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22 Jun 2014, 08:01
Runner2 wrote:
IMO E
and think it's quite clear E

SHOULDNT IT BE LIKE "THOSE IN" INSTEAD OF " THOSE OF " ?? WATS THE ISSUE HERE ?
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30 Nov 2014, 09:18
"Exceeding-----financial analysts"

What is exceeding?? The company or company's earning? It says 'exceeding even the figures' so it has to the company's earning and not the company.
So A,B and C are out in a blink.

D: company's earning is compared to previous quarter. Wrong
E: company's earning is compared to earnings (those of) of the previous quarter. Correct.

Hope it helps!
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01 Dec 2014, 08:01
imo D , D is the best choice.
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01 Dec 2014, 08:09
monty6000 wrote:
imo D , D is the best choice.

Monty check the difference between E and D again!
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01 Dec 2014, 08:22
ray3232 wrote:
monty6000 wrote:
imo D , D is the best choice.

Monty check the difference between E and D again!

Ahhan gottcha ya , yeap i read it again and D sounds wordy , E seems to go perfectly fine . My mistake.

Thanx for pointing that out.
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01 Dec 2014, 08:39
monty6000 wrote:
ray3232 wrote:
monty6000 wrote:
imo D , D is the best choice.

Monty check the difference between E and D again!

Ahhan gottcha ya , yeap i read it again and D sounds wordy , E seems to go perfectly fine . My mistake.

Thanx for pointing that out.

When are you taking the exam?
Im from Bengaluru and im taking it on 30th.
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07 Sep 2017, 10:45
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Opening modifier "Exceeding even the figures predicted by the most optimistic financial analysts" modifes earnings and not company.

How to find this?.

One way-Company exceeds the figures predicted by analysts-Illogical comparison.

Other way- See the word "figures" ...so for logical comparison, we need other thing which can be expressed in figures...and that’s " earnings" and not company for sure

So eliminate A, B, and C.

Between D and E, the only difference is "those of" at the end of E (absent from D). So you ask yourself "what is being compared here?" The earnings in one quarter to the earnings in another quarter. The earnings to the earnings. So I have to mention both sets of earnings, even if I use some sort of pronoun or other referent the second time (which is what the test usually does).

D says the "earnings were more than double the quarter" - that's not the right comparison.
E says the "earnings were more than double the (other) earnings" - that's the right comparison.

Hence E.
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07 Sep 2017, 12:31
A,B,C are out due to modifier issue. for apt comparision , we need those of
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08 Sep 2017, 09:12
Exceeding even the figures predicted by the most optimistic financial analysts, the automobile company had earnings in the first quarter that more than doubled the previous quarter.

A. company had earnings in the first quarter that more than doubled - modifier issue - company did not exceed figures predicted
B. company earned more than double in the first quarter what they were in - modifier issue - same as A
C. company had first quarter earnings that more than doubled those in - modifier issue - same as A
D. company's earnings in the first quarter were more than double - comparison issue - because "earnings" is illogically compared to "the... quarter."
E. company's earnings in the first quarter were more than double those of - Correct

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