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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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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 picked B.........A - passive voice; C - poor sales referent is not clear; D - full of mistakes; E - having and other mistakes

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I think all these choices stink. I pick A. announced... "that" I think is needed here.

DE are just wrong.
C: past tense when original uses future tense, this changes the meaning.
B: I don't think its in the last part has a clear referent.

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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?

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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.


C. no neeed to say why DE are wrong. AB have refereant problem. B has ambiguous referant "it".

So undoubtdly C.

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Sure.
So you know i scored 41 on last PowerPrep, on verbal, and I got 75 percent of the SC right, so i am not a SC guru like others.

I think you are right though, they is merely ambiguous to what it refers to. For me, it refers to sales, since sales is the subject of the previous clause and 'they' then is the subject of the second clause which is referring back to the previous clause. Consider below. It is the same thing:

They incorrectly refers to players:
The players are in different cities, they are the capitals of their respective states.

They correctly refers to cities:
The players are in diffrent cities, which are the capitals of their respective states.

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i still feel it requires a "that" to introduce a clause ( a subject and a verb)

without "that" it should be something like this.

announced the closure of (it was closing up to) one fourth of its stores
because of poor sales.

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New post 09 Apr 2009, 11:58
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IMO B
Economist wrote:
Set26-23

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.
D. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of
its stores will be closed.


Please explain when to use ', such that' and when to use ', so that' ?
Also i feel that answer is either a or e. i don't believe whether the OA is correct or not.
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IMO B
Economist wrote:
Set26-23

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--- which is referring to store.. as if store 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.
D. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of
its stores will be closed.

Actually there is close contest between B & C.
.. It should be C because.. announced it is closing... means that the action is happening in the present tense
..secondly.. B is verbose as well as suffer from improper pronoun reference.

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The only reason I prefer C is because it uses "because of" instead of "since". When you are giving a reason, "because of" is preferable to "since". "Since" normally refers to passage of time. Option A uses since.

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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" 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

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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.

My Ans is C)

A) record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains announced that since sales of up to
In that we have "That since " - two should not come nearly .So A is Wrong
B) Which.. Which same relative pronoun( there will be confusion ) So B is wrong.
C)it is OK
D)Too many dependent clause.So it is wrong.
E)it is wrong

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There is an issue of reported speech here. In reported speech, what someone said is taken one tense back because it is a relative clause. For example:

Let's say that some says, "I am happy."

Reported speech: She said (in the past) that she was happy.

Every once in a while it seems that the GMAT is not perfectly vigilant about using "that," although 99% of the time "that" is required to create the defining/limiting relative clause.

Thus, C is best.

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[quote2"SaraiGMAXonline"]There is an issue of reported speech here. In reported speech, what someone said is taken one tense back because it is a relative clause. For example:

Let's say that some says, "I am happy."

Reported speech: She said (in the past) that she was happy.

Every once in a while it seems that the GMAT is not perfectly vigilant about using "that," although 99% of the time "that" is required to create the defining/limiting relative clause.[/quote2]

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Pls answer these quest

The moment I see "having" in the SC, I am inclined that its wrong 99% of the time. Is this correct approach?


SaraiGMAXonline wrote:
Every once in a while it seems that the GMAT is not perfectly vigilant about using "that," although 99% of the time "that" is required to create the defining/limiting relative clause.


I crossed A because of SV disagreement - "they" is plural.

Reported speech: She said (in the past) that she was happy. ----> Is it correct to say
She said she was happy. (without that) ????

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TIP from GMAX: There is some preference for "because" over other cause-result words! Check out the Small Details lesson in SC at gmaxonline.

I believe you are saying - because > since. I also think because > due to. Pls comment.

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Pls answer these quest

The moment I see "having" in the SC, I am inclined that its wrong 99% of the time. Is this correct approach?


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Every once in a while it seems that the GMAT is not perfectly vigilant about using "that," although 99% of the time "that" is required to create the defining/limiting relative clause.


I crossed A because of SV disagreement - "they" is plural.

Reported speech: She said (in the past) that she was happy. ----> Is it correct to say
She said she was happy. (without that) ????

SaraiGMAXonline wrote:
TIP from GMAX: There is some preference for "because" over other cause-result words! Check out the Small Details lesson in SC at gmaxonline.

I believe you are saying - because > since. I also think because > due to. Pls comment.

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"he said she was happy. (without that) ????"

So 9 times out of 10 the GMAT SC will prefer the inclusion of "that", but you do have to look at other grammatical issues in the sentence because they do leave "that" out from time to time.

Also, yes, you understood correctly that a correct answer is more likely to use 'because' as opposed to 'since'/'due to'...etc. Again, you must look at other grammatical issues thought because it will never come down to just this difference!

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Thanks. Still one more question. Pls bear

The moment I see "having" in the SC, I am inclined that its wrong 99% of the time. Is this correct approach?
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Hi nusmavrik,

"Having," I'm afraid, is not a magic signal for a wrong answer. If it is being used as a modifier, you have to think about whether what it modifies really 'has' something. It's a question of meaning. If there are particular problems in which the usage of "having" seems questionable to you, send them along, and I'll try to clarify what is happening with that word!

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Hey Sarai
I scanned the pattern "having been" in the OG 10 and OG 12. Not once "having been" was correct.

I know that I am talking "statistics" which is like throwing ET :-D

OG 12
Q "having been", Correct answer
Q14 D ,A
Q36 E ,A
Q68 D ,E
Q76 B ,D
Q129 D ,C

OG 10

Q "having been" Correct answer
127 C ,B
192 D ,C
253 E ,B
261 BDE ,C

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Thanks. Still one more question. Pls bear

The moment I see "having" in the SC, I am inclined that its wrong 99% of the time. Is this correct approach?
cheers


Hi nusmavrik,

"Having," I'm afraid, is not a magic signal for a wrong answer. If it is being used as a modifier, you have to think about whether what it modifies really 'has' something. It's a question of meaning. If there are particular problems in which the usage of "having" seems questionable to you, send them along, and I'll try to clarify what is happening with that word!

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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. - CORRECT
D. to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one-fourth of its stores.
D. having poor sales, such that up to one-fourth of its stores will be closed.

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yea +1 for C

my reasoning-- >

in A the subject of the second part of the sentence is Sales, hence the statement they will be closed sounds as though the sales will be closed

We are talking about desire -- which is a subjunctive mood. so it cant be B , It is should be it was

D appears to retain the intended meaning but is convoluted with those commas and between C and D, C is more concise and clear

E is plain awkward-

Do let me know if i missed spotting any other errors in the other wrong answers or if my reasoning in concluding the answer is flawed. Helps me watchout for the pitfalls myself :)

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(A) that since sales of up to one-third of its stores are poor, they will be closed.
*They* refers to what.
(B) it is closing up to one-third of its stores, which accounted for its poor sales.
"which accounted for it's poor sales" is modifying stores.
(C) it was closing up to one-third of its stores because of poor sales.
I think "that" should be before "it", but even with this error, this is the most
concise choice.
(D) to be closing, on account of poor sales, up to one- third of its stores.
"on account to be closing" is a dangling modifier. It's not clear this modifier is trying to modify the previous sentence or the sentence which it follows. Furthermore, "announced to be" is not correct idiom. Since this is a reporting verb, "that" should follow after announced.
(E) having poor sales, such that up to one- third of its stores will be closed.
"announced such that" sounds as if they have announced in a particular manner.
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