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The J.C.Penney chain of retail stores broke with its conservative cash-and-carry policy during its 1958 reorganization for deciding to sell on credit.

A. during its 1958 reorganization for deciding to sell
B. for the decision at its 1958 reorganization to sell
C. when it was reorganized in 1958 for its decision to sell
D. in deciding during its reorganization in 1958 to sell
E. by deciding at its reorganization in 1958 on the selling of
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15 Sep 2008, 06:26
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The J.C.Penney chain of retail stores broke with its conservative cash-and-carry policy during its 1958 reorganization for deciding to sell on credit.

A. during its 1958 reorganization for deciding to sell
B. for the decision at its 1958 reorganization to sell
C. when it was reorganized in 1958 for its decision to sell
D. in deciding during its reorganization in 1958 to sell
E. by deciding at its reorganization in 1958 on the selling of

First, decide to...E out.
Second, during 1958 reorganization..wrong..A & D out.
Now only B & C left. B seems clear in meaning. "when it was reorganized in 1958" is redundant and "for its decision to sell" is awkward in expression. SO I went to B.
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15 Sep 2008, 13:26
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The J.C.Penney chain of retail stores broke with its conservative cash-and-carry policy during its 1958 reorganization for deciding to sell on credit.

A. during its 1958 reorganization for deciding to sell
B. for the decision at its 1958 reorganization to sell
C. when it was reorganized in 1958 for its decision to sell
D. in deciding during its reorganization in 1958 to sell
E. by deciding at its reorganization in 1958 on the selling of

The answer should be D. I disagree with the answer B to be correct because it's not logical for a chain to break something so that it can decide on something. If companies in general first have to take action before it can decide, then that can lead to catastrophe.

Option D implies that the decision took place either during the breaking or before the breaking. We definitely do not want to say that the decision took place after the breaking, something that option B does.
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This que is inspired from one of the 1000SC que: (Que# 543)

Oberlin College in Ohio was a renegade institution at its 1833 founding for deciding to accept both men and women as students.
(A) at its 1833 founding for deciding to accept
(B) for the decision at its 1833 founding to accept
(C) when it was founded in 1833 for its decision to accept
(D) in deciding at its founding in 1833 to accept
(E) by deciding at its founding in 1833 on the acceptance of
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15 Sep 2008, 17:01
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humtum0 wrote:
IMO Ans is D

This que is inspired from one of the 1000SC que: (Que# 543)

Oberlin College in Ohio was a renegade institution at its 1833 founding for deciding to accept both men and women as students.
(A) at its 1833 founding for deciding to accept
(B) for the decision at its 1833 founding to accept
(C) when it was founded in 1833 for its decision to accept
(D) in deciding at its founding in 1833 to accept
(E) by deciding at its founding in 1833 on the acceptance of

kindly explain

D is the answer. The expression of "at its founding in 1833" is correct.
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The J.C.Penney chain of retail stores broke with its conservative cash-and-carry policy during its 1958 reorganization for deciding to sell on credit.

A. during its 1958 reorganization for deciding to sell
B. for the decision at its 1958 reorganization to sell
C. when it was reorganized in 1958 for its decision to sell
D. in deciding during its reorganization in 1958 to sell
E. by deciding at its reorganization in 1958 on the selling of

This Q is really confusing..........

this is by far the best explanation i found on the web by Eli Meyer (Kaplan Teacher)

(A) has a modification error; the phrase 'for deciding to sell' appears to modify 'reorganization', implying that the reorganization's purpose was to decide to sell on credit--this doesn't make much sense. We can eliminate (A), as well the tempting (C) for repeating that error.

From there, idiom errors take down the remaining two incorrect answers. (B) indicates that J.C Penny "broke with its...policy FOR the decision," which in addition to being awkward indicates that the decision was the reason for breaking with tradition--rather than the break in tradition itself. (E) just gets 'deciding' wrong; "Deciding... on the selling of..." isn't the right idiom here.

Though (D) has an awkward-sounding gerund in it's midst, the sentence we have is grammatically correct and its meaning is unambiguous and logical. For that reason, (D) is the correct answer.

BUt im still confused. Will be of great help if some of the experts can shed some more light on this. Thanks in advance
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30 Aug 2016, 09:20
Confused. What is the actual OA, C or D?
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23 Mar 2017, 23:25
I know B/D is wrong b/c of meaning (there's not a physical gathering that you can 'decide at') but i'm not certain why the others are wrong. can someone please elaborate some?
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I know B/D is wrong b/c of meaning (there's not a physical gathering that you can 'decide at') but i'm not certain why the others are wrong. can someone please elaborate some?

Option A is wrong because:
1. "1958 reorganisation" is considered awkward in GMAT.
2. In general, it is preferable that an object of preposition be a concrete noun (if available) rather than a gerund. Thus "for decision" is better than "for deciding"

Option E is wrong because:
1. "deciding on" is idiomatically wrong in this case - should be "deciding to".
2. "by deciding" is wrong since this construction implies a purpose - not the intended meaning.
3. "selling of on..." does not make any sense.
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