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# The nurses went on strike to protest their being overworked

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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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20 Nov 2006, 19:44
gerund requires possessive case. "their being", "his playing baseball" etc

A
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Re: SC: Nurses' Challenge [#permalink]

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20 Nov 2006, 19:49
vivek123 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

Tough question. I would bet on D.

for example we say "I object to their taking advantage of the situation". No?
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22 Nov 2006, 20:35

Last I checked: overwork is both intransitive and transitive verb.

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23 Nov 2006, 03:41
Opted for (D).

Generally avoid "being" in GMAT.

What's the OA?

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26 Nov 2006, 07:32
The OA is "A"

Sorry for the delayed OA

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26 Nov 2006, 07:33
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
gerund requires possessive case. "their being", "his playing baseball" etc

A

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26 Nov 2006, 20:28
you didn't explain why D is wrong.

overwork can be both transitive and intransitive verb, so their overworking is not wrong yet more concise than A.

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