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The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges like morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members.

A)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges like morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members

B)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and also accountability among all team

C)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members.

D)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges like morale, team cohesion, and communication, and accountability between all team members

E)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion, and communication, and accountability between all the team members

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Learnt something new from this question.
Hint: "the water ran between my toes."
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09 Jul 2011, 05:56
Welp, I chose the incorrect answer A.

I narrowed down the choices between A and C and at the timing of answering couldn't see a difference. It wasn't until I pasted both into a text editor and compared them side-by-side that I finally saw the issue! Thanks for the curveball - particularly with the title of the post! =D

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A)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges like morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members

Uses the word 'like' in describing the various examples. This is incorrect.

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B)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and also accountability among all team

To me, just didn't sound right. I'm too early in my studies to pinpoint why. =)

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C)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members.

Differs from the original in that it uses the words 'such as' in describing the various examples. This is the correct answer.

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D)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges like morale, team cohesion, and communication, and accountability between all team members

Too many 'and's for my liking.

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E)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion, and communication, and accountability between all the team members

Too many 'and's for my liking.
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Welp, I chose the incorrect answer A.

I narrowed down the choices between A and C and at the timing of answering couldn't see a difference. It wasn't until I pasted both into a text editor and compared them side-by-side that I finally saw the issue! Thanks for the curveball - particularly with the title of the post! =D

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B)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and also accountability among all team

To me, just didn't sound right. I'm too early in my studies to pinpoint why. =)

quote]

"[highlight]and also accountability among all team[/highlight]" is wordy and not parallel to the earlier words.
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09 Jul 2011, 06:32
Its C

Such vs like .. we need Such
Between vs among.. between wins because we need morale, team cohesion and communication, and also accountability between every 2 member of the team and not among every 2 member
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21 Oct 2012, 13:12
I don't get why "between" should be used.
For me if team has >2 members all challenges are among all team members and not between
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21 Oct 2012, 13:24
A e D out - It is clear that we need Such as
E out - "All the team members" it is not clear if the team has two members
C out - correct is among, we can have communication between 2 or more people... we can have cohesion between 2 or more people.....
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The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges like morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members.

A)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges like morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members

B)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and also accountability among all team

C)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members.

D)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges like morale, team cohesion, and communication, and accountability between all team members

E)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion, and communication, and accountability between all the team members

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I eliminated options A and D for the incorrect usage of "Like" while giving list of things. Such as should be used instead.
Next, I eliminated option E because "Team cohesion" has a comma after it, making the sentence have two "and". This makes the sentence incorrect. "E" eliminated.

Left with B and C, all that is different in these options is among and between. As usual, I was left with two options. Putting my knowledge of among (which should be used when you compare more than two bodies) and between (which should be used when you compare two bodies), I chose "B"- INCORRECT !!!

Can someone please explain WHY OPTIONS B IS INCORRECT and options C is CORRECT ? Thanks
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DOUBT

I eliminated options A and D for the incorrect usage of "Like" while giving list of things. Such as should be used instead.
Next, I eliminated option E because "Team cohesion" has a comma after it, making the sentence have two "and". This makes the sentence incorrect. "E" eliminated.

Left with B and C, all that is different in these options is among and between. As usual, I was left with two options. Putting my knowledge of among (which should be used when you compare more than two bodies) and between (which should be used when you compare two bodies), I chose "B"- INCORRECT !!!

Can someone please explain WHY OPTIONS B IS INCORRECT and options C is CORRECT ? Thanks

Hi Backbencher,

Here are the two most confusing answer choices:
B) The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and also accountability among all team

C) The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members.

If you carefully study these two choices, Choice B carries an extra word “also”, which is not quite required here in the sentence. This makes Choice C more concise.

About the usage of between – Well, commonly we use “between” when we talk about two entities and we use “among” when we talk about more than two entities. However, “between” can also be used when we want to show multiple pair relations.

Consider the example presented by the original post:
• Water ran between my toes.

This sentence does not mean that I have just two toes. It means that every toe has a pair relation with every other toe. This is the meaning that is denoted by the use of “between” in Choice C.

So between the two Choices, Choice C emerges as the winner.

Hope this helps.
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08 Mar 2013, 12:04
I am curious if this kind of question can appear on Gmat??
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10 Mar 2013, 22:03
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Backbencher wrote:
DOUBT

I eliminated options A and D for the incorrect usage of "Like" while giving list of things. Such as should be used instead.
Next, I eliminated option E because "Team cohesion" has a comma after it, making the sentence have two "and". This makes the sentence incorrect. "E" eliminated.

Left with B and C, all that is different in these options is among and between. As usual, I was left with two options. Putting my knowledge of among (which should be used when you compare more than two bodies) and between (which should be used when you compare two bodies), I chose "B"- INCORRECT !!!

Can someone please explain WHY OPTIONS B IS INCORRECT and options C is CORRECT ? Thanks

Hi Backbencher,

Here are the two most confusing answer choices:
B) The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and also accountability among all team

C) The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members.

If you carefully study these two choices, Choice B carries an extra word “also”, which is not quite required here in the sentence. This makes Choice C more concise.

About the usage of between – Well, commonly we use “between” when we talk about two entities and we use “among” when we talk about more than two entities. However, “between” can also be used when we want to show multiple pair relations.

Consider the example presented by the original post:
• Water ran between my toes.

This sentence does not mean that I have just two toes. It means that every toe has a pair relation with every other toe. This is the meaning that is denoted by the use of “between” in Choice C.

So between the two Choices, Choice C emerges as the winner.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.

selected C, but i wanted to know on what basis you eliminated E, can you please help me with that
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Hi Backbencher,

Here are the two most confusing answer choices:
B) The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and also accountability among all team

C) The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members.

If you carefully study these two choices, Choice B carries an extra word “also”, which is not quite required here in the sentence. This makes Choice C more concise.

About the usage of between – Well, commonly we use “between” when we talk about two entities and we use “among” when we talk about more than two entities. However, “between” can also be used when we want to show multiple pair relations.

Consider the example presented by the original post:
• Water ran between my toes.

This sentence does not mean that I have just two toes. It means that every toe has a pair relation with every other toe. This is the meaning that is denoted by the use of “between” in Choice C.

So between the two Choices, Choice C emerges as the winner.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.

1.Can you please tell me in detail how 'between' is being used here to show multiple pair relations (I guess this is the rarest use of 'between'...) ?

2.Also,how often we might see this type of questions in GMAT ? I mean,with this sort of exceptional use of preposition !

3.How to gauge this kind of usage?

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09 Oct 2015, 13:21
Whats wrong with E??if someone can elaborate?
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Whats wrong with E??if someone can elaborate?

Following three formats would be correct if in a list elements are connected.
Such as A, B, C , AND D
Such as A, B and C, and
P .... Such as A, B ,and C, and Q is also correct because Q is paired up with P.

Such as is used to quote examples. following is the list of examples here in this question:
1. morale
2. team cohesion
3. communication
4. accountability

when there are more than two elements to be connected then the AND is used with comma right before the last element in the list of element.
when only elements are connected with "AND" then no need of comma before AND
that's why "C" is the correct choice which put "team cohesion" & communication together using AND without comma before it and uses the comma before AND for the last element accountability

Option E is wrong because-
Look at this structure - "P ....many things Such as A, B ,and C, and Q". this structure is also correct because Q is paired up with P. but in option E "Q" is part of the list A,B,C only because there is no "P" to pair it with.
if communication is the last element in the list of elements which are used as examples then what is "accountability" paired up with because it has ", and " before it.
Accountability indeed is another element for quoting the example. so E is wrong.
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13 Oct 2015, 20:52
The examples in E do not conver the intended meaning - cohesion and communication is w.r.t team (intent highlights the challenges w.r.t geographically distributed workforce)

E - wrongly differentiates the examples of team cohesion and communication. This aspect is correctly highlighted in C.
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Backbencher wrote:
DOUBT

I eliminated options A and D for the incorrect usage of "Like" while giving list of things. Such as should be used instead.
Next, I eliminated option E because "Team cohesion" has a comma after it, making the sentence have two "and". This makes the sentence incorrect. "E" eliminated.

Left with B and C, all that is different in these options is among and between. As usual, I was left with two options. Putting my knowledge of among (which should be used when you compare more than two bodies) and between (which should be used when you compare two bodies), I chose "B"- INCORRECT !!!

Can someone please explain WHY OPTIONS B IS INCORRECT and options C is CORRECT ? Thanks

Hi Backbencher,

Here are the two most confusing answer choices:
B) The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and also accountability among all team

C) The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members.

If you carefully study these two choices, Choice B carries an extra word “also”, which is not quite required here in the sentence. This makes Choice C more concise.

About the usage of between – Well, commonly we use “between” when we talk about two entities and we use “among” when we talk about more than two entities. However, “between” can also be used when we want to show multiple pair relations.

Consider the example presented by the original post:
• Water ran between my toes.

This sentence does not mean that I have just two toes. It means that every toe has a pair relation with every other toe. This is the meaning that is denoted by the use of “between” in Choice C.

So between the two Choices, Choice C emerges as the winner.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.

Hi,

I would like to focus on "accountability between all team members" in Option B. This is a clear idiomatic error, and thus, B cannot be the correct choice.
I agree that "between" can be used when comparing multiple pair relations, but in this case, the sentence is not referring to any pair. It is bluntly referring to the whole team.
I doubt whether the source is correct.
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The examples in E do not conver the intended meaning - cohesion and communication is w.r.t team (intent highlights the challenges w.r.t geographically distributed workforce)

E - wrongly differentiates the examples of team cohesion and communication. This aspect is correctly highlighted in C.

Hi Aryama,

Kindly let us know if there any markers or something which can indicate such usage of between.

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The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges like morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members.

1st error that "screams" for attention - like for examples.

A)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges like morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members
out

B)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and also accountability among all team
redundancy at it's best!

C)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members.
seems ok. all entities of the list are parallel, so might be the answer.

D)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges like morale, team cohesion, and communication, and accountability between all team members
out

E)The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion, and communication, and accountability between all the team members
parallelism error
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egmat wrote:
Backbencher wrote:
DOUBT

I eliminated options A and D for the incorrect usage of "Like" while giving list of things. Such as should be used instead.
Next, I eliminated option E because "Team cohesion" has a comma after it, making the sentence have two "and". This makes the sentence incorrect. "E" eliminated.

Left with B and C, all that is different in these options is among and between. As usual, I was left with two options. Putting my knowledge of among (which should be used when you compare more than two bodies) and between (which should be used when you compare two bodies), I chose "B"- INCORRECT !!!

Can someone please explain WHY OPTIONS B IS INCORRECT and options C is CORRECT ? Thanks

Hi Backbencher,

Here are the two most confusing answer choices:
B) The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and also accountability among all team

C) The management of a workforce distributed geographically carries with it challenges such as morale, team cohesion and communication, and accountability between all team members.

If you carefully study these two choices, Choice B carries an extra word “also”, which is not quite required here in the sentence. This makes Choice C more concise.

About the usage of between – Well, commonly we use “between” when we talk about two entities and we use “among” when we talk about more than two entities. However, “between” can also be used when we want to show multiple pair relations.

Consider the example presented by the original post:
• Water ran between my toes.

This sentence does not mean that I have just two toes. It means that every toe has a pair relation with every other toe. This is the meaning that is denoted by the use of “between” in Choice C.

So between the two Choices, Choice C emerges as the winner.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.

Hi,

I would like to focus on "accountability between all team members" in Option B. This is a clear idiomatic error, and thus, B cannot be the correct choice.
I agree that "between" can be used when comparing multiple pair relations, but in this case, the sentence is not referring to any pair. It is bluntly referring to the whole team.
I doubt whether the source is correct.

I also had my doubts, so I looked it up. This is what I have found.

Merriam Webster - Usage Discussion of between

There is a persistent but unfounded notion that between can be used only of two items and that among must be used for more than two. Between has been used of more than two since Old English; it is especially appropriate to denote a one-to-one relationship, regardless of the number of items. It can be used when the number is unspecified<economic cooperation between nations> , when more than two are enumerated <between you and me and the lamppost> <partitioned between Austria, Prussia, and Russia — Nathaniel Benchley>, and even when only one item is mentioned (but repetition is implied) <pausing between every sentence to rap the floor — George Eliot>. Among is more appropriate where the emphasis is on distribution rather than individual relationships <discontent among the peasants>.
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