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Interesting discussion. D is definitely the right answer. First in D, as part of the dep. clause, "their" is not ambiguous at all and it refers to "workers". E's problem is as MA pointed out and it is because it is passive. The active voice would be what D is. The issue b/w D and E is definitely one of conciseness. I'll give you two examples:
The house that lies across the hill is blue The house across the hill is blue
Notice how the first sentence could be simplified to the second one without altering the understanding of it. By introducing a "that", restrictive clause, the setence is lengthened and it is crucial that you take the most concise answer in GMAT world.
Unlike most severance packages, which require workers to stay until the last day scheduled to collect, workers at the automobile company are eligible for its severance package even if they find a new job before they are terminated.
D) their last scheduled day in order to collect, the automobile companys severance package is available to workers.
E) the last day that they are scheduled to collect, the automobile companys severance package is available to workers
Ok After all this discussiona and brain stroming I have figured a subtle difference ..as hinted by Paul. Thanks Paul I knew you wil come to rescue.
My Thoughts are as follows:
let's look at E first:
E) the last day that they(WROKERS) are scheduled to collect( ellipsis PACKAGES), the automobile companys severance package is available to workers
Don't you guys think that "THEY ARE" here is unnecessary as even if we stike out "THEY ARE" and read the sentence it will read perfectly fine lets c that
Unlike most severance packages, which require workers to stay until the last day that they are scheduled to collect, the automobile companys severance package is available to workers.
I hope you guys don'e see yellow.
Don't you guys think it reads much better.
But, I think a better version of D without change would have been: D) their last scheduled day [strike]in order[/strike]to collect, the automobile company's severance package is available to workers.
Let me know if any of rules are broken with this....
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