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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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New post 22 Jan 2009, 02:46
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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


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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New post 22 Jan 2009, 21:08
B,C and E are out because of using themselves....A is out because of using being....D also expresses the same thing, which A express without 'being'....so IMO D

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New post 22 Jan 2009, 21:34
ritula wrote:
Go thru this
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hmm!!
good discussion!! thanks

I fell into the trap D.
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even i fell into the same trap
I choose D.........

but later when i saw the post the answer was A.........

nice question........ but guyzz see we are still lagging in some or the other way in SC.........

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New post 22 Jan 2009, 23:04
OA is A.

I also chose D and was not sure how A could be right. I think, if we replace "being" with "getting" in option A, it makes sense.

Thanks ritula for the link.

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Was confused with A and D option. Don't know on what basis A is the answer. Kindly explain

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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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New post 05 Mar 2017, 10:24
Tough and a Trap question. I fell for D but later realized my mistake.
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