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The computer company registered a $16 million net loss for the year, largely because it was profitable only overseas, where much of their profits were used for paying higher taxes, while continuing to lose money in North America.

a) where much of their profits were used for paying higher taxes, while continuing

b) where much of their profit went to pay higher taxes, as they continued

c) where much of its profit went to pay higher taxes, while it continued

d) with much of their profits going to pay higher taxes, while continuing

e) with much of the profit used for paying higher taxes, as it continued

Originally posted by faifai0714 on 06 Apr 2007, 01:21.
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The computer company registered a $16 million net loss for the year, largely because it was profitable only overseas, where much of their profits were used for paying higher taxes, while continuing to lose money money in North America.

a) where much of their profits were used for paying higher taxes, while continuing --> Pronoun problem.

b) where much of their profit went to pay higher taxes, as they continued
again pronoun problem

c) where much of its profit went to pay higher taxes, while it continued
profit went to pay is awkward

d) with much of their profits going to pay higher taxes, while continuing

Pronoun problem

e) with much of the profit used for paying higher taxes, as it continued
Right.



In C - profit went to pay higher taxes is awkward.

I think E is the right answer.
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New post 06 Apr 2007, 09:57
Incorrect pronoun uage(they, their) A,B,D are eliminated

Between C and E, C brings out the clarity in thought.
The business made profit overseas but it was paying higher taxes there and hence nullified the profits while losses in North America effectively brought losses to the company
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why C ??
- "Its" correctly refers to company i.e singular
- "profit" correctly is singular - original has "profits"
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The computer company registered a $16 million net loss for the year, largely because it was profitable only overseas, where much of their profits were used for paying higher taxes, while continuing to lose money money in North America.

a) where much of their profits were used for paying higher taxes, while continuing

b) where much of their profit went to pay higher taxes, as they continued

c) where much of its profit went to pay higher taxes, while it continued--Correct

d) with much of their profits going to pay higher taxes, while continuing--Modifier

e) with much of the profit used for paying higher taxes, as it continued
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The computer company registered a $16 million net loss for the year, largely because it was profitable only overseas, where much of their profits were used for paying higher taxes, while continuing to lose money money in North America.

==Parallel construction ===
a) where much of their profits were used for paying higher taxes, while continuing
== company/their don't agree ==

b) where much of their profit went to pay higher taxes, as they continued
== company/their don't agree ==

c) where much of its profit went to pay higher taxes, while it continued
== Correct ==

d) with much of their profits going to pay higher taxes, while continuing
== company/their don't agree ==

e) with much of the profit used for paying higher taxes, as it continued
== awkward construction ==
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The computer company registered a $16 million net loss for the year, largely because it was profitable only overseas, where much of their profits were used for paying higher taxes, while continuing to lose money money in North America.

a) where much of their profits were used for paying higher taxes, while continuing

b) where much of their profit went to pay higher taxes, as they continued

c) where much of its profit went to pay higher taxes, while it continued

d) with much of their profits going to pay higher taxes, while continuing

e) with much of the profit used for paying higher taxes, as it continued


A B and D are out for use of 'their'
C seems wrong as 'went to pay' is unidiomatic
E seems best
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A,B,D -> 'their' points to overseas. Incorrect since the overseas sites did not pay higher taxes

Between C and E, we need 'while' to emphasize that the loss of money was constant.
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much of its profit "went to pay", isn't it awkward???
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Hi,

A straight C in under a minute.

a) where much of their profits were used for paying higher taxes, while continuing-"their" is wrong for the comany which is singular.Incorrect.

b) where much of their profit went to pay higher taxes, as they continued-"their" is wrong for the comany which is singular.Incorrect.

c) where much of its profit went to pay higher taxes, while it continued-Correct

d) with much of their profits going to pay higher taxes, while continuing-"their" is wrong for the comany which is singular.Incorrect.

e) with much of the profit used for paying higher taxes, as it continued-"where was much of the profit used?" also "as" suggests a reason whereas we need a contrast-incorrect.
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daagh chetan2u could you guys please explain the construction of C?

Went to pay higher taxes? Profits went to pay? I mean is it right? It's like we are verbally converting Hindi phrase into an English

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daagh chetan2u could you guys please explain the construction of C?

Went to pay higher taxes? Profits went to pay? I mean is it right? It's like we are verbally converting Hindi phrase into an English

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Hello dear GMATNinja,

Could you help us with this query? The construction in option C looks awkward. Please just compare options C and E for us.

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aalekhoza gmat1393

I see your confusion between C and E.

In E with is incorrectly used in place of where, which correctly refers to overseas.
We discussed usage of with in detail here.

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Option C is very poorly constructed and "profit went to pay" doesn't seem right at all. Is this question correct?

All other options are incorrect too but option C is even more :? .
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A question from our sentence correction "ask me anything" thread:

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Can you please help in explaining this Question

How is E better than C?

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(C) is better than (E), as it turns out.

Here it is again, with everything besides (C) and (E) removed:
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The computer company registered a $16 million net loss for the year, largely because it was profitable only overseas, where much of their profits were used for paying higher taxes, while continuing to lose money in North America.

(C) where much of its profit went to pay higher taxes, while it continued

(E) with much of the profit used for paying higher taxes, as it continued

This is a pretty unsatisfying question, unfortunately.

First, let’s talk about the non-issues. We could argue about the idiom (“went to pay” vs. “used for paying”), but I’m not convinced that one is better than the other. I think that “while” does a nicer job of indicating that these actions were simultaneous, but I'm not sure that “as” is WRONG here, exactly.

The bigger issue is where vs. with: “where much of its profit went to pay higher taxes” very clearly and succinctly modifies “overseas.” But it’s hard to make sense of “with” here. Check out this post for more on “with”, but the short version is that in a construction that uses “clause + with”, “with” generally modifies the preceding verb. For example, in the phrase "I ate dosas with a smart guy named Daagh", the part in red gives us more information about what I did while I ate dosas. Fair enough.

And that just doesn’t seem to work in the original sentence: “it was profitable overseas, with much of the profit used for paying higher taxes” – huh? How does "with much of the profit used for paying higher taxes" modify "was", or even the fact that the company was profitable overseas? It doesn't make sense.

We could also argue that in (C) “much of its profit went to pay higher taxes”, is a nice, clear, active clause, since the word “went” operates as a verb. However, the phrase “with much of the profit used for paying higher taxes” is more passive – “used” is basically functioning as a modifier, not a verb. Is that a terrible crime? No! This isn’t a major issue, but I’d prefer the active and clearer option, since it’s available to us in (C).

But the “where” vs. “with” thing is a pretty big deal, even if it isn’t the easiest thing to explain. ;)

I hope this helps!
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