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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
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
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22 Jan 2009, 02:46
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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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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22 Jan 2009, 21:21
Go thru this
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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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22 Jan 2009, 21:54
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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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.

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12 Jan 2017, 21:01
Was confused with A and D option. Don't know on what basis A is the answer. Kindly explain
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15 Jan 2017, 00:15
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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05 Mar 2017, 10:24
Tough and a Trap question. I fell for D but later realized my mistake.
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