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Promotions, retirements, deaths, and other actions approved by the board of directors at its May meeting will be reported in the July 15 issue of the company paper.

(A) Promotions, retirements, deaths, and other actions approved by the board of directors at its May meeting will be reported in the July 15 issue of the company paper.

(B) Promotions, retirements, and other actions which have been approved at the May meeting of the board of directors along with deaths, with be reported in the July 15 issue of the company paper.

(C) To be reported in the July 15 issue of the company paper are the promotions, retirements, deaths, and other actions which were approved at the board of directors’ May meeting.

(D) Meeting in May, the promotions, retirements, and other actions approved by the board of directors, including obituaries, will be reported in the July 15 issue of the company paper.

(E) The July 15 issue of the company paper will report on promotions, retirements, and other actions approved by the board of directors at its May meeting; the paper will also include obituaries.

In this problem, I chose A, but the OA is E. Although I do agree that active voice is better than passive, but option E doesn't make any sense to me. Can an "issue" actively report anything? Also, can a "paper" actively include anything? Option E implies that both the "issue" and the "paper" are living things with a conscious thought. For example, it's illogical to say:

1) The mail arrived into my mail box.
This sentence is illogical because the mail is not a living thing that can actively choose to move in order to arrive into someone's mail box

2) The mail was delivered into my mail box.
This sentence makes a logical sense because it implies that someone BROUGHT or CARRIED this mail and had it delivered into my mail box.

That's the reason i eliminated option E. What I know is that a passive sentence should be used when either that the subject doing the action is not mentioned or that the subject mentioned in the sentence can not logically do any action such as any non-living or abstract things. Can anyone add here some thought? thanks
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07 Mar 2008, 08:08
tarek99 wrote:
Promotions, retirements, deaths, and other actions approved by the board of directors at its May meeting will be reported in the July 15 issue of the company paper.

(A) Promotions, retirements, deaths, and other actions approved by the board of directors at its May meeting will be reported in the July 15 issue of the company paper.

(B) Promotions, retirements, and other actions which have been approved at the May meeting of the board of directors along with deaths, with be reported in the July 15 issue of the company paper.

(C) To be reported in the July 15 issue of the company paper are the promotions, retirements, deaths, and other actions which were approved at the board of directors’ May meeting.

(D) Meeting in May, the promotions, retirements, and other actions approved by the board of directors, including obituaries, will be reported in the July 15 issue of the company paper.

(E) The July 15 issue of the company paper will report on promotions, retirements, and other actions approved by the board of directors at its May meeting; the paper will also include obituaries.

In this problem, I chose A, but the OA is E. Although I do agree that active voice is better than passive, but option E doesn't make any sense to me. Can an "issue" actively report anything? Also, can a "paper" actively include anything? Option E implies that both the "issue" and the "paper" are living things with a conscious thought. For example, it's illogical to say:

1) The mail arrived into my mail box.
This sentence is illogical because the mail is not a living thing that can actively choose to move in order to arrive into someone's mail box

2) The mail was delivered into my mail box.
This sentence makes a logical sense because it implies that someone BROUGHT or CARRIED this mail and had it delivered into my mail box.

That's the reason i eliminated option E. What I know is that a passive sentence should be used when either that the subject doing the action is not mentioned or that the subject mentioned in the sentence can not logically do any action such as any non-living or abstract things. Can anyone add here some thought? thanks

Here I go with E. If you analize the answer choices the word "death" signals a problem. In A promotions, retirement, deaths and other actions were aproved bu the bord. A death cannot be aproved, it's just happen.

Answer choice E is the only one that express that the issue will report on promotions etc approved bu the board, and will also contain obituaries.
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07 Mar 2008, 08:17
Agree with E. Death cannot be approved by the board and thus needs to be separated from the other items that will be in the paper. This sentence is most clear and concise.
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07 Mar 2008, 08:21
I chose A even though E was close however obituaries? How is that the same as deaths. Obituaries are found in newspapers.

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07 Mar 2008, 08:45
terp26 wrote:
I chose A even though E was close however obituaries? How is that the same as deaths. Obituaries are found in newspapers.

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Obituary = a published notice of a death, sometimes with a brief biography of the deceased
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