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In deciding whether to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management.

(A) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management.
(B) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of heavier advertisement increasing their sales was completely ignored by management.
(C) The question that was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations is whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales.
(D) In the decision to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase sales was completely ignored by management.
(E) The question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations.
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New post 22 Jul 2010, 00:23
IMO D

decision to...
Clearly D, is less wordier than other options.. and sounds correct
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IMHO answer is D.

In decision to is correct. In deciding is wrong.
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D it is.

I am not big fan of this question because I did not like "In the decision to close several less profitable locations" but D is best in the lot.

"management" is singular

Lets look at the options.

In deciding whether to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management.

(A) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management. - "their" is plural and "management" is singular
(B) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of heavier advertisement increasing their sales was completely ignored by management. - "increasing their sales" is awkward
(C) The question that was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations is whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales. - tenses mixed up
(D) In the decision to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase sales was completely ignored by management. - CORRECT
(E) The question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations. - same as A
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Went with A ..........suddenly forgeot decision ......1st option differs from question that also confused me.....
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IMO D

decision to..
Plus, the sentence correctly conveys the intended meaning..
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Can someone please explain the structure of this sentence. I thought D was a case of misplaced modifier as management should have followed comma but i was wrong.

In the decision to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase sales was completely ignored by management.
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In deciding whether to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management.

(A) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management.
(B) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of heavier advertisement increasing their sales was completely ignored by management.
(C) The question that was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations is whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales.
(D) In the decision to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase sales was completely ignored by management.
(E) The question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations.

I don't know the source of this question, but I will say: I don't like it at all. It is a very poorly constructed question.

All five answer choices have the "ignored by the management" in the passive. This is the principal action of the whole sentence, and it's passive in all five answer choices! Moreover, the modifier "In deciding ...." should modify the folks who were doing the deciding --- they should immediately follow the modifier --- presumably, that was the "management", who, as the principle source of action in the situation, should be the subject of the sentence anyway. The phrase "the question of whether" is hopeless indirect and wordy, an absolutely horrible choice for the subject. Here's my version of what the correct sentence should be:

In deciding to close several less profitable locations, management completely ignored whether heavier advertisement would increase the sales of those locations.

The OA given settles on the solution of changing the action word "deciding" to a noun, "decision", thus making the sentences even more indirect and less active. This OA is not at all in line with the priorities of the GMAT on the SC. There, the GMAT loves to set up choices between noun/verb/adjective of the same root word, and 99% of the time, the correct answer is the verb. Action belongs in verb form. See this post:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/active-verbs-on-the-gmat/
This question does not at all reflect the priorities of the GMAT, and throughout all its choices, it consistent makes the kinds of mistakes that the GMAT regularly considers incorrect. This is a terrible question.

That's my two cents. Let me know if anyone has any further question or comment.

Mike :-)
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D it is.
I am not big fan of this question because I did not like "In the decision to close several less profitable locations" but D is best in the lot.
"management" is singular

Dear seekmba
BTW, in the four answer choices in which it appears, "their" correctly refers to "several less profitable locations." The relevant data, ignored by management, concerned potential sales at those struggling locations, not all sales throughout the entire company.
Pronoun-antecedent agreement is a typical target of GMAT SC, but it does not constitute a criterion for eliminating anything here.
Does this make sense?
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Re: In deciding whether to close several less profitable [#permalink]

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conmisdosmanos wrote:
In deciding whether to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management.

(A) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management.
(B) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of heavier advertisement increasing their sales was completely ignored by management.
(C) The question that was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations is whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales.
(D) In the decision to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase sales was completely ignored by management.
(E) The question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations.

I don't know the source of this question, but I will say: I don't like it at all. It is a very poorly constructed question.

All five answer choices have the "ignored by the management" in the passive. This is the principal action of the whole sentence, and it's passive in all five answer choices! Moreover, the modifier "In deciding ...." should modify the folks who were doing the deciding --- they should immediately follow the modifier --- presumably, that was the "management", who, as the principle source of action in the situation, should be the subject of the sentence anyway. The phrase "the question of whether" is hopeless indirect and wordy, an absolutely horrible choice for the subject. Here's my version of what the correct sentence should be:

In deciding to close several less profitable locations, management completely ignored whether heavier advertisement would increase the sales of those locations.

The OA given settles on the solution of changing the action word "deciding" to a noun, "decision", thus making the sentences even more indirect and less active. This OA is not at all in line with the priorities of the GMAT on the SC. There, the GMAT loves to set up choices between noun/verb/adjective of the same root word, and 99% of the time, the correct answer is the verb. Action belongs in verb form. See this post:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/active-verbs-on-the-gmat/
This question does not at all reflect the priorities of the GMAT, and throughout all its choices, it consistent makes the kinds of mistakes that the GMAT regularly considers incorrect. This is a terrible question.

That's my two cents. Let me know if anyone has any further question or comment.

Mike :-)


Thanks Mike for a great explanation. I couldn't agree more. After practicing Gmat for several months, I realize that "gray"/unknown sources are very far away from Official questions. The more we practice, the lower scores we get.

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D it is.

I am not big fan of this question because I did not like "In the decision to close several less profitable locations" but D is best in the lot.

"management" is singular

Lets look at the options.

In deciding whether to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management.

(A) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management. - "their" is plural and "management" is singular
(B) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of heavier advertisement increasing their sales was completely ignored by management. - "increasing their sales" is awkward
(C) The question that was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations is whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales. - tenses mixed up
(D) In the decision to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase sales was completely ignored by management. - CORRECT
(E) The question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations. - same as A

I agree to all of the explanations, except that I think option D is also wrong , "In the decision to close several less profitable locations" should modify "management " hence it has a misplaced modifier problem.
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IMO D
their does not has an antecedent. So all the answer choices get eliminated except D
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In deciding whether to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management.

(A) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management.
(B) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of heavier advertisement increasing their sales was completely ignored by management.
(C) The question that was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations is whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales.
(D) In the decision to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase sales was completely ignored by management.
(E) The question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations.



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In deciding whether to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management.

(A) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management.

(B) In deciding to close several less profitable locations, the question of heavier advertisement increasing their sales was completely ignored by management.

(C) The question that was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations is whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales.

(D) In the decision to close several less profitable locations, the question of whether heavier advertisement would increase sales was completely ignored by management.
--> correct.

(E) The question of whether heavier advertisement would increase their sales was completely ignored by management in deciding to close several less profitable locations.
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