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In relocating to countries in Europe or Asia, U.S. companies are looking to avoid the attention brought on by moving to such obvious tax shelters as Belize, and taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force.

A.) Belize, and taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force
B.) Belize, and by taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark that also have a highly skilled work force
C.) Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also has a highly skilled work force
D.)Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force
E.) Belize, and are taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force
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28 Oct 2014, 21:54
Can someone please explain this question.

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29 Oct 2014, 11:48
went for D …. which i thought was supposed to modify the countries but since we cannot separate "like denmark" which was correct in referring to countries….wonder how it refers to denmark

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Ok. Here is the official solution :

This sentence correction problem is primarily concerned with sentence construction and tricky subject-verb agreement. You need to make sure that the multiple parts of the sentence are properly linked together and that there is proper agreement in the “which” clause at the end. Any time you are dealing with errors of sentence construction, the technique of slash-and-burn is particularly useful. In (A), there are two main errors: the structure “looking to avoid…and taking” is not parallel or logical (should be “looking to avoid and take”) and the verb “have” after the “which” clause is also incorrect as it should be singular. The subject for that verb is the singular Denmark – the noun right beside it - and that is clear because only a country would have “a highly skilled work force”, not countries. (B) contains this same agreement error as (A) - should be “has” not “have” - and the “by taking” is also incorrect as it is erroneously and illogically making that part of the sentence parallel to “by moving”. (C) gets the parallelism correct: “U.S. companies are looking to avoid…..and take “ Also only (C) uses the correct “has” in the which clause at the end. (D) and (E) both contain the agreement error with “have” discussed above and are thus incorrect. Answer is (C).
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In relocating to countries in Europe or Asia, U.S. companies are looking to avoid the attention brought on by moving to such obvious tax shelters as Belize, and taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force.

A.) Belize, and taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force
B.) Belize, and by taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark that also have a highly skilled work force
C.) Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also has a highly skilled work force
D.)Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force
E.) Belize, and are taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force

Identifying the correct list could be difficult here:

are looking to avoid ... , and taking advantage
are looking to avoid the attention ... , and take advantage
are looking to avoid the attention brought on by moving to ..., and taking/ by taking advantage

Split the sentence while working on the meaning and grammatical structure:

Two errors here-
Companies are looking to do two things: avoid X and taking Y - verbs should be parallel
Denmark (singular noun) doesn't agree with plural verb (have)

In relocating to countries in Europe or Asia, U.S. companies are looking to
avoid the attention brought on by moving to such obvious tax shelters as Belize,
and
taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force.

A.) Belize, and taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force
B.) Belize, and by taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark that alsohave a highly skilled work force
C.) Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also has a highly skilled work force
D.)Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force
E.) Belize, and are taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force

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15 May 2015, 22:05
If one tries to look at the core sentence -

In relocating to countries in Eur and Asia, US companies are looking to avoid X, and taking advantage of Y in countries like Denmark, which also have Z.

Now, it seems looking is a linking verb (such as appear, feel, etc which describes the state of subject rather than its action) here and doesnt really have to be parallel to action verb taking. Therefore to avoid will be parallel to verb (to) take in my opinion. Also if someone confuses parallelism in - by moving to be parallel with by taking, then meaning wise its odd, as US cant possibly avoid attention by taking advantage of something else. That rules out A,B and E.

Between C and D, from SV agreement between has/have, since Denmark is singular, C comes out as the correct ans

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(C) doesn't look right because of the comma right after 'Belize'. In fact, none of the options look good to me by way of usage of comma

mshrek wrote:
Ok. Here is the official solution :

This sentence correction problem is primarily concerned with sentence construction and tricky subject-verb agreement. You need to make sure that the multiple parts of the sentence are properly linked together and that there is proper agreement in the “which” clause at the end. Any time you are dealing with errors of sentence construction, the technique of slash-and-burn is particularly useful. In (A), there are two main errors: the structure “looking to avoid…and taking” is not parallel or logical (should be “looking to avoid and take”) and the verb “have” after the “which” clause is also incorrect as it should be singular. The subject for that verb is the singular Denmark – the noun right beside it - and that is clear because only a country would have “a highly skilled work force”, not countries. (B) contains this same agreement error as (A) - should be “has” not “have” - and the “by taking” is also incorrect as it is erroneously and illogically making that part of the sentence parallel to “by moving”. (C) gets the parallelism correct: “U.S. companies are looking to avoid…..and take “ Also only (C) uses the correct “has” in the which clause at the end. (D) and (E) both contain the agreement error with “have” discussed above and are thus incorrect. Answer is (C).

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25 Sep 2015, 18:27
if the sentence is long, we do not know the latter part is paralel to which previous part. this case is imple but terribly hard . using out common sense of the world to realize the correct paralelism is hard.

gmat can use simple grammar rule like this one to make very hard question.

similar case happen in which 3 verb are in order and we are asked to realize the logic paralelism.
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went for D …. which i thought was supposed to modify the countries but since we cannot separate "like denmark" which was correct in referring to countries….wonder how it refers to denmark

Same here. I narrowed it down to D and C within 20 seconds but was hesitant on the has/have issue. I finally went for D following the same reasoning above. When reading the sentence we cannot separate "like Denmark" and it refers to countries which is plural. Another way to say it is I read the which clause as modifying "countries like Denmark" and not "Denmark".
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06 Oct 2015, 20:27
I think I got every other part correct except the has/have.

C.) Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also has a highly skilled work force
D.)Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force

From the discussion above I understand that "has" has to conform with "Denmark" which is supposedly the subject here. And therefore, C is the correct option.

Can anyone explain me how would have we constructed the statement given "countries" was the subject?

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I think I got every other part correct except the has/have.

C.) Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also has a highly skilled work force
D.)Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force

From the discussion above I understand that "has" has to conform with "Denmark" which is supposedly the subject here. And therefore, C is the correct option.

Can anyone explain me how would have we constructed the statement given "countries" was the subject?

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The subject for that verb is the singular Denmark - the noun right beside it - and that is clear because only a country would have “a highly skilled work force”, not countries.

I suppose the statement with countries as subject would be
Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries, each of which also has a highly skilled work force

Please verify the official solution posted by mshrek above.(we can thus avoid duplicate posts)

I hope I'm right. Any discussion or suggestions are most welcome.
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In relocating to countries in Europe or Asia, U.S. companies are looking to avoid the attention brought on by moving to such obvious tax shelters as Belize, and taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force.

we have to make it parellel and the best parallelism is shown in C ----- U.S. companies are looking to avoid .............. as Belize and take advantage ;

so to avoid and take becomes parellel and plus Denmark is a country - collective noun -- needs singular ; so Answer is C;
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In relocating to countries in Europe or Asia, U.S. companies are looking to avoid the attention brought on by moving to such obvious tax shelters as Belize, and taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force.

A.) Belize, and taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force
B.) Belize, and by taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark that also have a highly skilled work force
C.) Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also has a highly skilled work force
D.)Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force
E.) Belize, and are taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force

Based on Subject-Verb agreement we can easily eliminate all other four options except C.
||lelism --> To avoid attention and To take advantage.

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In relocating to countries in Europe or Asia, U.S. companies are looking to avoid the attention brought on by moving to such obvious tax shelters as Belize, and taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force.

Belize, and taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force
Belize, and by taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark that also have a highly skilled work force
Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also has a highly skilled work force
Belize, and take advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force
Belize, and are taking advantage of the more favorable business conditions in countries like Denmark, which also have a highly skilled work force
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Is the use of 'like' before Denmark correct? So far I know, in gmat 'like' cannot be used to cite example.

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