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# Last month, Saxton’s announced plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and c

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Last month, Saxton’s announced plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and close some of its 620 retail locations.

A. plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and close some of its

B. its plans to cut more than at least 7,000 jobs and close some of their

C. plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and to close some of their

D. that it plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and closes some of its

E. their plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and to close some of their

Please explain how come the OA is a complete sentence. Veritas is making people to reach OA by POE but the OAs are not always grammatically correct. That is so not GMAT like!

Originally posted by SMP on 13 Feb 2017, 01:25.
Last edited by SMP on 13 Feb 2017, 09:56, edited 1 time in total.
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13 Feb 2017, 02:20
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A. Last month, Saxton’s announced plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and close some of its
B. Last month, Saxton’s announced its plans to cut more than at least 7,000 jobs and close some of their
C. Last month, Saxton’s announced plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and to close some of their
D. Last month, Saxton’s announced that it plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and closes some of its
E. Last month, Saxton’s announced their plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and to close some of their

B,C, and E have pronoun errors.
D has past and present tenses issue.
A is grammatically correct and the best choice among the 5 Hence, answer A.
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13 Feb 2017, 02:27
This sentence does not seem correct to me
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13 Feb 2017, 07:30
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The way we have it in our question bank, the underline does not include "620 retail locations," so that ought to make the difference as to whether the correct answer is a fragment or not. I'm looking at it in our system and it displays with the underline only going to "its" and not all the way to the finish, but please let me know if that's not how it's displaying to anyone else!
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13 Feb 2017, 07:56
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Last month, Saxton’s announced plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and close some of its 620 retail locations.

A. plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and close some of its
B. its plans to cut more than at least 7,000 jobs and close some of their
C. plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and to close some of their
D. that it plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and closes some of its
E. their plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and to close some of their

Please explain how come the OA is a complete sentence. Veritas is making people to reach OA by POE but the OAs are not always grammatically correct. That is so not GMAT like!

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The fast way is POE. First, Saxton is singular, so B, C, E is out.

In C, "X announced that it plans to do sth" is wordy, and the better version in A is : "X announced plans to do sth"
"plans" in A is a noun, correct idiom is "anounce sth", so I see no grammatically problems here.
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13 Feb 2017, 08:45
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Last month, Saxton’s announced plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and close some of its 620 retail locations.

A. plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and close some of its
B. its plans to cut more than at least 7,000 jobs and close some of their
C. plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and to close some of their
D. that it plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and closes some of its
E. their plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and to close some of their

The question can be solved through process of elimination since option B,C and E are wrong in their usage of pronuouns we are eliminating them and are left with

A and D, in D the closes is not parallel to announced therfore is also eliminated. so we are left with A

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13 Feb 2017, 10:06
VeritasPrepBrian wrote:
The way we have it in our question bank, the underline does not include "620 retail locations," so that ought to make the difference as to whether the correct answer is a fragment or not. I'm looking at it in our system and it displays with the underline only going to "its" and not all the way to the finish, but please let me know if that's not how it's displaying to anyone else!

Hey Brian,
Sorry for that underlined part. I revised that. Anyway, could you please explain how come the OA is not a fragment.
"Saxton's announced plans" is a single subject to me. Using the possessive Saxton's means that Saxton possess something and that is "announced plans" here. In that case, ANNOUNCED is not a verb and we end up lacking main verb in the sentence.

I think the OA would be correct had it been only "Saxton" and not Saxton's. My suggestion is as follow:
Last month, Saxton announced plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and close some of its 620 retail locations.

Is my reasoning correct?
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Hey Sajan,

Ah, ok now I get what you're saying. And that's really interesting, and actually brings up a tidbit about the GMAT that you weren't asking for (call that a bonus?).

So...for that problem, "Saxton's" is intended to be a brand name like "Coca Cola" or "Google." In the United States, it's pretty common for department stores, in particular, to have possessive names (Macy's, Dillard's, Marshall Field's, Hudson's, etc.). BUT if that's not universal, I could totally see where that could cause confusion. I'll go in and change the name, since the name of the store isn't at all what the question is about.

Now...on the GMAT, that's precisely why (well one of the reasons why) they do those unscored, experimental questions. For one they need to vet the difficulty, but the GMAT is also really, really concerned about cultural bias, so it monitors its results looking for signals that the same score level group in one country performs substantially better than that same group in another. Here that would probably be in play...a student in Chicago probably doesn't blink an eye considering "Saxton's" a brand name, whereas you're probably staring at it thinking "what in the world belongs to Saxton here?!" So rest assured that the GMAT has precautions to protect you from something like that (you may *see* something like that, but if you do it's almost certainly experimental and doesn't count toward your score). And you just saw how we do it at Veritas Prep...we monitor the stats for irregularities, too, and also heavily monitor the forums on new questions to see if something like this comes up. This problem went live ~5 days ago...thank you for helping us clean that cultural bias up!
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13 Feb 2017, 11:11
VeritasPrepBrian wrote:
The way we have it in our question bank, the underline does not include "620 retail locations," so that ought to make the difference as to whether the correct answer is a fragment or not. I'm looking at it in our system and it displays with the underline only going to "its" and not all the way to the finish, but please let me know if that's not how it's displaying to anyone else!

As sajanpanchal pointed out, can you please tell me what is the subject of the given sentence?
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Saxton's is a not possessive noun meaning something possessed by "Saxton". The entire word "Saxton's" is a proper name of a singular company at issue.
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Re: Last month, Saxton’s announced plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and c  [#permalink]

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13 Feb 2017, 11:25
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Hey Sajan,

Ah, ok now I get what you're saying. And that's really interesting, and actually brings up a tidbit about the GMAT that you weren't asking for (call that a bonus?).

So...for that problem, "Saxton's" is intended to be a brand name like "Coca Cola" or "Google." In the United States, it's pretty common for department stores, in particular, to have possessive names (Macy's, Dillard's, Marshall Field's, Hudson's, etc.). BUT if that's not universal, I could totally see where that could cause confusion. I'll go in and change the name, since the name of the store isn't at all what the question is about.

Now...on the GMAT, that's precisely why (well one of the reasons why) they do those unscored, experimental questions. For one they need to vet the difficulty, but the GMAT is also really, really concerned about cultural bias, so it monitors its results looking for signals that the same score level group in one country performs substantially better than that same group in another. Here that would probably be in play...a student in Chicago probably doesn't blink an eye considering "Saxton's" a brand name, whereas you're probably staring at it thinking "what in the world belongs to Saxton here?!" So rest assured that the GMAT has precautions to protect you from something like that (you may *see* something like that, but if you do it's almost certainly experimental and doesn't count toward your score). And you just saw how we do it at Veritas Prep...we monitor the stats for irregularities, too, and also heavily monitor the forums on new questions to see if something like this comes up. This problem went live ~5 days ago...thank you for helping us clean that cultural bias up!

Yes, this makes sense. Thanks for the explanation Brian! Now I can sleep peacefully.
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14 Feb 2017, 03:03
It is still confusing . The part "and close some of its" , so here close isn't parallel to cut... shouldn't there be a to before close if both are sharing the same subject "announced"

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Re: Last month, Saxton’s announced plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and c  [#permalink]

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It is still confusing . The part "and close some of its" , so here close isn't parallel to cut... shouldn't there be a to before close if both are sharing the same subject "announced"

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It is a rule" Once Outside OR Twice Inside".

We can have "to" once and used for both cut and close. We can also have " to cut and to close". So, both ways are correct.
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02 Mar 2017, 06:18
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aepmk wrote:
It is still confusing . The part "and close some of its" , so here close isn't parallel to cut... shouldn't there be a to before close if both are sharing the same subject "announced"

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It is a rule" Once Outside OR Twice Inside".

We can have "to" once and used for both cut and close. We can also have " to cut and to close". So, both ways are correct.

Thank you. Now I got it

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19 Mar 2017, 06:57
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Last month, Saxton’s announced plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and close some of its 620 retail locations.

A. plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and close some of its
B. its plans to cut more than at least 7,000 jobs and close some of their
C. plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and to close some of their
D. that it plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and closes some of its
E. their plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and to close some of their

OFFICIAL SOLUTION

As you scan the answer choices for obvious Decision Points here, you should see the 3-2 split on the last word, between "their" and "its." This is a pronoun problem!

When you're working with pronouns, be sure to check the antecedent of each pronoun. Here the antecedent for all five last-word pronouns is the same: Saxton's. Since that is a singular noun, the correct answer must have "its" and not "their," and you can confidently eliminate B, C, and E.

Then move to the difference between A and D: while D has an additional pronoun ("it plans to cut..."), each construction is correct up until "7,000 jobs." But - as is often the case when a pronoun's singularity vs. plurality is a primary decision point, the next difference is a singular vs. plural verb, with "close" in A and "closes" in D. That verb belongs to the infinitive, parallel with "to cut," and so the only proper way to state that idea is "and to close." Therefore A is correct.
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14 Jun 2018, 17:20
Last month, Saxton’s announced plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and close some of its 620 retail locations.

-- their can't modify a singular - B , C , E are out.
-- in D , "plans" is used as a verb in simple present , but the sentence signifies past tense. (announced) . - so incorrect.
-- A is the correct answer.

A. plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and close some of its

B. its plans to cut more than at least 7,000 jobs and close some of their

C. plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and to close some of their

D. that it plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and closes some of its

E. their plans to cut more than 7,000 jobs and to close some of their
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