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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.
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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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23 Oct 2012, 00:54
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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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23 Oct 2012, 01:05
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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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23 Oct 2012, 01:10
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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.

poor sales of what...? Trans World or 1/4 of its stores? That's my question
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24 Oct 2012, 09:56
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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24 Oct 2012, 20:38
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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

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.
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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

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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24 Oct 2012, 22:03
quite debatable question

in OA 'C'

It was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales.

is this right usage or do we need present tense here.?
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30 Oct 2012, 15:23
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quite debatable question

in OA 'C'

It was closing up to one fourth of its stores because of poor sales.

is this right usage or do we need present tense here.?

How is was incorrect? Announced is past tense and I chose C because was is the one that best keeps the tense consistent. IMO this question is obviously C, but I might be biased because i got it right.
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30 Oct 2012, 22:54
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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.

There is an error in the original sentence, may be a transcription error? We need a COMMA after " Matinee retail chains" otherwise whole thing a fragment...!
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04 Jan 2013, 00:39
@marcab...
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?
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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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@marcab...
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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04 Jan 2013, 01:11
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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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@marcab...
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.

Hope that helps.

Thanks for your prompt reply,I forgot that subject cannot reside in prepositional phrase..
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04 Jan 2013, 01:23
I would divide the sentence as below:
Trans world Entertainment Corporation, which owns the record Town and Saturday Matinee retail chains announced that ...

As TWEC is the subject of above sentence, We should use 'it' and not they

Can we eliminate the few options looking at the tenses. In this case, future tense will not be used here.
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17 Jun 2013, 11:03
Hi Guys,

sorry drift away from the topic but could u please explain the correct usage of " on account of"

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18 Jun 2013, 05:23
If answer is C, I feel there should be a that before It was closing up to one fouth of its stores because of poor sales.
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