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06 Apr 2014, 15:03
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Coming from the UK, I believe my colleagues would wonder if I had a pint had I wrote such a sentence.

10kentoo wrote:
It's strange for this sentence to work without the preposition 'on'. In British English this sentence would never make sense, but I guess it's an American exam though so I will need to adapt
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23 Apr 2014, 08:07
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 \$12 billion 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 \$12 billion 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 \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months

(E) executive announced plans Wednesday that are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months

Modifier error : executive's plans cannot outline his strategy, it should be chief executive.

Option D and E.

to cut is preferred to show an intent. Hence D)

The issue with Option D) is missing “on” preposition. Is this correct? or am I missing something important. Please clarify.
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16 Mar 2015, 03:32
pls give me a kudos if the following is help ful.

in the pattern main clause+to do, to do shows a hypothetical, so, we do not need "are to do"

"that are" in E can not jump "wedndays " to modiy "plans" because wednsday is not modifier of "plans".

"to do" in D modifies/refer to the previous main clause, not to "plans" because the adverb "wednsday", which modifies the whole clause separate "to do" from "plan"

from my explanation above, you see, I hope, the nice quality of offiical questions.
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20 May 2015, 23:32
even if someone else talking about Executives plan then that someone has to be there after comma.Also the modifier can not be like 'outlining his strategy'. 'his' should be changed to 'executive plans'..

Naina1 wrote:
I have a doubt here. Couldn't some other person announce the executive's plans?
Then in that case, C looks good to me.
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21 May 2015, 13:16
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.
1. Eliminate A, B, and C - a verb should follow "chief"
2. Eliminate E. "plans that are to cut" is less direct than "plans to cut"

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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03 Jun 2015, 01:49
two important point
noun to do
is correct
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10 Nov 2015, 03:19
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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?

No need to talk why A,B and C are wrong. Here we have a battle between D and E.
And here's why D is the correct answer - Just read the text below (text from SC Manhattan GMAT)

You should also recognize the subtle differences between using a present participle (or a relative clause)
and using an infinitive to modify a noun. Consider the following correct examples and their meaning:

Present Participle: A technique ALLEVIATING pain is growing popular.
Relative Clause: A technique THAT ALLEVIATES pain is growing popular.

Both of these examples indicate that the technique itself alleviates pain. In other words, technique is
meant to be the subject of the action alleviate. Now consider the following example, which is also correct
but slightly different.

Infinitive: A technique TO ALLEVIATE pain is growing popular.

This sentence means that you (or someone else) can alleviate pain by means of this technique. In other
words, technique is not meant to be the subject of the action alleviate. Often, when you modify a noun
with an infinitive, that noun is not the implied subject of the infinitive
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14 Mar 2017, 16:08
daagh wrote:
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

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 \$12 billion 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 \$12 billion 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 \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months
(E) executive announced plans Wednesday that are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months

Hi daagh,
In this question the correct choice is D. We can easily eliminate choice A, B, and C for the wrong use of antecedent for pronoun 'his'. Here, 'executive's plans' and 'his' can't be the same thing-''executive's plans'' indicates the person's 'plans' and 'his' indicates the 'person himself'.

If this is the case, then how ''his'' is ok for ''Ryunosuke Akutagawa‘s knowledge'' in the following link?

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ryunosuke-ak ... 35722.html
In this question, there is no antecedent of "his", i think.
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17 Mar 2017, 04:58
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daagh wrote:
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

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 \$12 billion 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 \$12 billion 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 \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months
(E) executive announced plans Wednesday that are to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly \$12 billion in assets over the next 18 months

Hi daagh,
In this question the correct choice is D. We can easily eliminate choice A, B, and C for the wrong use of antecedent for pronoun 'his'. Here, 'executive's plans' and 'his' can't be the same thing-''executive's plans'' indicates the person's 'plans' and 'his' indicates the 'person himself'.

If this is the case, then how ''his'' is ok for ''Ryunosuke Akutagawa‘s knowledge'' in the following link?

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ryunosuke-ak ... 35722.html
In this question, there is no antecedent of "his", i think.
Thank you daagh...

Notice there are two things in this question.
1. His Usage
2. Modifier usage.

As per the meaning of the sentence, we are told that someone is outlining something. Now, Plans could not outline anything. It MUST be the chief who is outlining his strategy via those plans. Hence, D is correct here.

In the question you mentioned, his is correctly used to refer to a Possessive case.

So, this questions is actually using a modifier to denote an action while the other question is using a possessive pronoun to refer to a possessive case.

P.S.: Meaning should be a deciding factor in case of such confusions.
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23 Mar 2017, 09:18
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 pronoun 'his' can refer to a person and not to action or plans. Clearly A,B, and C are out.
Option D is the correct answer.
Option E is using 'that are to cut' although it conveys the same meaning but is excessive.
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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

Hence - D
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07 Nov 2017, 17:56
gmatdog wrote:
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'.

I have seen some questions where usage of possessive to refer back to his/her is correct and the understanding was that gmat is now more flexible in this usage/acceptance.
Is there any other problem in A other that possessive reference in comparison?
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18 Feb 2018, 08:18
His can only refer to chief executive. So, option A, B & C are out.
Option D is correct.
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10 Mar 2018, 12:03
This one gem of a question blending pronoun and modifier together in a single question. Though After reading the all the justifications for the errors, there is one doubt in my mind pinching me.

It makes sense that the Modifier Outlining his strategy...... (Modifier) --> have to modifier Cheif Executive- There is no doubt about it.But I feel that his, in this sentence, perfectly refers to Cheif executive.

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