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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

Originally posted by grad_mba on 30 May 2007, 06:48.
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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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Can some one explain why it is not D and the correct one is E. 'how items are placed' and 'how frequently inventory turned over' seems more parallel against '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 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

parallel is kept through : .. how items are placed and how frequently the inventory turns over can be.... crucial to profits

If you'd pick D you'd get: how items are placed and how frequently the inventory turned over are often crucial to profits

If you look closely, you see that the sentence just isn't right.. Compare: how ARE placed (present) + how TURNS (present) and how ARE placed (present) + how TURNED (past)

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It is E.
This maintains the parallelism of S-V:
how items...are placed and how inventory... turns over
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My pick E

between D & E.
D -> says how frequently is the inventory turned over are often

Thus D is NOT the correct.
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According to OG 10, explanation for the question is given by:

Choice E the best answer, grammatically and clearly makes the statement "x and y can be crucial," in which x and y are parallel clauses, each introduced by the conjunction how. This parallelism is preferable to the use of noun phrase the frequency in A, B and C. Furthermore, the frequency of inventory turnovers in A and B is less clear than how frequently the inventory turns over. In B and C is often does not agree with the plural compound subject. Choice D ungrammatically reverses the subject-verb order with is the inventory
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Can some one explain why it is not D and the correct one is E. 'how items are placed' and 'how frequently inventory turned over' seems more parallel against '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.


(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
maintains ||ism, conveys the intended meaning

Opening must be with "how" to keep ||ism intact. so D, E- "how items are" is || to "how frequently the inventory turns" (in option D- it just go little off the mark!)
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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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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.
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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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D is wrong because is not Parallel to original sentence structure. "Frequently" is used as a noun here. Its an adverb, not a noun.

First part: How items are placed on shelves -> How + noun + verb --Original
D -> How frequently is the inventory turned over -> How + noun + verb + noun + verb --Not In Parallel
E -> How frequently the inventory turns over -> How + noun + verb --In Parallel
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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.

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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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(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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I think in Choice D the meaning is also getting changed , with the usage of are instead of can as used in option A
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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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"The frequency of inventory turnover" is a noun phrase, not a clause (noun+verb).
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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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