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# On June 6, 1945, Allied commanders sent about 156,000 troops to the co

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On June 6, 1945, Allied commanders sent about 156,000 troops to the coast of France in Normandy and hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the eventual defeat of German forces throughout Europe.

a. Normandy and hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the eventual defeat of German forces throughout Europe

b. Normandy and hope a successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

c. Normandy, and they hoped a successful victorious assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

d. Normandy, and they hoped this successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

e. Normandy, and they hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

E is the correct answer and I have chosen A as the correct. As per the explanation for option A, this option lacks a direct subject for "hoped" -- The clause containing hoped lacks a clear subject and the phrase ultimately lead to the eventual defeat is redundant. Subject-verb agreement. Redundancy..

option E is correct as it has "they" before the verb "hoped". I fail to understand why Allied commanders is not a clear subject for "hoped" in option A. I cannot also understand why " they" in option E is unambiguous as troops can also be referred by "they". Is it because the word -troops is present in a prepositional phrase " about 156,000 troops. so this cannot be a subject and they unambiguously refer to allied commanders then.

P.S. This question is taken from a prep company question and marked it as 700 level as this question is mentioned as a hard question.

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07 Aug 2018, 19:04
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On June 6, 1945, Allied commanders sent about 156,000 troops to the coast of France in Normandy and hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the eventual defeat of German forces throughout Europe.

Hi Arup,
the choice A is wrong for 2 reasons - No subject for hoped and redundancy (ultimately and eventually). If you even attempt to correct it by removing redundancy, you will see that B has parallelism error, C has meaning change, D has meaning change ( a assualt versus this assualt ), making choice E as a clear winner. In choice E, the independent clause starts with a comma and ( ,and) followed by a clear subject "they". Agreed it has ambiguity, but then you have to realise it's not an official question (nothing beats it).

it's a good question, i wouldn't call it a 700 though.

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08 Aug 2018, 00:03
they in e causes ambiguity. the commander or the the troop hoped.

a is certainly the commander hoped

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08 Aug 2018, 05:02
On June 6, 1945, Allied commanders sent about 156,000 troops to the coast of France in Normandy and hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the eventual defeat of German forces throughout Europe.

a. Normandy and hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the eventual defeat of German forces throughout Europe

b. Normandy and hope a successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

c. Normandy, and they hoped a successful victorious assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

d. Normandy, and they hoped this successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

e. Normandy, and they hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe --> correct
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08 Aug 2018, 05:12
I think usage of "they" is ambiguous. A seems the best among all. Commanders are the subject of HOPED. Parallelism is maintained as well in A.

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On June 6, 1945, Allied commanders sent about 156,000 troops to the coast of France in Normandy and hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the eventual defeat of German forces throughout Europe.

Cutting the fluff..

Allied sent troops and hoped <a successful assault would ultimately lead to the eventual defeat of german>

Ultimately & eventual are redundant

b. Normandy and hope[ wrong tense - the statement is about 1945] a successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

c. Normandy, and they hoped a successful victorious [redundant]assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

d. Normandy, and they hoped this successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe
the original statement is describing a condition to defeat the german forces.. This statement gurantees that this assualt will lead defeat. Unjustified change of meaning '

e. Normandy, and they hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe
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08 Aug 2018, 10:11
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On June 6, 1945, Allied commanders sent about 156,000 troops to the coast of France in Normandy and hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the eventual defeat of German forces throughout Europe.

Hi Arup,
the choice A is wrong for 2 reasons - No subject for hoped and redundancy (ultimately and eventually). If you even attempt to correct it by removing redundancy, you will see that B has parallelism error, C has meaning change, D has meaning change ( a assualt versus this assualt ), making choice E as a clear winner. In choice E, the independent clause starts with a comma and ( ,and) followed by a clear subject "they". Agreed it has ambiguity, but then you have to realise it's not an official question (nothing beats it).

it's a good question, i wouldn't call it a 700 though.

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Hello Gagoosh,

Thanks for your answer. I am also doubtful whether it is a 700 level question or not. I mentioned as the prep company marked this question very hard so I labeled this as 700.

Since E has ambiguity so shouldn't be A a better choice given it has only redundancy error but no grammatical error.

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08 Aug 2018, 10:13
Leo8 wrote:
On June 6, 1945, Allied commanders sent about 156,000 troops to the coast of France in Normandy and hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the eventual defeat of German forces throughout Europe.

Cutting the fluff..

Allied sent troops and hoped <a successful assault would ultimately lead to the eventual defeat of german>

Ultimately & eventual are redundant

b. Normandy and hope[ wrong tense - the statement is about 1945] a successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

c. Normandy, and they hoped a successful victorious [redundant]assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

d. Normandy, and they hoped this successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe
the original statement is describing a condition to defeat the german forces.. This statement gurantees that this assualt will lead defeat. Unjustified change of meaning '

e. Normandy, and they hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

Hello Leo,
so in option E, "They" is unambiguous. is it true? please explain .
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08 Aug 2018, 10:20
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I think usage of "they" is ambiguous. A seems the best among all. Commanders are the subject of HOPED. Parallelism is maintained as well in A.

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A cannot be correct. 'they' unambiguously refers back to the subject - Allied Commanders. Even if that were incorrect, Option A would've been incorrect because it is redundant - ultimately...eventually.
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16 Aug 2018, 10:21
They is unambiguous. As they is the subject of 2nd clause, it can jump and refer to the subject of first clause.

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17 Aug 2018, 00:01
I thought "they" in option E is ambiguous
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21 Aug 2018, 06:25
Allied commanders sent .......and hoped would be the right in my opinion. Why would one complicate the sentence and again use they? What is wrong with A? Please help!
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21 Aug 2018, 08:04
santorasantu wrote:
Allied commanders sent .......and hoped would be the right in my opinion. Why would one complicate the sentence and again use they? What is wrong with A? Please help!

You use either "ultimately" or "eventual" but not both.

For example, you cannot say "I want both A and B too."
Either say "I want both A and B" or say "I want A and B too"

So (A) is not correct.
(E) maintains parallelism too and is correct.
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21 Aug 2018, 11:02
Thanks, missed to read "eventual". Time for new glasses!

santorasantu wrote:
Allied commanders sent .......and hoped would be the right in my opinion. Why would one complicate the sentence and again use they? What is wrong with A? Please help!

You use either "ultimately" or "eventual" but not both.

For example, you cannot say "I want both A and B too."
Either say "I want both A and B" or say "I want A and B too"

So (A) is not correct.
(E) maintains parallelism too and is correct.
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28 Aug 2018, 04:49
On June 6, 1945, Allied commanders sent about 156,000 troops to the coast of France in Normandy and hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the eventual defeat of German forces throughout Europe.

a. Normandy and hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the eventual defeat of German forces throughout Europe

b. Normandy and hope a successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

c. Normandy, and they hoped a successful victorious assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

d. Normandy, and they hoped this successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

e. Normandy, and they hoped a successful assault would ultimately lead to the defeat of German forces throughout Europe

IMO e
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15 Jan 2019, 00:54
Is it really an official GMAT question ?? where can i get them ??
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