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To attract the most talented workers, some companies are offering a wider range of benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them.

(A) benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them
(B) benefits, letting employees pick the most important of them to themselves
(C) benefits and letting employees pick the most important to themselves
(D) benefits and let employees pick the most important to them
(E) benefits and let employees pick those that are most important to themselves
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To attract the most talented workers, some companies are offering a wider range of benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them.

(A) benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them
(B) benefits, letting employees pick the most important of them to themselves
(C) benefits and letting employees pick the most important to themselves
(D) benefits and let employees pick the most important to them
(E) benefits and let employees pick those that are most important to themselves

Here the companies are offering a wide range of benefits and this led to employess pick those most important to them
So we need a cause effect relationship. and clause followed by comman ving modifer does the same very clearly
(A) Correct benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them
here those refers to benefits and them refers to employees and ving (letting.....) is correctly modifying previuse clause
(B) Incorrect benefits, letting employees pick the most important of them to themselves
In one sentence them and themselves must refer to the same entity but here in this sentence them and themselves refer to different noun
(C) Incorrect benefits and letting employees pick the most important to themselves
Pick what? not clear
(D) Incorrect benefits and let employees pick the most important to them
Pick what? also in this sentence cause effet nature is lost
(E) Incorrect benefits and let employees pick those that are most important to themselves
Same as D
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To attract the most talented workers, some companies are offering a wider range of benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them.

(A) benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them.CORRECT-concisely conveys the meaning implied; and those correctly refers to "range of benefits.
(B) benefits, letting employees pick the most important of them to themselves.INCORRECT-"them" refers to range of benefits but then themselves refers to which noun here is not clear.
(C) benefits and letting employees pick the most important to themselves.INCORRECT-use of themselves is ambiguous here, also "most important" of what? It seems ambiguous here.
(D) benefits and let employees pick the most important to them. INCORRECT- usage of and introduces parallelism and "offering" and "let" are not parallel, also "most important of what?"
(E) benefits and let employees pick those that are most important to themselves
.INCORRECT- same parallelism error as in D, also "those that are most imp" is wordy and awkward and can be clearly conveyed as those as in option A.

The company is offering certain benefits and letting employees choose the benefits for themselves, whichever is important to them. It is correctly put in A.
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Question No.: SC 743
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To attract the most talented workers, some companies are offering a wider range of benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them.

(A) benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them
(B) benefits, letting employees pick the most important of them to themselves
(C) benefits and letting employees pick the most important to themselves
(D) benefits and let employees pick the most important to them
(E) benefits and let employees pick those that are most important to themselves


Here in D & E can be ruled out due to parallelism error.
in B " them to themselves " confuses of the use of pronoun antecedent whether it is employees or benefits.
In C the biggest problem is use of "THE" It suggest there is only one important benefit whereas the meaning intends that of the many benefits the employees can choose the ones that are beneficial to them. therefore this choice is plainly Wrong .
The one that remains is finally A it correctly means by using "Letting" as a present participle and modifying the previous sentence by implying that the companies are offering wide range of benefits by letting the emloyees pick the ones that are most important to them.


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I guess offering benefits and letting employees choose are two different actions which must be separated by 'And'. Is the OA C? I am doubtful though.

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To attract the most talented workers, some companies are offering a wider range of benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them.

(A) benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them
(B) benefits, letting employees pick the most important of them to themselves
(C) benefits and letting employees pick the most important to themselves
(D) benefits and let employees pick the most important to them
(E) benefits and let employees pick those that are most important to themselves

Wider range of benefits: "benefits" is used as an object here , can "those" pronoun refer to an object

I thought "them" is the right pronoun of the object reference?

Am I missing some point here ?

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Hi GMATNinja,
Sir Can you help?

I understand that participle phrase "letting..." is modifying a complete clause before it and appropriately has a subject " some companies" in previous clause but Why are we using modifier here?

it is sounding as if that the Company's act of offering wide range of benefits is letting employees pick..... It is company themselves that is allowing employees pick from the wide range of benefits. RIGHT? MY UNDERSTANDING IS WRONG ABOUT WHAT THE SENTENCE ACTUALLY MEAN?

I marked option C, but soon realized that second clause ( after AND) is missing FROM THOSE BENEFITS. ( it is sounding company allow employee to chose SOMETHING most important to them. ( but we dont know what)

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The Official Guide for GMAT Review 2018

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Question No.: SC 743

To attract the most talented workers, some companies are offering a wider range of benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them.

(A) benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them
(B) benefits, letting employees pick the most important of them to themselves
(C) benefits and letting employees pick the most important to themselves
(D) benefits and let employees pick the most important to them
(E) benefits and let employees pick those that are most important to themselves


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The original sentence as it is correct .
We need an ing modifier to modify the first sentence .
The answer is A
Them in B is ambiguous we are not clear whether it refers to employees of benefits.
D and E are wrong for the same reason .
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To attract the most talented workers, some companies are offering a wider range of benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them.

(A) benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them
(B) benefits, letting employees pick the most important of them to themselves
(C) benefits and letting employees pick the most important to themselves
--> pick WHAT???
(D) benefits and let employees pick the most important to them
--> pick WHAT???
(E) benefits and let employees pick those that are most important to themselves[/quote]
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Experts, please explain the difference between to them and to themselves in this question.

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I couldn't get it.. Please some one can elaborate.. There is no it in the options

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The most important =/ those most important. Hence A

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D, E - offering a wide...and let employees is not parallel
C - to themselves is incorrect
B - to themselves is incorrect
A - offering a wide range of benefits, letting employees pick those is parallel.

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I see different calls for help in at least three different posts, so I'll try to address everything in one big, fat explanation:

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(A) benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them

"Those" is just a plural pronoun here, so we should look for some plural noun that it can refer back to. "Benefits" makes sense, right? "...letting employees pick the benefits most important to them." So we're good there. (And for more on demonstrative pronouns, check out our Topic of the Week or our YouTube video about the many uses of "that.")

And yes, "benefits" is an object, but there's no reason why a pronoun can't refer back to an object. There's some weird myth going around about that, and I'm not sure where it's coming from. Pronouns can refer to subjects or objects.

"Letting" is used as a modifier here (click here for more on "-ing" modifiers), and that makes sense: "letting employees pick (the benefits) most important to them" is giving us more information about what happens when "companies are offering a wider range of benefits." So it makes sense for "letting" to be a modifier, not a verb. Keep (A).

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(B) benefits, letting employees pick the most important of them to themselves

"Themselves" is a reflexive pronoun. Correct uses of reflexive pronouns:

    Mike was proud of himself when he successfully surfed a 25-foot wave.
    Bogdan and Souvik admired themselves in the mirror after crushing the GMAT.

But I don't think we can justify using "themselves" in the original sentence. Employees can pick the benefits that are most important to them -- but there's no need for the reflexive "themselves." (And for whatever it's worth: I can't think of another official GMAT question that draws any sort of distinction between reflexive and non-reflexive pronouns.) Also, I think it's a little bit confusing to have "them" refer to "benefits", while "themselves" refers back to "employees" -- but either way, (B) is out.

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(C) benefits and letting employees pick the most important to themselves

I think I could live with the parallelism here: "letting" follows "and", so we need to find something that's parallel to "letting." How about "offering"? So "some companies are offering..." and "some companies are letting..." I guess that's OK, though I think the sentences works a little bit better if "letting" is a modifier, but I wouldn't automatically eliminate (C) because of that.

But the "themselves" is wrong again - "them" would be fine. Eliminate (C).

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(D) benefits and let employees pick the most important to them

Now there's a clear parallelism issue. "Let" is a verb, and I guess it could be parallel to "are offering" -- but if that's the case, why are they in different tenses? That can't be right. The only other option is "attract", and that would make any sense, either. Eliminate (D).

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(E) benefits and let employees pick those that are most important to themselves

Same parallelism error as in (D), and the same error with "themselves" as in (B) and (C).

So (A) wins.
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I guess offering benefits and letting employees choose are two different actions which must be separated by 'And'. Is the OA C? I am doubtful though.

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I chose C, too. carcass please help. :)
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would request egmat to reply..

As per choice A " letting employee pick...." is a verb-ing modifier modifying previous clause.As per my leaning through egmat module verb-ing can only modify in 2 cases i.e 1) result 2) how the action has been done but as per this option it modifies "why" aspect i.e why employees are offering.Kindly clear why option A is the correct answer.

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I see different calls for help in at least three different posts, so I'll try to address everything in one big, fat explanation:

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(A) benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them

"Those" is just a plural pronoun here, so we should look for some plural noun that it can refer back to. "Benefits" makes sense, right? "...letting employees pick the benefits most important to them." So we're good there. (And for more on demonstrative pronouns, check out our Topic of the Week or our YouTube video about the many uses of "that.")

And yes, "benefits" is an object, but there's no reason why a pronoun can't refer back to an object. There's some weird myth going around about that, and I'm not sure where it's coming from. Pronouns can refer to subjects or objects.

"Letting" is used as a modifier here (click here for more on "-ing" modifiers), and that makes sense: "letting employees pick (the benefits) most important to them" is giving us more information about what happens when "companies are offering a wider range of benefits." So it makes sense for "letting" to be a modifier, not a verb. Keep (A).

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(B) benefits, letting employees pick the most important of them to themselves

"Themselves" is a reflexive pronoun. Correct uses of reflexive pronouns:

    Mike was proud of himself when he successfully surfed a 25-foot wave.
    Bogdan and Souvik admired themselves in the mirror after crushing the GMAT.

But I don't think we can justify using "themselves" in the original sentence. Employees can pick the benefits that are most important to them -- but there's no need for the reflexive "themselves." (And for whatever it's worth: I can't think of another official GMAT question that draws any sort of distinction between reflexive and non-reflexive pronouns.) Also, I think it's a little bit confusing to have "them" refer to "benefits", while "themselves" refers back to "employees" -- but either way, (B) is out.

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(C) benefits and letting employees pick the most important to themselves

I think I could live with the parallelism here: "letting" follows "and", so we need to find something that's parallel to "letting." How about "offering"? So "some companies are offering..." and "some companies are letting..." I guess that's OK, though I think the sentences works a little bit better if "letting" is a modifier, but I wouldn't automatically eliminate (C) because of that.

But the "themselves" is wrong again - "them" would be fine. Eliminate (C).

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(D) benefits and let employees pick the most important to them

Now there's a clear parallelism issue. "Let" is a verb, and I guess it could be parallel to "are offering" -- but if that's the case, why are they in different tenses? That can't be right. The only other option is "attract", and that would make any sense, either. Eliminate (D).

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(E) benefits and let employees pick those that are most important to themselves

Same parallelism error as in (D), and the same error with "themselves" as in (B) and (C).

So (A) wins.


Hi GMATNinja,
I have a small doubt. In option A those refers to benefits. Doubt is why article "the" is not used with superlative form of degree "most benefits"?

Whether it is correct?

Thanks in advance.

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To attract the most talented workers, some companies are offering a wider range of benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them.

(A) benefits, letting employees pick those most important to them :them refers to employees and those refers to benefits and the ,ing modifier shows the effect of companies certain policy correct
(B) benefits, letting employees pick the most important of them to themselves :them is ambiguous
(C) benefits and letting employees pick the most important to themselves : them must be used
(D) benefits and let employees pick the most important to them ::let and are offering not in same tense also a meaning change
(E) benefits and let employees pick those that are most important to themselves :let and are offering not in same tense also a meaning change

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