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25 Aug 2011, 10:00
I have found a convincing answer for this one.

Choice A - "Sales of its stores" means the stores are actually getting sold off. It should either be "stores's sales" or "sales at stores". They is ambiguous but ambiguous pronouns are not deal breakers. A lot of official answers have ambiguous pronoun.

Choice B - The company "announced" it was closing or would close, but "is" is wrong here.

Choice C - Even though ambiguous, best of the other 5.

Choice D - Awkward, but I also think modifiers set off by commas are non essential, but here they are !

Choice E - announced having poor sales is incorrect.

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13 Nov 2011, 12:31
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I think C

Trans World Entertainment Corporation, which owns
the Record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains,
announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its
stores are poor, they will be closed.
A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores
are poor, they will be closed -->"they" is not clearly referent to, sales or stores ??
B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which
accounted for its poor sales --> announced is in past tense, so "is" is illogical
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores
because of poor sales --> I think no problem here
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to
one-fourth of its stores --> "annnounced to be closing" seems unidiom
D. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of
its stores will be closed --> too many problems: unidiom, illogical

Can any one explain, how can they refer to sales? Between sales and stores, only stores can be closed. So why pronoun reference error. Please explain as I continously have the same problem

they could refer to both the retail chains and one fourth of stores, thats my take

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14 Nov 2011, 19:34
This sentence looks very weird, but C is the best answer choice
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Trans World Entertainment Corporation, which owns
the Record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains,
announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its
stores are poor, they will be closed.
A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores
are poor, they will be closed. => 'they' in meaning will refer to stores, but in this case 'they'refers to sales based on the structure. Illogical
B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which
accounted for its poor sales =
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores
because of poor sales. => the best meaning here
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to
one-fourth of its stores.=> Clearly illogical
D. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of
its stores will be closed. => 'such that', 'will be' => wrong

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15 Aug 2012, 12:22
Trans World Entertainment Corporation, which owns the Record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains, announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.

A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales.
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores.
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed.

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OA =C , Please explain why should we remove other options. In A, they will refer to stores not sales because sales can not be closed.

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Trans World Entertainment Corporation, which owns the Record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains, announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.

A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales.
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores.
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed.

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OA =C , Please explain why should we remove other options. In A, they will refer to stores not sales because sales can not be closed.

My answer is B because it imbibes the original meaning what A says.
A says - sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor and those one-fourth of stores will be closed. "they" is ambiguous - incorrect.
B says - Keeps the meaning intact - Correct.
C says - closing up to one fourth of its stores because of overall poor result. - Meaning changed - Incorrect.

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A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed….. Although retails chains is also a possible contender for the antecedence of they, still stores is the ideal match . However, what is striking here is the rampant use of tense. The sentence starts with a past tense announcement, then shifts to present tense while describing sales and then jumps to future tense for the eventual action. This is the reason it may not contend for the honors of top choice.

B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales ----- relative pronoun touch rule error
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales. --- precise and forthright; correct choice
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores. ---- announced to be closing is unidiomatic
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed…… conjugating two ICs with a mere comma, renders it a run-on, precisely a comma splice

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A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed….. Although retails chains is also a possible contender for the antecedence of they, still stores is the ideal match . However, what is striking here is the rampant use of tense. The sentence starts with a past tense announcement, then shifts to present tense while describing sales and then jumps to future tense for the eventual action. This is the reason it may not contend for the honors of top choice.

B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales ----- relative pronoun touch rule error
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales. --- precise and forthright; correct choice
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores. ---- announced to be closing is unidiomatic
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed…… conjugating two ICs with a mere comma, renders it a run-on, precisely a comma splice

@daagh - can you illustrate the "relative pronoun touch rule error" in option B?
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A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed….. Although retails chains is also a possible contender for the antecedence of they, still stores is the ideal match . However, what is striking here is the rampant use of tense. The sentence starts with a past tense announcement, then shifts to present tense while describing sales and then jumps to future tense for the eventual action. This is the reason it may not contend for the honors of top choice.

B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales ----- relative pronoun touch rule error
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales. --- precise and forthright; correct choice
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores. ---- announced to be closing is unidiomatic
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed…… conjugating two ICs with a mere comma, renders it a run-on, precisely a comma splice

Thank you very much daagh.....now I know the correct reasoning.
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Trans World Entertainment Corporation, which owns the Record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains, announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.

A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales.
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores.
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed.

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OA =C , Please explain why should we remove other options. In A, they will refer to stores not sales because sales can not be closed.

Isn't there a verb tense error in C? Why is it using "was"?

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Trans World Entertainment Corporation, which owns the Record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains, announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.

A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales
C. it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales.
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores.
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed.

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OA =C , Please explain why should we remove other options. In A, they will refer to stores not sales because sales can not be closed.

Answer is B. the tense used is correct and the modifier "which" correctly modifies the stores.

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Since the action tool place in the past , so the clause "it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales" should be "it was closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales" .

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B says it is the stores that accounted for its poor sales; What accounted for the company’s poor sales can’t be fixed from the way B states it. It is clear that in real, it should not to stores; if it were to refer to all the stores then all the stores must be closed. The context does not imply that.
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Trans world Entertainment Corporation, which owns the record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed
B. It is closing up to one-forth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales.
C. It was closing up to one fouth of its stores because of poor sales.
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-forth of its stores
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-forth of its stores will be closed.

Debatable OA.
I have a doubt about OA over the change of meaning.

None of the answer choices seem 100% right to me. The OA is given as C but I feel that there should be "that" after announced. But since none of the other choices are any better (all other have ambiguous pronouns), I guess I would have to go with C.
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23 Oct 2012, 00:42
A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed [ It is ambiguous what does 'They" refer to - sales or stores
B. It is closing up to one-forth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales. [ it is ambiguous what does "which" refers to - the act of closing, or the stores
C. It was closing up to one fouth of its stores because of poor sales. [ it clearly conveys the original meaning that 1/4 of the stores will be closed because they perform poorly]
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-forth of its stores [totally awkward]
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-forth of its stores will be closed. [totally awkward]

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A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed [ It is ambiguous what does 'They" refer to - sales or stores
B. It is closing up to one-forth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales. [ it is ambiguous what does "which" refers to - the act of closing, or the stores
C. It was closing up to one fouth of its stores because of poor sales. [ it clearly conveys the original meaning that 1/4 of the stores will be closed because they perform poorly]
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-forth of its stores [totally awkward]
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-forth of its stores will be closed. [totally awkward]

Don't you feel C is ambiguous in saying "it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales". This implies two plausible outcomes.
1) Trans World Entertainment Corporation itself is facing with poor sales, not just its 1/4 stores
2) its 1/4 stores are facing poor sales and hence being shut down.
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Ivan91 wrote:
A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed [ It is ambiguous what does 'They" refer to - sales or stores
B. It is closing up to one-forth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales. [ it is ambiguous what does "which" refers to - the act of closing, or the stores
C. It was closing up to one fouth of its stores because of poor sales. [ it clearly conveys the original meaning that 1/4 of the stores will be closed because they perform poorly]
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-forth of its stores [totally awkward]
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-forth of its stores will be closed. [totally awkward]

Don't you feel C is ambiguous in saying "it was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales". This implies two plausible outcomes.
1) Trans World Entertainment Corporation itself is facing with poor sales, not just its 1/4 stores
2) its 1/4 stores are facing poor sales and hence being shut down.

I agree with your interpretation, but we should rely on the meaning more. Closure of 1/4 stores is the result of poor sales.

Secondly, even though "that" sounds attractive ", "they" creates Pronoun Reference error.

They best option is C.

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Trans world Entertainment Corporation, which owns the record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed => THEY makes the sentence does not have any clear reference because retail chains are in the relative clause.
B. It is closing up to one-forth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales. => This choice change the meaning of the sentence. We should reasoning in here that if 1/4 of corporation's stores are poor sales, the remain store are still dramatically in healthy sales. The corp will have no reasons to close 1/4. The 1/4 stores have to make all of the system be poor sales
C. It was closing up to one fouth of its stores because of poor sales.
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-forth of its stores => clearly wrong in the usage of on account of
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-forth of its stores will be closed. > HAVING is wrong here.

Debatable OA.
I have a doubt about OA over the change of meaning
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Trans world Entertainment Corporation, which owns the record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed => THEY makes the sentence does not have any clear reference because retail chains are in the relative clause.
B. It is closing up to one-forth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales. => This choice change the meaning of the sentence. We should reasoning in here that if 1/4 of corporation's stores are poor sales, the remain store are still dramatically in healthy sales. The corp will have no reasons to close 1/4. The 1/4 stores have to make all of the system be poor sales
C. It was closing up to one fouth of its stores because of poor sales.
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-forth of its stores => clearly wrong in the usage of on account of
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-forth of its stores will be closed. > HAVING is wrong here.

Debatable OA.
I have a doubt about OA over the change of meaning

Hey many thanks for reply.
Consider an example:
"I am writing this because of frustration".
In the above example, it is very clear that I am frustrated.
Similarly, in option c, " they are closing 1/4 stores because of poor sales" implies two meanings. One is that " they are having poor sales" and second is that "1/4 stores are having poor sales"
I feel if C were, "they are closing 1/4 stores, which are having poor sales", then it would have been correct.
I really think that its a poorly worded question because ambiguity is in every option.
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Trans world Entertainment Corporation, which owns the record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed => THEY makes the sentence does not have any clear reference because retail chains are in the relative clause.
B. It is closing up to one-forth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales. => This choice change the meaning of the sentence. We should reasoning in here that if 1/4 of corporation's stores are poor sales, the remain store are still dramatically in healthy sales. The corp will have no reasons to close 1/4. The 1/4 stores have to make all of the system be poor sales
C. It was closing up to one fouth of its stores because of poor sales.
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-forth of its stores => clearly wrong in the usage of on account of
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-forth of its stores will be closed. > HAVING is wrong here.

Debatable OA.
I have a doubt about OA over the change of meaning

Hey many thanks for reply.
Consider an example:
"I am writing this because of frustration".
In the above example, it is very clear that I am frustrated.
Similarly, in option c, " they are closing 1/4 stores because of poor sales" implies two meanings. One is that " they are having poor sales" and second is that "1/4 stores are having poor sales"
I feel if C were, "they are closing 1/4 stores, which are having poor sales", then it would have been correct.
I really think that its a poorly worded question because ambiguity is in every option.
Please feel free to correct me.

First, I'd like to highlight "On Gmat SC we are not looking for ideal sentence, but the best among given choices"
Keeping the above in mind - do we have anything better than C? All other options are clarly grammatically incorrect, as discussed in posts above.
Second point - talking about ambiguity - the doubt comes into mind because we make assumption of intended meaning of author based on poorly crafted original sentence. In fact ans choice C clears it up - gives u the real meaning that 1/4 of stores are being closed due to poor sales overall. period.
Grammar can not be sacrificed because of assumed intended meaning. If you had two grammatically correct sentences then this retaining meaning comes into picture.
Last, "that" should have been present at the start of ans choice C to make it ideal.
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Trans world Entertainment Corporation, which owns the record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains announced that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
A. that since sales of up to one-fourth of its stores are poor, they will be closed
B. It is closing up to one-forth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales.
C. It was closing up to one fouth of its stores because of poor sales.
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-forth of its stores
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-forth of its stores will be closed.

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what you said is right,the SC is ambiguous,but we have to select the best from the ans choices..

I have a doubt in option "A" how the word "they" is ambiguous,my point is that "they will be closed " clearly modifies stores which are poor ......some said "they" can also modify sales,but how can sales can be closed.

Why cannot we take" They" as ellipsis?

Let us distribute the entire sentence in clauses.
1) TWC owns record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chain----This is in relative clause.
2) TWC announced
i)that since sales of one fourth of its stores are poor,---(green is prepositional phrase-in which a subject can't reside )
3) they will be closed.

In A, "they" can't refer to "stores" because "stores" is in the prepositional phrase. If you notice, you'll find that the only subject here in this sentence is TWC. So any pronoun referrent present in the main clause, must refer to TWC.

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