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Since 1986, when the Department of Labor began to allow investment officers' fees to be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations began paying their investment advisers a small basic fee,with a contract promising higher fees if the managers perform well.

(A) investment officers’ fees to be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations began
(B) investment officers’ fees to be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations began
(C) that fees of investment officers be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations have begun
(D) fees of investment officers to be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations have begun
(E) that investment officers' fees be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations began
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11 Jul 2008, 06:23
IMO C.
Correctly using subjunctive and second part is using "have begun" which implies something started in past and still going on.
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11 Jul 2008, 06:40
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Since 1986, when the Department of Labor began to allow investment officers' fees to be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations began paying their investment advisers a small basic fee,with a contract promising higher fees if the managers perform well.

(A) investment officers’ fees to be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations began
(B) investment officers’ fees to be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations began
(C) that fees of investment officers be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations have begun
(D) fees of investment officers to be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations have begun
(E) that investment officers' fees be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations began

It is understood that the corporations has begun paying since 1986, this is still effective now. So present perfect tense should be used. So (A), (B), (E) are out.

I think (C) is better (D) because "how the fnds they manage perform" is more concise.
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11 Jul 2008, 11:06
Since 1986, when the Department of Labor began to allow investment officers' fees to be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations began paying their investment advisers a small basic fee,with a contract promising higher fees if the managers perform well.

(A) investment officers’ fees to be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations began
(B) investment officers’ fees to be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations began
(C) that fees of investment officers be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations have begun
(D) fees of investment officers to be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations have begun
(E) that investment officers' fees be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations began

I could eliminate (C) and (E) since "began to allow X to be based on Y" is correct and "began to allow that X be based on Y" is incorrect grammar

Now options are (A) ,(B) and (D)
(A) is eliminated since "how they perform "
makes the statement unnecessarily lengthy and awkward
(D) is eliminated since have begun is not correct here and not in agreement with the tense

Kindly post the OA and OE
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11 Jul 2008, 11:19
vksunder wrote:
Since 1986, when the Department of Labor began to allow investment officers' fees to be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations began paying their investment advisers a small basic fee,with a contract promising higher fees if the managers perform well.

(A) investment officers’ fees to be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations began
(B) investment officers’ fees to be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations began
(C) that fees of investment officers be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations have begun
(D) fees of investment officers to be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations have begun
(E) that investment officers' fees be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations began

D looks better.

A, B,E are out.. Possesive poision... Subjct/Object pronoun can't refer back to Possessive Nouns.
C -- looks awkard..
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11 Jul 2008, 11:53
A, B, and E are out off the bat because "Since" implies that it is still happening currently, an idea that "have begun" expresses but "began" does not.

The choice between D and C comes down to whether it's better writing to use a clause or a phrase. I choose D because I think it's better writing to use the phrase...based on -> how... is a lot less clear than based on -> the performance. Also I could be wrong on this, but I believe in C the past tense of "perform" would be more appropriate because the clause it is embedded in is correctly using the past tense.
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11 Jul 2008, 22:47
vksunder wrote:
Since 1986, when the Department of Labor began to allow investment officers' fees to be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations began paying their investment advisers a small basic fee,with a contract promising higher fees if the managers perform well.

(A) investment officers’ fees to be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations began
(B) investment officers’ fees to be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations began
(C) that fees of investment officers be based on how the funds they manage perform, several corporations have begun
(D) fees of investment officers to be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations have begun
(E) that investment officers' fees be based on the performance of the funds they manage, several corporations began

A, B E are out because 'they' can't refer to possessive noun

I will go with C for correct for subjunctive
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11 Jul 2008, 23:27
allow-that is not sounding right in C. And there is no problem with D. So vote for D.
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