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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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10 Mar 2015, 07:36
Beside parallelism, it is also easy to eliminate the wrong choices by looking at their other parts. In A and B, the word turnovers isn't right as it should have been turnover or turns over. "with which" makes choice C unnecessarily wordy and D indicates that importance of inventory turnover isn't a general truth by using past tense.

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13 Mar 2015, 10:31
I still dont understand why A is wrong. Isnt it conveying 2 possibilities? Is it wrong because we are comparing verb is connected with noun phrase?

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13 Apr 2015, 08:40
I Have a questions :

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

I do not see anything wrong in the first sentence.(I know I am missing something).

But Do I have to repeat "How" after "and" to maintain the parallelism.

Can't just these two clauses can be parallel alone.

items are placed on shelves(Noun + Verb)

the frequency of inventory turnovers(Noun + Verb)

Why do we need How before the clause after "and". ?? I thought that was included implicitly.
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"The frequency of inventory turnover" is a noun phrase, not a clause (noun+verb).
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13 Apr 2015, 10:40
prasi55 wrote:
"The frequency of inventory turnover" is a noun phrase, not a clause (noun+verb).

Oh yeah , I missed that.
So a Clause and phrase cannot be ||el ,therefore option A is wrong.
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(A) the frequency of inventory turnovers can be
is not parallel to "how items are placed". The subordinate clause that is underlined does not have a verb.

(B) the frequency of inventory turnovers is often
same error as in A. Furthermore "can be" is changed with "is", changing the "possibility" to "certainty"

(C) the frequency with which the inventory turns over is often
same error as in A. The frequency is not parallel to "how.."

(D) how frequently is the inventory turned over are often
Although this choice corrects the error present in A, B, and C, it changes the meaning of the sentence. Now it implies that "someone turns over" the inventory. This is clearly not the intended meaning. Hence, the answer choice is incorrect.

(E) how frequently the inventory turns over can be
This is the correct answer. The parallelism error has been corrected. It changes as well turnovers (adj) to turns over (verb). Now the subordinate underlined clause has a subject + verb.

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30 Aug 2015, 01:57
I picked the answer choice D but Noun-Verb order parallelism helped me to realize that Correct one is E which fulfilled the Noun-Verb order
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25 Jan 2016, 22:34
Nope, D is not parallel

"how items are placed"
"how noun verb"

"how frequently is the inventory"
"how frequently verb noun"

"how frequently the inventory turns"
"how frequently noun verb"

I need the noun first and then the verb. (Frequently isn't a noun, if that's what was confusing you. It's an adverb.)
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26 Jan 2016, 08:28
Yes, so the following could have been correct, I think: how frequently the inventory is turned over are often

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19 Feb 2016, 07:52
A few other people have mentioned it, but I still haven't seen it addressed - this looks like a flawed question.

Choice A is correct, except that it's not parallel.
Choice E is correct, except that it's not passive. I've seen several people cite this as a point in E's favor, but even GMAT grammar doesn't blindly dictate that "active is better than passive". It depends on who is doing the action. Here, inventory doesn't turn over on it's own. The boxes don't walk off the shelves so the part "the inventory turns over" is technically wrong. "How frequently the inventory is turned over can be" would be correct.

No, yes, why?

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Dalinar wrote:
A few other people have mentioned it, but I still haven't seen it addressed - this looks like a flawed question.

Choice A is correct, except that it's not parallel.
Choice E is correct, except that it's not passive. I've seen several people cite this as a point in E's favor, but even GMAT grammar doesn't blindly dictate that "active is better than passive". It depends on who is doing the action. Here, inventory doesn't turn over on it's own. The boxes don't walk off the shelves so the part "the inventory turns over" is technically wrong. "How frequently the inventory is turned over can be" would be correct.

No, yes, why?

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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.

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The reason that this flipping is not acceptable follows from a basic grammar rule:

When we frame a question (interrogative sentence), the verb must come before the subject.
Example: How is it done?

However when the same idea is expressed in a statement (declarative sentence), the verb follows the subject:
Example:
Declarative correct: I asked him how it is done.
Declarative wrong: I asked him how is it done.

Compare the above with the sentence given in the problem:
Interrogative: How frequently is the inventory turned over?
Declarative correct: How frequently the inventory is turned over is crucial.
Declaraive wrong: How frequently is the inventory turned over is crucial.

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19 Feb 2016, 09:54
I completely agree; D is irredeemably wrong.
What you say is correct is the same as what I said: "how frequently the inventory is turned over".

However, E puts it in the active voice "the inventory turns over", meaning the inventory is moving itself on and off the shelf. I understand GMAT accepts E as the best answer. They apparently prefer errors in voice (E) over errors in parallelism (A).

I'm just confirming, this is an error in voice? Or, is there an idiomatic thing where we can say the inventory "turns" when it's really being acted on rather than acting?

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I completely agree; D is irredeemably wrong.
What you say is correct is the same as what I said: "how frequently the inventory is turned over".

However, E puts it in the active voice "the inventory turns over", meaning the inventory is moving itself on and off the shelf. I understand GMAT accepts E as the best answer. They apparently prefer errors in voice (E) over errors in parallelism (A).

I'm just confirming, this is an error in voice? Or, is there an idiomatic thing where we can say the inventory "turns" when it's really being acted on rather than acting?

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Here the idiom turn over (used in active voice) means to be replaced by something of the same kind. This is an idiomatic usage - changing to passive voice no longer retains its meaning.

The idiom turn over may be used to express quite a few other meanings - in most of these cases changing to passive voice is acceptable:
to start: The engine turned over.... The engine was turned over.
to earn revenue: The company turns over 6 billion dollars ...... 6 billions dollars are turned over by the company.

Although some think that GMAC prefers active to passive, I cannot recollect coming across any example which is wrong solely because of use of passive.

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18 Aug 2017, 21:12
does the usage of "that" necessitate the usage of another "how" in order to maintain parallelism?

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20 Aug 2017, 07:02
even after reviewing this question so many times, I still have not understood why A is incorrect. 'how items are placed on shelves' and 'the frequency of inventory turnovers' can be perfectly parallel according to me.

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even after reviewing this question so many times, I still have not understood why A is incorrect. 'how items are placed on shelves' and 'the frequency of inventory turnovers' can be perfectly parallel according to me.

In Option A, "how items are placed" is a clause whereas "the frequency of inventory turnovers" is a noun phrase. A noun/ noun phrase would not ideally be used in parallel with a clause.

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20 Sep 2017, 20:54
How is D incorrect compared to E.

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23 Sep 2017, 11:05
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How is D incorrect compared to E.

Please see above, as there are many quality explanations showing why D is wrong.

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24 Sep 2017, 10:38
its E,,,due to parallelism,,, non uderlined part says "how items are... "

E is the best

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13 Nov 2017, 23:02
I find it to be a very tricky one! Does take to be an English native speaker to understand that E is more parallel than D? Honestly, I reviewed explanations above and do not find any compelling arguments.... The only valid comment is the order how - noun -verb vs how - verb-noun, but does it really matter?

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