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Admissions Success Stories Heavy commitment by an executive

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Post Wed May 17, 2017 12:32 pm
Mo2men wrote:
Dear GMATGuru,

In choice B, regardless of meaning and problem of ones, does the following construction work?

An executive....makes misinterpreting them.....please not my focus is the verb 'makes' + misinterpreting' NOT the pronoun them or ones.

I think it should be:

An executive....makes misinterpretation of them

Am i correct?
All of the following seem awkward:
X makes misinterpreting signs likely.
X makes misinterpretation of signs likely.
X makes the misinterpretation of signs likely.


When a form of make serves to refer to an induced action, the induced action is usually expressed in an INFINITIVE PHRASE or a THAT-CLAUSE.
In many cases, the to will be omitted from the infinitive phrase.

OA: Being heavily committed is likely to make an executive [to] miss signs or [to] misinterpret them.
Here, the infinitive phrase in blue serves to express the two induced actions.
In this case, the to is omitted from each infinitive.

An OA in GMATPrep:
A law passed in 1933 making it a crime to hold gold in the form of bullions.
Here, the infinitive phrase in blue serves to express the induced action.

An RC passage in the OG13:
The complexity of these relationships makes it unlikely that a system of import relief laws will meet the strategic needs.
Here, the that-clause in blue serves to express the induced action.

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