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The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out their normal work hours but also indicated that employees were expected to work whatever hours necessary to fulfill their duties.

(A) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out their normal work hours
(B) The offer of employment that she received from the employer set out their normal work hours
(C) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from her employer set out their normal work hours
(D) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out her normal work hours
(E) Her employer sent Marilyn an offer of employment that outlined their normal work hours

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Originally posted by santorasantu on 05 Aug 2019, 15:40.
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The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out their normal work hours but also indicated that employees were expected to work whatever hours necessary to fulfill their duties.

(A) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out their normal work hours
(B) The offer of employment that she received from the employer set out their normal work hours -- the pronoun she has no antecedent
(C) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from her employer set out their normal work hours -- since it is an offer of employment, the employer is not yet "her" employer
(D) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out her normal work hours
(E) Her employer sent Marilyn an offer of employment that outlined their normal work hours -- same problem as B

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A IMO but I am not sure why not D
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The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out their normal work hours but also indicated that employees were expected to work whatever hours necessary to fulfill their duties.

(A) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out their normal work hours
(B) The offer of employment that she received from the employer set out their normal work hours
(C) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from her employer set out their normal work hours
(D) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out her normal work hours
(E) Her employer sent Marilyn an offer of employment that outlined their normal work hours

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pzgupta , why would you pick option A over option D? :)

• Meaning issue #1 - Marilyn's and the employer's hours
In all options except D, we could read the sentence as saying that the employer gave Marilyn an offer of employment that set out both Marilyn's and the employer's [their] normal work hours.
One person cannot have "their" work hours set out.
All options except D are incorrect because their does not agree with Marilyn.
Alternatively, if we allow their to stand, their can refer only to the employer and Marilyn. That logic is silly, especially when we read (D).

In option D, the first part of the sentence correctly focuses on Marilyn and her work hours.
In the second part of the sentence, the that-clause introduces the more general reference to employees. At that point, "their" makes sense.

• Meaning issue number 2? What is the word "but" doing?
It's for contrast. Marilyn's contract says that she has regular hours but also that the regular hour stipulation can be overridden because all employees are required to work for as long as it takes to finish their work.

Option D isolates Marilyn's individual work schedule [HER work hours] and contrasts it with a "work schedule" in which employees finish their work irrespective of scheduled hours.

(D) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out her normal work hours but also indicated that employees were expected to work whatever hours necessary to fulfill their duties.

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santorasantu wrote:
The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out their normal work hours but also indicated that employees were expected to work whatever hours necessary to fulfill their duties.

(A) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out their normal work hours
(B) The offer of employment that she received from the employer set out their normal work hours
(C) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from her employer set out their normal work hours
(D) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out her normal work hours
(E) Her employer sent Marilyn an offer of employment that outlined their normal work hours

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pzgupta , why would you pick option A over option D? :)

• Meaning issue #1 - Marilyn's and the employer's hours
In all options except D, we could read the sentence as saying that the employer gave Marilyn an offer of employment that set out both Marilyn's and the employer's [their] normal work hours.
One person cannot have "their" work hours set out.
All options except D are incorrect because their does not agree with Marilyn.
Alternatively, if we allow their to stand, their can refer only to the employer and Marilyn. That logic is silly, especially when we read (D).

In option D, the first part of the sentence correctly focuses on Marilyn and her work hours.
In the second part of the sentence, the that-clause introduces the more general reference to employees. At that point, "their" makes sense.

• Meaning issue number 2? What is the word "but" doing?
It's for contrast. Marilyn's contract says that she has regular hours but also that the regular hour stipulation can be overridden because all employees are required to work for as long as it takes to finish their work.

Option D isolates Marilyn's individual work schedule [HER work hours] and contrasts it with a "work schedule" in which employees finish their work irrespective of scheduled hours.

(D) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out her normal work hours but also indicated that employees were expected to work whatever hours necessary to fulfill their duties.

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Thanks for the detailed explanation. I think I misinterpreted the meaning of the sentence.
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generis wrote:
santorasantu wrote:
The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out their normal work hours but also indicated that employees were expected to work whatever hours necessary to fulfill their duties.

(A) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out their normal work hours
(B) The offer of employment that she received from the employer set out their normal work hours
(C) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from her employer set out their normal work hours
(D) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out her normal work hours
(E) Her employer sent Marilyn an offer of employment that outlined their normal work hours

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pzgupta , why would you pick option A over option D? :)

• Meaning issue #1 - Marilyn's and the employer's hours
In all options except D, we could read the sentence as saying that the employer gave Marilyn an offer of employment that set out both Marilyn's and the employer's [their] normal work hours.
One person cannot have "their" work hours set out.
All options except D are incorrect because their does not agree with Marilyn.
Alternatively, if we allow their to stand, their can refer only to the employer and Marilyn. That logic is silly, especially when we read (D).

In option D, the first part of the sentence correctly focuses on Marilyn and her work hours.
In the second part of the sentence, the that-clause introduces the more general reference to employees. At that point, "their" makes sense.

• Meaning issue number 2? What is the word "but" doing?
It's for contrast. Marilyn's contract says that she has regular hours but also that the regular hour stipulation can be overridden because all employees are required to work for as long as it takes to finish their work.

Option D isolates Marilyn's individual work schedule [HER work hours] and contrasts it with a "work schedule" in which employees finish their work irrespective of scheduled hours.

(D) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out her normal work hours but also indicated that employees were expected to work whatever hours necessary to fulfill their duties.

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Hi generis

I have a question here.

The pronoun her in D could refer to the employer as well, whereas their could only only refer to the employees in the nonunderlined portion. So isn’t there an ambiguity in D?

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generis wrote:
santorasantu wrote:
The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out their normal work hours but also indicated that employees were expected to work whatever hours necessary to fulfill their duties.

(A) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out their normal work hours
(B) The offer of employment that she received from the employer set out their normal work hours
(C) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from her employer set out their normal work hours
(D) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out her normal work hours
(E) Her employer sent Marilyn an offer of employment that outlined their normal work hours

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pzgupta , why would you pick option A over option D? :)

• Meaning issue #1 - Marilyn's and the employer's hours
In all options except D, we could read the sentence as saying that the employer gave Marilyn an offer of employment that set out both Marilyn's and the employer's [their] normal work hours.
One person cannot have "their" work hours set out.
All options except D are incorrect because their does not agree with Marilyn.
Alternatively, if we allow their to stand, their can refer only to the employer and Marilyn. That logic is silly, especially when we read (D).

In option D, the first part of the sentence correctly focuses on Marilyn and her work hours.
In the second part of the sentence, the that-clause introduces the more general reference to employees. At that point, "their" makes sense.

• Meaning issue number 2? What is the word "but" doing?
It's for contrast. Marilyn's contract says that she has regular hours but also that the regular hour stipulation can be overridden because all employees are required to work for as long as it takes to finish their work.

Option D isolates Marilyn's individual work schedule [HER work hours] and contrasts it with a "work schedule" in which employees finish their work irrespective of scheduled hours.

(D) The offer of employment that Marilyn received from the employer set out her normal work hours but also indicated that employees were expected to work whatever hours necessary to fulfill their duties.

The answer is



Hi generis

I have a question here.

The pronoun her in D could refer to the employer as well, whereas their could only only refer to the employees in the nonunderlined portion. So isn’t there an ambiguity in D?

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Pronoun ambiguity is not necessarily an error on GMAT. Even in many OG/GMAT prep problems there are answers where sentences with ambiguous pronouns have correct answer.
eg:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/sulfur-dioxi ... 78653.html
it can refer to sulfur-di-oxide or acid rain.

you can read more on pronoun ambiguity here:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/pronoun-ambi ... l#p2331184
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