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# The odds are about 4 to 1 against surviving a takeover

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The odds are about 4 to 1 against surviving a takeover offer, and many business consultants therefore advise that a companyâ€™s first line of defense in eluding offers like these be to even refuse to take calls from likely corporate raiders.
(A) that a companyâ€™s first line of defense in eluding offers like these be to even refuse
(B) that a companyâ€™s first line of defense in eluding such offers be to refuse even
(C) a company defending itself against offers of this kind that, as a first line of defense, they should even refuse
(D) companies which are defending themselves against such an offer that, as a first line of defense, they should even refuse
(E) that the first line of defense for a company who is eluding offers like these is the refusal even.
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14 Oct 2005, 23:54
D

A is clearly wrong
B wrong very "be"
C wrong pronoun "a company...., they"
E wrong pronoung "who" and wrong "the refusal"
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15 Oct 2005, 00:11
B for keeping the subjunctive structure : advise that X be/ bare-infinitive .....
B uses " such", which makes the sentence more concise.
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15 Oct 2005, 05:00
This is a subjunctive mood question. That...to be is the correct structure. They in D has no clear referent.

B is much more succint than A.

My guess is B also.
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15 Oct 2005, 09:45
I was going with A, though still thinking of B and Lex and GMAT773 make it quite clear...

B it is..
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16 Oct 2005, 01:36
B for me too...
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16 Oct 2005, 03:03
B for me

it was between A and B
Betwen "like" and "such" : the stem provides a clear example at the begining so "such" seems logical.
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16 Oct 2005, 08:27
IMO, this sentence requires subjunctive mood so there are only choice A & B to consider. B distort the meaning so I vote for A

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16 Oct 2005, 18:48
Another for D

IMO ; it is between B and D

B though sounds very well trips on - to refuse <infinitive ?> even ...

D is idiomatically valid - refuse to and grammatically consistent.

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17 Oct 2005, 14:30
OA is B
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22 Jul 2007, 18:41
gmacvik wrote:
The odds are about 4 to 1 against surviving a takeover offer, and many business consultants therefore advise that a companyâ€™s first line of defense in eluding offers like these be to even refuse to take calls from likely corporate raiders.

(A) that a company's first line of defense in eluding offers like these be to even refuse
split infinitive

(B) that a company's first line of defense in eluding such offers be to refuse even

(C) a company defending itself against offers of this kind that, as a first line of defense, they should even refuse

(D) companies which are defending themselves against such an offer that, as a first line of defense, they should even refuse

(E) that the first line of defense for a company who is eluding offers like these is the refusal even.

Many business consultants therefore advise that a company's first line of defense in eluding such offers be to refuse even to take calls from likely corporate raiders.

Many business consultants therefore advise that (a company's first line of defense in eluding such offers) be to refuse even to take calls from likely corporate raiders.
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23 Jul 2007, 17:45
B is correct, as advise should be followed hence be must be used.

bmwhype, what do u mean by split infinitive?? I had a little tough time chosing between A and B, but chose B, as Such is the more preferred usage in gmat to provide instances....your thoughts???
23 Jul 2007, 17:45
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