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# The company announced that its gross margin improved in the second qua

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01 Jan 2019, 10:55
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Project SC Butler: Day 56: Sentence Correction (SC2)

The company announced that its gross margin improved in the second quarter largely due to contracts it renegotiated with several of their suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue.

(A) their suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

(B) their suppliers and that other vendors need to agree to renegotiate for the trend to continue

(C) its suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

(D) its suppliers and that other vendors need to agree to renegotiate for the trend to continue

(E) the company's suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

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01 Jan 2019, 11:49
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The company announced that its gross margin improved in the second quarter largely due to contracts it renegotiated with several of their suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue.

their ---> Incorrect, it refers to company (singular). Eliminating Option A and B.
(A) their suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

(B) their suppliers and that other vendors need to agree to renegotiate for the trend to continue

The second sentence is not parallel.
Structure: The company announced that X improved due to Y and if Z X will continue.
(C) its suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue
(E) the company's suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

Left with D.
(D) its suppliers and that other vendors need to agree to renegotiate for the trend to continue
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01 Jan 2019, 12:11
The company announced that its gross margin improved in the second quarter largely due to contracts it renegotiated with several of their suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue.

Meaning analysis: Company announced 2 things:
1. That companies gross margin improved in the second quarter
2. if other vendors would agree to renegotiate this trend would continue

Error analysis:
1st “its” possessive pronoun unambiguously refers to “the company”
2d “it” also unambiguously refers to “the company”
3d “their” – cannot refer to only plural pronoun “contrast, it’s illogical. By the meaning of the sentence “their” refer to “the company”, so we have to use “its” here.
According to the verb tenses here, I’m okey with “would”, because “announced” in the simple past tense, hence conditionals here also have to be in the past tense or would verb. In real case it sounds like: If other vendors agree to renegotiate the trend will continue. First conditional, possible or likely things in the future. Fair enough?
Coming to //ism issue here, “that clause” and “if other vendors” seem not // to each other, but as for as I remember “Logic governs grammar” so per the original meaning of the sentence, this is acceptable (again, please correct if you see any mistakes or gaps in my explanation, thank you)

(A) their suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

(B) their suppliers and that other vendors need to agree to renegotiate for the trend to continue

(there is nothing about “need” in the original sentence)

(C) its suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

(D) its suppliers and that other vendors need to agree to renegotiate for the trend to continue

(at the first glance I treated this choice ascorrect one, but it totally distorts the original meaning of the sentence)

(E) the company's suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

(it was really hard for me to choose between C and E, grammatically both of them is fine, but I go to C, to me E is quite wordy, replacing “its suppliers” with “company's suppliers” doesn’t male any since to me, because we see that first two “it” clearly refer to “the company, so do third “its”, in the sentence if we have to repeat one pronoun several times, then it has to has ONE COMMON antecedent. This is our choice C. )

So I’m with C

I’m open to all your critics, this question was quite challenging to me

(please correct if you see any mistakes or gaps in my explanation, thank you)
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01 Jan 2019, 12:50
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IMO D

The company announced that its gross margin improved in the second quarter largely due to contracts it renegotiated with several of their suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue.

(A) their suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue--Incorrect, no antecedant of their

(B) their suppliers and that other vendors need to agree to renegotiate for the trend to continue___incorrect, same error as A

(C) its suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue---Incorrect, If hypothetical, than would .......if were, than would/ if past than would

(D) its suppliers and that other vendors need to agree to renegotiate for the trend to continue---Correct, subjunctive followed by that

(E) the company's suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue---Incorrect, same error as C
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Project SC Butler: Day 56: Sentence Correction (SC2)

The company announced that its gross margin improved in the second quarter largely due to contracts it renegotiated with several of their suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue.

(A) their suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

(B) their suppliers and that other vendors need to agree to renegotiate for the trend to continue

(C) its suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

(D) its suppliers and that other vendors need to agree to renegotiate for the trend to continue

(E) the company's suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

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A - Their is incorrect pronoun - incorrect

B - same as A - incorrect

C - if + would , would is incorrect form of conditional verb pair - incorrect

D - Seems good - Correct

E - if + would , would is incorrect form of conditional verb pair - incorrect
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02 Jan 2019, 10:37
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Official Explanation :

The original sentence contains a list: the company announced that...and if, which is not parallel, so eliminate choice (A), and also choice (C) and (E), which repeat the error of if.

Choice (B) is parallel, but contains the pronoun their, which does not agree with the noun company, so eliminate this answer.

Choice (D) uses the parallel construction and that, and has the correct pronoun its, so this answer choice is correct.
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02 Jan 2019, 15:27
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This is a subjunctive sentence because it is hypothetical, so C is incorrect because of the use of 'would'?

Original C - its suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

So the correct form of C should include 'were'...

Corrected C - its suppliers and if other vendors were to agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

Is that the correct form of C?
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There is a problem with the modification/meaning or commas missing. The main issue I see with both C and E is that the company would be renegotiating the trend, not renegotiating contracts. It reads to me "renegotiating the trend" That's how I would solve it. It is clearly a differentiator between answer choices but for some reason OE from Princeton does not mention it or take advantage of it. It seems much easier than tracing idioms or parallelism here - I did not spot either, frankly. Did I miss anything else?

Spot "their" vs. "its" and only leave "its" since it's company - simple SVA issue.
Spot "the trend" vs. "for the trend" and only leave "for the trend" - simple modifier/meaning tweak
Join the two together and that leaves D as the only option.

P.S. I don't really see any difference between C and E. It is pretty much identical and C probably more concise.
I would not bring subjunctive here as it is not subjunctive mood. Kevin1553 - subjunctive is always hypothetical, but only "unreal subjunctive" needs a "were" instead of "is/are/am/was".
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03 Jan 2019, 05:34
Dear GMATGuruNY

I do not know how this construction works:

'The company announced that its gross margin improved ...... due to contracts it renegotiated with several...'

What is the subject? what is the role of it?

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04 Jan 2019, 10:49
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The company announced that its gross margin improved in the second quarter largely due to contracts it renegotiated with several of their suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue.

(A) their suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

(B) their suppliers and that other vendors need to agree to renegotiate for the trend to continue

(C) its suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

(D) its suppliers and that other vendors need to agree to renegotiate for the trend to continue

(E) the company's suppliers and if other vendors would agree to renegotiate the trend would continue

The usage of "due to" in the non-underlined portion of the sentence is incorrect.
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10 Jan 2019, 21:51
bb "negotiate the trend" part was sooo subtle and I failed to notice it which makes option C as a clear winner....Hatsoff to you !I just realised how minute details I should go in to select a clear winner

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