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In an unusual move for a Republican, the
president's directive established price controls
.

(A) the president's directive established price
controls
(B) the president's directive was to establish
price controls
(C) the president was successful in the
establishment of controls on prices
(D) the president had instituted controls on
prices
(E) the president established price controls

Kindly share answer with complete explanation.

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20 Jun 2011, 06:22
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The answer is E, the beginning part modifies the subject "President", and the part following the modifier has to be in Active voice.
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vivgmat wrote:
In an unusual move for a Republican, the
president's directive established price controls
.

(A) the president's directive established price
controls
(B) the president's directive was to establish
price controls
(C) the president was successful in the
establishment of controls on prices
(D) the president had instituted controls on
prices
(E) the president established price controls

Kindly share answer with complete explanation.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
...E...

"In an unusual move for a Republican" is one giant phrase that modifies "the president", which immediately follows the phrase just after the comma.

Think it like this; who made the move; President himself or President's directive; President, right?

A and B out.

D: usage "past perfect" "had instituted"- Past perfect is used only when there are two sequences from the past. Here, there is just one event that occurred in the past. "The act of establishment". Thus, simple past "established" is more apt.

C and E are both correct but C much wordier than E. Also, GMAT prefers phrases like "price control" over "control on prices" likewise for the usage of verb "established" over "establishment of".

E rules- Concision.

Ans: "E"
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20 Jun 2011, 11:33
+1 E

A and B is wrong because a directive is not a person.
C changes the meaning.
D doesn't need past perfect.
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26 Mar 2012, 11:02
In an unusual move for a Republican, the
president’s directive established price controls.
(A) the president’s directive established price
controls
(B) the president’s directive was to establish
price controls
(C) the president was successful in the
establishment of controls on prices
(D) the president had instituted controls on
prices
(E) the president established price controlsaction.

Official question from KAPLAN SC WORKBOOK.
Answer given in the book is 'E'. But no explanation is given.

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26 Mar 2012, 21:20
this is a modifier SC question.The first Phrase before comma is describing republican - president. So the president should follow the phrase and the action should be performed by president.
Please correct me if my explination is incorrect

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26 Mar 2012, 21:22
gmatnerd wrote:
this is a modifier SC question.The first Phrase before comma is describing republican - president. So the president should follow the phrase and the action should be performed by president.
Please correct me if my explination is incorrect

I agree with GMATNER on this one. The president is a republican & not the directive
Hence E
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27 Mar 2012, 07:52
President's directive cannot make the move but the president.
D cannot be the answer because it uses past perfect but there is no reference to any event occurring before the "move".
Not sure about C, maybe wordy.
Please correct me if I'm wrong, I'm still learning.

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27 Mar 2012, 08:29
Vote for E :

In an unusual move for a Republican, ==> anything after this should be independent clause with the clear subject (the President).

We narrow it down to C, D, & E

E- is precise and short and convey the message clearly

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03 Sep 2012, 10:34
In an unusual move for a Republican, the
president’s directive established price controls.
(A) the president’s directive established price
controls
(B) the president’s directive was to establish
price controls
(C) the president was successful in the
establishment of controls on prices
(D) the president had instituted controls on
prices
(E) the president established price controls

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03 Sep 2012, 11:10
monikaleoster wrote:
In an unusual move for a Republican, the
president’s directive established price controls.
(A) the president’s directive established price
controls
(B) the president’s directive was to establish
price controls
(C) the president was successful in the
establishment of controls on prices
(D) the president had instituted controls on
prices
(E) the president established price controls

IMO E.
(A) the president’s directive established price controls. President’s directive can not establish control, subject should be president.
(B) the president’s directive was to establish price controls. Too awkward
(C) the president was successful in the establishment of controls on prices. Too wordy
(D) the president had instituted controls on prices. Unnecessarily uses perfect tense
(E) the president established price controls. Simple and precise with president as subject.
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03 Sep 2012, 11:11
E is correct.

I rephrased the sentence to : President established something in an unusual move.

What is the source of this problem?

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03 Sep 2012, 12:59
I rephrased the sentence to : President established something in an unusual move.-->is wordy
E is direct and clear
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09 Sep 2013, 00:06
Explanation for why Option (D) is wrong

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D: usage "past perfect" "had instituted"- Past perfect is used only when there are two sequences from the past. Here, there is just one event that occurred in the past. "The act of establishment". Thus, simple past "established" is more apt.

I need few examples to understand this explanation.

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