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# The computer companys present troubles are a result of

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13 Jun 2010, 06:10
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The computer company’s present troubles are a result of technological stagnation, marketing missteps, and managerial blunders so that several attempts to revise corporate strategies have failed to correct it.

A. so that several attempts to revise corporate strategies have failed to correct it.
B. so that several attempts at revising corporate strategies have failed to correct
C. in that several attempts at revising corporate strategies have failed to correct them
D. that several attempts to revise corporate strategies have failed to correct
E. that several attempts at revising corporate strategies have failed to correct them

I marked the correct OA but I want to confirm my reasoning. So, please share your ideas.
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Re: The computer company's problems [#permalink]

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13 Jun 2010, 08:34
A. failed to correct it. The troubles? First of all that is incorrect since troubles is plural. Secondly it alters the intended meaning that we are trying to correct the stagnation, missteps and blunders.

B. This is a run-on sentence "so that they have failed to correct." Correct what?

C. This looks tempting, but remember, "in that" is only used for qualification. eg. Colleges can be difficult to get into, in that some of them have rigid recruitment policies. There's no cause-effect, but it provides a special case of when colleges are difficult to get into. Are we really qualifying that the troubles are a result of certain things, by saying no one could correct them?

D. Perfect. "that" correctly modifies the three causes of the troubles and says that attempts failed to correct them.

E. "Attempts at" is unidiomatic, and "correct them" is redundant and incorrect.

Pick D!

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Re: The computer company's problems [#permalink]

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18 Jun 2010, 20:18
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D is perfect.
Correct idiom : attempt to---> eliminates all except A and D
A violates SV agreement.

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Re: The computer company's problems [#permalink]

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18 Jun 2010, 21:15
Good eye, that's what I thoght. +1
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Re: The computer company's problems [#permalink]

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01 Jul 2010, 07:15
very good explanation at the below url:

the-computer-company-s-present-troubles-82468.html

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