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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Specific doubt on pronoun ambiguity tagged by: ##### This topic has 3 member replies ## Specific doubt on pronoun ambiguity Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were not to be concluded. (A) is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were (B) is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was (C) is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were (D) are expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until it signs a merger agreement with a provision for penalties included if the deal was (E) are expected to be making an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were I have a specific question - Is it true that a pronoun in the main clause cannot refer to a noun in the main clause and hence 'THEM' in choice has no clear antecedent since it cannot refer to investors (the noun in the main clause)? _________________ Success = Max(Hardwork) + Min(Luck) Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 13 Mar 2009 Posted: 121 messages Followed by: 1 members Upvotes: 9 Target GMAT Score: 740 GMAT Score: 610 I dont know the rule u r talking abt. But I think "by them" is unnecessary here and creates confusion about "who will sign the merger agreement". Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 29 May 2011 Posted: 296 messages Followed by: 5 members Upvotes: 10 Test Date: 31/12/2011 Target GMAT Score: 750 Between A and C. C have many problems. "by them" is unnecessary "agreement be signed". This is not subjunctive mood. So, using "be" is wrong. "with provision" also changes the meaning of the sentence. Legendary Member Joined 20 Apr 2011 Posted: 641 messages Followed by: 32 members Upvotes: 149 GMAT Score: 760 zaarathelab wrote: I have a specific question - Is it true that a pronoun in the main clause cannot refer to a noun in the main clause and hence 'THEM' in choice has no clear antecedent since it cannot refer to investors (the noun in the main clause)? From your doubt it seems that C is the OA. But I don't think C can be the OA. The best is A. C has many problem as stated above by tuanquang269. • Award-winning private GMAT tutoring Register now and save up to$200

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