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Following the merger of two well-known corporations, the CFO of the larger of the two has been charged with reporting the earnings of the employees of both companies, and however he may choose to do so, he will have to abide by relevant state tax laws.

A. however he may choose to do so
B. he may choose to do so in many ways
C. in whatever ways he is choosing to do this
D. regardless of how he chooses to do this
E. irrespective of the ways in which he is choosing to do so

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Following the merger of two well-known corporations, the CFO of the larger of the two has been charged with reporting the earnings of the employees of both companies, and however he may choose to do so, he will have to abide by relevant state tax laws.

A. however he may choose to do so
B. he may choose to do so in many ways
C. in whatever ways he is choosing to do this
D. regardless of how he chooses to do this
E. irrespective of the ways in which he is choosing to do so


+1 for A

B, D and E are changing the meaning of the sentence.

In C and D, 'this' doesn't have a antecedent.
Hence, A
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Following the merger of two well-known corporations, the CFO of the larger of the two has been charged with reporting the earnings of the employees of both companies, and however he may choose to do so, he will have to abide by relevant state tax laws.

A. however he may choose to do so
B. he may choose to do so in many ways
C. in whatever ways he is choosing to do this

D. regardless of how he chooses to do this
E. irrespective of the ways in which he is choosing to do so



The answer should be D.

The other options are either grammatically incorrect or bring about awkward breaks/sentence constructions. Regardless of the fact that he must report the earnings, he will have to abide by relevant laws. Regardless conveys the meaning correctly in this case.
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I was debating between A and D and went for A, because of "this" in option D.
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This question explores the original correct but now neglected meaning of the word “however.”

Choice (A) uses the original meaning of “however” correctly. This is problem-free.

Inside Choice (B) looks good, but it’s an independent clause, and after the comma is another independent clause. Two independent clauses need to be joined by a conjunction, not separated by only a comma—this mistake is called a “comma splice.” This choice is incorrect.

Choice (C) is wordy and awkward. The use of the present progressive is unjustified in context. This choice also uses a pronoun, “this,” to refer to the action of the previous clause: pronouns can’t refer to actions of a clause. This choice is incorrect.

Choice (D) is a little causal and it repeats the pronoun mistake in (C). This choice is incorrect.

Choice (E) is very long-winded and excessively wordy. The use of the present progressive is unjustified in context. This choice is incorrect.

Choice (A) is the only possible answer.
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Thank you for the explanation

However, doesnt A seem awkward in conveying the meaning? usage of 'however he may choose to do so' in conjunction with 'he will have to'

For the usage 'he will have to' shouldnt that be prefixed with something such as regardless - in order to convey the meaning that, no matter which option he decides, he will still have to to abide by the state laws?
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