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

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04 Jan 2005, 17:41
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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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05 Jan 2005, 03:22
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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05 Jan 2005, 10:58
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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, 11:23
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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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01 Aug 2006, 23:04
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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01 Aug 2006, 23:14
By POE, I find A as the correct option.

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01 Aug 2006, 23:20
ps_dahiya 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

With too much hesitation (because of 'being'), i need to select A.
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02 Aug 2006, 01:26
should be A

B and C says the X protests themselves
D and E have wrong use of gerunds... "overworking" could be replaced with a noun, because in both cases the X protests the fact of overwork, but the action
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02 Aug 2006, 05:47
B and c changes the meaning

A looks better.

Went on ... action continously happened in the past is described as being overworked.
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02 Aug 2006, 07:23
So this brings up an interesting question. Can we list and qualify the use cases in which it is ok to use 'being'??
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02 Aug 2006, 14:39
A.

The nurses did not overwork themselves, they were overworked by some higher authority. Eliminates D, E
B, C out 'to protest themselves' is clearly wrong.

A by POE, though its a terrible sentence too. Needs against. Oh well, choose the one that stinks the least
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02 Aug 2006, 20:17
First glance..... and A
No other option seems better.... another fine example where "being" has to be used.
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02 Aug 2006, 20:23
and the OA is A.

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22 Jan 2009, 01:46
scthakur 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

To protest what? In this instance, only one of choices can come after "protest" and answers the question "to protest what?" So, D.
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01 Jul 2010, 13:17
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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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12 Jan 2017, 20:01
Was confused with A and D option. Don't know on what basis A is the answer. Kindly explain
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14 Jan 2017, 23:15
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sai897 wrote:
Was confused with A and D option. Don't know on what basis A is the answer. Kindly explain

Possessive + gerund is generally considered awkward in GMAT - hence option A and D both seem awkward. Nonetheless, the passive form, the nurses are overworked (implies that they are compelled), is better than the active form, the nurses overwork (may imply they overwork intentionally). A is the passive form of D, and hence better. In the real test, you would probably not come across such a construction.
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