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# The computer company reported strong second-quarter earnings

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Re: The computer company reported strong second-quarter earnings [#permalink]

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08 Dec 2017, 10:36
Long underline. I think there will be structure, meaning, or parallelism issues.

A: Regarding structure, there's a subject and a verb. I don't see any issues, so I'll look at B
B: Company is singular
C: Meaning issue. The report didn't surpass expectations.
D: This sequence looks off. I think it's because of the use ", and" that makes it seem there are three items being discussed. There are only two items: reported and announced.
E: The firm didn't surpass estimates. The earnings surpassed estimates.

My selection: Choice A.
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10 Apr 2018, 07:40
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Long underline. I think there will be structure, meaning, or parallelism issues.

A: Regarding structure, there's a subject and a verb. I don't see any issues, so I'll look at B
B: Company is singular
C: Meaning issue. The report didn't surpass expectations.
D: This sequence looks off. I think it's because of the use ", and" that makes it seem there are three items being discussed. There are only two items: reported and announced.
E: The firm didn't surpass estimates. The earnings surpassed estimates.

My selection: Choice A.

Hello articuno,

You have done good quick analysis of this official sentence. This one should not take too long to solve. And you have done a good job with this one. Keep it up.

However, the reason that you have presented to reject Choice D is not correct as there is no comma + and in this choice.

I have seen that many posters in this thread have rejected Choice D for wordiness. Choice D has very deterministic errors.

i. Use of while is incorrect in the context of this sentence because the company did not do the action of reporting and announcing together.

ii. Use of comma + verb-ing modifier announcing… is incorrect because this choice enforces the cause-and-effect relationship between reporting the strong earnings and announcing the price cuts. Per the original sentence, these two are independent actions by the computer company. Hence, this forced cause-and-effect relationship changes the meaning of the sentence.

iii. Increasing sales did not surpass Wall Street's estimates. Per the original sentence, second-quarter earnings did so.

iv. Use of simple present tense verb surpass is incorrect. This choice says that the first in a series of price cuts were announced to increase sales. So these sales are yet to surpass the estimates of Wall Street.

Hope this helps.
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11 Apr 2018, 01:25
I do agree with option-A but still I believe there is a ambiguity ...."surpassed Wall Street’s estimates "

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11 Apr 2018, 11:54
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I do agree with option-A but still I believe there is a ambiguity ...."surpassed Wall Street’s estimates "

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Hello tamal99,

I am not sure what is your doubt with regards to the usage of "surpassed Wall Street's estimates".

The word surpassed is the verb for the subject that = strong second-quarter earnings.

The earnings surpassed Wall Street's estimates.

As already explained in this thread earlier, usage of plural estimates is correct because the sentence intends to say Wall Street made more than one estimate about the particular earning.

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11 Apr 2018, 13:11
Hello Moderators,

I think there is a discrepancy in the version of Choice D that appears in this thread and the OGVR 18.

D. The computer company reported strong second-quarter earnings, while announcing the first in a series of price cuts for the purpose of increasing sales further that surpass Wall Street’s estimates.

Per OGVR 18#249, Choice D reads:

D. The computer company reported strong second-quarter earnings, surpassing Wall Street’s estimates, and announcing the first in a series of price cuts for the purpose of further increasing sales.

articuno,

While my response for Choice D per the thread, your analysis is for Choice D as it appears in the book. Hence, the confusion regarding comma + and.

I request the moderators to look into the matter.

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11 Apr 2018, 23:04
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As I understand that option A should have been modified like- surpassed Wall Street’s estimates of that
just for better clarity.
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12 Apr 2018, 10:04
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As I understand that option A should have been modified like- surpassed Wall Street’s estimates of that
just for better clarity.

Hello tamal99,

Thank you for the clarification.

I am afraid, however, I do not understand what do you mean to suggest.

Can you please write the entire sentence with the modification that you suggested in your previous post and explain how that modification makes sense in the sentence?

Looking forward to hear from you.
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15 Apr 2018, 00:10
Hello egmat,

I believe option -A would be more clear with a addition of demonstrative pronoun- those, where the antecedent would be - earnings.
we need to specify which estimation of Wall street we are talking about as there would be numerous estimations from Wall street, though logically we can predict the same.

The computer company reported strong second-quarter earnings that surpassed Wall Street’s estimates of those and announced the first in a series of price cuts intended to increase sales further.
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29 May 2018, 14:38
tamal99 wrote:
Hello egmat,

I believe option -A would be more clear with a addition of demonstrative pronoun- those, where the antecedent would be - earnings.
we need to specify which estimation of Wall street we are talking about as there would be numerous estimations from Wall street, though logically we can predict the same.

The computer company reported strong second-quarter earnings that surpassed Wall Street’s estimates of those and announced the first in a series of price cuts intended to increase sales further.

Hello tamal99,

I apologize for getting back to this post so late. Sincere apologies.

IMHO, we do not requite those estimates exclusively in the sentence because the sentence clearly says that the second-quarter earnings surpassed Wall Street's estimates. There is nothing else that the sentence talks about that Wall Street's estimates can be logically associated with.

Hence, the intended meaning is absolutely clear from the original sentence.

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30 May 2018, 02:50
egmat wrote:
tamal99 wrote:
Hello egmat,

I believe option -A would be more clear with a addition of demonstrative pronoun- those, where the antecedent would be - earnings.
we need to specify which estimation of Wall street we are talking about as there would be numerous estimations from Wall street, though logically we can predict the same.

The computer company reported strong second-quarter earnings that surpassed Wall Street’s estimates of those and announced the first in a series of price cuts intended to increase sales further.

Hello tamal99,

I apologize for getting back to this post so late. Sincere apologies.

IMHO, we do not requite those estimates exclusively in the sentence because the sentence clearly says that the second-quarter earnings surpassed Wall Street's estimates. There is nothing else that the sentence talks about that Wall Street's estimates can be logically associated with.

Hence, the intended meaning is absolutely clear from the original sentence.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.

Thanks a lot Shraddha for your clarification.

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