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# V07-09

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In the mid-1920’s the Clyde Fan Factory of the Bosch Manufacturing Company was the scene of an intensive series of experiments that would investigate changes in working conditions as to their effects on workers’ performance.

A. that would investigate changes in working conditions as to their effects on workers’ performance
B. investigating the effects that changes in working conditions would have on workers’ performance
C. for investigating what are the effects in workers’ performance that changes in working conditions would cause
D. that investigated changes in working conditions’ effects on workers’ performance
E. to investigate what the effects changes in working conditions would have on workers’ performance

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16 Sep 2014, 02:28
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In the mid-1920’s the Clyde Fan Factory of the Bosch Manufacturing Company was the scene of an intensive series of experiments that would investigate changes in working conditions as to their effects on workers’ performance.

A. that would investigate changes in working conditions as to their effects on workers’ performance
B. investigating the effects that changes in working conditions would have on workers’ performance
C. for investigating what are the effects in workers’ performance that changes in working conditions would cause
D. that investigated changes in working conditions’ effects on workers’ performance
E. to investigate what the effects changes in working conditions would have on workers’ performance

A. In the mid-1920’s the Clyde Fan Factory of the Bosch Manufacturing Company was the scene of an intensive series of experiments that would investigate changes in working conditions as to their effects on workers’ performance. “as to their effects on workers’ performance” is wordy

B. In the mid-1920’s the Clyde Fan Factory of the Bosch Manufacturing Company was the scene of an intensive series of experiments investigating the effects that changes in working conditions would have on workers’ performance. CORRECT. “Investigating” correctly modifies “experiments” and “changes in working conditions” is concise and clear.

C. In the mid-1920’s the Clyde Fan Factory of the Bosch Manufacturing Company was the scene of an intensive series of experiments for investigating what are the effects in workers’ performance that changes in working conditions would cause. “for investigating” is wordy. “investigating what” is redundant.

D. In the mid-1920’s the Clyde Fan Factory of the Bosch Manufacturing Company was the scene of an intensive series of experiments that investigated changes in working conditions’ effects on workers’ performance Changes in working conditions’ effects is awkward.

E. In the mid-1920’s the Clyde Fan Factory of the Bosch Manufacturing Company was the scene of an intensive series of experiments to investigate what the effects changes in working conditions would have on workers’ performance Investigate what is redundant.

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22 Sep 2014, 17:51
The correct answer to this question seems a bit awkward...Although I marked it correctly, I did not do so because I thought it was the right ans, but because the other ans are incorrect...
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10 Dec 2014, 11:28
Hi @egmat/verbal experts,

Could you please explain the POE for this one?

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28 Dec 2014, 05:16
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The explanation for Option D is insufficient. What is awkward is not mentioned precisely.
Kindly give a better explanation for the option "that investigated changes in working conditions’ effects on workers’ performance"
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10 Oct 2015, 10:54
+1 with vjena, can someone please explain what's "awkward" in D.
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03 Nov 2015, 12:16
I think this is a poor-quality question and I agree with explanation. Option A weird. Pl. check.
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21 Nov 2015, 19:38
I think this is a poor-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.
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30 Nov 2015, 21:57
I think the answer should be D. The wording is quite a mouthful, but not grammatically incorrect. On the other hand, B has the phrase "would have", which has two implications: (1) the effects are hypothetical (2) they happen at some future date. Both these implications alter the sense of teh sentence as given. I'd go with D
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24 Feb 2016, 19:11
bschool3 wrote:
I think the answer should be D. The wording is quite a mouthful, but not grammatically incorrect. On the other hand, B has the phrase "would have", which has two implications: (1) the effects are hypothetical (2) they happen at some future date. Both these implications alter the sense of teh sentence as given. I'd go with D

I agree even i chose D. Usage of WOULD seems improper here to me and thus B doesn't look promising.
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24 Feb 2016, 19:43
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bschool3 wrote:
I think the answer should be D. The wording is quite a mouthful, but not grammatically incorrect. On the other hand, B has the phrase "would have", which has two implications: (1) the effects are hypothetical (2) they happen at some future date. Both these implications alter the sense of teh sentence as given. I'd go with D

I agree even i chose D. Usage of WOULD seems improper here to me and thus B doesn't look promising.

hi,
the Q may not be the best worded one, but 'would ' is ok here ..
where do we use 'would'-- to talk of a future event in the past..
here, in the past, some experiments are being conducted on changes in working conditions and it is trying to find out effects these changes will have in a future point to that particular moment when these experiments are being conducted or changes have been brought in..

In D, " that investigated changes in working conditions’ effects" is not the same and clear as " investigating the effects that changes in working conditions"

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04 Jun 2016, 05:43
Incorrect OA (A).
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11 Jun 2016, 08:22
rpriya wrote:
Incorrect OA (A).

If you could elaborate why you consider A is better than B, then it would be possible to discuss further. Please let us know exactly where you differ from the OE.
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05 Jul 2016, 19:58
I think this is a high-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. I was tempted to pick D because of "was the scene" and "that investigated". Is parallelism not relevant with modifiers? I realized that "changes in working conditions’ effects on workers’ performance" sounds a bit awkward, but I went with the parallel tense.

Any thoughts on when this is important to worry about?

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08 Jul 2016, 00:12
toby001 wrote:
I think this is a high-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. I was tempted to pick D because of "was the scene" and "that investigated". Is parallelism not relevant with modifiers? I realized that "changes in working conditions’ effects on workers’ performance" sounds a bit awkward, but I went with the parallel tense.

Any thoughts on when this is important to worry about?

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No, tense is not a criterion for maintaining parallelism. Two parallel items may have different tenses.
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19 Jul 2016, 01:16
I think D is equally well framed and uses the modifier correctly but ultimately changes the intended meaning, i.e. it should be "Effects" should have "changes" in condition and NOT "changes" in working conditions' "effect".
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30 Aug 2016, 23:18
experiments investigating the effects that changes in working conditions would have on workers’ performance.
Experiments investigating the effects is not correct. Experiments are not investigating the effects but rather experiments are done in order to investigate. Please clarify.
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31 Aug 2016, 02:11
apnavaibhav wrote:
experiments investigating the effects that changes in working conditions would have on workers’ performance.
Experiments investigating the effects is not correct. Experiments are not investigating the effects but rather experiments are done in order to investigate. Please clarify.

I had the same query when I was preparing for the test - then one expert clarified to me:

This usage is OK. Compare this with the following:
Research revealed that....

The above is also alright - though the researchers, not the research itself, revealed, such usage is acceptable.
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I think D is equally well framed and uses the modifier correctly but ultimately changes the intended meaning, i.e. it should be "Effects" should have "changes" in condition and NOT "changes" in working conditions' "effect".

D has a serious meaning problem - it is in fact senseless:

Option D states that the investigation was about changes in effects on performance - this does not make sense. The intended meaning is about the change in working condition, not change in effects.
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04 Sep 2016, 20:25
I think this is a high-quality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.
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