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# Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate

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Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate back to health,the chief executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

A executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
B executive's plans, which are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
C executive's plans for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
D executive announced plans Wednesday to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
E executive announced plans Wednesday that are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

The OA is intriguing... can someone shed some light?

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Eg. I usually go grocery shopping Sunday = correct?
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A, B, C can be elimniated as 'his' can only refer to the chief executive and not to his plans.
Between D and E, 'plans to cut' is much better than 'plans that are to cut'.

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If the problem is about using Wednesday barely without the preposition on, then I would say tht it is an accepted version all over American journalism and composition to use timelines without the proposition on. This choice also proves GMAT has taken it. Otherwise, D is the correct choice for reasons given by gmatdog
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22 Jun 2012, 07:20
Yea I was basically wondering about the missing preposition. I learnt something new today!

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22 Jun 2012, 10:55
Thank macjas for posting this topic. Although choosing the correct one, I still got the new things today. It's about the usage of preposition in set the date in journalism and news.
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22 Jun 2012, 11:15
by elimination selected A and D, then found "on" missing in D..marked A .. :/

if "on" is placed in D, it sounds perfect but daagh explanation made me learn something today.
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Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate back to health,the chief executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

A executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
B executive's plans, which are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
C executive's plans for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
D executive announced plans Wednesday to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
E executive announced plans Wednesday that are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

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Eg. I usually go grocery shopping Sunday = correct?

I chose (D) as well, based on the overall meaning of the sentence. "his" clearly references the chief executive however "chief executive's plans" is a possessive noun and "his" and "plans" do not go together. So the choices were narrowed down between (D) and (E). (E) was eliminated as "that" has no place in the clause as were are already talking about the plans and do not need reference it again.

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29 Dec 2012, 12:40
macjas wrote:
Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate back to health,the chief executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

A executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
B executive's plans, which are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
C executive's plans for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
D executive announced plans Wednesday to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
E executive announced plans Wednesday that are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

The OA is intriguing... can someone shed some light?

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Eg. I usually go grocery shopping Sunday = correct?

Could someone explain why OffAnsw doesn't use preposition "on" before "Wednesday" ? Is it correct to say "executive announced plans Wednesday" instead of "executive announced plans on Wednesday"?
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27 Jan 2013, 20:36
with D in that doesn't it change the meaning of the phrase? The chief executive didn't announce it, rather his plans were announced. 2 totally different things, no?

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31 Jan 2013, 22:18
E teach us how to use relative pronoun

x of y , which/that

if y work , which modify y
if y dose not work and y modify x and can not be placed any where, which jump y to modify x
if y dose not modify x , which can not jump

e is in case 3rd.
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D is the best answer though there is some ambiguity with its meaning. The opening phrase says 'his strategy' then it should be followed by 'chief executive' not 'cheif executive's plan'
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05 Mar 2013, 03:38
macjas wrote:
Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate back to health,the chief executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

A executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
B executive's plans, which are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
C executive's plans for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
D executive announced plans Wednesday to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
E executive announced plans Wednesday that are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

The OA is intriguing... can someone shed some light?

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Eg. I usually go grocery shopping Sunday = correct?

Please notice "his" in the modifier. Thus a proper noun (not possessive noun like executive's plans) should come after the modifier. So, only D & E has this. And to express intent or purpose use "verb to" form . Therefore, D.
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Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate back to health,the chief executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

Just taking modifers

Outlining his strategy ..... ,the chief executive's plans .....

Xing , Y

now is it not that X should modify Y .
Which is better ?

Outlining ..... CE's plan
Outlining .... CE
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Which is better ?

Outlining ..... CE's plan
Outlining .... CE

This question is a classic case of dangling modifier

Chief Executive's plan cannot outline the strategy, only CE can do so.

The use of V+ing at the beginning of a sentence is often made to be dangling. Although this form is Verb modifier, It still need a noun subject that makes sense.

Hope it helps a little bit.
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If the problem is about using Wednesday barely without the preposition on, then I would say tht it is an accepted version all over American journalism and composition to use timelines without the proposition on. This choice also proves GMAT has taken it. Otherwise, D is the correct choice for reasons given by gmatdog

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Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate back to health,the chief executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

A executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
B executive's plans, which are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
C executive's plans for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
D executive announced plans Wednesday to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
E executive announced plans Wednesday that are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

POE:
1. Modifier --> Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate back to health should modify executive ( and not executive's plan) so Option A,B,C are Incorrect.

2.Option D vs Option E ---> plans to cut the company's huge debt vs plans that are to cut the company's huge debt
Option E is wordy & construction is awkward.
so Option D is the correct choice!!

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28 Jul 2013, 05:53
It is a 15-20 secs question.

The first is modifying CE not his plans, so be quick and eliminate A,B and C

Between D and E. Consider that after Wednesday there must be an infinitive to show the purpose so again be quick and choose D as the correct answers.

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Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate back to health,the chief executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

A executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
B executive's plans, which are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
C executive's plans for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
D executive announced plans Wednesday to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
E executive announced plans Wednesday that are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

POE:
1. Modifier --> Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate back to health should modify executive ( and not executive's plan) so Option A,B,C are Incorrect.

2.Option D vs Option E ---> plans to cut the company's huge debt vs plans that are to cut the company's huge debt
Option E is wordy & construction is awkward.
so Option D is the correct choice!!

Hi Gpsao ,

Can you please explain how exactly you zeroed in that construction is awkward .

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Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate back to health,the chief executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

A executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
B executive's plans, which are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
C executive's plans for cutting the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months were announced on Wednesday.
D executive announced plans Wednesday to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months
E executive announced plans Wednesday that are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12billion in assets over the next 18 months

The OA is intriguing... can someone shed some light?

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Eg. I usually go grocery shopping Sunday = correct?

Outlining HIS strategy, therefore we cannot refer to his "plans", therefore, A/B/C gone.. "that are to cut" is ambiguous, so we go with D

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