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Upset by the recent downturn in production numbers during the first half
of the year, the possibility of adding worker incentives was raised by the
board of directors at its quarterly meeting.
(A) the possibility of adding worker incentives was raised by the board of
directors at its quarterly meeting
(B) the addition of worker incentives was raised as a possibility by the board of
directors at its quarterly meeting
(C) added worker incentives was raised by the board of directors at its quarterly
meeting as a possibility
(D) the board of directors raised at its quarterly meeting the possibility of worker
incentives being added
(E) the board of directors, at its quarterly meeting, raised the possibility of adding
worker incentives

both A & E r looking equally good gramatically..
which is the correct answer..

whats wrong with A???
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New post 02 Aug 2012, 10:29
the sentence is starting with "Upset by......" here, UPSET is bringing contrast so we have to put the subject right after the comma, else "upset "will modify "the addition of workers"which is incorrect.
(A)(B)(C) out

(A) the possibility of adding worker incentives was raised by the board of
directors at its quarterly meeting
(B) the addition of worker incentives was raised as a possibility by the board of
directors at its quarterly meeting
(C) added worker incentives was raised by the board of directors at its quarterly
meeting as a possibility
(D) the board of directors raised at its quarterly meeting the possibility of worker
incentives being added
"WHAT WAS RAISED? BOARD Of DIRECTORS? OR THE POSSIBILITY?
(E) the board of directors, at its quarterly meeting, raised the possibility of adding
worker incentives
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Upset by the recent downturn in production numbers during the first half
of the year, the possibility of adding worker incentives was raised by the
board of directors at its quarterly meeting.
(A) the possibility of adding worker incentives was raised by the board of
directors at its quarterly meeting
(B) the addition of worker incentives was raised as a possibility by the board of
directors at its quarterly meeting
(C) added worker incentives was raised by the board of directors at its quarterly
meeting as a possibility
(D) the board of directors raised at its quarterly meeting the possibility of worker
incentives being added
(E) the board of directors, at its quarterly meeting, raised the possibility of adding
worker incentives

both A & E r looking equally good gramatically..
which is the correct answer..

whats wrong with A???

I request you to underline the text otherwise one needs to search for the incorrect portion.
One way to find the correct subject of opening modifiers is to link the modifier with the given subject, using helping verb. for e.g-
Speaking at the top of her voice, The class was taken by the teacher.
What i mean to convey is link subject ( The class) with the opening modifier( Speaking at the top of her voice) using a verb( is/am......) to check if the sentence makes sense. Now in this case the sentence is ---- The class is speaking at the top of her voice ...The sentence doesnot make sense.
Now try the same method to the question posted.
The possibility( subject in option A) is Upset by the recent downturn in production numbers during the first half
of the year( opening modifier).......the sentence doesnot make sense and hence incorrect.
Now see this: The board of directors is Upset by the recent downturn in production numbers during the first half
of the year.......makes whole lot of sense.

That's my 2 cents. :)
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mohan514 wrote:
Upset by the recent downturn in production numbers during the first half
of the year, the possibility of adding worker incentives was raised by the
board of directors at its quarterly meeting.
(A) the possibility of adding worker incentives was raised by the board of
directors at its quarterly meeting
(B) the addition of worker incentives was raised as a possibility by the board of
directors at its quarterly meeting
(C) added worker incentives was raised by the board of directors at its quarterly
meeting as a possibility
(D) the board of directors raised at its quarterly meeting the possibility of worker
incentives being added
(E) the board of directors, at its quarterly meeting, raised the possibility of adding
worker incentives

both A & E r looking equally good gramatically..
which is the correct answer..

whats wrong with A???

I request you to underline the text otherwise one needs to search for the incorrect portion.
One way to find the correct subject of opening modifiers is to link the modifier with the given subject, using helping verb. for e.g-
Speaking at the top of her voice, The class was taken by the teacher.
What i mean to convey is link subject ( The class) with the opening modifier( Speaking at the top of her voice) using a verb( is/am......) to check if the sentence makes sense. Now in this case the sentence is ---- The class is speaking at the top of her voice ...The sentence doesnot make sense.
Now try the same method to the question posted.
The possibility( subject in option A) is Upset by the recent downturn in production numbers during the first half
of the year( opening modifier).......the sentence doesnot make sense and hence incorrect.
Now see this: The board of directors is Upset by the recent downturn in production numbers during the first half
of the year.......makes whole lot of sense.

That's my 2 cents. :)

i just copied it sir and thats how i got it..


your example worked very well

even more cleared the concept...
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Upset by the recent downturn in production numbers during the first half of the year, the possibility of adding worker incentives was raised by the board of directors at its quarterly meeting.

(A) the possibility of adding worker incentives was raised by the board of directors at its quarterly meeting

(B) the addition of worker incentives was raised as a possibility by the board of directors at its quarterly meeting

(C) added worker incentives was raised by the board of directors at its quarterly meeting as a possibility

(D) the board of directors raised at its quarterly meeting the possibility of worker incentives being added

(E) the board of directors, at its quarterly meeting, raised the possibility of adding worker incentives
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New post 15 Feb 2016, 23:40
OA : E
A) the possibility of adding worker incentives was raised by the board of directors at its quarterly meeting
Modifier error

(B) the addition of worker incentives was raised as a possibility by the board of directors at its quarterly meeting
Modifier error

(C) added worker incentives was raised by the board of directors at its quarterly meeting as a possibility
Modifier error

(D) the board of directors raised at its quarterly meeting the possibility of worker incentives being added
adding worker incentives is more concise and better
(E) the board of directors, at its quarterly meeting, raised the possibility of adding worker incentives
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New post 16 Feb 2016, 04:15
carcass,

I perfectly understand why option e is correct but i am curious about one thing,

if the option E was worded as:
" the board of directors raised at its quarterly meeting the possibility of adding worker incentives",
would it mean the same thing as the original option e? Does this change in placement of prepositional phrase bring any change?
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carcass,

I perfectly understand why option e is correct but i am curious about one thing,

if the option E was worded as:
" the board of directors raised at its quarterly meeting the possibility of adding worker incentives",
would it mean the same thing as the original option e? Does this change in placement of prepositional phrase bring any change?


Hi,
No it would not mean the same thing..
in its present shape without any commas separating the phrases, it illogically conveys that the board of directors that was raised at its quarterly meeting...
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New post 16 Feb 2016, 05:51
Chetan hits the nail on the haed

the board of directors = subject

raised= verb

at its quarterly meeting = from someone else at the meeting

and this does not any sense. at all

This is a really good question from the meaning standing point. GMAC questions can be eliminated almost in their entirely thanks meaning. For instance, I never memorized idioms, just a few, the most important.

That's is the key for SC.

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Can we can conclude that the prepositional phrase " at its quarterly meeting" acts as a noun modifier and states where the subject raised the issue and it would be correct even if the modifier was not placed within the comma. And in the instance i gave, the phrase acts as a verb modifier and means where the board of directors was raised which make no sense.
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