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In order to cover the fees for a particularly expensive lawsuit, the company management was forced to consider liquidating an inventory they could in the future have sold for a profit.

A- they could in the future have sold for a profit
B- they could have at a point in the future sold for a profit
C- that could in the future have been sold later for a profit
D- it could later have sold for a profit in the future
E- it could in the future have sold for a profit

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Originally posted by mbaaspirant80 on 05 Oct 2017, 05:28.
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Its definitely between D and E --"They" is wrong here, but i find D and E also incorrect
future and later --Its redundant
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In A & B, they does not agree with company management (singular).
In C, D & E later and future are redundant.

Not sure about the validity of the question.
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New post 15 Dec 2017, 10:06
hello, this question looks weird, and i need help with this question.
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In A & B, they does not agree with company management (singular).
In C, D & E later and future are redundant.

Not sure about the validity of the question.


Your reasoning is correct - all options have problems as you mentioned. Nonetheless the main error for all the options is the use of past perfect ("could have sold") for a future event with respect to past - past perfect is applicable for past of past, but not for future of past. Conditional future ("could sell" / "would sell") is correct for depiciting future of past.
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It may be difficult to identify what's wrong with this sentence at first. The underlined part of the sentence uses the word "they" to refer to "management." "Management," however, is singular. You might interpret management as plural, but the sentence uses a singular verb (was forced, not were forced), so in order to be consistent, we need to use a singular pronoun in the underlined part.
We can eliminate (A) and (B) because they contain the plural pronoun "they." Choice (C) uses the passive voice, which is undesirable. Choices (D) and (E) are similar, but (E) is the better option because (D) is redundant. It uses the phrase "later...in the future." Just one of these is enough.


The correct answer is Choice (E).

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It may be difficult to identify what's wrong with this sentence at first. The underlined part of the sentence uses the word "they" to refer to "management." "Management," however, is singular. You might interpret management as plural, but the sentence uses a singular verb (was forced, not were forced), so in order to be consistent, we need to use a singular pronoun in the underlined part.
We can eliminate (A) and (B) because they contain the plural pronoun "they." Choice (C) uses the passive voice, which is undesirable. Choices (D) and (E) are similar, but (E) is the better option because (D) is redundant. It uses the phrase "later...in the future." Just one of these is enough.


The correct answer is Choice (E).


Even E has both "later" and "future".
Absence of later would have made it a better contender than D.
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Abhi077 wrote:
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It may be difficult to identify what's wrong with this sentence at first. The underlined part of the sentence uses the word "they" to refer to "management." "Management," however, is singular. You might interpret management as plural, but the sentence uses a singular verb (was forced, not were forced), so in order to be consistent, we need to use a singular pronoun in the underlined part.
We can eliminate (A) and (B) because they contain the plural pronoun "they." Choice (C) uses the passive voice, which is undesirable. Choices (D) and (E) are similar, but (E) is the better option because (D) is redundant. It uses the phrase "later...in the future." Just one of these is enough.


The correct answer is Choice (E).


Even E has both "later" and "future".
Absence of later would have made it a better contender than D.
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There was a mistake in the original question's answer choices . I have corrected it :)
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