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

"offer" is mentioned in non-underlined part. "such offers" is correct. Eliminate choices contain "like" or "such an offer"

Moreover, advice that is subjunctive mood. So verb "to be" is always "be" after "that"
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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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OA:B
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A: It should be 'refuse even' and not 'even refuse.' Also it should be 'offers such as' and not 'offers like.'
B: Correct
C: 'Advise that' is the correct idiom. Also 'they' is being used for singular noun 'company'.
D: 'Advise that' is the correct idiom. Also it should be 'refuse even' and not 'even refuse.'
E: 'Company who' is wrong.
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It seems that "advise that" requires the subjunctive mood.
However, tinyturtle, it seems that the dictionary has a different opinion about it.

Could someone confirm that "advise" is a bossy verb that requires the subjunctive?
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01 Aug 2009, 05:43
b
coz here v need a connecter that ....... and v need such as to give example .. v cannot use like
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01 Aug 2009, 06:52
A. 'these' is wrong. No referent for the pronoun. 'even refuse' is also awkward.

B. Correct.

C. Wordy Construction.

D. It talks about all companies in general & not the specific company, as in question.

E. Again 'these'. 'refusal' makes the whole construction odd.
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13 Aug 2009, 11:35
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A. 'these' is wrong. No referent for the pronoun. 'even refuse' is also awkward.

D. It talks about all companies in general & not the specific company, as in question.

I don't see any specific company in the question.
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13 Aug 2009, 21:08
tejal777 wrote:
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 ..like should not be used here..
(B) that a company’s first line of defense in eluding such offers be to refuse even ..correct
(C) a company defending itself against offers of this kind that, as a first line of defense, they should even refuse ..they pronoun reference..
(D) companies which are defending themselves against such an offer that, as a first line of defense, they should even refuse ..comma after that should not be used...
(E) that the first line of defense for a company who is eluding offers like these is the refusal even..like should not be used...

Really nice question which I got wrong!Anyways
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OA:B
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IMO B...
I also think think that teh subjunctive mood is tested here...thererfore ...that+ be form of verb is correct...

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13 Aug 2009, 21:11
IMO B

this is an OG question I believe.
Have read somewhere that in GMAT SC, 'such' is better to use than 'like'
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IMO B...
I also think think that teh subjunctive mood is tested here...thererfore ...that+ be form of verb is correct...

Agree! 'advice that' is in the list of subjunctive mood.
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03 Aug 2010, 18:28
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.

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

B is the answer. It's subjuntive mood, so advise should be followed by that. Such properly refers to a takeover.
Even is properly placed as long as the invinitive verb is not separated.
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Regarding command subjunctive. From MGMAT SC pg 114 you can see that advice should always take the infinitive and never the THAT+be form. Can someone explain this to me ?
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04 Dec 2011, 11:27
(A) that a company’s first line of defense in eluding offers like these be to even refuse
“like” should be used to compare nouns
"these” no reference
“even” splits the infinitive and the preposition
(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
"defending", "of this kind", and "defense"=> wordy
"they" pronoun reference
(D) companies which are defending themselves against such an offer that, as a first line of defense, they should even refuse
“which” should come with comma
"defending" and "defense"=> wordy
(E) that the first line of defense for a company who is eluding offers like these is the refusal even
"a company" "who"
"like these" => problem (A)

This is how I eliminate A, C, D, and E. But I still don't understand "advise that...be to refuse". I was supposed to think after "advise that" is a clause and I found usages of "advise" on Macmillan dictionaries:

+ advise + object + infinitive
Ex: Her doctor advised her to rest
+ advise + object + that + clause
Ex: The bank advised us that we should increase our insurance cover
+ advise + that + clause
Ex: Experts advise that sunscreen should be reapplied on an hourly basis

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07 May 2014, 18:45
In option B, "be to refuse even" does not sound right. Can anyone explain the idiom or grammar?
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