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    Heavy commitment by an executive to a course of action, especially if it has worked well in the past, makes it likely to miss signs of incipient trouble or misinterpret them when they do appear.

    A. Heavy commitment by an executive to a course of action, especially if it has worked well in the past, makes it likely to miss signs of incipient trouble or misinterpret them when they do appear.

    B. An executive who is heavily committed to a course of action, especially one that worked well in the past, makes missing signs of incipient trouble or misinterpreting ones likely when they do appear.

    C. An executive who is heavily committed to a course of action is likely to miss or misinterpret signs of incipient trouble when they do appear, especially if it has worked well in the past.

    D. Being heavily committed to a course of action, especially one that has worked well in the past, is likely to make an executive miss signs of incipient trouble or misinterpret them when they do appear.

    Kindly help me understand as to why A is incorrect. The correct answer is D, it seems.

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    Default Re: Sentence Correction

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Heavy commitment by an executive to a course of action, especially if it has worked well in the past, makes it likely to miss signs of incipient trouble or misinterpret them when they do appear.

    A. Heavy commitment by an executive to a course of action, especially if it has worked well in the past, makes it likely to miss signs of incipient trouble or misinterpret them when they do appear.

    B. An executive who is heavily committed to a course of action, especially one that worked well in the past, makes missing signs of incipient trouble or misinterpreting ones likely when they do appear.

    C. An executive who is heavily committed to a course of action is likely to miss or misinterpret signs of incipient trouble when they do appear, especially if it has worked well in the past.

    D. Being heavily committed to a course of action, especially one that has worked well in the past, is likely to make an executive miss signs of incipient trouble or misinterpret them when they do appear.

    Kindly help me understand as to why A is incorrect. The correct answer is E, it seems.

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    D sounds best. What is E?
    A does not have a subject for missing the signs. "makes it likely to miss signs" is not a good construction. This is similar to writing:
    Driving too fast makes it likely to have an accident. (Makes what likely to have accident?)

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    Sorry, it is D.

    Can't 'it' refer to 'course of action'?

    Ray, how do you rate this question? is it tough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Sorry, it is D.

    Can't 'it' refer to 'course of action'?

    Ray, how do you rate this question? is it tough?
    Yes, it is a tough question. Many native speakers would write a sentence like this. However, it is sloppy.

    With my example, Driving too fast makes it likely to have an accident. X
    You could write "Driving too fast makes an accident likely to happen".Yes, the difference is subtle, but A is not a good sentence.

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