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Trans World Entertainment Corporation, which owns the Record Town and

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New post 27 Feb 2017, 01:02
Agreed, sam15000, that's what a real GMAT sentence would do.
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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

This topic is back in the reckoning after about a decade, jumping from 2007 to 2017, but still eluding the exact rationale for rejecting A and B.

1. As per the tenet of logic, there is no ambiguity as far as the reference of 'they ' is concerned. it does refer to the stores, since one cannot close sales, in the given context. Closing sales means clinching the deal in business parlance. What does 'its' refer to? We must appreciate that Record Town and Saturday Matinee is a brand and not a corporate. Therefore, 'its' does undoubtedly refer to the TWE.
2. The actual reason why A is incorrect is that, in reported speech, when the main clause is in past tense, one has to report the relative clause also in the same vein. 'They would be closed" is the correct diction.
3. In B also the pronouns "it" and 'its' consistently refer to the owning company the TWE. However, omitting the relative clause - connector 'that' is a constructional error in addition to the shift of tense from past to present. The pronoun' which' refers to the one -fourth of the company's stores and these one- fourth number of stores are said to be performing poorly at the market. It may not logically refer to the stores, then it will mean that all the outlets fared poorly; but it is not the intent herein.
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Shouldn't 'announced that' a correct form? I am not sure how C is the correct form. Please help.
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Shouldn't 'announced that' a correct form? I am not sure how C is the correct form. Please help.


Yes, ideally there should be "that" after "announce". However. since this is a GMATprep question, we can see that GMAT allows use of such verbs without "that" as well.
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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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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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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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Though I was aware of pronoun ambiguity in choice A, I eliminated choice C, as C didn't use 'that' after announce.
Still unclear about when can we omit that after verbs like announce, told etc.. in reporting speech.
Could anyone provide insight?
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