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# Factory outlet stores, operated by manufacturers, are

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291. 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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11 May 2007, 13:36
291. 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

C sounds like the right one. Where exactly are "so as" and "in order" are used?
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11 May 2007, 13:36
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291. 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

I was confused on the pronoun use of the answer choices. Choices A - D have 'their'. However, 'their' could be refered back to outlet stores or shopping centers. What am I missing?
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12 May 2007, 02:18
In C, I am confused about 'they' - it can refer to both shopping centers and factory outlet stores !

Though it sounds pretty weird, I go with E for the above reason.

Am I missing nything with the pronoun ambiguity ??
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12 May 2007, 05:06
Although E eliminates ambiguous THEY, it sounds just awfull.
I go with C.
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12 May 2007, 06:54
I'll go with E because it removes pronoun ambiguity.... and
complete the sentence by explaning why Factory outlet stores located miles from downtown...
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12 May 2007, 10:37
the OA is C. To hell with you PRONOUN!
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12 May 2007, 11:57
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the OA is C. To hell with you PRONOUN!

If none seem right "grammaticaly", go with the one that sounds right;-)
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30 Jul 2007, 11:18
I think this is one of those single pronoun double referent questions. They can only refer to outlet stores for the sentence to make sense.
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21 Feb 2014, 01:14
Factory outlet stores (Subject), (Modifier) operated by manufacturers, are usually located miles from downtown and regional (object) shopping centers so that (Subordinate conjunction) they (Subject parallel to subject of main clause Factory outlet stores no such pronoun ambiguity issue) do not compete directly with against department stores in the same trading area.

C is perfect choice. Pronoun in subordinate clause is parallel to subject of main clause as per construction rules.
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B) “in order for them” is a very wordy expression, if there is a better expression among the spare answer choices, scrap this one.

D) scrap this one for the same reason.

E) very very wordy, scrap this one too.

Down to A) and C), the latter is a clear cut sentence using the idiom “so that” to present a reason, the former is a little bit wordy. I would definitely go for C, neat and clean.

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