GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

It is currently 19 Oct 2019, 06:53

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

One of the important functions of the United Nations is to decide if

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Find Similar Topics 
Current Student
User avatar
V
Joined: 19 Mar 2012
Posts: 4263
Location: India
GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V42
GPA: 3.8
WE: Marketing (Non-Profit and Government)
One of the important functions of the United Nations is to decide if  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post Updated on: 06 Mar 2019, 02:17
1
11
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

  15% (low)

Question Stats:

73% (01:03) correct 27% (01:12) wrong based on 591 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Pronoun Revision Project.

One of the important functions of the United Nations is to decide if they should recognize the legitimacy of a new government that assumed power through violence.


A. to decide if they should recognize the legitimacy of a new government that

B. to decide whether to recognize the legitimacy of a new government that

C. deciding whether to recognize a new government to be legitimate that

D. to decide if it should recognize the legitimacy of a new government, which

E. deciding whether they should recognize the legitimacy of a new government that

_________________

Originally posted by souvik101990 on 26 Mar 2015, 19:37.
Last edited by Bunuel on 06 Mar 2019, 02:17, edited 1 time in total.
Renamed the topic and edited the question.
Most Helpful Expert Reply
Current Student
User avatar
V
Joined: 19 Mar 2012
Posts: 4263
Location: India
GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V42
GPA: 3.8
WE: Marketing (Non-Profit and Government)
Re: One of the important functions of the United Nations is to decide if  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 29 Mar 2015, 19:29
3
4
In the original sentence, the plural pronoun “they” has no clear antecedent. It is trying
to refer to the United Nations, which is a singular noun. Additionally, on the GMAT, “if”
is used for a conditional idea, while “whether” is used for an alternative or possibility.
In this sentence, the United Nations is choosing between two possibilities: either it will
recognize the legitimacy of a new government or it will not. Thus, “whether” is the
appropriate word.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) CORRECT. This choice correctly resolves the pronoun issue, and is the only
answer choice that avoids serious problems.

(C) The use of “deciding” as opposed to the infinitive “decide” is appropriate, but this
sentence incorrectly separates the modifier “that assumed power through violence”
from the modified noun “government,” making this choice awkward and incorrect.

(D) In this choice, “if” is incorrectly used to distinguish between alternatives.
Furthermore the non-restrictive relative pronoun “which” is used to introduce a
restrictive clause. Because the clause “that assumed power through violence” is
essential to the meaning of the sentence, “that” must introduce the clause.
Conversely, “which” is used to introduce nonessential elements.

(E) In this choice, the pronoun “they” has no clear antecedent, since the United
Nations is a singular entity.
_________________
General Discussion
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 25 Mar 2014
Posts: 128
Location: India
Concentration: Operations, Finance
GMAT Date: 05-10-2015
GPA: 3.51
WE: Programming (Computer Software)
Re: One of the important functions of the United Nations is to decide if  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Mar 2015, 19:44
1
Answer should be B.
I could find two problems in original sentence:
- "The United Nations" is singular entity. "They" is not proper pronoun for it.
- "If" is normally used to show conditional situation. Here use of "whether" is required.
So, A and D are out. C and E wrong because of use of verb+ing form. It seems like "One of the important functions of the United Nations" is actually doing (deciding) something.
_________________
Please give Kudos to the post if you liked.
Director
Director
User avatar
P
Joined: 04 Sep 2015
Posts: 662
Location: India
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Premium Member Reviews Badge
Re: One of the important functions of the United Nations is to decide if  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 13 Mar 2017, 13:54
One of the important functions of the United Nations is to decide if they should recognize the legitimacy of a new government that assumed power through violence.

A. to decide if they should recognize the legitimacy of a new government that
United states is a singular noun, and should be refered by a singular pronoun.
B. to decide whether to recognize the legitimacy of a new government that
Correct choice and correct meaning
C. deciding whether to recognize a new government to be legitimate that
deciding is wrong ver+ing form used.
D. to decide if it should recognize the legitimacy of a new government, which
Similar to option B but the if it should changes the meaning somehwhat.
E. deciding whether they should recognize the legitimacy of a new government that
They is wrongy used for singular antecedent.
Manager
Manager
avatar
B
Joined: 20 Apr 2019
Posts: 93
Re: One of the important functions of the United Nations is to decide if  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 28 May 2019, 11:48
abhishekdadarwal2009 wrote:
One of the important functions of the United Nations is to decide if they should recognize the legitimacy of a new government that assumed power through violence.

A. to decide if they should recognize the legitimacy of a new government that
United states is a singular noun, and should be refered by a singular pronoun.
B. to decide whether to recognize the legitimacy of a new government that
Correct choice and correct meaning
C. deciding whether to recognize a new government to be legitimate that
deciding is wrong ver+ing form used.
D. to decide if it should recognize the legitimacy of a new government, which
Similar to option B but the if it should changes the meaning somehwhat.
E. deciding whether they should recognize the legitimacy of a new government that
They is wrongy used for singular antecedent.



I was thinking between B and C. In the end, I took B because it sounds a little better but what is the exact reason for not using the -ing form?
Yale Moderator
avatar
S
Joined: 05 May 2019
Posts: 117
Schools: Tuck, NYU Stern, Yale, LBS, INSEAD, ISB, MBS
GPA: 3
Re: One of the important functions of the United Nations is to decide if  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 23 Aug 2019, 13:18
Luca1111111111111 wrote:
abhishekdadarwal2009 wrote:
One of the important functions of the United Nations is to decide if they should recognize the legitimacy of a new government that assumed power through violence.

A. to decide if they should recognize the legitimacy of a new government that
United states is a singular noun, and should be refered by a singular pronoun.
B. to decide whether to recognize the legitimacy of a new government that
Correct choice and correct meaning
C. deciding whether to recognize a new government to be legitimate that
deciding is wrong ver+ing form used.
D. to decide if it should recognize the legitimacy of a new government, which
Similar to option B but the if it should changes the meaning somehwhat.
E. deciding whether they should recognize the legitimacy of a new government that
They is wrongy used for singular antecedent.



I was thinking between B and C. In the end, I took B because it sounds a little better but what is the exact reason for not using the -ing form?


Hey, this is souvik101990 's explanation -
Quote:
(C) The use of “deciding” as opposed to the infinitive “decide” is appropriate, but this
sentence incorrectly separates the modifier “that assumed power through violence”
from the modified noun “government,” making this choice awkward and incorrect.
GMAT Club Bot
Re: One of the important functions of the United Nations is to decide if   [#permalink] 23 Aug 2019, 13:18
Display posts from previous: Sort by

One of the important functions of the United Nations is to decide if

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  





Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne