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The research reports submitted to the board of directors contain in their appendices figures which suggest that the firm should actively cultivate foreign markets.
(A) in their appendices figures which suggest that
(B) figures in their appendices which would suggest the fact that
(C) figures in its appendix which suggest
(D) figures in its appendix which suggests thatin their appendices figures which suggest the fact that
(E) in their appendices figures which suggest the fact that
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I want to know how this sentence works (just for OA), please.
I can see "suggest that" and an idiom "contain in".
It is not clear what "figures" doing in this sentence.
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Hi,
I want to know how this sentence works (just for OA), please.
I can see "suggest that" and an idiom "contain in".
It is not clear what "figures" doing in this sentence.

The research reports submitted to the board of directors contain in their appendices figures which suggest that the firm should actively cultivate foreign markets.

'their' is the antecedent of 'reports'. Eliminate C and D, first.
Removing the prepositional phrases (for identifying properly, the modifiers) we have,

The research reports submitted to the board of directors contain figures which suggest that the firm should actively cultivate foreign markets.

(A) in their appendices figures which suggest that
removing the prep. phrase, we see that the reports contain figures, and these figures suggest that the firm actively cultivate foreign markets.

(B) figures in their appendices which would suggest the fact that
suggest is modifying appendices (and not figures). Also usage of 'would' is wrong.
(C) figures in its appendix which suggest
(D) figures in its appendix which suggests thatin their appendices figures which suggest the fact that
(E) in their appendices figures which suggest the fact that
'figures' cannot suggest a fact. Probably, they can reveal a fact.

My only issue with the sentence is that, a subjunctive should have been used, because X is suggesting Y to do something.
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The research reports submitted to the board of directors contain in their appendices figures that suggest the firm should actively cultivate foreign markets.

a) in their appendices figures that suggest
clear and concise - 'their' refers to reports and the clause 'that suggest the firm..' modifies figures correctly.
b) figures in their appendices that would suggest the fact that
"their" is ambiguous - could be reports or figures. changes meaning - original sentence 'figures suggest' here 'appendices suggest'
c) figures in its appendix that suggest
'It' doesn't comply with plural subject
d) figures in its appendix that suggests that
'It' doesn't comply with plural subject
e) in their appendices figures that suggest the fact that
wordy and indirect - figures that suggest the fact that
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09 May 2014, 20:16
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The research reports submitted to the board of directors contain in their appendices figures that suggest the firm should actively cultivate foreign markets.

a) in their appendices figures that suggest
b) figures in their appendices that would suggest the fact that
c) figures in its appendix that suggest
d) figures in its appendix that suggests that
e) in their appendices figures that suggest the fact that

I found a similar questions but not the same one. the-research-reports-submitted-to-the-board-of-directors-165691.html

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I have doubts in the questions and not too convinced with the OA and OE. Can somebody solve it giving explanations.

I am somehow not convinced with the OA. Though I am not convinced with any other answer too.Shouldnt 'that' come after suggest..

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I agree with jldgr here, that is why i chose 'E'. Can please someone tell me why 'E' is wrong.

Hello.

E has meaning problem. You can't suggest THE FACT that someone SHOULD DO something. "should do" itself implies plan/future, not something happened. Thus, "suggest the fact that X should do Y" makes no sense.

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The essence of a present subjunctive mood is that there should be an element of mandatoriness or an imperative need to obey in such contexts. Therefore, words such as suggest, recommend or advise can be either subjunctive or non-subjunctive depending upon who suggests, recommends or advises. If a higher hierarchy suggests or recommends, then it is subjunctive, e.g: Supreme Court suggests that the high court look into this —here it is subjunctive because it is the SC which suggests here. However, if the High Court suggests that SC may look into this, then it is not subjunctive because HC cannot order SC. Similarly in this case, reports submitted to the Board, which is a higher authority, are not binding on the Board to adopt. They are mere suggestions and the Board may use them or ignore them. Thus, the mandatoriness is missing in the context. That is the reason in A, that the verb is not in the subjunctive mood but only in the indicative mood
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07 Feb 2017, 22:08
Experts, please explain OE. I understand that answer choice should contain "theirs" not "its" as we are talking about reports, a plural subject.

I selected option B
Some of the posts above mention that "which" wrongly refers to appendices and it should refer to "figures". I disagree with it. Since the construction of the choice B is that " figures in their appendices (prepositional phrase) which ", presence of prepositional phrase does not alter the modification of "which". I think it still correctly modifies figures.
Please clear this, if it is wrong.

If the above judgment is true, is the presence of "would" in the sentence sufficient enough to discard this choice?

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09 Feb 2017, 06:10
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nks2611 wrote:
can someone explain why ,which is not followed by a comma ?

The modifier is an essential modifier defining "figures". Hence there is no comma. However as per convention "that" instead of "which" should have been used for essential modifier.

Even better would be a present participle "suggesting" without a comma (in order to avoid the awkwardness arising from the usage "that suggest that").

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Experts, please explain OE. I understand that answer choice should contain "theirs" not "its" as we are talking about reports, a plural subject.

I selected option B
Some of the posts above mention that "which" wrongly refers to appendices and it should refer to "figures". I disagree with it. Since the construction of the choice B is that " figures in their appendices (prepositional phrase) which ", presence of prepositional phrase does not alter the modification of "which". I think it still correctly modifies figures.
Please clear this, if it is wrong.

If the above judgment is true, is the presence of "would" in the sentence sufficient enough to discard this choice?

There is no justification for the use of hypothetical "would suggest". Moreover "that fact" is unnecessarily wordy and can be omitted. Hence B is wrong.

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The research reports submitted to the board of directors contain in their appendices figures that suggest that the firm should actively cultivate foreign markets.

in their appendices figures that suggest that
figures in their appendices that would suggest the fact that
figures in its appendix that suggest
figures in its appendix that suggests that
in their appendices figures that suggest the fact that

Edited the question...

Only option A correctly mentions as per meaning wise that figures suggest is correct but not appendices suggest..

Thank God options C and D only dealt with APPENDIX not with any intestines...

Option E has redundancy... Suggest that is correct idiom..

so all other options are incorrect..

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Easiest issue here is probably the pronouns: "research reports" is plural, so we would definitely need "their appendices", not "its appendix." That eliminates (C) and (D).

Beyond that, I think Kaplan is just trying to get you to choose the most efficient answer choices. Let's compare (A) and (E): the only difference is that (E) adds a couple of unnecessary words ("the fact") -- so we can eliminate (E).

That leaves us with just (A) and (B). I don't think that the difference between "in their appendices figures" and "figures in their appendices" matters much, but (B) again adds some extra crap we don't need: "the fact" is a waste of words, and there's really no reason to use the conditional "would suggest" instead of "suggest." So that leaves us with (A).
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