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# In an unusual move for a Republican, the president's directive establi

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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

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24 Oct 2018, 08:55
The president is a Republican, not his directive. Therefore, we can eliminate A and B.

C changes the meaning. It says the Republican are usually unsuccessful at establishing price controls.

D incorrectly uses Past Perfect.

E is the only good option.
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24 Oct 2018, 09:38
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Bunuel 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

The highlighted part must modify what comes after it, Correct Answer must be (E), for the errors in other options marked in Red.
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25 Oct 2018, 04:05
Bunuel 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

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E.

What should an introductory phrase followed by a comma prompt you to do? Check to see if the phrase correctly modifies what follows it. You can’t say that a directive is making “an unusual move for a Republican.” No, it’s a person, the president, that’s making the move. (E) says what the author of the sentence wants to say, clearly and simply. That’s preferable on the GMAT.
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11 Feb 2019, 04:55
This question can be answered on the basis of three principles :

1. Identifying the subject : 'the President's directive' seems to be the subject.

2. Parallel Construction : Now, if we look at the non-underlined part, we can see that 'the Republican' is an entity which is similar to the subject. Since the error can only be pointed out in the underlined part, we need to find a subject which can be similar to 'the Republican' (which represents a community of people). Clearly, 'the President's directive' is no where similar to the 'the Republican'.
So, out of all the options, A and B can be easily eliminated. That leaves us with C,D & E, all having 'the president' as the subject.

3. Simple and complex sentences with a similar meaning. : Now, the last three options have similar meaning but E is the simplest of them all. Hence, E is correct.
Re: In an unusual move for a Republican, the president's directive establi   [#permalink] 11 Feb 2019, 04:55
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