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Several columnists have harshly criticized a prominent construction company for, first of all, failing to complete projects on time, and secondarily, for their failure to adhere to government guidelines regarding construction of residential buildings.

A. secondarily, for their failure to
B. secondly, for their failure to
C. secondly, that they failed and did not
D. second, that they failed to
E. second, for failing to
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E is the best ...but comma before "and" is bothering me ..any thoughts on that ...

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Several columnists have harshly criticized a prominent construction company for, first of all, failing to complete projects on time, and secondarily, for their failure to adhere to government guidelines regarding construction of residential buildings.


A. secondarily, for their failure to

B. secondly, for their failure to

C. secondly, that they failed and did not

D. second, that they failed to

E. second, for failing to




Several columnists have harshly criticized a prominent construction company for, first of all, failing to complete projects on time, and secondarily, for their failure to adhere to government guidelines regarding construction of residential buildings.


A. secondarily, for their failure to

B. secondly, for their failure to
The pronoun their is plural, but the noun company is singular.


C. secondly, that they failed and did not

Not Parallel. 'They' is plural.

D. second, that they failed to


E. second, for failing to

'First' and 'second' are parallel, and 'for failing to replace' and 'for failing to investigate' are parallel as well.

Hence, E.
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E is the best ...but comma before "and" is bothering me ..any thoughts on that ...


Hi sobby ,

Comma before 'and' is fine in E. We are trying to separate the two lists from the lot of information between them.

This usage is fine on GMAT.
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Several columnists have harshly criticized a prominent construction company for, first of all, failing to complete projects on time, and secondarily, for their failure to adhere to government guidelines regarding construction of residential buildings.

A. secondarily, for their failure to
B. secondly, for their failure to
C. secondly, that they failed and did not
D. second, that they failed to
E. second, for failing to

E it is, critisize company for failing to x and for failing to y. How come "their" can be right when company is singular

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the comma after and is used to show the second failed entity it is not what you are thinking such as IDc and all and also all options are using they or their which is ambiguous except E .

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Several columnists have harshly criticized a prominent construction company for, first of all, failing to complete projects on time, and secondarily, for their failure to adhere to government guidelines regarding construction of residential buildings.

A. secondarily, for their failure to ===> Company is Singular, their is plural here, Hence incorrect.
B. secondly, for their failure to ===> Company is Singular, their is plural here, Hence incorrect.
C. secondly, that they failed and did not ===> Company is Singular, they is plural here, Hence incorrect.
D. second, that they failed to ===> Company is Singular, they is plural here, Hence incorrect.
E. second, for failing to ===> Correct
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Several columnists have harshly criticized a prominent construction company for, first of all, failing to complete projects on time, and secondarily, for their failure to adhere to government guidelines regarding construction of residential buildings.

A. secondarily, for their failure to
B. secondly, for their failure to
C. secondly, that they failed and did not
D. second, that they failed to
E. second, for failing to


Hi Guys,

I chose E, but I was confused because of the position "for" is placed in the first part of the sentence...

"...company for, first of all, failing to complete projects on time, second, for failing to..."

I was thinking like..... for parallel structure "for" should be in the same positions either before (first & second) or after (first & second)

Can anyone help in explaining this, thx
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