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# When working with overseas clients, an understanding of

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When working with overseas clients, an understanding of cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues for the global manager.

A. When working with overseas clients, an understanding of cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues for the global manager.
B. When they work with overseas clients, understanding cultural norms is at least of equal importance to the global manager as grasping the pivotal business issues.
C. For global managers working with overseas clients, understanding cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues.
D. For global managers working with overseas clients, an understanding of cultural norms is at least as important to them as that they grasp the pivotal business issues.
E. Global managers working with overseas clients find an understanding of cultural norms to be equally important as grasping the pivotal business issues
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20 Sep 2004, 10:27
marine wrote:
When working with overseas clients, an understanding of cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues for the global manager.

A. When working with overseas clients, an understanding of cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues for the global manager.
B. When they work with overseas clients, understanding cultural norms is at least of equal importance to the global manager as grasping the pivotal business issues.
C. For global managers working with overseas clients, understanding cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues.
D. For global managers working with overseas clients, an understanding of cultural norms is at least as important to them as that they grasp the pivotal business issues.
E. Global managers working with overseas clients find an understanding of cultural norms to be equally important as grasping the pivotal business issues

C it is.
A,B - misplaced modifier "when working with overseas clients should modify global manager....B also has the 'equal' for wordiness
D, - plain wordy and some pronouns have no referrents...
E - wordy and 'to be as equally important as' should be the right phrase
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20 Sep 2004, 13:34
C

D/E wordy and unidiomatic
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20 Sep 2004, 13:44
C it is. Just to add to E's flaw is that it compares gerund "the understanding" to present participle "grasping" and is thus not parallel
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21 Sep 2004, 08:16
Paul,

Can you please explain me this difference b/w understanding, the gerund and grasping, the present participle?

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21 Sep 2004, 09:00
uanju wrote:
Paul,

Can you please explain me this difference b/w understanding, the gerund and grasping, the present participle?

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gerund and present participle are both words which end in -ing. The difference is that the gerund plays the role of a noun whereas the present participle plays the role of a verb. Let's take some examples:

gerund: Eating in a hurry is not good --> "eating in a hurry" plays the role of a noun. It is also the subject of the sentence and could be replaced by any noun "X"
present participle: It is not good when you are eating in a hurry --> "are eating" is part of the verb of dependent clause "when you are eating in a hurry" where the subject is "you"
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