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# Trans World Entertainment Corporation, which owns the Record

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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.

A is wrong for many reasons as explained by so mnay people...however to make C more appropriate, should announced be not followed by "that"....why is it that "THAT" has been omitted in C and still making it a better choice??

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05 Sep 2017, 15:47
Hi Experts GMATNinja egmat mikemcgarry

I went through expert's post on for this Q and would like to clarify below queries:
For option (A)
1. is the usage of that incorrect?
2. What is issue with since ... be closed (structure wise) Is it just that it wordier than OA?
3. The pronoun THEY seems unambiguous to me since they means more than one, and although here it may refer to more than 1/4th or all , note that both are plural entities.
Let me know if I missed something.
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09 Sep 2017, 11:05
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.
Violates rules of indirect speech ; use of will is wrong
B. it is closing up to one-fourth of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales
pronoun 'which' is ambiguous ; refers to stores or 1/4 stores ?
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.
Announced to be is wrong
E. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed.
Violates rules of indirect speech ; use of will is wrong

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25 Oct 2017, 23:28
singh_amit19 wrote:
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.

I feel C is (relatively) the best.

in option A, " they" refers to"one-forth of the stores", and we can find this antecedent in the previous sentence, so reference or ambiguity is NOT a problem here,according to what Ron has said.
but "will" should be "would", because "the company announced" suggests the past tense.

in option B, " is" should be "was",because "the company announced" suggests the past tense.

option C slightly changes the original meaning, I think,
the original sentence means the sales of these 1/4 stores are poor.
option C fails to present this meaning----it only says " because of poor sales"
anyway, the option C is relatively the best one.

optionD and E are obviously wrong.

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26 Oct 2017, 06:29
Hi Experts GMATNinja egmat mikemcgarry

I went through expert's post on for this Q and would like to clarify below queries:
For option (A)
1. is the usage of that incorrect? No.
2. What is issue with since ... be closed (structure wise) Is it just that it wordier than OA? It's wordier. I don't think it would be preferable to C even when we corrected "stores were poor, they would be
3. The pronoun THEY seems unambiguous to me since they means more than one, and although here it may refer to more than 1/4th or all , note that both are plural entities. since sales of blah blah are poor, they will be closed. Well, under normal conditions, "they" refer to 'sales'. Let me know if I missed something.

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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01 Dec 2017, 04:53
i have some issue with option c- we dont have that after announced. Also, use of would make sense. The company announced that it would close...was closing means during the announcement itself, the company closed. please help me to understand the OA

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01 Dec 2017, 09:06
dwivedys wrote:
dr908 wrote:
I picked C.
It took me a few minutes. I got it down to A and C.
I eliminated A because 'they' refers to 'sales' and that makes no sense. If it said 'that 1/4 of its stores have poor sales, they will be closed' then that works. But as it is, the 'they' refers to sales. ELIMINATE A...which leaves C.

B changes meaning of sentence.
D and E clearly wrong.

Dear DR908 - I was trying to understand the logic you have used to identify how THEY in choice A refers PRECISELY to sales.

IMO, the referent of they in A is ambiguous and that's why A is wrong. As used, they could refer either to sales or stores.

Can you please clarify if I am missing anything?

Logically they can refer only to stores
as there is no point in thinking that sales will be closed and the stores will still be open...

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i have some issue with option c- we dont have that after announced. Also, use of would make sense. The company announced that it would close...was closing means during the announcement itself, the company closed. please help me to understand the OA

Ideally "that" would be used. This question seems to be an exception.

The past continuous "was closing" is alright. This tense usage implies that at the time when the announcement was being made, the process of closing had already started and was continuing, i.e., some of the one fourth of the stores had already been closed, while the others hadn't been.

("Would" would also be alright - this tense would imply that the process of closing had not started when the announcement was being made.)

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