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# Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate

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Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate [#permalink]

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Hi,

I am a non-native English speaker. I was going through the practice questions on OG 13th edition and I found myself confused when came across the below:

OG 13th Edition SC Q68 -

Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate back to health, the chief executive's plans were announced on Wednesday fpr cutting the company'shuge debt bv 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 byselling nearly$12 billion in assets overthe 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

OA: executive announced plans Wednesday to cut the company's huge debt by selling nearly $12billion in assets over the next 18 months. I got the answer wrong because I thought there should be 'on' preceding Wednesday. Could someone explain this to me please? Thanks a lot for your time [Reveal] Spoiler: OA Kudos [?]: 255 [0], given: 31 Moderator Joined: 01 Sep 2010 Posts: 3350 Kudos [?]: 8764 [1], given: 1139 Re: Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate [#permalink] ### Show Tags 03 Jan 2013, 16:52 1 This post received KUDOS nave81 wrote: Hi Carcass, thanks for the quick response. I understood how to eliminate the choices from OG's explanation section but my question was more fundamental than that - ie is it correct to say "CEO announced plans Wednesday" rather than "CEO announced plans on Wednesday". Am I missing a basic concept of English here? p.s - apologies for not posting the answer choices with my question. as far as I know is a question of style The preposition of time ON is used with sunday monday and so on......BUT (just yesterday this thing was said by E-Gmat instructor here on the board) is a question of PURE American english style to omit it I hope is clear now to you _________________ Kudos [?]: 8764 [1], given: 1139 Moderator Joined: 01 Sep 2010 Posts: 3350 Kudos [?]: 8764 [0], given: 1139 Re: Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate [#permalink] ### Show Tags 03 Jan 2013, 15:57 This question is a mess. and difficult But what you have to do as first thing is to ask your self what the CEO did ?? announced something ----> so the plans do not announced itself also the first threee choices are in passive voice and are incorrect Quote: A executive's plans were announced on Wednesday for cutting the company's huge debt byselling nearly$12 billion in assets overthe 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

So now we remain with D and E

As such, E has the problem the words: $$that are to cut the company's huge$$ seems that the plans cut the huge debt by itself

So D is the best choice

Thanks
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Re: Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate [#permalink]

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03 Jan 2013, 16:21
Hi Carcass, thanks for the quick response. I understood how to eliminate the choices from OG's explanation section but my question was more fundamental than that - ie is it correct to say "CEO announced plans Wednesday" rather than "CEO announced plans on Wednesday". Am I missing a basic concept of English here?

p.s - apologies for not posting the answer choices with my question.

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Re: Outlining his strategy for nursing the troubled conglomerate   [#permalink] 03 Jan 2013, 16:21
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