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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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10 Aug 2005, 04:13
C. For global managers working with overseas clients, understanding cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues.

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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.
- misplaced modifier, an understanding is working with overseas clients

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.

- again misplaced modifier, understanding cultural norms are working with overseas clients because the subject of independent clause is subject of dependent clause.

C. For global managers working with overseas clients, understanding cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues.

- keep this.

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.

- weird construction... as that..they does not refer to anything here...

E. Global managers working with overseas clients find an understanding of cultural norms to be equally important as grasping the pivotal business issues.

a noun, understanding, is compared with a participle phrase...
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11 Aug 2005, 18:16
C here. B has a modifier error. E uses incorrect idiom find...to be .. equally important 'to' NOT 'as'.
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28 Sep 2013, 22:39
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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.

A. Modifier error. Also, 'for grasping ...for the global managers'. Is someone grasping the issues for the global managers? Or the global managers themselves need to grasp the issue?
B. Modifier error. Also, they has no antecedent. Global manager is singular; therefore 'they' can refer to global manager.
C. Correct. Short and sweet.
D. Awkward construction. Working verbs are preferred over action nouns (an understanding). 'As X as Y' is the correct idiom. Here it is As to X As that.
E. 'Equally important as' seems redundant. It should be 'to be as important as grasping'. Also, 'at least' and 'equal' are different in meaning.
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26 Nov 2013, 00:24
"an understanding" or "understanding" -- which is correct?

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C. For global managers working with overseas clients, understanding cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues.

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26 Sep 2014, 11:25
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.

"When working with overseas clients,….." is a descriptive phrase that describes "global managers." According to the modification rules, "global managers" should come next (right after that comma). Eliminate A.

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.

Answer B has the same error as A - an incorrect phrase after the comma. Eliminate B.

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.

The sentence in D is ambiguous. It describes two things that matter to global managers (an understanding of cultural norms, and grasping business issues). These two things have to be written in "parallel format" and use a two-part phrase. Clearly, "an understanding of cultural norms is at least as important to them as that they grasp" is not parallel. Eliminate D.

E. Global managers working with overseas clients find an understanding of cultural norms to be equally important as grasping the pivotal business issues

Answer E is not a proper two-part phrase. Eliminate E.

C. For global managers working with overseas clients, understanding cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues

This answer has proper modification, is parallel, and is expressed as a two-part phrase. Answer C is correct!
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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. - Parallelism issue -
if the first part is "an understanding", the second part should be "a grasp". if the second part is "grasping", the first part should be "understanding".
OPENING MODIFIER—"When working with overseas clients" - it MUST be followed by "the global manager" or "global managers".
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. - They is incorrect as global manager is singular
C. For global managers working with overseas clients, understanding cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues. - Correct
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. - Parallelism issue
E. Global managers working with overseas clients find an understanding of cultural norms to be equally important as grasping the pivotal business issues. - Parallelism issue - understanding and grasping

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