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# The most frequently heard complaints about new office

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The most frequently heard complaints about new office technology are that training is insufficient, reference materials unhelpful, and the inordinate amount of time involved in switching from the old system to the new.

A) are that training is insufficient, reference materials unhelpful, and the inordinate amount of time involved in switching from the old system to the new.

B) are that training is insufficient, reference materials are unhelpful, and the inordinate amount of time involved to switchbetween the old & the new system.

C) concern insufficient training, unhelpful refernce materials, and the inordinate amount of time involved in switching from the old system to the new.

D) concern insufficient training, refernce materials that are unhelpful, and it takes an inordinate amount of time to switch from the old system to the new.

E) are insufficient training, unhelpful refernce materials, and switching from the old system to the newtakes an inordinate amount of time.

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28 Nov 2004, 07:18
Where is (E)
I would choose (C), but it's missing a comma before "and"
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28 Nov 2004, 12:26
Even I would like to choose C. But I am just a bit skeptical about C because i am not sure if it atlers the meaning. But ya it is the only scentence that maintains IIism. But does somebody has a STRONG reason except "material unhelpful" to eliminate A.?

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28 Nov 2004, 13:30
i also prefer C, which is parallel in construction, among the available.

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28 Nov 2004, 13:37
My choice is 'B'
After going back and forth between 'B' & 'C' I decided on 'B'.
In 'C' there were 2 things that I was skeptical about.
1) I may be totally off on this - I think it should start with 'are concerned with....'
2) The sentence ends with 'from the old system to the new' - I think this should be of the form 'from X to Y' so it should read 'from the old system to the new system'
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28 Nov 2004, 15:15
rthothad's reasoning sounds good too. What is OA?
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28 Nov 2004, 15:29
rthothad's reasoning seems to be fine but i guess he is MISSING that B CHANGES the meaning . The sentence uses" FORM" whereas B uses "between". I guess you see the difference now. Thats y i rejected B. Though it sounds ok.

Well as far as C is concered I will go with rthothad that it the sentence should start with "concerned" this is not a GMAT quality question or has some TYPOs. But i think out of the lot C is the best.

Gayathri what is the source of this question. Is it from PR?

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28 Nov 2004, 20:02

training....,reference materials and inordinate amount are supposed to PARALLEL. Only C qualifies that.
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28 Nov 2004, 20:04
I would go with C here
B) starts off with an enumeration of 2 independent clauses and ends with the third enumeration being a noun phrase
1- training is insufficient --> independent clause(subject+verb+complement)
2- reference materials are unhelpful --> independent clause(subject+verb+complement)
3- the inordinate amount of time involved to switchbetween the old & the new system --> noun phrase(noun+modifier); notice that no verb is present here

Hence, B breaks the enumeration parallelism. Only C makes the right enumeration of 2 nouns+noun phrase; it keeps the right parallel structure. Although I would have preferred a comma before the "and" so as to make the last 2 elements distinct, it is not absolutely necessary and thus not grammatically wrong.

By the way, A has to same enumeration flaw. It starts off with an independent clause, followed by 2 noun phrases.
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29 Nov 2004, 04:38
The OA is C.

qhoc0010, I did miss the comma in C. I have edited the question to correct that and have also included E.

Saurabh, this question is from Kaplan CD.
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