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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 company'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

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
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12 May 2008, 20:06
farend - do you agree with the usage of "like" in A ?
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12 May 2008, 20:23
bsd_lover wrote:
farend - do you agree with the usage of "like" in A ?

I would have preferred "such as".
But I still went with A....the lesser evil
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12 May 2008, 20:34
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The odds are about 4 to 1 against surviving a takeover offer, and many business consultants therefore advise that a company'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

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

Hi bsd_lover,
dont you think that b has a split infinitive problem:refuse even to
it should be refuse to
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12 May 2008, 20:38
rohit - there are plenty of subtleties in all the options here - to be honest I don't even know why the OA is the OA.

One thing that I can tell everyone is that the usage of like is incorrect and this eliminates A and E straight away.
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12 May 2008, 23:37
The odds are about 4 to 1 against surviving a takeover offer, and many business consultants therefore advise that a company'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

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

i agree bsd that A and E can be eliminated cos of the 'like' factor.
in C the part in bold is not in symmetry with the preceeding part..
D lacks ||lism acc. to me..

i go with B as the term such talks specifically about offers like "takeovers" as mentioned in the statement
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12 May 2008, 23:43
B sounds the best to me -> such offers is the right usage all others look bad.
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12 May 2008, 23:58
How about the usage of "be" in B ? Is that an idiom ?
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13 May 2008, 00:10
In A, E like is incorrect. it should be "such as"

In C, "they" is an wrong pronoun. It should be it

In D, which is wrong.

This leaves us with B.

B should be the correct answer

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13 May 2008, 00:11
bsd_lover wrote:
How about the usage of "be" in B ? Is that an idiom ?

"is to refuse" is the highly formal form of "will refuse", no, say that, it is formal, polite to say what can be happen in the future!
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13 May 2008, 00:18
>>How about the usage of "be" in B ? Is that an idiom ?

"be" in B is subjunctive, isn't it
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13 May 2008, 00:39
OA is B.
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13 May 2008, 03:02
So the lesser evil turns out to be the bigger one.
"Split infinitive" has to weigh down in favour of "as vs like".
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