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Q) The higher productivity rate of some Japanese companies relative to comparable US companies is due not to their faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and equipment per production worker.

(A) their faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(B) their faster production lines, since they are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(C) faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and more
(D) the greater speed of their production lines, since they are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(E) ) the greater speed of their production lines, since production lines are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and more

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What's wrong with c?

1. are " faster production lines" and " the greater speed of their productin lines" different in terms of meaning?

2. I think that "since production lines~"in e makes more sense than "which are in fact~" in c, but I am not sure
about "their" in e. In fact, this is the reason that I ruled out e.
Isn't it possible that "their" refers to either Japanese companies or American companies?
Am I thinking too much??
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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21 Mar 2012, 16:20
"a greater amount of engineers and more equipment" is not redundant on E?
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23 Mar 2012, 02:32
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GUYS i think this question for other league NOT gmat.

we definitely cant use "amount" for "engineers"..!!
ignore this question and move on..!!
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29 Mar 2012, 04:45
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Q) The higher productivity rate of some Japanese companies relative to comparable US companies is due not to their faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and equipment per production worker.

(A) their faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(B) their faster production lines, since they are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(C) faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and more
(D) the greater speed of their production lines, since they are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(E) ) the greater speed of their production lines, since production lines are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and more

What's wrong with c?

1. are " faster production lines" and " the greater speed of their productin lines" different in terms of meaning?

2. I think that "since production lines~"in e makes more sense than "which are in fact~" in c, but I am not sure
about "their" in e. In fact, this is the reason that I ruled out e.
Isn't it possible that "their" refers to either Japanese companies or American companies?
Am I thinking too much??

1)Since here means because ---High productivity of Japanese Companies is not due to production lines,because(since)production lines are in fact slower
2)their refers to Japanese Companies as we are giving explanation why not high productivity in Japanese Companies is because of production lines but because of employees.
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08 Aug 2016, 12:16
Do you think "amount of engineers" is correct? Engineers are countable so we need to use "a number of". Right?
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A really tough question.

Was able to rule out options A, B & D because greater amount of engineers is mentioned but in the latter half the term 'more' is missing. I felt there should be a comparison point.

Option C does look concise, but 'faster production lines' sounds awkward. The usage of greater speed seems more apt. That's why I picked E.
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eybrj2 wrote:
Q) The higher productivity rate of some Japanese companies relative to comparable US companies is due not to their faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and equipment per production worker.

(A) their faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(B) their faster production lines, since they are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(C) faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and more
(D) the greater speed of their production lines, since they are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(E) ) the greater speed of their production lines, since production lines are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and more

What's wrong with c?

1. are " faster production lines" and " the greater speed of their productin lines" different in terms of meaning?

2. I think that "since production lines~"in e makes more sense than "which are in fact~" in c, but I am not sure
about "their" in e. In fact, this is the reason that I ruled out e.
Isn't it possible that "their" refers to either Japanese companies or American companies?
Am I thinking too much??

Why don't we have a -1Kudos here? This question deserves that as it is both absurd and absolutely annoying.
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01 Nov 2016, 08:58
Experts, can you please verify the veracity of this question? The source seems to be GMAT Paper Test, however the word 'amount' has been used to describe engineers. Thanks for your inputs.
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01 Dec 2016, 01:26
Request experts to please help us in eliminating Option C. Is this really a GMAT question ?
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Request experts to please help us in eliminating Option C. Is this really a GMAT question ?

In Option C, at first the Japaneses production lines are referred as faster and then refererd as slower. The reason for higher productivity are not the production lines (faster ones) - there is no question raised about that the lines are faster. However immediately after that declaration, exactly the oppposite is stated - that the lines are slower.

Option E states that greater speed is not the reason - in fact the production lines are slower.
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02 Dec 2016, 19:22
eybrj2 wrote:
Q) The higher productivity rate of some Japanese companies relative to comparable US companies is due not to their faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and equipment per production worker.

(A) their faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(B) their faster production lines, since they are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(C) faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and more
(D) the greater speed of their production lines, since they are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(E) ) the greater speed of their production lines, since production lines are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and more

What's wrong with c?

1. are " faster production lines" and " the greater speed of their productin lines" different in terms of meaning?

2. I think that "since production lines~"in e makes more sense than "which are in fact~" in c, but I am not sure
about "their" in e. In fact, this is the reason that I ruled out e.
Isn't it possible that "their" refers to either Japanese companies or American companies?
Am I thinking too much??

I choose E because the sentence provides clear meaning "production lines are in fact slower"
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04 Dec 2016, 08:23
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eybrj2 wrote:
Q) The higher productivity rate of some Japanese companies relative to comparable US companies is due not to their faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and equipment per production worker.

(A) their faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(B) their faster production lines, since they are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(C) faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and more
(D) the greater speed of their production lines, since they are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(E) ) the greater speed of their production lines, since production lines are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and more

What's wrong with c?

1. are " faster production lines" and " the greater speed of their productin lines" different in terms of meaning?

2. I think that "since production lines~"in e makes more sense than "which are in fact~" in c, but I am not sure
about "their" in e. In fact, this is the reason that I ruled out e.
Isn't it possible that "their" refers to either Japanese companies or American companies?
Am I thinking too much??

I choose E because the sentence provides clear meaning "production lines are in fact slower"

In C as well, the pronoun "which" clearly refers to "production lines". So one cannot prefer E over C because of this point.
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eybrj2 wrote:
Q) The higher productivity rate of some Japanese companies relative to comparable US companies is due not to their faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and equipment per production worker.

(A) their faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(B) their faster production lines, since they are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(C) faster production lines, which are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and more
(D) the greater speed of their production lines, since they are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and
(E) ) the greater speed of their production lines, since production lines are in fact slower in the Japanese companies, but to a greater amount of engineers and more

What's wrong with c?

1. are " faster production lines" and " the greater speed of their productin lines" different in terms of meaning?

2. I think that "since production lines~"in e makes more sense than "which are in fact~" in c, but I am not sure
about "their" in e. In fact, this is the reason that I ruled out e.
Isn't it possible that "their" refers to either Japanese companies or American companies?
Am I thinking too much??

I agree with kraizada84: we cannot use amount for engineers. As he claims, this is not a GMAT question.
I also agree with lamanxa: if we use a greater amount of integers, the "more" in "more equipment" is either redundant or unnecessary.

However, if we overlook these problems, the sentence becomes interesting. The focus is on the use of the pronouns "which" and "they". These pronouns do not refer to" production lines", but to "faster production lines". The production lines cannot be faster and slower at the same time.

In choices A and C, "which" refers to faster production lines, so we cannot say that faster production lines are slower.
Choices B and D, we have the same problem, the pronoun "they" refers to faster production lines; production lines cannot be slower at the same time.
Choice E avoids this problem by repeating "production lines" instead of using a pronoun.
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10 Mar 2018, 06:52
ATTENTION!

The question E is wrong. I faced that question 2 minutes ago. haha.

It is (E) --> the greater speed of their production lines, since production lines are in fact slower in the Japanese comanies, but to a greater number of engineers and more

(C) is wrong, for faster lines cannot be faster and slower at the same time.

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