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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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12 May 2013, 09:28
Ans is E option D is wrong because the construction' how frequently is the inventory turned over are often ' is in passive voice and Gmat always prefers Active voice over passive voice

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14 May 2013, 03:44
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

a,b,c are out .. bcoz a , b and c donot meet the parellelism rules
d changes the meaning of the sentence when it says turned over instead of turnovers

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14 May 2013, 07:34
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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

HI Egmat/Daagh/Vercules/Experts,

Can you please explain why is E chosen over D?
This is probably the first question where I have come across this rule - sequencing/arrangement of noun vs verb, mattering(is this a wrong word?) in parallelism.

Anyhow, I ended up choosing D - because I saw both
- (how) items are placed, and
- (how frequently) is the inventory turned over

as PASSIVE.

Please explain where I am wrong. And it would be great if you can point me other such examples where N-V order matters.

KR,

First reason to reject an option cannot be its mode.

There are 2 problems with option D:
1) S-V disagreement: There is no plural subject to agree with the verb "are".
2) subject-verb order for "is the inventory" is ungrammatical.

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20 Jun 2013, 05:21
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 know the ans and rationale behind the ans of this Q. I used the same logic as mentioned in : http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/og- ... -t897.html

I am trying to find as many errors as I can to get more conceptual clarity in SC:

What i want to discuss/ know is "can be" vs "often", when comparing D and E? Original sentence uses "can be". Thus, using "often" (means mostly) will change the tone. right?
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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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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 profi ts.

(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

Parallelism:
It is....that how X are placed....and how Y turns over....

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 profi ts.

(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
Wrong.

(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
Wrong.

(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
Wrong.

(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
Wrong.

(1) In the declarative sentence, you always put auxiliary verb after subject.
(2) "Inventory turns over" is correct. Passive voice form is wrong. Because the inventory can turn by itself.

(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be
Correct.

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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

I do not how many times that I have answered wrong this in 2-3 years but here is the easy way :

how items are placed = Order how+noun+verb

D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often = How + verb + noun
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be = how + noun + verb

Therefore D out . E is right.

Also,,, D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often===> sounds like a question, incorrect
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06 Jan 2014, 06:23
I picked A because I was completely thrown off by "the inventory turns over". This made me eliminate E in a second.

Is the correct ideomatic expression "inventory TURNS over"? Im even checking google for the expression "inventory turns over" and cannot find it anywhere.

It just doesn't make sense that inventory can turn over. Inventory turnover is a TERM that expresses something specific, so how can we modify that term such that inventory itself turns over? Is it making an acrobatic move? A backflip? Hastily looking back as if it just heard an explosion behind? "Inventory turns over" makes absolutely no sense and Ive never heard the expression in my life.

Granted, as far as parallelism goes, we need "how" otherwise we have incorrect parallelism.. But please, clarify "inventory turns over"..

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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.

(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often.... incorrect
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be....correct

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03 Apr 2014, 16:01
I don't quite get GMAC on this. The inventory can't turn over on itself. Someone has to turn over the inventory, action noun is ambigouos here. I went for E on this one

Could someone please clarify this issue?
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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

HI Egmat/Daagh/Vercules/Experts,

Can you please explain why is E chosen over D?
This is probably the first question where I have come across this rule - sequencing/arrangement of noun vs verb, mattering(is this a wrong word?) in parallelism.

Anyhow, I ended up choosing D - because I saw both
- (how) items are placed, and
- (how frequently) is the inventory turned over

as PASSIVE.

Please explain where I am wrong. And it would be great if you can point me other such examples where N-V order matters.

KR,

Experts,

I have the same query as stated above but has not been answered.

How items are placed (BY Someone else) on shelves PASSIVE
and
How frequently is the inventory turned over (BY Someone else) PASSIVE

Per the OE "Is the inventory is not parallel to items are placed.

Per me the option (D) should be wrong as it intends to change the meaning of the sentence by changing

'can be' to 'are often'.

Some posters might have said 'are' is wrong. But it isn't since there are two ideas preceding it.

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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 : awkward because of inv. Turns over

I am trying an explanation. Hope it might help to some extent.
It is of the form... How X and How Y can be crucial to profits.
Contextual meaning here would be that... X & Y possibly crucial to profits [because of the use of "can be"]

Now because of How X and How Y structure, A,B and C are eliminated

D -> how frequently is the inventory turned over are often : Here use of "are" changes the meaning from a possibility towards a generalization or, something like X & Y are definitely crucial to profits -> So, 'D' can be eliminated

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I don't quite get GMAC on this. The inventory can't turn over on itself. Someone has to turn over the inventory, action noun is ambigouos here. I went for E on this one

Could someone please clarify this issue?
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I meant to opt E but opted D instead..
It was a timer fever..
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(D)how frequently is the inventory turned over are often --> is a question form, we don't ask, whether the inventory is turned over <-> how items are placed on shelves. + Here is a meaning change from CAN BE from the original sentence to ARE.
(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be --> is parallel to the first part
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Can 'How + Noun' and 'How + Adverb' be parallel?
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Mahmud6 wrote:
Can 'How + Noun' and 'How + Adverb' be parallel?

Well, both are Adverb clauses (how items are placed on shelves, and how frequently the inventory turns over can be).

Please note that when looking for parallelism, don't look for word on word similarity.
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note that - the original sentence has "can be" which presents an uncertainity. We need to maintain that uncertainity. How and how - are parallel…
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Between D and E ,
D changes the meaning of the original sentence from possibility(can be crucial) to a fact(are crucial).
So IMO E
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