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# In their latest press release, the company's new management

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In their latest press release, the company's new management stated a plan for expansion of its operations into the global software market via a series of acquisitions in Asia and Latin America.
A) the company's new management stated a plan for expansion of its operations
B) the new company's management stated that they planned on expanding its operations
C) the company's new managers stated their plan to expand its operations
D) the new company managers stated their plan for its operations, expanding
E) the company's new management stated that they planned to expand its operations

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can somebody explain why it is ok that the pronoun "its" in "its operation" does not seem to have an antecedent?
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"Its" is referring to "the company". And yes it is allowed to refer back possessive with a pronoun.
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26 Jan 2013, 11:44
k thx for your answer. Would it have been still correct if the "the company's new managers " was changed to "The management of the company"? Can we refer to the company with a pronoun here ?
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26 Jan 2013, 15:10
Good question, I boiled it down to A/C took C because their plan vs a plan. I thought it needed to describe the specific plan for them going into the new markets.
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k thx for your answer. Would it have been still correct if the "the company's new managers " was changed to "The management of the company"? Can we refer to the company with a pronoun here ?

Options B and D, change the meaning of the sentence by modifying company to new company, hence they are out.

Among A,C and E. the plural pronoun Their needs to have plural referent which is present only in option C.

Hence C is correct, in C pronoun its also refers back to the company.

Jackouille :- if we change the company`s new managers to the management of the company, then the option would not be correct because the plural pronoun their will not have any antecedent. however if you change it to the managers of the company, then the choice would be correct because their will refer to managers and its will refer to company.

see a similar example for reference of its in an article from NY times.
'Apple on Wednesday reported the kind of quarter most big companies would envy, posting a profit of \$13.1 billion and selling 28 percent more iPhones and 48 percent more iPads, its two biggest products'

Here its refers to Apple.
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the company's new managers stated their plan to expand its operations

"Its" is referring to "the company". And yes it is allowed to refer back possessive with a pronoun.

I thought possessive could not be referred back with a pronoun. Can someone cite some other similar examples to debunk this myth of mine
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06 Apr 2013, 05:42
In their latest press release, the company's new management stated a plan for expansion of its operations into the global software market via a series of acquisitions in Asia and Latin America.

As the no nunderlined portion has plural, we need to use plural company's new managers and not the singular company's new management

This leaves us only with C and D. D changes the meaning.

Hence C.

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In their latest press release, the company's new management stated a plan for expansion of its operations into the global software market via a series of acquisitions in Asia and Latin America.
A) the company's new management stated a plan for expansion of its operations
B) the new company's management stated that they planned on expanding its operations
C) the company's new managers stated their plan to expand its operations
D) the new company managers stated their plan for its operations, expanding
E) the company's new management stated that they planned to expand its operations

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can somebody explain why it is ok that the pronoun "its" in "its operation" does not seem to have an antecedent?

Because of "their" ==> we should use "managers", not "management"
Down to C, D
C is correct. idiom "plan to do"
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In their latest press release, the company's new management stated a plan for expansion of its operations into the global software market via a series of acquisitions in Asia and Latin America.
A) the company's new management stated a plan for expansion of its operations
B) the new company's management stated that they planned on expanding its operations
C) the company's new managers stated their plan to expand its operations
D) the new company managers stated their plan for its operations, expanding
E) the company's new management stated that they planned to expand its operations

here the subject is company's new managers which points to new managers as the subject of the sentence.But in the sentence the pronoun its refers correctly refers to company. its should refer to the subject mangers only na?can someone pls explain?
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18 Apr 2013, 02:58
The sentence begins with "In their latest press release" so the subject must be plural.
Only C and D remains. expanding is a -ing form after a comma, it modifies the precedent clause. Wrong used in this way. This construct is used to express the consequences of an action for instance (usage-of-verb-ing-modifiers-135220.html)
C is correct

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here the subject is company's new managers which points to new managers as the subject of the sentence.But in the sentence the pronoun its refers correctly refers to company. its should refer to the subject mangers only na?can someone pls explain?

"Managers" it's pluarl, "its" must refer to the company
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18 Apr 2013, 03:13
If the option C is stated as
C) the new managers of the company stated their plan to expand its operations

is the above sentence still valid?
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If the option C is stated as
C) the new managers of the company stated their plan to expand its operations

is the above sentence still valid?

C) the company's new managers stated their plan to expand its operations
Y) the new managers of the company stated their plan to expand its operations

The highlighted parts have the same meaning and do not cause problems with pronouns or anything like that: here (in my opinion) are both correct.
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29 Jan 2014, 18:05
Zarrolou wrote:
skamal7 wrote:
If the option C is stated as
C) the new managers of the company stated their plan to expand its operations

is the above sentence still valid?

C) the company's new managers stated their plan to expand its operations
Y) the new managers of the company stated their plan to expand its operations

The highlighted parts have the same meaning and do not cause problems with pronouns or anything like that: here (in my opinion) are both correct.

Zarrolou bumping on the previous posts, what's the rule with possessive I too thought that pronouns could only refer to nouns in a sentence, not possessives

Could anybody shed some light on this?

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You can boil right away to C and D.

The first clause says their, so we need a plural subject: the company's managers.

D sounds odd, it feels as if something is missing there, hence it's C
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Zarrolou bumping on the previous posts, what's the rule with possessive I too thought that pronouns could only refer to nouns in a sentence, not possessives

Could anybody shed some light on this?

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I have the same problem. Things got mixed up actually when I saw the question: (I can not write down the address for you because I have not posted 5 posts yet!)
Since 1986, when the Department of Labor began to allow investment officers' fees to be based on how the
funds they manage perform, several corporations began
paying their investment advisers a small basic fee,
with a contract promising higher fees if the managers perform well.

In that question "they" can not refer to "investment officers" but in this question there is no problem. The only thing that crossed my mind is that "they" can not refer to "investment officers" because it can refer to "fees" as well. However, there is no such problem here, and "it" clearly must refer to "company"
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In their latest press release, the company's new management stated a plan for expansion of its operations into the global software market via a series of acquisitions in Asia and Latin America.
A) the company's new management stated a plan for expansion of its operations
B) the new company's management stated that they planned on expanding its operations
C) the company's new managers stated their plan to expand its operations
D) the new company managers stated their plan for its operations, expanding
E) the company's new management stated that they planned to expand its operations

The brightest clue is located at the beginning of the sentence. Non underlined section.
Their must refer plural object. Thus, eliminate A, B, and E

Btw C and D, we understand that the company has been releasing info to press. It cannot be a new one. Thus, eliminate D.
C wins.
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the company's new managers stated their plan to expand its operations

"Its" is referring to "the company". And yes it is allowed to refer back possessive with a pronoun.

> If it is allowed to refer back possessive with a pronoun. Are both the sentences correct..??

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Both the sentences are not correct.

Sentence 1 is INCORRECT. The pronoun IT cannot refer to "Human Body's" (possessive noun).

Sentence 2 is CORRECT. The pronoun IT refers to "Human Body".
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Both the sentences are not correct.

Sentence 1 is INCORRECT. The pronoun IT cannot refer to "Human Body's" (possessive noun).

Sentence 2 is CORRECT. The pronoun IT refers to "Human Body".

I have a doubt if it's not allowed to refer back to a possessive- how come this sentence is correct.

Isn't it referring to company?

the company's new managers stated their plan to expand itsoperations
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