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# The company refused to disclose the details of their

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13 Aug 2005, 02:48
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The company refused to disclose the details of their meeting; rather, they said there would be a press release forthcoming.

(A) The company refused to disclose the details of their meeting; rather, they said there would be a press release forthcoming.

(B) The company refused to disclose the details of its meeting; rather, they said there would be a press release forthcoming.

(C) The company refused to disclose the details of its meeting; rather, it said there would be a press release forthcoming.

(D) The company refused to disclose the details of its meeting; rather, a spokesperson said that there would be a press release forthcoming.

(E) The company refused to disclose the details of their meeting; rather, a spokesperson said that there would be a press release forthcoming.

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13 Aug 2005, 02:59
Pokhran II wrote:
The company refused to disclose the details of their meeting; rather, they said there would be a press release forthcoming.

(A) The company refused to disclose the details of their meeting; rather, they said there would be a press release forthcoming.

(B) The company refused to disclose the details of its meeting; rather, they said there would be a press release forthcoming.

(C) The company refused to disclose the details of its meeting; rather, it said there would be a press release forthcoming.

(D) The company refused to disclose the details of its meeting; rather, a spokesperson said that there would be a press release forthcoming.

(E) The company refused to disclose the details of their meeting; rather, a spokesperson said that there would be a press release forthcoming.

I think it is between C and D, others you can eliminate for subejct verb agreement error. D is better becuase it uses that to introduce subsequent phrase.
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13 Aug 2005, 05:53
Company is a singular noun, so (A) and (E) are out because they use the wrong pronoun 'their'.

The same problem with (B) which used "they'

Between (C) and (D), I'll go with D. I think a spokesperson said is better than 'it said' since a company can't really speaK (literall)

D for me.
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13 Aug 2005, 06:16
I remember from somewhere that a semicolon in GMAT SCs requires the the sentence on either side to be able to stand on its own. With that logic, D is the best choice for me.
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13 Aug 2005, 10:06
ywilfred wrote:
Company is a singular noun, so (A) and (E) are out because they use the wrong pronoun 'their'.

The same problem with (B) which used "they'

Between (C) and (D), I'll go with D. I think a spokesperson said is better than 'it said' since a company can't really speaK (literall)

D for me.

I dont buy it.. The company can REFUSE, but can not SPEAK..

I dont think it has anything to do with it.

I think you need a semicolon to show a relation of first IC with the second.
Otherwise, you can seperate the 2 sentences by a full stop.

I will Pick D because D has THAT after said... which is missing in C.
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14 Aug 2005, 02:44
riteshgupta1 wrote:
ywilfred wrote:
Company is a singular noun, so (A) and (E) are out because they use the wrong pronoun 'their'.

The same problem with (B) which used "they'

Between (C) and (D), I'll go with D. I think a spokesperson said is better than 'it said' since a company can't really speaK (literall)

D for me.

I dont buy it.. The company can REFUSE, but can not SPEAK..

I dont think it has anything to do with it.

I think you need a semicolon to show a relation of first IC with the second.
Otherwise, you can seperate the 2 sentences by a full stop.

I will Pick D because D has THAT after said... which is missing in C.

Well, the OA is D. But, the OE is bit confounding. Also the OE missed to point out the usage of "that" after "said" in choice C. By the way, this question is from Kaplan Qbank.

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Choice (C) is tempting, except that a company cannot actually say anything; it is an entity, and so "it said" is incorrect. Choice (D) specifies a spokesperson as the speaker, making the sentence clear.

My question is as same as riteshgupta1's. If company cannot speak (in literal terms), then it cannot refuse (in literal terms). On the other hand, I have a vague memory that I heard/read in newspapers that have sentences like "Company XYZ refused the offer,â€
14 Aug 2005, 02:44
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