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# Factory outlet stores, operated by manufacturers, are

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Factory outlet stores, operated by manufacturers, are usually located miles from downtown and regional shopping centers so as not directly to be competitive against department stores in the same trading area.

(A) so as not directly to be competitive against
(B) in order for them not to have direct competition with
(C) so that they do not compete directly with
(D) in order that they are not directly competitive against
(E) for the purpose of not competing directly with

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07 Jan 2006, 06:48
My choice is C.

The originial sentence is wrong because you want to compete directly not directly compete (which could mean there is an indirectly compete).
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07 Jan 2006, 08:49
C is right, because:

it's
-grammatically correct (idiom "so that")
-concise ( "compete directly"; "they do not")
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07 Jan 2006, 08:52
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Should be C.

Others are hopeless!

A) incorrect to be form
B) wordy and also "them" is ambiguous.
C) CORRECT!
D) changes the meaning by using competitive
E) needless -ing form.
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07 Jan 2006, 08:58
C.

But if it is so simple...why is this here?

Vivek, u make me nervous...
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07 Jan 2006, 13:42
C it is...
But as per Khurana, even i m worried...is it so simple...
i guess the same thing happened with me in my first attempt at GMAT... When i got some silly stupid and easy questions, i spent a lot of time reading them to make sure, it was really simple and there was no conspiracies behind it
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07 Jan 2006, 19:16
Sorry for confusing you guys, no doubt it is 'C'!

I agree with you all, many times we fall pray to simple SCs, but we need to be confident on why should we eliminate all choices but one.

But very good work by all!
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08 Jan 2006, 02:33
I fell into trap of "so as...... to be..." in A. I did not even bothered to read other choices. Then after seeing the OA,I realized my mistake.

Lesson learnt: Always read all the choices.
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10 Jan 2006, 01:38
Late, but C. It`s the most concise and stated in the active voice.
10 Jan 2006, 01:38
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