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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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It is really very tricky SC problem as however has two meaning.
1. Despite all things ..
2. In whatever way ...

Here we are using 2nd meaning of however.

A is correct.
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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- Correct
B. he may choose to do so in many ways- Many ways is too wordy
C. in whatever ways he is choosing to do this- incorrect verb - Choosing
D. regardless of how he chooses to do this- use of the word regardless does not go with the meaning i.e. he may choose any option but he will have to abide by relevant state tax laws.
E. irrespective of the ways in which he is choosing to do so- wordy and awkward
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Shrutisehgal I'd caution you against relying on "wordy" or "awkward" to dismiss an answer unless all else fails. The OG itself sometimes uses those terms (talk about awkward!), but the wrong answers will generally be clearly wrong in terms of grammar and/or meaning, and the right answer is sometimes the most wordy and awkward choice of the bunch!

B is wrong because it starts an independent clause ("he will do so") that connect simply have another independent clause ("he will have to abide") attached to it with a comma. The "however he may" in A fixes this by making that first clause dependent: however much X may happen, Y still must happen. (As gvij2017 has pointed out, this is a usage of "however" that not everyone may be familiar with.)

E, like C, is incorrect because of the present continuous: "he is choosing"
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Is it ok use 'However' as conjunction? I have never seen its usage in GMAT.

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Is it ok use 'However' as conjunction? I have never seen its usage in GMAT.

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Hi avinashiitp,

However is never a conjunction. In this sentence, and is what joins the two clauses.

... X has been charged with Y, and however he may choose to do so, he will have to Z

Within however he may choose to do so, he will have to Z, however is a relative adverb.
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Is it ok use 'However' as conjunction? I have never seen its usage in GMAT.

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Hi avinashiitp,

However is never a conjunction. In this sentence, and is what joins the two clauses.

... X has been charged with Y, and however he may choose to do so, he will have to Z

Within however he may choose to do so, he will have to Z, however is a relative adverb.



Within however he may choose to do so, he will have to Z.

I was concerned about the underlined part, which seems to me Independent clause without any conjuction.

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Within however he may choose to do so, he will have to Z.

I was concerned about the underlined part, which seems to me Independent clause without any conjuction.

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Hi avinashiitp,

I should not have made my earlier reply so absolute. A better answer to your question is that some people do consider however a conjunction when it means ~"no matter how" or ~"in whatever way". Have a look at what the Cambridge Dictionary has to say about this:
1. The main UK entry "in whatever way": adverb
2. The main US entry "in whatever way": adverb
3. Entry in the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary "in whatever way": conjunction

I am not familiar with (3), but I probably should not have dismissed it entirely. However, the question you must ask yourself here is whether it would help you to think of however as a conjunction. The broader point we need to remember is that the structure in the question is possible when we use however to say that the way in which something is done doesn't matter.
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