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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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The accepted idiom is ‘so that’ as in C. 'So as to' can be used only when you say 'so adjective as to' (so beautiful as to, so dangerous as to). In order that, in order for and for the purpose are all wrong diction

C is the best answer.
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New post 14 Jun 2011, 08:33
C. idiomatic "so that" and clear meaning, short answer choice has more chances to be correct.
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"C"
Underlined part is intended to show reason for shops to be out side area..... so that ... construction clearly provides that.
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I was down to C and E. Though C seemed good, I chose E as i was not able to relate "they" in C.
It can point to either factory outlets ormanufacturers . Please advice.
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I was down to C and E. Though C seemed good, I chose E as i was not able to relate "they" in C.
It can point to either factory outlets ormanufacturers . Please advice.


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


Please see the highlighted non-underlined portion of the sentence - "department stores".

Only stores can compete with each other. Manufacturers can't compete with department stores.

Thus, "they" has only one LOGICAL antecedent, Factory outlet stores, and is used properly as pronoun.
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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

Hi Friends, can someone please tell me whether the 'they' in the official answer is questionable. I eliminated this choice because I was not sure if they referred to stores or manufacturers and hence chose E which eliminates this ambiguity. Kindly explain me your approach.
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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

Hi Friends, can someone please tell me whether the 'they' in the official answer is questionable. I eliminated this choice because I was not sure if they referred to stores or manufacturers and hence chose E which eliminates this ambiguity. Kindly explain me your approach.



The question is a bit confused, so when I m a bit confused I forget the rules of grammar (in first instance9 and rely heavily on meaning.

First of all here the subject are the stores (plural)

A ) ackward clearly

B) in order for them is wrong

D ) is the tough of the bill because we have they are not directly competitive against is convoluted and distort a bit the meaning see C in comparison

E) is miles away from the truth

C is the best
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Hi Friends, can someone please tell me whether the 'they' in the official answer is questionable. I eliminated this choice because I was not sure if they referred to stores or manufacturers and hence chose E which eliminates this ambiguity. Kindly explain me your approach.



Hi,

But here there isn't ambiguity. Clearly, They refer to stores. Morover, manufactures is placed in an incidenta phresa that in turns out modify the stores...........so is not amboguos.

In gmat land when the contest is clear should not be the problem of pronoun reference
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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

Hi Friends, can someone please tell me whether the 'they' in the official answer is questionable. I eliminated this choice because I was not sure if they referred to stores or manufacturers and hence chose E which eliminates this ambiguity. Kindly explain me your approach.

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None of the answer choices are making sense except C ... & the + point with C is that "They" is not creating the ambiguity ... So that's Y C must be the answer ...........
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C is the best option. Please look at the meaning of the sentence -

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.

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.

Looking at the second sentence, it clearly gives you the idea that the latter half of the sentence refers to the stores when it uses "they"
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Hi Friends, can someone please tell me whether the 'they' in the official answer is questionable. I eliminated this choice because I was not sure if they referred to stores or manufacturers and hence chose E which eliminates this ambiguity. Kindly explain me your approach.


hi charu,
i am not an expert but i will share my thoughts.

first of all i will say never eliminate a choice only on the basis of pronoun ambiguity because it is only the preferred rule and one must always use in the last when you are stuck in 2 answer choces if no other errors are present.

secondly the gmat will usually tolerate pronoun ambiguity if:

1. if the context is obvious.
2. the pronoun is parallel to intended noun.
3. the pronoun is not parallel to other noun.

in this case 2nd one comes in to action:the pronoun is parallel to intended noun.

for clarifying this i will give one example:

take the pizza out of the box and put it.
action noun prepn. noun conj. action pronoun
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in this case as per parallel structure rule "it " is clearly refering to "the pizza"

now in our case in this sentence:
Factory outlet stores, operated by manufacturers, are usually located miles from downtown and regional shopping centers so that they do not compete directly with department stores in the same trading area.

factory outlet stores verb========they verb ....here by seeing you can say verb is followed by noun manufacturers but logically it is not as it is acting as appositive .

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more to add , in option E

(E) for the purpose of not competing directly with====>Here the meaning of original sentence is changed...for the purpose indicates that the purpose of factory outlet stores was not to compete with department stores.
so for the purpose is wrongly intending something else.
and moreover" for the purpose of not competing directly with" is not clear what is this modifying....

hope it helps

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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 ---‘So as --- not to be’ is unidiomatic; ‘ so as --- not to verb’ is acceptable
(B) in order for them not to have direct competition with --- unidiomatic
(C) so that they do not compete directly with --- correct
(D) in order that they are not directly competitive against --- In order that is unconcise, when compared to in order to
(E) for the purpose of not competing directly with --- When you want to express purpose , we should put it in the infinitive.
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so as not directly to be competitive against ---‘So as --- not to be’ is unidiomatic; ‘ so as --- not to verb’ is acceptable



thanks daagh..

'be' is also a verb? Ex: I want to be happy..
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be is indeed the basic form of the is, was and were series. Yet 'to be' becomes passive; 'so as not be competitive', that uses an adjective in the form of ' competitive' is inferior to the use of 'to compete', which is direct and dynamic; Hence the problem of using 'so as .... not to be'
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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

Although I am not an expert, I would say that it is clearly logical that stores competes against another stores..I think GMAC added stores to remove ambiguity.
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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

Hi Friends, can someone please tell me whether the 'they' in the official answer is questionable. I eliminated this choice because I was not sure if they referred to stores or manufacturers and hence chose E which eliminates this ambiguity. Kindly explain me your approach.


it takes me a few ten minutes to figure why b is wrong.

honestly, i dislike "in order for them not to...". but we have no reason to consider the phrase wrong.

"them" in b can be considered ambiguous, referting to stores or manufacturers. in this respect, "they in c is better because they refers to the subject of previous clause. more logic.

b can be considered wordy. have competition with. is longer than "compete with".

so, we have 2 clears reasons to eliminate B. we do not need to consider "in order for them " .
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Couple of issues to point out here for the correct option (C)

1. So that = Shows Purpose

Factory outlet stores , operated by manufacturers , are usually located miles from downtown and regional shopping centres so that ( purpose ) they do not compete directly with departmental stores in the same trading area.

2. Use of correct idiomatic use : Compete with

3. Correct use of pronoun they : referring to factory outlet stores.

4. Correct S-V usage : Factory outlet stores----- are

Hence I will go with (C) without any grain of doubt !!
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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

Hi Friends, can someone please tell me whether the 'they' in the official answer is questionable. I eliminated this choice because I was not sure if they referred to stores or manufacturers and hence chose E which eliminates this ambiguity. Kindly explain me your approach.



"They" in Option E is not questionable because "Factory outlets" is the subject of the sentence and "they" is referring to this subject
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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






(A) so as not directly to be competitive against - Wrong: 1) Correct idiom is "so as to" and not "so as".

(B) in order for them not to have direct competition with - Wrong: "them" results in pronoun ambiguity. 2) Wordy and indirect

(C) so that they do not compete directly with - Correct

(D) in order that they are not directly competitive against - Wrong: 1) "in order to" is the correct idiom.

(E) for the purpose of not competing directly with - Wrong: Unclear meaning. Who's competing: stores or manufacturers?
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