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# Like government bureaucrats, corporate middle ...

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15 Oct 2013, 09:39
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Like government bureaucrats, corporate middle managers have been observed to serve
primarily their own ends when they are making decisions purportedly on behalf of their
employer by choosing winning bids from among competing contractor proposals,
submitting performance reviews, or they select
new hires.

(A) are making decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer by choosing winning
bids from among competing contractor proposals, submitting performance reviews, or they select

(B) are making decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer in that they choose
winning bids from among competing contractor proposals, submit performance reviews, or select

(C) make decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer, choosing winning bids from
among competing contractor proposals, submitting performance reviews, or by selecting

(D) make decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer by choosing winning bids from
among competing contractor proposals, submitting performance reviews, or by selecting

(E) make decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer by choosing winning bids from
among competing contractor proposals, submitting performance reviews, or selecting

GH-08.01.13[list] - OE to follow.
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15 Oct 2013, 10:01
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avohden wrote:
Like government bureaucrats, corporate middle managers have been observed to serve
primarily their own ends when they are making decisions purportedly on behalf of their
employer by choosing winning bids from among competing contractor proposals,
submitting performance reviews, or they select
new hires.

(A) are making decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer by choosing winning
bids from among competing contractor proposals, submitting performance reviews, or they select

(B) are making decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer in that they choose
winning bids from among competing contractor proposals, submit performance reviews, or select

(C) make decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer, choosing winning bids from
among competing contractor proposals, submitting performance reviews, or by selecting

(D) make decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer by choosing winning bids from
among competing contractor proposals, submitting performance reviews, or by selecting

(E) make decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer by choosing winning bids from
among competing contractor proposals, submitting performance reviews, or selecting

GH-08.01.13[list] - OE to follow.

E is the correct option.

(A) are making decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer by choosing winning
bids from among competing contractor proposals, submitting performance reviews, or they select. Incorrect. 'are making' is not the right tense. Also, problem of parallelism (choosing winning...or they select).

(B) are making decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer in that they choose
winning bids from among competing contractor proposals, submit performance reviews, or select. Incorrect. 'are making' is not the right tense. Also, problem of parallelism (choosing winning...or they select).

(C) make decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer, choosing winning bids from
among competing contractor proposals, submitting performance reviews, or by selecting. Incorrect. Construction of the sentence 'choosing......or by selecting' is not right.

(D) make decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer by choosing winning bids from
among competing contractor proposals, submitting performance reviews, or by selecting. Incorrect. Construction of the sentence 'by choosing......or by selecting' is not right. 'by' with selecting is not required.

(E) make decisions purportedly on behalf of their employer by choosing winning bids from
among competing contractor proposals, submitting performance reviews, or selecting. Correct. Parallelism is perfect. Constructions of the sentence 'by choosing.....or selecting' is also correct.

Hope my explanation makes sense. Any feedback is appreciated!
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23 Oct 2013, 08:12
Official Explanation

Given the list at the end of the sentence, focus on whether the list items are parallel. As written, they are not: "by choosing..., submitting, or they select..." If "they select" were replaced by "selecting," the items would be parallel. Eliminate (A). The list items in (B) are parallel, but "are making" is incorrect compared to "make" in the other choices. (C) uses "make" and all three verbs are parallel, but the use of the word "by" before "selecting" is wrong: "choosing..., submitting..., by selecting." (D) repeats that mistake. (E) corrects all of these errors, and is correct.

Hope this helps.
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23 May 2019, 06:10
They make decisions by choosing. Lol. Poor quality question

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Re: Like government bureaucrats, corporate middle ...  [#permalink]

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23 May 2019, 06:17
Hi,
Did "from among" make sense to anyone? Shouldn't it be "from competing..."?
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