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# QOTD: As the former CEO of Burberry

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Verbal Question of The Day: Day 115: Sentence Correction

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As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(A) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(B) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts has built tech-savvy retail stores where people can use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and she was not only influential on the fashion industry but also joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(C) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry, building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(D) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product; she later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(E) As Burberry’s CEO, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product and joining Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

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01 Oct 2017, 22:25
This isn’t an official question – and you probably know how I feel about those – but the question still deals with some interesting GMAT-like stuff. There are some “mechanical” elements (verb tenses, parallelism) that you ideally should notice right away, but the mechanics aren’t quite enough: you’ll have to think about meaning if you want to eliminate stuff efficiently. (For more on parallelism and meaning, check out our long YouTube webinar.)

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(A) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

Right off the bat, there’s a funky meaning issue here. “As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy stores…” Wait, no: she didn’t do those things as the former CEO. She did them when she actually WAS the CEO. (A similar little meaning issue can be found in this classic, official question: https://gmatclub.com/forum/as-the-forme ... 69993.html.)

Also, I’m not 100% sold on the way the parallelism interacts with the meaning here. “As the former CEO, Angela Ahrendts… built tech-savvy retail stores…, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple…” Structurally, those three past-tense verbs (“built”, “influenced”, “joined”) are parallel, but they aren’t really things that she did during her time as CEO – and they aren’t things that she did during her time as a former CEO, either.

(A) is out.

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(B) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts has built tech-savvy retail stores where people can use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and she was not only influential on the fashion industry but also joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

There’s all sorts of weird stuff in this one, mostly related to the logical sequence of events. Whenever a GMAT question uses different verb tenses, the actions must occur at different times. In other words: this is all about matching the verb tenses to the logical meaning of the sentence.

The use of present perfect tense (“…Ahrendts has built tech-savvy retail stores…”) suggests that she started building them in the past, and is still building them in the present. Fair enough, but the rest of the verbs in the sentence are in simple past tense (“was… influential” and “joined Apple”), and it’s hard to understand how that sequence of events could work. As CEO, she first built the stores, and then later became influential on the fashion industry... at around the same time she joined Apple, which isn’t exactly a fashion company? That really doesn’t make much sense.

If you wanted to be conservative, you could hang onto (B), but we’ll have a better option in a moment.

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(C) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry, building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

I don’t mind the use of the “-ing” modifier “building tech-savvy retail stores…”: it could plausibly tell us how, exactly she influenced the fashion industry. That’s not unreasonable, I guess.

The trouble is the parallelism and meaning: “As the former CEO of Burberry, Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry, (modifier), and joined Apple…” Wait, she couldn’t possibly have done both of those things as the former CEO of Burberry. She did the first thing AS the CEO – not as the former CEO – and she joined Apple later. These two verbs really shouldn’t be parallel, at least not as the sentence is currently constructed.

It’s a little bit subtle, but (C) is out.

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(D) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product; she later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(D) seems completely fine. The sentence very clearly tells us what Ahrendts did as the actual CEO of Burberry – not as the former CEO. Then, the business about joining Apple is very clearly presented as a completely separate action, in a completely separate independent clause that’s properly separated with a semicolon. Keep (D).

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(E) As Burberry’s CEO, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product and joining Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

This sounds OK superficially, but if we dig into the parallelism, we run into a problem. We have a nice “-ing” word that follows the word “and”, so we’ll need a couple of parallel “-ing” words. (More on those here.)

So we have: “…Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores… and joining Apple…” No, that doesn’t make sense: how could she influence the fashion industry by joining Apple?

(E) is gone, and (D) is the best we can do.
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02 Oct 2017, 02:15
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As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(A) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(B) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts has built tech-savvy retail stores where people can use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and she was not only influential on the fashion industry but also joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(C) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry, building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(D) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product; she later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(E) As Burberry’s CEO, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product and joining Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

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it should be " As the CEO of burberry".... whaterver angela did was during her tenure as CEO...

narrowed down to B and D.... IMO D
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I have a feeling it is C. The cause - effect is more clear here. She influenced fashion industry by building <> and as an outcome of her influence she created joined Apple. Please correct me if I am wrong !!
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My answer D

As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(A) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores. Modifier "influenced the fashion industry" not placed correctly.

(B) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts has built tech-savvy retail stores where people can use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and she was not only influential on the fashion industry but also joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores. Second part of the sentence do not make sense.

(C) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry, building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores. It seems that Angela Ahrendts did 3 things, influenced the fashion industry, Build tech savy stores and joined Apple, which is incorrect as per above.

(D) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product; she later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores. Correct Choice, two independent clause are joined by semicolon (;)

(E) As Burberry’s CEO, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product and joining Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores. Changes the meaning
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How can we assume the influence on the fashion industry was because of the store building?

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This one seems very easy. I would have marked D as my answer.
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As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores
(A) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores..[/u] - Building tech savvy retail stores and influencing the fashion industry aren't two parallel action, she influenced the fashion industry by building these stores.
Also, it doesn't make sense, that she joined Apple as the former CEO of Burberry.

(B) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts has built tech-savvy retail stores where people can use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and she was not only influential on the fashion industry but also joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.- This defies the intended parallel structure of the sentence. (has built, was, joined)

(C) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry, building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.- At first look, this can be considered partially correct- however, the main issue is meaning and parallel structure (building tech-savvy...and joined Apple)

(D) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product; she later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.- This is the correct option, given that it makes logical sense. As the CEO, she influenced the industry (how-by building tech-savvy retail stores. Using a semi-colon, for an independent clause leaves no room for ambiguity)

(E) As Burberry’s CEO, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product and joining Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.-( Could people join Apple as Senior Vice-President- doesn't make sense)
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As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(A) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(B) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts has built tech-savvy retail stores where people can use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and she was not only influential on the fashion industry but also joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(C) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry, building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(D) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product; she later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(E) As Burberry’s CEO, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product and joining Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

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The answer is D
A " and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores " should refer to the Subject but here it is parallel to the participle clause and it does not make sense that it modifies the action "built fashion stores"
B There is a shift in tense we want to say that the act of building is over when she was the CEO of Burberry so this option is not good.Also there is wrong usage of parallelism "and she was not only influential on the fashion industry but also joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores."
C This choice seems to suggest that the act of influencing and joining apple happened at the same time thus this choice is also incorrect .
D correct It uses correct time frame and the meaning is very clear
E Won because of the clause" and she was not only influential on the fashion industry but also joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores."The use of and here is wrong there should have been a subject after and .
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As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(A) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts built tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, influenced the fashion industry, and later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(B) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts has built tech-savvy retail stores where people can use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and she was not only influential on the fashion industry but also joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(C) As the former CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry, building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product, and joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(D) As the CEO of Burberry, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product; she later joined Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

(E) As Burberry’s CEO, Angela Ahrendts influenced the fashion industry by building tech-savvy retail stores where people could use their smartphones to learn more about a product and joining Apple as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

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I have a doubt between the expression" As the former CEO of Burberry" and " As the CEO of Burberry".
Do both mean the same or is any subtlety involved ?
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I have a doubt between the expression" As the former CEO of Burberry" and " As the CEO of Burberry".
Do both mean the same or is any subtlety involved ?
Experts please help

Explanation above should help now: https://gmatclub.com/forum/qotd-as-the- ... l#p1936112. (It wasn't posted yet when you asked your question!)
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