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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Pronoun Revision Project.

The lawyers for the patent holder pressed the federal judge to impose an injunction against the hardware manufacturer, arguing that they should take immediate action in order to prevent further economic damages against their client.

A. they should take immediate action in order to prevent further economic damages against their client

B. the judge act immediately in order to prevent the client from suffering further damages of an economic nature

C. they should act immediately to prevent further economic damages being suffered by the client

D. the judge act immediately in order to prevent them from suffering economic damages further

E. immediate action should be taken to prevent their client from suffering further economic damages
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Last edited by abhimahna on 20 Mar 2017, 00:19, edited 1 time in total.
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I believe E should be the answer. However, 'arguing that' should not be underlined in the original question.
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The original sentence is problematic in a number of ways. First, its use of the pronoun
“they” is incorrect in the first instance. The first “they” should refer to the federal judge,
who is singular. Hence, the use of the plural pronoun “they” is incorrect, particularly
when viewed in conjunction with the second pronoun “their” which correctly refers to
the lawyers. Also, the sentence is unnecessarily wordy, with “in order to” detracting
from the sentence’s conciseness. “Damages against their client” is unidiomatic.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This answer choice corrects the pronoun issue. However, this sentence is even
more unnecessarily wordy and awkward, replacing “economic damages” with
“damages of an economic nature.” Also, “the client” is an awkward use of the article
“the” given that “the client” refers to the patent holder, which appears in the sentence.

(C) The sentence incorrectly retains the first “they” pronoun error, though it omits the
use of the second “their.” Also, “the client” is an awkward use of the article “the” given
that “the client” refers to the patent holder, which appears in the sentence.

(D) This choice’s use of “them” incorrectly suggests that the lawyers are to be
protected from economic harm rather than their client, the patent holder.

(E) CORRECT. This sentence remedies the pronoun issue, and uses “their” correctly
in the second part of the sentence. It is also clear and concise.
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Re: Pronoun Revision: The lawyers for the patent holder [#permalink]

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The original sentence is problematic in a number of ways. First, its use of the pronoun
“they” is incorrect in the first instance. The first “they” should refer to the federal judge,
who is singular. Hence, the use of the plural pronoun “they” is incorrect, particularly
when viewed in conjunction with the second pronoun “their” which correctly refers to
the lawyers. Also, the sentence is unnecessarily wordy, with “in order to” detracting
from the sentence’s conciseness. “Damages against their client” is unidiomatic.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This answer choice corrects the pronoun issue. However, this sentence is even
more unnecessarily wordy and awkward, replacing “economic damages” with
“damages of an economic nature.” Also, “the client” is an awkward use of the article
“the” given that “the client” refers to the patent holder, which appears in the sentence.

(C) The sentence incorrectly retains the first “they” pronoun error, though it omits the
use of the second “their.” Also, “the client” is an awkward use of the article “the” given
that “the client” refers to the patent holder, which appears in the sentence.

(D) This choice’s use of “them” incorrectly suggests that the lawyers are to be
protected from economic harm rather than their client, the patent holder.

(E) CORRECT. This sentence remedies the pronoun issue, and uses “their” correctly
in the second part of the sentence. It is also clear and concise.


In E, it is not clear who will take the action. The doer of the action is missing here. In original sentence it is mentioned that somebody (they - either lawyers or judge) will take the action. So, there is an information gap in this choice. Can a choice be considered correct without communicating all information?
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New post 02 Jun 2015, 02:21
Can somebody throw more light on why B is incorrect
apart from being wordy
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Can somebody throw more light on why B is incorrect
apart from being wordy


Hi kanigmat011,

'Awkward/Wordy' is the only reason for elimination. I cannot find another reason either!
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Pronoun Revision Project.

The lawyers for the patent holder pressed the federal judge to impose an injunction against the hardware manufacturer, arguing that they should take immediate action in order to prevent further economic damages against their client.

A. they should take immediate action in order to prevent further economic damages against their client
'They' and 'Them' are ambigous

B. the judge act immediately in order to prevent the client from suffering further damages of an economic nature
Economic damages to damages of economic nature. .Option is unecessarily wordy.

C. they should act immediately to prevent further economic damages being suffered by the client
'They' is ambigious

D. the judge act immediately in order to prevent them from suffering economic damages further
Correct answer

E. immediate action should be taken to prevent their client from suffering further economic damages
Correct choice.
Re: Pronoun Revision: The lawyers for the patent holder   [#permalink] 13 Mar 2017, 11:15
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