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# SC Revision: By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan

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By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan operations, it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms.

(A) it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms

(B) a company’s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company’s products in order to meet its short and long term goals

(C) it can be determined by company managers how much effort ought to be devoted to each of the company’s products in order to meet its goals, both short and long term

(D) it may be possible for company managers to determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s short and long term goals

(E) managers at a company can determine how much effort ought to be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s goals in both the short and long term

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24 Jan 2016, 21:17
souvik101990 wrote:
By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan operations, it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms.

A. it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms

B. a company’s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company’s products in order to meet its short and long term goals

C. it can be determined by company managers how much effort ought to be devoted to each of the company’s products in order to meet its goals, both short and long term

D. it may be possible for company managers to determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s short and long term goals

E. managers at a company can determine how much effort ought to be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s goals in both the short and long term

Hi,
1) firstly the modifier in the beggining clause should have a recipient in the main clause and the recipient will be a person so B and D are the only viable options..
2) without looking any further, D can be eliminated because of ambiguous 'these' in 'these products'. there is no reference of 'these' anywhere.. so B is the answer..
Apart from this, short and long term goals is better than company’s goals in both the short and long term..
ans B
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25 Jan 2016, 03:59
By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan operations, it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms.

Non underlined portion talks about applying optimization technique
Who will apply this technique ? doer of the "applying optimization techniques" action.
Clearly no doer is present in the underlined portion. Hence this part is not performed by someone
We need a doer here

Option (B) a company’s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company’s products in order to meet its short and long term goals

Company's manager can apply the optimization technique and he can determine from the application what should be done next.
Also Company's is the possessive which is correctly referred by its a possessive pronoun

I think B should be the answer
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12 Jul 2016, 08:55
chetan2u wrote:
souvik101990 wrote:
By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan operations, it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms.

A. it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms

B. a company’s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company’s products in order to meet its short and long term goals

C. it can be determined by company managers how much effort ought to be devoted to each of the company’s products in order to meet its goals, both short and long term

D. it may be possible for company managers to determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s short and long term goals

E. managers at a company can determine how much effort ought to be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s goals in both the short and long term

Hi,
1) firstly the modifier in the beggining clause should have a recipient in the main clause and the recipient will be a person so B and D are the only viable options..
2) without looking any further, D can be eliminated because of ambiguous 'these' in 'these products'. there is no reference of 'these' anywhere.. so B is the answer..
Apart from this, short and long term goals is better than company’s goals in both the short and long term..
ans B

Hello chetan2u ,

There is no antecedent for 'its' in the correct option. the word company is not mentioned anywhere. The company's products cannot have goals. So isn't this option incorrect.
Or is this usage okay? In the first go I eliminated this option for the above reason. But after looking at other options, this one seemed correct. So, can you please let me know if this rule is flexible or there is some error in the correct option.
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12 Jul 2016, 22:47
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There is no antecedent for 'its' in the correct option. the word company is not mentioned anywhere.

Hi Gagan, actually its is used perfectly in option B because its is a possessive pronoun and so, will most appropriately refer to a possessive noun (company's in this case).
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12 Sep 2016, 08:57
What if we consider A as a general-istic statement? You know.. as if somebody on Discovery Channel is explaining something new about a commonly used techniques and there is no need mention who would use/apply those techniques.
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19 Jan 2017, 21:58
Hi all,
Why do we need to have an article "a" in "a company's managers"?
Isn't managers plural? I have never seen that we need an article for the possessive adjective ("a company's")

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20 Jan 2017, 22:14
sleepynut wrote:
Hi all,
Why do we need to have an article "a" in "a company's managers"?
Isn't managers plural? I have never seen that we need an article for the possessive adjective ("a company's")

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An article before a possessive refers ALWAYS to the possessive, NEVER to the noun. It is wrong to to use an article for a noun which has a possessive.

I want a book.... correct.
I want Anil's book... correct.
I want a Anil's book.. wrong.
I want a student's book.... correct ( "a" refers to student, not book).
I want a student's books... correct ( "a" refers to student, not books).

Therefore "a company's managers" is alright.
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21 Jan 2017, 09:34
chetan2u wrote:
souvik101990 wrote:
By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan operations, it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms.

A. it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms

B. a company’s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company’s products in order to meet its short and long term goals

C. it can be determined by company managers how much effort ought to be devoted to each of the company’s products in order to meet its goals, both short and long term

D. it may be possible for company managers to determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s short and long term goals

E. managers at a company can determine how much effort ought to be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s goals in both the short and long term

Hi,
1) firstly the modifier in the beggining clause should have a recipient in the main clause and the recipient will be a person so B and D are the only viable options..
2) without looking any further, D can be eliminated because of ambiguous 'these' in 'these products'. there is no reference of 'these' anywhere.. so B is the answer..
Apart from this, short and long term goals is better than company’s goals in both the short and long term..
ans B

Hi

Why did you not consider option E here? It signifies the doer of the action as managers at a company. Though the these products is wrong because company is singular.
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23 May 2017, 04:09
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Why did you not consider option E here? It signifies the doer of the action as managers at a company. Though the these products is wrong because company is singular.

Hi,

the biggest problem with E is "these products".

What products are we talking about? "These Products could be anything". We need to specify company's products.
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This sentence begins with a modifier, yet leaves absent who will be applying optimization techniques
(This is termed a "dangling" modifier.) Also, the sentence is unnecessarily wordy in its use of the
phrases “ought to” and “in both the short and long terms.”

(A) This choice incorrectly repeats the original sentence.

(B) CORRECT. The sentence correctly places “a company’s managers” adjacent to the modifier such
that the meaning is clear, and the sentence is otherwise concise.

(C) This answer does not correct the original modifier error. It also weakens the sentence by replacing
the active voice with the passive voice in its use of “can be determined by company managers.” The
sentence’s concluding use of “goals, both short and long term” is awkward.

(D) This answer does not correct the original modifier error. In this choice, the phrase “may be
possible” is unnecessary and weakens the sentence. This choice also incorrectly uses the word “these,”
as the products have not been referenced earlier in the sentence.

(E) This sentence resolves the modifier issue, but incorrectly uses the word “these,” as the products
have not been referenced earlier in the sentence. This choice is also wordy in its use of “ought to” and
“in both the short and long term.”
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26 Sep 2017, 07:19
B. a company’s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company’s products in order to meet its short and long term goals ( 'Its' refers to ' Company's Products ' )
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26 Sep 2017, 23:05
a company???s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company???s products in order to meet its short and long term goals.
In (b) second its referring to which antecedent?
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27 Sep 2017, 03:38
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a company???s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company???s products in order to meet its short and long term goals.
In (b) second its referring to which antecedent?

Hello ramsahoo,

Following is the sentence with correct answer choice B:

By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan operations, a company’s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company’s products in order to meet its short and long term goals.

As highlighted, the above-mentioned sentence uses the singular possessive pronoun its only once. This pronoun correctly refers to the singular possessive noun company's because per the context of the sentence, by doing something specific, the managers of the company meet the short and long term goals of the company.

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02 Oct 2017, 11:49
souvik101990 wrote:
By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan operations, it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms.

A. it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms

B. a company’s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company’s products in order to meet its short and long term goals

C. it can be determined by company managers how much effort ought to be devoted to each of the company’s products in order to meet its goals, both short and long term

D. it may be possible for company managers to determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s short and long term goals

E. managers at a company can determine how much effort ought to be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s goals in both the short and long term

Isn't the use of its short term and long term goals in option B ambiguous here?
Cn someone pls help in making sense out of this answer choice.
I would rather go with D, as it atleast clearly mentions the company's goals
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28 Nov 2017, 09:36
souvik101990 wrote:
By applying optimization techniques commonly used to plan operations, it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms.

A. it is possible to determine how much effort ought to be devoted to each of a company’s products in order to meet its goals in both the short and long terms

B. a company’s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company’s products in order to meet its short and long term goals

C. it can be determined by company managers how much effort ought to be devoted to each of the company’s products in order to meet its goals, both short and long term

D. it may be possible for company managers to determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s short and long term goals

E. managers at a company can determine how much effort ought to be dedicated to each of these products in order to meet the company’s goals in both the short and long term

Isn't the use of its short term and long term goals in option B ambiguous here?
Cn someone pls help in making sense out of this answer choice.
I would rather go with D, as it atleast clearly mentions the company's goals

Option B as well talks about company long and short-term goals. Its refer to company. Replace its with company and read the sentence and see whether that makes sense.

a company’s managers can determine how much effort should be dedicated to each of the company’s products in order to meet its short and long term goals

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