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# It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items

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445. It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items are placed on shelves and the frequency of inventory turnovers can be crucial to profits.
(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be
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11 Mar 2012, 10:38
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We have to make the clauses parallel. D and E are contenders.

The given construction is how items are placed. Subject +Verb

So the clause to be made parallel should also follow the same structure.

(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often - Verb + Subject
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be - Subject +Verb

E follows the required pattern and hence correct.
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02 Apr 2011, 17:30
Parallelism needs to be maintained. Thus, answer can be between D and E.

D is incorrect and thus go with E.
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02 Apr 2011, 18:26
This question tests if you are diligent enough to read through all the available answer choices since (A) is not really grammatically wrong, but "sub-optimal" as far as the GMAT is concerned. I can see how someone may jump to (A) especially when under time pressure. Resist the urge.

Agreed with previous reply, more parallel construction ("how noun verb and how noun verb", in this case) is preferred by the GMAC. Ans: (E)

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05 Apr 2011, 23:36
It is clear that because of parallelism the answer should be between D and E. But why E and not D?
E is in active voice, while D is passive construction. Also inventory turns over by itself (purchase), not through action of external force - hence E is preferred.
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06 Apr 2011, 02:38
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445. It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items are placed on shelves and the frequency of inventory turnovers can be crucial to profits.
(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be

Only E seems to be correct, but E has some issues. it uses turns over instead of turnovers. I think it changes the intend.

Correct me if i am wrong.
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06 Apr 2011, 03:37
True .. I agree with balaji,

It should be ''turnovers'' as that means an entity , similar to how ''Items'' and How ''Turnovers''

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06 Apr 2011, 10:46
E for me too... Parallelism and use of 'can' is required...
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18 Apr 2011, 03:19
E for me.
||ism is present in D and E.
And D seems to be incorrect.
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It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items are placed on shelves and the frequency of inventory turnovers can be crucial to profits.
(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be

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Originally posted by shikhar on 11 Mar 2012, 06:34.
Last edited by Skywalker18 on 03 Aug 2017, 23:48, edited 1 time in total.
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28 Mar 2012, 02:01
shikhar wrote:
It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items are placed on shelves and the frequency of
inventory turnovers can be crucial to profits.
(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be

Pls underline the sentence part need to be corrected.

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28 Mar 2012, 11:01
Can someone explain the parallel issue I do not get how this is supposed to be parallel?

I got E,

because E correctly describes the inventory and "can be" is more clear and concise then D.
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28 Mar 2012, 12:01
It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items are placed on shelves and the frequency of
inventory turnovers can be
crucial to profits.
(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be

I am Still confused between D and E....
Any other explanation guys ???
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28 Mar 2012, 18:07
shikhar wrote:
It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items are placed on shelves and the frequency of
inventory turnovers can be
crucial to profits.
(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be

I am Still confused between D and E....
Any other explanation guys ???

How frequently is the inventory turned over are often.

Bolded are wordy and lack concision. (E), OTOH is concise and gets the exact same point across.
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30 Mar 2012, 04:46
D changes the meaning by using the word "often"
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30 Mar 2012, 05:59
IMO E.

D seems to be more of a question rather than a statement. E brings it out perfectly.
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03 Apr 2012, 09:02
+1 E

Parallelism is how.... & how ....
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03 Apr 2012, 09:03
+1 E

Parallelism is how... & how...
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It is well known in the supermarket industry that how items are placed on shelves and the frequency of inventory turnovers can be crucial to profits.

(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be

OA: E

Between options D & E, I would choose 'are often' than 'can be'..
This question is based on parallel structure between 'how items are placed on shelves' and clause in options.

Why 'how frequently is the inventory turned over' is wrong ?
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01 Jan 2013, 04:09
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Item A : how items are placed on shelves

Item B1 : how frequently is the inventory turned over are often crucial to profits.
Item B2 : how frequently the inventory turns over can be crucial to profits.

The Item A is parallel to Item B2 and not B1
because in case of B1 how frequently is the inventory turned over should be parallel to Item A which doesnot convey the meaning.
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