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Growing competitive pressures may be encouraging auditors to bend the rules in favor of clients; auditors may, for instance, allow a questionable loan to remain on the books in order to maintain a bank’s profits on paper.
(A) clients; auditors may, for instance, allow
(B) clients, as an instance, to allow
(C) clients, like to allow
(D) clients, such as to be allowing
(E) clients; which might, as an instance, be the allowing of

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09 Dec 2008, 18:45
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semicolon is required.that leaves A nd E. E is wordy and awkward. hence A
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Growing competitive pressures may be encouraging auditors to bend the rules in favor of clients; auditors may, for instance, allow a questionable loan to remain on the books in order to maintain a bank’s profits on paper.
(A) clients; auditors may, for instance, allow
(B) clients, as an instance, to allow
(C) clients, like to allow
(D) clients, such as to be allowing
(E) clients; which might, as an instance, be the allowing of
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11 Dec 2008, 10:57
(A) clients; auditors may, for instance, allow (For an instance is the right usage)
(B) clients, as an instance, to allow --- Perfect
(C) clients, like to allow ---- (like is used only for noun comparisions)
(D) clients, such as to be allowing (to be is wrongly used)
(E) clients; which might, as an instance, be the allowing of ( when ; is used the 2 statements sholud be mutually exclusive. But here the 2nd can't survive without the first)

Hence, IMO B
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13 Jun 2009, 08:05
ritula wrote:
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semicolon is required.that leaves A nd E. E is wordy and awkward. hence A
lgon wrote:
Growing competitive pressures may be encouraging auditors to bend the rules in favor of clients; auditors may, for instance, allow a questionable loan to remain on the books in order to maintain a bank’s profits on paper.
(A) clients; auditors may, for instance, allow
(B) clients, as an instance, to allow
(C) clients, like to allow
(D) clients, such as to be allowing
(E) clients; which might, as an instance, be the allowing of

Why do we need semicolon ?

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14 Jun 2009, 00:19
A...The clause after the semicolon should have a complete meaning...That's done correctly in A...
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A...The clause after the semicolon should have a complete meaning...That's done correctly in A...

well thanks for the answer but I did not understand when we use semicolon ?
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A...The clause after the semicolon should have a complete meaning...That's done correctly in A...

well thanks for the answer but I did not understand when we use semicolon ?

IMO A.

I don't know WHEN to use a semicolon, but I can tell you how to know WHETHER it is correct.

(1) the sentence on both sides of the semicolon should be stand-alone or independent sentences i.e they should not be clauses.

(2) the sentences on both sides of the semicolon should be related and talking about the same topic/idea.
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Growing competitive pressures may be encouraging auditors to bend the rules in favor of clients; auditors may, for instance, allow a questionable loan to remain on the books in order to maintain a bank’s profits on paper.
(A) clients; auditors may, for instance, allow
(B) clients, as an instance, to allow
(C) clients, like to allow
(D) clients, such as to be allowing
(E) clients; which might, as an instance, be the allowing of

IMO, A seems to be the correct answer. The subject in the first part of the sentence is competitive pressure. However, the second part of the sentence is about an action that an "auditor" may take and not "competitive pressure". Hence, we need to split the sentence using semicolon and introduce a new subject "auditor" to the second sentence.

What's the OA?
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15 Jun 2009, 22:43
A semi colon links two related clauses.

1)Growing competitive pressures may be encouraging auditors to bend the rules in favor of clients;
2)auditors may, for instance, allow a questionable loan to remain on the books in order to maintain a bank’s profits on paper.

1st indicates that the auditors might bend some rules in favor of their clients, while the 2nd indicates how it can be done.

'A' seems the best option.
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Is B wrong only because it distorts the meaning?

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26 Nov 2012, 09:55
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Is B wrong only because it distorts the meaning?

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Hi Sachin,

Choice B is incorrect because use of "as an instance" is not correct here. The idiom by itself is not incorrect, but it is not correct the way it has been used here. And of course, there is a meaning issue in this sentence. This is explained in the video.

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Is B wrong only because it distorts the meaning?

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Hi Sachin,

Choice B is incorrect because use of "as an instance" is not correct here. The idiom by itself is not incorrect, but it is not correct the way it has been used here. And of course, there is a meaning issue in this sentence. This is explained in the video.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks Shraddha, Would request you to throw some light on the correct usage of the idiom. If it were to come on the GMAT, it will help us..
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In this example 'for instance' means something similar to 'for example'. In this context, when giving an example on a point 'as an instance' is not the correct idion.

"as an instance" is not awful full stop, and there are times where it could be used. You can use it in the phrase 'as an instance of' to illustrate when one thing is an example of something else.

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Growing competitive pressures may be encouraging auditors to bend the rules in favor of clients; auditors may, for instance, allow a questionable loan to remain on the books in order to maintain a bank’s profits on paper.
(A) clients; auditors may, for instance, allow semicolon separates two independent clause with use of subordinates. As an instance does not qualify as subordinate
(B) clients, as an instance, to allow Correct
(C) clients, like to allow like should not be used to introduce examples
(D) clients, such as to be allowingsuch as to be - awkward and wordy. It can be simply phrased as such as allowing
(E) clients; which might, as an instance, be the allowing of semicolon separates two independent clause. The second clause here does not qualify as independent clause

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Hi, Nanishora,

E-gmat's video provides the full explanation and reasoning so I'd watch that.

However, briefly:

B is incorrect because both it distorts the meaning of the sentence, and 'as an instance' is incorrect.

'for instance' is correct here, as it shows that we are seeing one example of the practice explained in the opening section. It's essentially a synonym for 'for example'

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Hi, Nanishora,

E-gmat's video provides the full explanation and reasoning so I'd watch that.

However, briefly:

B is incorrect because both it distorts the meaning of the sentence, and 'as an instance' is incorrect.

'for instance' is correct here, as it shows that we are seeing one example of the practice explained in the opening section. It's essentially a synonym for 'for example'

Cheers,

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Thanks, I reviewed the video. You are absolutely right!! I agree that as an instance is unidiomatic. I guess it was my choice among A and B. I ruled out A since I did not think of giving instance as a subordinate clause. Should this be considered a subordinate clause? Does this usage justify it as an independent clause??
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Hi,

In this example 'for instance' means something similar to 'for example'. In this context, when giving an example on a point 'as an instance' is not the correct idion.

"as an instance" is not awful full stop, and there are times where it could be used. You can use it in the phrase 'as an instance of' to illustrate when one thing is an example of something else.

Hope that helps.

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http://sentence.yourdictionary.com/instance

http://www.myenglishteacher.net/forexample.html

I checked the above 2 links as well. Have some good idea now.. Thanks for your reply.
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I don't see choice B distorts the meaning of the sentence. As per the original sentence (the correct one), the intent is to state that Auditors are encouraged to bend rules due to the increase in competition. Choice B is wrong because of incorrect usage of the idiom "as an instance".
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