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# The nurses went on strike to protest their being overworked.

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04 Jan 2005, 18:41
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The nurses went on strike to protest their being overworked.

(A) their being overworked
(B) themselves being overworked
(C) themselves as overworked
(D) their overworking
(E) overworking themselves

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04 Jan 2005, 21:01
OA is A.

This one's an exception in that use of "being" is correct.

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04 Jan 2005, 21:05
is it one of those where "being" used is applied only for people...

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04 Jan 2005, 21:14
makes sense now . Thanks Gayathri for posting
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04 Jan 2005, 21:27
vprabhala wrote:
is it one of those where "being" used is applied only for people...

"being" is ok in GMAT if there is no other way of expressing the statement.

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05 Jan 2005, 04:22
Could you please explain why A is better than D here. D looks more concise and less wordy, apart from this "being" specificity...

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twixt wrote:
Could you please explain why A is better than D here. D looks more concise and less wordy, apart from this "being" specificity...

Twixt, I think D changes the meaning of the statement.
This is my logic... (Since I am not a grammar expert, proceed with caution )

Consider these two statements
1) The nurses are being overworked.
2) The nurses are overworked.

S1 says that nurses are forced (by someone or something) to overwork, it is not a choice that they made.
S2 is almost an observation, there is no implication that they have been forced to overwork, they could have done it of their own volition.

In A, we are trying to say that the nurses are protesting against the force (the someone or something). D says they are protesting "overworking".

HTH...

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05 Jan 2005, 12:09
Good explanation Gayathri, I am no grammer expert either but I thought of adding my 2 cents as well.

In choice D gerund overworking is essentially acting as a noun. To better understand you can simply replace "overworking" with any other noun for example let's say pen. Then sentence becomes

The nurses went on strike to protest their pen

now, you see this doesn't make sense. What you really need is a participle to explain what is being protested. Hence A is correct.

gayathri wrote:
twixt wrote:
Could you please explain why A is better than D here. D looks more concise and less wordy, apart from this "being" specificity...

Twixt, I think D changes the meaning of the statement.
This is my logic... (Since I am not a grammar expert, proceed with caution )

Consider these two statements
1) The nurses are being overworked.
2) The nurses are overworked.

S1 says that nurses are forced (by someone or something) to overwork, it is not a choice that they made.
S2 is almost an observation, there is no implication that they have been forced to overwork, they could have done it of their own volition.

In A, we are trying to say that the nurses are protesting against the force (the someone or something). D says they are protesting "overworking".

HTH...

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05 Jan 2005, 12:23
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Nice discussion here. Indeed, "their overworking" makes it sound like the "overworking" belonged to the nurses. Instead, it should be "their being overworked" to describe a condition which the nurses are protesting
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05 Jan 2005, 12:40
Wow, nice one here, and I too fall into the trap - D. A is the correct one.

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02 Jul 2009, 03:16
This is a classical case where a basic GMAT principle in SC has to be followed. "When in doubt choose A"
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03 Jul 2009, 11:51
good question and explanations:) I went for D too but now I got it
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03 Jul 2009, 18:04
good one
went for D before
A is correct

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Re: SC: Overworked Nurses [#permalink]

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02 Aug 2009, 16:10
I'm probably the last person anyone should trust with grammer, but thinking this way helped me understand:

I'm being overworked vs. I'm overworking.

I'm being overworked shows that the action was not my choice, thus I'm protesting.
The latter just says I'm overworking, thus can't protest against something that I had control over.

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02 Aug 2009, 23:05
nice question and thnxs for digging back a very old post.

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Re: SC: Overworked Nurses [#permalink]

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09 Aug 2009, 03:25
gayathri wrote:
The nurses went on strike to protest their being overworked.

(A) their being overworked
(B) themselves being overworked
(C) themselves as overworked
(D) their overworking
(E) overworking themselves

IMO A

D wrong because the nurse didn't overwork themselves

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(was reading the "GR SC Notes" and it had a good example on the use of "being" and distinquishing the difference between the -ing and -ed forms of the participle.)

... so i'm bumping this thread up.

A good way to think of this is to understand who's the do-er of the action, "overwork"

If nurses (as the subject) overwork, then use -ing form, "overworking Nurses"
If doctors overwork the Nurses (as the object), then use the -ed form, "overworked Nurses..."

I remember a good example from either Powerscore or MGMAT:

when to use the -ing (present participle) vs the -ed (past participle):
speaking people (people is doing the speaking)
vs
spoken words (words are BEING spoken)

Hope that helps! This review surely reinforces this concept in my head.
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04 Jun 2016, 09:02
gayathri wrote:
The nurses went on strike to protest their being overworked.

(A) their being overworked
(B) themselves being overworked
(C) themselves as overworked
(D) their overworking
(E) overworking themselves

this is not official question, so our discussion is for practice not for takeaway

in a , possesive+doing is not prefered. why use this pattern when there is a better pattern. in d, their overworking is no problem. possesive can show a many meaning relation with noun, subject or object of noun. my arrest can be I arrest someone or I am arrested by someone. so i, think d is fine.
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