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# That every worker has a clean criminal record is of some importance to

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02 Mar 2016, 11:53
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jwamala wrote:
Can someone explain why "consider it important" is an OK construction here?

It's about idiomatic usage - consider X Y is the correct form; consider X as Y is wrong; consider X to be Y is a suspect.

example: I consider it important. correct...X= it, Y = important.
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31 May 2016, 13:30
Actually, gulbaghs, those two constructions actually mean the same thing. If I require X of someone, that means I require the person to have X. There's no significant difference in meaning in that part of E.

As others have pointed out, the problem with E is "the reason is . . . because." We should either say "The reason for X is that Y" or "X is true because of Y." It doesn't make sense to combine the two. The reason itself is not because of anything.
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01 Jun 2016, 03:13
pvsk1987 wrote:

A)That every worker has a clean criminal record is of some importance to investment banks which is why a stringent background check is a necessary prerequisite for all of their job applicants
It should be his or her

B)Clean criminal records of their employees is important to investment banks; hence, a stringent background check are necessary prerequisites for employment
is necessary

C)Because they consider it important that all of their employees have a clean criminal record, investment banks require each job applicant to undergo a stringent background check

D)It is of some importance that all investment banks’ workers have clean criminal records which is why many of them undergo stringent background checks
It destroys the entire meaning. It means the employed workers are undergoing a background check instead of the applicants

E)The reason that investment banks require background checks of their applicants is because they require clean criminal records of their employees
redundant

Best is C

In C because THEY...... what does they refer to, is this not a case of pronoun ambiguity
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01 Jun 2016, 10:51
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In C because THEY...... what does they refer to, is this not a case of pronoun ambiguity

Replace the Pronoun with the Noun it is referring to and check for the consistency in the sentence....

Because investment banks ( they ) consider it important that all of investment banks ( their ) employees have a clean criminal record, investment banks require each job applicant to undergo a stringent background check.

Because employees ( they ) consider it important that all of investment banks ( their ) employees have a clean criminal record, investment banks require each job applicant to undergo a stringent background check.

Who can consider employees have a clean criminal record ? Only investment banks ...

Thus the second option is incorrect and inconsistent and the Pronoun They Clearly refer to investment banks and is unambiguous...

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02 Jun 2016, 04:39
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pvsk1987 wrote:

A)That every worker has a clean criminal record is of some importance to investment banks which is why a stringent background check is a necessary prerequisite for all of their job applicants
It should be his or her

B)Clean criminal records of their employees is important to investment banks; hence, a stringent background check are necessary prerequisites for employment
is necessary

C)Because they consider it important that all of their employees have a clean criminal record, investment banks require each job applicant to undergo a stringent background check

D)It is of some importance that all investment banks’ workers have clean criminal records which is why many of them undergo stringent background checks
It destroys the entire meaning. It means the employed workers are undergoing a background check instead of the applicants

E)The reason that investment banks require background checks of their applicants is because they require clean criminal records of their employees
redundant

Best is C

In C because THEY...... what does they refer to, is this not a case of pronoun ambiguity

No, the pronoun "they" is not ambiguous. If a pronoun is the subject of a clause and there are two or more possible antecedents, of which only one is the subject of another clause in the sentence, then the pronoun would unambiguously refer to the subject antecedent by virtue of parallelism. This usage is allowed in GMAT.

Here "they" is the subject of the independent clause and "investment bankers" is the subject of the main clause. Hence "they" clearly refers to "investment bankers".

Another point: A pronoun may appear in a sentence before its antecedent does.
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25 Sep 2016, 08:23
I eliminated C because I thought "it" does not have a clear reference.
Can please someone help me and explain to me, to what "it" is referring?

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25 Sep 2016, 11:46
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I eliminated C because I thought "it" does not have a clear reference.
Can please someone help me and explain to me, to what "it" is referring?

Thank you.
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Here "it" is a placeholder, i.e. it holds the place of a subject or an object phrase that is required to be shifted to the end of the sentence to avoid awkwardness:

To see you is good.
It is good to see you.: Placeholder "it" holds the position of "to see you".

That we found a way out was critical for us.
It was critical for us that we found a way out.: Placeholder "it" holds the position of "that we found a way out".

Do not search for an antecedent for a placeholder "it".

Similarly, in this example:

They consider it important that all of their employees have a clean criminal record.

"It" is placeholder for "that all of their employees have a clean criminal record".

Without the placeholder"it" the sentence would be awkward:
That all of their employees have a clean criminal record they consider important.
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25 Sep 2016, 11:50
thank you very much sayantanc2k for the detailed explanation.
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25 Sep 2016, 20:48
are the words "necessary" and "prerequisites" redundant?
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27 Sep 2016, 00:07
khv, prerequisites are necessary by definition, so yes, that's redundant. The phrase "necessary prerequisite" certainly gets thrown around a bit in everyday usage, perhaps to emphasize a prerequisite that you really should/must meet rather than one that is simply traditional, but I don't think we'd be likely to see this usage in a correct SC answer.
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08 Oct 2016, 08:20
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What does the "IT" refer to in C ?? C is a mess

The pronoun "it" is used as a placeholder. A placeholder "it" does not have an antecedent. Consider the following:

It seems that you are ill.
Here "it" is used to hold the position of "that you are ill".

Similarly in option C, "it" is used to hold the position of "that all of their employees have a clean criminal record".

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09 Oct 2016, 03:10
Are there any rules to use it as a place holder ? Or "IT" can be used as a place holder without any antecedent ?
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09 Oct 2016, 09:24
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Are there any rules to use it as a place holder ? Or "IT" can be used as a place holder without any antecedent ?

As described in my previous post, do not search for an antecedent for a placeholder "it".

"It" is used to hold the position of an awkward subject or object, which is often moved to the end of the sentence.

That you are ill seems..... the subject that-clause is awkward. Hence it is taken at the back of the sentence and "it" holds its position.
It seems that you are ill.

Instead of a that-clause, an infinitive could also be the subject.

To see you is good---- awkward
It is good to see you.... correct.
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01 Apr 2017, 02:06
C is the correct answer as
I think it should be C(best possible in avail ans)...
A has redundant 'which' in 'which is why'.
B records require ' are'..
D wordy and in E,use of reason and because together is unnecessary
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21 Mar 2018, 01:37
tejal777 wrote:
That every worker has a clean criminal record is of some importance to investment banks which is why a stringent background check is a necessary prerequisite for all of their job applicants.

(A) That every worker has a clean criminal record is of some importance to investment banks which is why a stringent background check is a necessary prerequisite for all of their job applicants.

(B) Clean criminal records of their employees is important to investment banks; hence, a stringent background check are necessary prerequisites for employment.

(C) Because they consider it important that all of their employees have a clean criminal record, investment banks require each job applicant to undergo a stringent background check.

(D) It is of some importance that all investment banks’ workers have clean criminal records which is why many of them undergo stringent background checks.

(E) The reason that investment banks require background checks of their applicants is because they require clean criminal records of their employees.

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28 Mar 2018, 09:17
I would also like to add that "which" should have a comma before it when used in the sentence and should be used in context to word it follows
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24 Apr 2018, 18:36
I reversed (C) and made it:

(C) Investment banks require each job applicant to undergo a stringent background check,
because they consider it important that all of their employees have a clean criminal record.

They and their refer to banks, and it is a place holder.
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