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# Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract this year was awarded

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02 Oct 2017, 23:40
HarveyS wrote:
Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost; the thoroughness of the design submission was also factored into the decision

Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;
This year, unlike last year, the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;
Unlike the previous year’s bidding, this year the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;
Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the bidding for the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost, instead
Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract’s bidding this year were awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;

Unlike the previous year's bidding should be compared with the bidding this year.
C is out
D and E are out because of meaning .The contract is awarded based on the bidding .
Bidding is process which allows interested people to bid for a certain product and the product is awarded to individual who bid highest .

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03 Oct 2017, 15:30
Dear mikemcgarry,

I hope you are well

In Choice D & E, there is something interesting. Regardless of SV agreement in E and instead in D, I spotted another strange meaning.

D) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the bidding for the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost, instead

E) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract’s bidding this year were awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;

How come 'the bidding was awarded'? it is nonsensical meaning. The contract should be awarded not the bidding.

What do you think??

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04 Oct 2017, 16:15
Mo2men wrote:
Dear mikemcgarry,

I hope you are well

In Choice D & E, there is something interesting. Regardless of SV agreement in E and instead in D, I spotted another strange meaning.

D) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the bidding for the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost, instead

E) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract’s bidding this year were awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;

How come 'the bidding was awarded'? it is nonsensical meaning. The contract should be awarded not the bidding.

What do you think??

Dear Mo2men,

I'm happy to respond.

With all due respect, I am not sure I understand your question. The phrase "the bidding was awarded" is 100% correct: it's passive, but we don't know the actor and don't care. Nothing here suggests that the contract itself awarded the bidding--I'm unclear how you arrived at that interpretation.

I will be happy to respond if you can clarify your concerns.

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04 Oct 2017, 17:29
mikemcgarry wrote:
Mo2men wrote:
Dear mikemcgarry,

I hope you are well

In Choice D & E, there is something interesting. Regardless of SV agreement in E and instead in D, I spotted another strange meaning.

D) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the bidding for the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost, instead

E) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract’s bidding this year were awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;

How come 'the bidding was awarded'? it is nonsensical meaning. The contract should be awarded not the bidding.

What do you think??

Dear Mo2men,

I'm happy to respond.

With all due respect, I am not sure I understand your question. The phrase "the bidding was awarded" is 100% correct: it's passive, but we don't know the actor and don't care. Nothing here suggests that the contract itself awarded the bidding--I'm unclear how you arrived at that interpretation.

I will be happy to respond if you can clarify your concerns.

Mike

Dear mikemcgarry

In the business world, the bidding is a Process in which companies submit proposals, committee formed to review them and then choose a company. The result will be a contract that is awarded. It is nonsensical that a process is awarded.

You may consider my analysis is outside knowledge but in business it s elementary

I hope you clarified my point
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04 Oct 2017, 22:50
Mo2men wrote:
Dear mikemcgarry,

I hope you are well

In Choice D & E, there is something interesting. Regardless of SV agreement in E and instead in D, I spotted another strange meaning.

D) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the bidding for the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost, instead

E) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract’s bidding this year were awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;

How come 'the bidding was awarded'? it is nonsensical meaning. The contract should be awarded not the bidding.

What do you think??

Check this comment on previous page:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/unlike-the-p ... l#p1373521
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05 Oct 2017, 10:00
Mo2men wrote:
Dear mikemcgarry

In the business world, the bidding is a Process in which companies submit proposals, committee formed to review them and then choose a company. The result will be a contract that is awarded. It is nonsensical that a process is awarded.

You may consider my analysis is outside knowledge but in business it s elementary

I hope you clarified my point

Dear Mo2men,

I'm happy to respond.

I see that you already have a response from the genius VeritasPrepKarishma who fully agrees with you.

Here's what I'll say. Consider an abstract Venn diagram. One circle is what is rigorous logical and the other is what people actually say. There's a ton that people say in every day ordinary conversation that defies all conventions of logic. In this instance, I would say "the bidding was awarded" is one of those things that is technically illogical but clear enough in meaning that it probably would pass in context. To my ear, it sounds like something not so jarringly illogical---I think it would pass in conversation.

Of course, any OA on the GMAT would be squarely in the intersection region of that abstract Venn diagram, rigorously logically correct and natural to say. It's true that we can eliminate wrong answer choices that make grossly illogical mistakes. In (D) & (E), I would say that we're in a gray area: if we use our knowledge of the business world, we can see that this is technically illogical, but it also sounds a little like something that would pass in conversation. The GMAT is NOT going to hand you a choice of this sort. Even in this Veritas question, (D) & (E) are wrong for other reasons, and then there's also this funky gray-area thing--that is, very much how anything gray-area appears on the GMAT.

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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13 Oct 2017, 20:38
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Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost; the thoroughness of the design submission was also factored into the decision

(A) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;

(B) This year, unlike last year, the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;

(C) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, this year the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;

(D) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the bidding for the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost, instead

(E) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract’s bidding this year were awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

The word “unlike” indicates that parallel structure is probably being tested.

In (A), we have “Unlike . . the bidding” . . . “the contract.” But the bidding is not unlike the contract; they’re not being compared.

Similarly, (C) compares “the previous year’s bidding” to “this year,” but you can’t compare “bidding” to “year.”

Choice (B), the correct choice, compares “This year” to “last year”–a logical comparison.

Choice (D) correctly compares “bidding” to “bidding,” but creates a comma splice; a semicolon, not a comma should be used to join independent clauses. This is a Sentence Construction error that results in a run-on sentence.

Choice (E) awkwardly modifies “bidding” with “contract’s.” The bidding is not the possession of the contract.

Furthermore, this choice has an agreement problem: the singular “bidding” takes “was,” not “were.”
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16 Nov 2018, 05:13
(A) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;
Wrong --> Incorrect comparison "bidding" with "contract"

(B) This year, unlike last year, the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;
Hold

(C) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, this year the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;
Wrong --> Incorrect comparison "bidding" with "this year"

(D) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the bidding for the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost, instead
Hold
Meaning issue --> Bidding was awarded. The sentence should point that the contract was awarded not the bidding was awarded.

(E) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract’s bidding this year were awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;
Wrong --> S-V issue, bidding(singular)==> were(plural)

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18 Nov 2018, 06:11
Simply if we look at all the options closely we will find that in b it is offering contract, in all other options it is offering bidding which is wrong.
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10 Mar 2019, 06:03
D makes an obvious logical error. It says that ‘the…bidding’ was awarded. ‘bidding’ is done, the contract is awarded.So this one can be discarded.

A compares ‘bidding’ with ‘contract’, so it should be discarded too.
C compared ‘bidding’ with ‘year’
E uses ‘unlike’ to compare actions. ‘Like’ and ‘unlike’ can only be used to compare nouns.

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20 Apr 2019, 01:38
'Unlike the previous year’s bidding' will be compared to 'this year's bidding' and not 'the contract' or 'year'. Hence Eliminate A and C.
Non-underlined sentence is a complete sentence as there is ;(semi-colon) so 'instead' in D is unnecessary. eliminate D
bidding is singular so verb used will be singular. E uses 'were'. So eliminated.
B rightly compares 'previous year' and 'this year' and is clear, concise. Hence B
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Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost; the thoroughness of the design submission was also factored into the decision

Incorrect comparisons
(A) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;
(C) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, this year the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;
(E) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract’s bidding this year were awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;

D seems to be a run-on sentence
(D) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the bidding for the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost, instead

(B) This year, unlike last year, the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;
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