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One study found that although government policy and the industrial sector in which a company operates can influence its productivity and financial strength, management decisions have at least as great an impact on a company’s performance.

A) management decisions have at least as great an impact
B) decisions by management have a great impact
C) manager decisions impact greatly
D) decisions by a company’s management impact greatly
E) what a company’s management decides has a greater impact
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B for me.

A has a wrong usage of "atleast as great an impact"
C,D,E all look wordy.
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Please specify the source of these questions in the heading. This Question is from one of the known online full lenght tests. Anybody who has paid for the service will be disappointed to see these questions show up on the test and hence overrate the score. Not to mention the copyright laws.

Anyways, here is an explanation.

Study found that although X causes Y , Z can cause Y as well.
Here, X and Z should be parallel.
So, Govnt Policy = Mgmt Decisions. This eliminates B, D, E
Between A an C, A seems more appropriate.
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22 Aug 2007, 11:02
A it is.
By omitting 'atleast as' all the other choices change the meaning of the sentence.
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22 Aug 2007, 13:02
ajisha wrote:
One study found that although government policy and the industrial sector in which a company operates can influence its productivity and financial strength, management decisions have at least as great an impact on a company’s performance.

management decisions have at least as great an impact

decisions by management have a great impact

manager decisions impact greatly

decisions by a company’s management impact greatly

what a company’s management decides has a greater impact

at least as great an impact means an impact that is as great as or greater than...

None of the other options maintain this meaning perfectly, therefore A...ignoring grammer
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One study found that although government policy and the industrial sector in which a company operates can influence its productivity and financial strength, management decisions have at least as great an impact on a company’s performance.

management decisions have at least as great an impact

decisions by management have a great impact

manager decisions impact greatly

decisions by a company’s management impact greatly

what a company’s management decides has a greater impact

I don't have the OA yet, we can discuss.
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12 Aug 2009, 09:09
I would go with A. There seems to be nothing wrong with it. "alteast as great as an impact" seems right to me.
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12 Aug 2009, 10:45
Economist wrote:
One study found that although government policy and the industrial sector in which a company operates can influence its productivity and financial strength, management decisions have at least as great an impact on a company’s performance.

management decisions have at least as great an impact

decisions by management have a great impact

manager decisions impact greatly

decisions by a company’s management impact greatly

what a company’s management decides has a greater impact

I don't have the OA yet, we can discuss.

IMO E ... you need a dependent clause ..

A, B, C and D are run-on sentences.
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here's a good explanation for this question
http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/mgm ... t1192.html
It was new to me that we can use 'as great', 'as genious', etc. without the second 'as'
thanks for the question
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Still not very much comfortable with this concept
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12 Aug 2009, 12:54
A by POE...

can't be E because the original sentence included the possibility of the impact being AS GREAT AS, but in E, it's GREATER than...plus i think E is a bit too wordy
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12 Aug 2009, 12:57
Yup OA is A.
I had A and E in mind. This is because we definitely need a comparison. It is awkward to say "although x is great ..., y is great". We can have "although x is great.., y is also equally great" OR "although x is great...,y is greater than x".
So only A and E were left.

I initially chose E but "what..." was a bit awkward in E and for A I had a problem with a single "as".
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Still not very much comfortable with this concept

me too, because it is so strongly rooted in me to use "as...as''
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One study found that although government policy and the industrial sector in which a company operates can influence its productivity and financial strength, management decisions have at least as great an impact on a company’s performance.

A. management decisions have at least as great an impact
B. decisions by management have a great impact
C. manager decisions impact greatly
D. decisions by a company’s management impact greatly
E. what a company’s management decides has a greater impact
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10 Oct 2009, 22:07
I will go with D.

A. management decisions have at least as great an impact (Awkward and unidiomatic)
B. decisions by management have a great impact (This is ok but is lacking the parallel structure with the Subordinate clause.)
C. manager decisions impact greatly(refering to in general manager decisions - changes the meaning.)
D. decisions by a company’s management impact greatly (This maintains the parallel structure with the the Subordinate clause.)
E. what a company’s management decides has a greater impact(Lacking parallel structure with the subordinate clause)
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10 Oct 2009, 22:25
Economist wrote:
A.
Comparison is needed which is absent in D.

But shouldn't there be something like "atleast as great as" for the structure to be idiomatic. And why do we need to have comparisions?
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yes, but "as great an impact" is also correct technically.
"although x is bla_bla, y is bla_bla"...something is missing here...it should be "although x is bla_bla, y is as bla_bla as X"....there should be some contrast by way of comparison with the usage of 'although'
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E.

A. management decisions have at least as great an impact
B. decisions by management have a great impact
C. manager decisions impact greatly
D. decisions by a company’s management impact greatly
E. what a company’s management decides has a greater impact

we need to have a comparison here! in the original sentence there is a word "although", which is a signal to look for comparative adjective here. "greater" can be found only in choice E.

PLUS the correct idiom here is "to have an impact ON"
we can easily eliminate answer choices C and D.
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11 Oct 2009, 09:58
i will agree on E.
'although' signals a contrast. which is given by only E
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OA is A

The original sentence correctly draws this comparison with the phrase “at least as great an impact.” Also, "government policy," "industrial sector," and "management decisions" are all correctly parallel
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