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Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.


A. Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements balance.
B. Once the computer generates the financial reports, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrated the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
C. Once the computer generates the financial reports they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, which demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
E. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.
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The correct response is (D). This choice correctly uses the singular pronoun “it” to replace the noun “computer.” The construction is passive, but it avoids the grammatical and meaning issues in the other choices.

If you chose (A), this question hinges on meaning. The verb “program” tells us that it is the computer not the financial reports that are generating the balance sheet. A balance sheet cannot logically “program” something on its own.

If you chose (B), “named such” is an awkward construction, and the verb “demonstrated” is needlessly past-tense.

If you chose (C), “they” does not agree with its antecedent, “computer.” Pronouns must agree in number and plurality with the nouns they replace.

If you chose (E), “they” cannot refer to the singular “computer,” and it’s not logical that a financial report can “program.” It should be clear that the computer is doing the programming. Furthermore, “named such” is a somewhat awkward construction.
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In your OE you have mentioned D as the correct answer but the spoiler is set to E.

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Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.


A. Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements balance.
B. Once the computer generates the financial reports, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrated the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
C. Once the computer generates the financial reports they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, which demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
E. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.



E is correct because, the idiom tested in this question is "So ... That" or "Such ....That".....

Correct idioms are

So X as to Y
So X that Y
Such X that Y..

In E, "they' correctly refers to "Financial Reports"....

company-wide balance sheet, named such because it (company-wide balance sheet) demonstrates that
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In your OE you have mentioned D as the correct answer but the spoiler is set to E.

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yes, this is what I also noticed. I choose D and then the spoiled showed 'E' as the correct answer. Can you please double check the answer and repost the explanation in case there are any changes.

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I have updated the correct answer , it was D but by mistake i had set it to E
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Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.


A. Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements balance.
B. Once the computer generates the financial reports, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrated the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
C. Once the computer generates the financial reports they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, which demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
E. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.


Responding to a pm:

Note that (A), (C) and (E) are wrong in their usage of 'they'.
'financial reports' cannot program a balance sheet and hence the pronoun used must refer back to the computer. Hence, we need to use 'it'.
In (B) and (D), we use 'it' (singular) which refers back to the computer (singular). It cannot refer back to financial reports (plural) and hence there is no ambiguity in pronoun-antecedent connection.

The problem with (B) is 'named such...'. The correct construct is 'so named ...'
We do prefer active over passive but that has no role to play here. Sentences in passive are not incorrect. It is just a preference we have for active because it is stronger. If there is an error in the sentence that uses active voice and the sentence using passive voice is error-free, you must choose the sentence using passive voice.
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I have a doubt.
D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet

In option D, both parts of main clause and subordinate clause are in passive voice, but subjects are not comparable.
As per my observation, subjects in subordinate clause and main clause must be comparable.

If sentence had been written as following it would have been much better.

Once the computer is used to generate financial reports, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet.

I am not 100% sure that construction as in D is acceptable in official answers. Kindly help understand whether gmat is strict with comparable subject rule.
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D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet

In option D, both parts of main clause and subordinate clause are in passive voice, but subjects are not comparable.
As per my observation, subjects in subordinate clause and main clause must be comparable.

If sentence had been written as following it would have been much better.

Once the computer is used to generate financial reports, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet.

I am not 100% sure that construction as in D is acceptable in official answers. Kindly help understand whether gmat is strict with comparable subject rule.


I chose D because it was the best among the not so good answer choices...could you elaborate a bit more on what the rule is for main clause and sub ordinate clause...is it from MGMAT sc book??
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D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet

In option D, both parts of main clause and subordinate clause are in passive voice, but subjects are not comparable.
As per my observation, subjects in subordinate clause and main clause must be comparable.

If sentence had been written as following it would have been much better.

Once the computer is used to generate financial reports, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet.

I am not 100% sure that construction as in D is acceptable in official answers. Kindly help understand whether gmat is strict with comparable subject rule.


I chose D because it was the best among the not so good answer choices...could you elaborate a bit more on what the rule is for main clause and sub ordinate clause...is it from MGMAT sc book??


Hi refer following questions :
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In these questions voice parallelism is the main reason that makes one choice acceptable to others.

In MGMAT SC chapter 7, Page 116, it is mentioned not to worry about active passive parallelism through out a sentence, but provided example describes 2 ICs connected with coordinating conjunction. Thus, for ICs connected with CC I can confirm not to worry about active passive parallelism, but it is required for sentence connected with subordinate conjunction. I am not a native and so I am not 100% sure how far we can stretch this rule. Sometimes back I asked Mike to help on this, but I forgot to followup further: refer following thread. I will PM him to explain this concept and exceptions on following thread.

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I have a doubt.
D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet

In option D, both parts of main clause and subordinate clause are in passive voice, but subjects are not comparable.
As per my observation, subjects in subordinate clause and main clause must be comparable.

If sentence had been written as following it would have been much better.

Once the computer is used to generate financial reports, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet.

I am not 100% sure that construction as in D is acceptable in official answers. Kindly help understand whether gmat is strict with comparable subject rule.


Often, subject of subordinate clause is the same as the subject of the main clause, but that is only because both usually talk about the same person/thing. It is not necessary for the two subjects to be the same. Check simple sentences:
I will go shopping unless it rains.
Don't leave before he comes.

The subjects are not the same but the sentences are correct.

Your sentence is better but that is the thing about SC - you will not always get what you want. If the answer is very obvious, then what will make it a difficult question? At higher levels, GMAT could play with correct but infrequently used structures and false beliefs of people such as 'passive voice is always wrong'.
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Hi! Could someone explain please? In choice D there are two pronouns it each referring -as far as I can understand the meaning of the sentence- to different nouns. First refers to computer and the second refers to balance sheet. Is it possible for the same pronoun in one sentence to refer to different antecedents? I can be wrong, but it seems to me that I came across this rule -one pronoun must refer to the same antecedent- several times. Thanks in advance.

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Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.


A. Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements balance.
B. Once the computer generates the financial reports, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrated the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
C. Once the computer generates the financial reports they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, which demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
E. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.


Responding to a pm:

Note that (A), (C) and (E) are wrong in their usage of 'they'.
'financial reports' cannot program a balance sheet and hence the pronoun used must refer back to the computer. Hence, we need to use 'it'.
In (B) and (D), we use 'it' (singular) which refers back to the computer (singular). It cannot refer back to financial reports (plural) and hence there is no ambiguity in pronoun-antecedent connection.

The problem with (B) is 'named such...'. The correct construct is 'so named ...'
We do prefer active over passive but that has no role to play here. Sentences in passive are not incorrect. It is just a preference we have for active because it is stronger. If there is an error in the sentence that uses active voice and the sentence using passive voice is error-free, you must choose the sentence using passive voice.


I got the split between "they" and "it" wrong and so I eliminated options with "it" :(

My logic was that "financial reports" can be used to program a balance sheet. I did not want to change the original intent of the sentence and pick an option that states that "computer is used to program a company-wide balance sheet".''

I am assuming that below statement is correct
Financial reports are used to program a company-wide balance sheet.

I know I am wrong and the OA does not have "they" in the sentence. If someone can help me understand why my logic in the above highlighted section is incorrect, it would help me avoid using such faulty logic in other sentences :)

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akhil911 wrote:
Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.


A. Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements balance.
B. Once the computer generates the financial reports, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrated the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
C. Once the computer generates the financial reports they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, which demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
E. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.


Responding to a pm:

Note that (A), (C) and (E) are wrong in their usage of 'they'.
'financial reports' cannot program a balance sheet and hence the pronoun used must refer back to the computer. Hence, we need to use 'it'.
In (B) and (D), we use 'it' (singular) which refers back to the computer (singular). It cannot refer back to financial reports (plural) and hence there is no ambiguity in pronoun-antecedent connection.

The problem with (B) is 'named such...'. The correct construct is 'so named ...'
We do prefer active over passive but that has no role to play here. Sentences in passive are not incorrect. It is just a preference we have for active because it is stronger. If there is an error in the sentence that uses active voice and the sentence using passive voice is error-free, you must choose the sentence using passive voice.


I got the split between "they" and "it" wrong and so I eliminated options with "it" :(

My logic was that "financial reports" can be used to program a balance sheet. I did not want to change the original intent of the sentence and pick an option that states that "computer is used to program a company-wide balance sheet".''

I am assuming that below statement is correct
Financial reports are used to program a company-wide balance sheet.

I know I am wrong and the OA does not have "they" in the sentence. If someone can help me understand why my logic in the above highlighted section is incorrect, it would help me avoid using such faulty logic in other sentences :)


Note that "financial reports" cannot program (a verb) a balance sheet. They can be used by a computer while it is programming a balance sheet.
Hence, "financial reports" cannot be used to program a balance sheet.

These are accuracy in meaning errors. Harder to catch but tested a lot in GMAT nowadays.
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I got the split between "they" and "it" wrong and so I eliminated options with "it" :(

My logic was that "financial reports" can be used to program a balance sheet. I did not want to change the original intent of the sentence and pick an option that states that "computer is used to program a company-wide balance sheet".''

I am assuming that below statement is correct
Financial reports are used to program a company-wide balance sheet.

I know I am wrong and the OA does not have "they" in the sentence. If someone can help me understand why my logic in the above highlighted section is incorrect, it would help me avoid using such faulty logic in other sentences :)


Note that "financial reports" cannot program (a verb) a balance sheet. They can be used by a computer while it is programming a balance sheet.
Hence, "financial reports" cannot be used to program a balance sheet.

These are accuracy in meaning errors. Harder to catch but tested a lot in GMAT nowadays.


Thank you! Your explanation makes perfect sense now.
I use such statements all the time and that's what made it difficult for me to understand the error.

So, anyone else who is in the same boat
"Financial reports" can be used to program ... [Incorrect] -> The "thing" that can actually program is missing from the statement. Adding something like "by a computer" will make the sentence accurate. In the absence of the "thing", the sentence would mean - "Financial reports" can program and this is illogical.

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Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.


A. Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements balance.
B. Once the computer generates the financial reports, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrated the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
C. Once the computer generates the financial reports they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, which demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
E. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.


Choice D is correct.

Only choice B and D I considered because A,C, and E are wrong because of subject-verb agreement. "It" should be used instead of "they" because It refers to the computer. B is wrong because it used "demonstrated" as simple past tense.
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D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.

Can someone please clarify what it is reffering to? What is its antecedent? Is it a placeholder?

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Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.


A. Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements balance.
B. Once the computer generates the financial reports, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrated the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
C. Once the computer generates the financial reports they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, which demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
E. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.


Responding to a pm:

Note that (A), (C) and (E) are wrong in their usage of 'they'.
'financial reports' cannot program a balance sheet and hence the pronoun used must refer back to the computer. Hence, we need to use 'it'.
In (B) and (D), we use 'it' (singular) which refers back to the computer (singular). It cannot refer back to financial reports (plural) and hence there is no ambiguity in pronoun-antecedent connection.

The problem with (B) is 'named such...'. The correct construct is 'so named ...'
We do prefer active over passive but that has no role to play here. Sentences in passive are not incorrect. It is just a preference we have for active because it is stronger. If there is an error in the sentence that uses active voice and the sentence using passive voice is error-free, you must choose the sentence using passive voice.



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D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.

"D" uses the same pronoun "it" twice but each refers to different noun (computer & balance sheet). Isn't it a pronoun ambiguity mistake?

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A. Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements balance.
B. Once the computer generates the financial reports, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrated the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
C. Once the computer generates the financial reports they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, which demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.
E. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.

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D it is : Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.

faults in bold:

A. Once the computer generates the financial reports, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements balance.----->how can financial report be used to program something? (computers can be used)
B. Once the computer generates the financial reports, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrated the balance of every department’s accounting elements.---->wrong tense "demonstrated"
C. Once the computer generates the financial reports they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, which demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.---->same error as A
D. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, it is then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, so named because it demonstrates the balance of every department’s accounting elements.----->correct
E. Once the financial reports are generated by the computer, they are then used to program a company-wide balance sheet, named such because it demonstrates that every department’s accounting elements are in balance.--->same error as in A

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