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The Baldrick Manufacturing Company has for
several years followed a policy aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving the efficiency of its
distribution system.
(A) aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving
(B) aimed at the decreasing of operating costs and to improve
(C) aiming at the decreasing of operating costs and improving
(D) the aim of which is the decreasing of operating costs and improving
(E) with the aim to decrease operating costs and to improve

I am confused between C & A. which one is correct?
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04 Nov 2009, 22:58
I believe its A since aimed at is more idiomatic than saying 'aiming at'.
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05 Nov 2009, 00:04
I don't get the OA.
Why "aimed"? Does it mean "a policy which is aimed at..."? But this doesn't make sense because I don't think passive voice is correct here. I think the active voice is better: "a policy which aims at..." = "a policy aiming at...".
However, C is not correct because "the decreasing ...and the improving" is not correct.
So I think E is the best though I don't really like "with the aim"

Could anyone explain why "aimed" is correct in A?
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I am confused between C & A. which one is correct?
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in C, "the" decreasing is not correct
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07 Nov 2009, 21:44
can anyone explain why E is not correct? thx
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22 Nov 2009, 04:20
Option E has with aim to and that's incorrect usage

So option A is the correct OA

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22 Nov 2009, 07:39
TomB wrote:
The Baldrick Manufacturing Company has for
several years followed a policy aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving the efficiency of its
distribution system.
(A) aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving
(B) aimed at the decreasing of operating costs and to improve
(C) aiming at the decreasing of operating costs and improving
(D) the aim of which is the decreasing of operating costs and improving
(E) with the aim to decrease operating costs and to improve

I am confused between C & A. which one is correct?
[Reveal] Spoiler:
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The problem with Choice C is the verb.
The verb of the original sentence is "has..aimed"
Choice C distorts the verb form by making it "has...aiming", which is grammatically wrong.

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The best choice, A, offers an adjective phrase unequivocally modifying policy and exhibiting grammatical parallelism (decreasing ... and improving). In choice B, the gerund the decreasing is not grammatically parallel with the infinitive to improve. Likewise, in C and D, the decreasing of... costs is not parallel with improving the efficiency. In E, the infinitives to decrease and to improve, while parallel, are less idiomatic than the prepositional phrase of decreasing ... and improving in modifying the noun aim. Also, with the aim... improve can easily be construed as referring to the Baldrick Manufac­turing Company and so does not refer unequivocally to policy.

TomB wrote:
The Baldrick Manufacturing Company has for
several years followed a policy aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving the efficiency of its
distribution system.
(A) aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving
(B) aimed at the decreasing of operating costs and to improve
(C) aiming at the decreasing of operating costs and improving
(D) the aim of which is the decreasing of operating costs and improving
(E) with the aim to decrease operating costs and to improve

I am confused between C & A. which one is correct?
[Reveal] Spoiler:
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The problem with Choice C is the verb.
The verb of the original sentence is "has..aimed"
Choice C distorts the verb form by making it "has...aiming", which is grammatically wrong.

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22 Nov 2009, 10:38
TomB wrote:
The Baldrick Manufacturing Company has for
several years followed a policy aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving the efficiency of its
distribution system.
(A) aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving
(B) aimed at the decreasing of operating costs and to improve
(C) aiming at the decreasing of operating costs and improving
(D) the aim of which is the decreasing of operating costs and improving
(E) with the aim to decrease operating costs and to improve

I am confused between C & A. which one is correct?
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The problem with Choice C is the verb.
The verb of the original sentence is "has..aimed"
Choice C distorts the verb form by making it "has...aiming", which is grammatically wrong.

I think I was wrong in saying that "has..aimed" is the main verb.
Actually, I feel that "has followed" is the main verb of the sentence and "aimed at decreasing....." is a participle phrase modifing "policy"

Regarding choice C "the decreasing" being a complex gerund cannot be made parallel to "improving", which is a simple gerund. Hence not parallel
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23 Nov 2009, 07:06
nitya34 wrote:
The best choice, A, offers an adjective phrase unequivocally modifying policy and exhibiting grammatical parallelism (decreasing ... and improving). In choice B, the gerund the decreasing is not grammatically parallel with the infinitive to improve. Likewise, in C and D, the decreasing of... costs is not parallel with improving the efficiency. In E, the infinitives to decrease and to improve, while parallel, are less idiomatic than the prepositional phrase of decreasing ... and improving in modifying the noun aim. Also, with the aim... improve can easily be construed as referring to the Baldrick Manufac­turing Company and so does not refer unequivocally to policy.

TomB wrote:
The Baldrick Manufacturing Company has for
several years followed a policy aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving the efficiency of its
distribution system.
(A) aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving
(B) aimed at the decreasing of operating costs and to improve
(C) aiming at the decreasing of operating costs and improving
(D) the aim of which is the decreasing of operating costs and improving
(E) with the aim to decrease operating costs and to improve

I am confused between C & A. which one is correct?
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The problem with Choice C is the verb.
The verb of the original sentence is "has..aimed"
Choice C distorts the verb form by making it "has...aiming", which is grammatically wrong.

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22 Apr 2010, 04:39
Hi all,

Does "aimed at" modify "policy"?

I agree that the answer should be A but I have an issue with the answer. It says the policy "aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving the efficiency of its
distribution system". Why would the policy aims at improving the efficiency of the company's distribution system? It should be the company which aims at improving its efficiency right?

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22 Apr 2010, 05:07
I go for 'E' . whats OA??

in 'A' it says decreasing operating costs. adverb decreasing seem to modify both operating and costs.

which should be like improving the efficiency. here improving clearly modifies efficiency.

Can anyone explain why 'E' is incorrect
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nilesh376 wrote:
I go for 'E' . whats OA??

in 'A' it says decreasing operating costs. adverb decreasing seem to modify both operating and costs.

which should be like improving the efficiency. here improving clearly modifies efficiency.

Can anyone explain why 'E' is incorrect

Exactly my point. I think it should be E as stated by nilesh. Could anyone please throw some light on this?

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18 Mar 2012, 09:32
+1 for A.

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12 Feb 2013, 10:12
policy with the aim... in E

is not logic because policy can not have aim

a similar situation is from gmat prep

the fund, the intention of which

is not logic because the fund can not have intention.

to aim something at something
is idiom and so, A is correct.

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TomB wrote:
The Baldrick Manufacturing Company has for
several years followed a policy aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving the efficiency of its
distribution system.
(A) aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving >> Good
(B) aimed at the decreasing of operating costs and to improve >> NOT parallel
(C) aiming at the decreasing of operating costs and improving >> no main verb, fragmented
(D) the aim of which is the decreasing of operating costs and improving >> incorrect idiom
(E) with the aim to decrease operating costs and to improve >> no main verb, fragmented

I am confused between C & A. which one is correct?
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Two things are tested here, idioms and parallel structure
Idiom: "aim at" is correct
Subject of the sentence: "The Baldrick Manufacturing Company has for several years followed a policy"
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