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# In these difficult economic times, those who have public pen

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01 Apr 2017, 19:04
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In these difficult economic times, those who have public pensions – veterans, mail workers, firemen, and others – are being pursued strongly by pension advance companies that operate without much oversight from banking regulators, but they are now drawing scrutiny from several other government organizations.

A. are being pursued strongly by pension advance companies that operate without much oversight from banking regulators, but they are now drawing scrutiny from several other government organizations.

B. are being pursued strongly by pension advance companies, which operate without much oversight from banking regulators but are now drawing scrutiny from several other government organizations.

C. are pursued strongly by pension advance companies and operate without much oversight from banking regulators but are now drawing scrutiny from several other government organizations.

D. are pursued strongly by pension advance companies, operating without much oversight from banking regulators but now drawing scrutiny from several other government organizations.

E. are pursued strongly by pension advance companies who operate without much oversight from banking regulators; however, they are now drawing scrutiny from several other government organizations.

@E-GMAT could this example be a good choice to understand the VERB-ing modifier concept?

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Solution: B

Explanation: This sentence correction problem is mostly concerned with errors of sentence construction. The most obvious decision point – the choice between “are being pursued” and “are pursued” is not important as both could be used to describe the current situation. In (A) the use of “they” in the last portion of the sentence is incorrect as it represents a reference error (the “they” seems to be referencing the people with pensions not the companies). (B) is correct as the “which” clause makes it clear that the companies “operate without oversight….but are now drawing….”. In (C) it is not the people with pensions that “operate without much oversight…”. For (D), the use of the participleoperating” perpetuates the problem in (C) – it still modifies the subject (those with pensions) so is nonsensical as people would not operate without oversight. In (E), the use of “they” in the second portion after the semicolon contains the same reference error as in (A). Answer is (B).
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24 Aug 2017, 05:52
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My reasoning:
In these difficult economic times, those who have public pensions – veterans, mail workers, firemen, and others – are being pursued strongly by pension advance companies that operate without much oversight from banking regulators, but they are now drawing scrutiny from several other government organizations.

A> are being pursued strongly by pension advance companies that operate without much oversight from banking regulators, but they are now drawing scrutiny from several other government organizations --> the sentence is not clear in meaning - I mean if veterans are being pursued, then why the scrutiny for regulators (misplaced pronoun 'they..now')

B> are being pursued strongly by pension advance companies, which operate without much oversight from banking regulators but are now drawing scrutiny from several other government organizations. --> this is right: "those who have public pensions – veterans, mail workers, firemen, and others – [u]are being pursued strongly by ...companies that operate without much oversight from banking regulators but are now.." --> hence it clearly says that veterans etc are being hotly pursued by companies (modifier) but are now..rest of the sentence

C> are pursued strongly by pension advance companies and operate without much oversight from banking regulators but are now drawing scrutiny from several other government organizations. --> changes the meaning --> veterans are CURRENTLY being pursued --> not general statement 'pursued' . The verb 'being' is needed here

D>are pursued strongly by pension advance companies, operating without much oversight from banking regulators but now drawing scrutiny from several other government organizations. --> changes focus to regulators and not veterans

E> are pursued strongly by pension advance companies who operate without much oversight from banking regulators; however, they are now drawing scrutiny from several other government organizations. --> same issue as D
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