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The New York Basketball team announced that, beginning next month, they plan to include different coaches for their training in order to win the upcoming championship.

A) they plan to include different coaches for their training
B) they are planning to include different coaches for their training
C) it plans to include different coaches for its training
D) they plan different coaches for their training
E) it plans to close different coaches for their training.

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The New York Basketball team announced that, beginning next month, they plan to include different coaches for their training in order to win the upcoming championship.

The major issue of this sentence is whether to treat "team" as singular or plural subject - both uses are correct.
In my opinion it would be better to treat "team" as a singular because there is no reference to the plurality of the team. Neither members are mentioned nor their number. On the other side, the intented plan concerns all team unitedly as one body. Still on the other side, team itself cannot make decisions, unlike its members, what would call for "they". Please specify what the GMAT wants.
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A) they plan to include different coaches for their training

Everything would be ok, If I haven't decided to treat the team as sg.
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B) they are planning to include different coaches for their training

Team won't start to plan next month.
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C) it plans to include different coaches for its training

Correct, although open to dispute.
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D) they plan different coaches for their training

Changes the meaning.
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E) it plans to close different coaches for their training.

Incongruency: it + their.
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05 May 2013, 12:15
Basketball team singular and hence use of it is correct..answer is C
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updated the post with OA and OE..

The New York Basketball team announced that, beginning next month, they plan to include different coaches for their training in order to win the upcoming championship.

(A) they plan to include different coaches for their training

The subject of the sentence is “New York Basketball team", which is collective noun, hence singular. However, in the underlined portion, the team is incorrectly replaced by the plural pronouns "they" and "their."

(B) they are planning to include different coaches for their training

This choice incorrectly uses the plural pronouns "they" and "their."

(C) it plans to include different coaches for its training

Correct. This choice correctly uses "it" and "its" to refer to "New York Basketball team."

(D) they plan different coaches for their training

This choice incorrectly uses the plural pronouns "they" and "their."

(E) it plans to close different coaches for their training.

This choice incorrectly uses the plural pronoun "their" though it does correctly use the singular pronoun "it."
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