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# In international knock-out tournaments of almost all sports, the top

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Project SC Butler: Day 94: Sentence Correction (SC2)

In international knock-out tournaments of almost all sports, the top ranked teams are divided in different groups so as not to have direct competition against themselves in the early rounds.

A. so as not to have direct competition against themselves
B. in order for them not to compete each other
C. so that they do not compete with one another
D. in order that they do not be directly competitive against
E. so they do not compete one another

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08 Feb 2019, 08:36
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I think it's A as they and them in all other options can refer either to groups and team

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08 Feb 2019, 10:12
I don't think it's A. For me, it's C.

I think that THEMSELVES it's not ok in A.
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08 Feb 2019, 11:52
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aragonn wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 94: Sentence Correction (SC2)

In international knock-out tournaments of almost all sports, the top ranked teams are divided in different groups so as not to have direct competition against themselves in the early rounds.

Meaning:

1. In international knock-out tournaments of almost all sports
2. the top ranked teams are divided in different groups
3. the main purpose of this division is that teams do not compete with one another in the early rounds

Errors and POE:

This question mainly tests idioms usage.
Underlined part of the sentence shows the purpose of the non-underlined part.

'so as' - incorrect idiom in general
'in order for' - incorrect - 'in order to' - correct to show the purpose
'so that' - correct - expression conveys 'purpose'
'in order that' - incorrect - 'in order to'' - correct to show the purpose
'so' - correct idiom, but it doesn't convey 'purpose'

So we can eliminate (A), (B), (D), and (E). (C) is the answer.
Let's see may be there are other errors.

A. so as not to have direct competition against themselves
('themselves' refers to 'tems' but the meaning is illogical, teams do not compete against themselves, teams compete against one another)

B. in order for them not to compete each other

C. so that they do not compete with one another

D. in order that they do not be directly competitive against

E. so they do not compete one another

There is some split among "compete" idiom usages
I could not find which usage correct as per GMAT, hope aragonn will clarify this later

Below statistics of 'compete' with different prepositions (this is NOT GMAT usage data):

In 36% of cases compete with is used
In 25% of cases compete in is used
In 17% of cases compete for is used
In 7% of cases compete against is used
In 5% of cases compete at is used
In 4% of cases compete on is used
In 1% of cases compete as is used
In 1% of cases compete to is used

Generally any idiom usage governs by the context. To me your answer choices have no issue with 'compete'

p.s. all the attachments were downloaded here in GC, unfortunately I don't remember the thread and the author, hope 'the author' of this files dosn't mind that I'm sharing them with others, apologizes in advance
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idioms.xls [28 KiB]

Goals_Idiom_list_with_examples.xls [46.5 KiB]

Comprehensive.Gmat.idiom.list.doc [58.5 KiB]

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08 Feb 2019, 19:51
In international knock-out tournaments of almost all sports, the top ranked teams are divided in different groups so as not to have direct competition against themselves in the early rounds.

A. so as not to have direct competition against themselves
''So'' should be followed by ''that'' to indicate purpose
B. in order for them not to compete each other
compete each other is wrong, it should be compete''with'' each other
C. so that they do not compete with one another
correct, so followed by that to indicate purpose and compete with one another
D. in order that they do not be directly competitive against
verb - compete is changed to adjective ' competitive'
E. so they do not compete one another
so should be followed by ''that'' to indicate purpose
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08 Feb 2019, 19:59
aragonn wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 94: Sentence Correction (SC2)

In international knock-out tournaments of almost all sports, the top ranked teams are divided in different groups so as not to have direct competition against themselves in the early rounds.

A. so as not to have direct competition against themselves
B. in order for them not to compete each other
C. so that they do not compete with one another
D. in order that they do not be directly competitive against
E. so they do not compete one another

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Intent : Multiple teams will compete with one another rather than with each other(2 teams)

A. so as not to have direct competition against themselves
why are they competing against themselves, this is rhetorical -> Out

B. in order for them not to compete each other
Out as per the intent

C. so that they do not compete with one another
so that preferred

D. in order that they do not be directly competitive against
out as per the intent

E. so they do not compete one another
compete one another?? on what ??
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09 Feb 2019, 08:04
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aragonn wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 94: Sentence Correction (SC2)

In international knock-out tournaments of almost all sports, the top ranked teams are divided in different groups so as not to have direct competition against themselves in the early rounds.

A. so as not to have direct competition against themselves
B. in order for them not to compete each other
C. so that they do not compete with one another
D. in order that they do not be directly competitive against
E. so they do not compete one another

Official Explanation:

A. "competition against themselves" is awkward.
B. "compete with" is the correct term. "each other" should be replaced by "one another" as we are talking about more than two teams. This construction is awkward.
C. "so that they..." is the correct usage. "compete with" and "one another" are correct.
D. This construction is ungrammatical. It is wordy too.
E. "compete with" is the correct usage. "that" is missing after "so".
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