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Sentence Correction: Pronoun Questions - Ambiguity

Along with wages, working conditions have become an important consideration for many employees, to the point that they might be the deciding factor in the case of deliberation between two offered positions.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is stylistically flawed. The pronoun they is ambiguous because it agrees with several nouns that appeared before it - wages, working conditions and employees.

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Incorrect

This answer choice repeats the original mistake. The pronoun they is ambiguous because it agrees with several nouns that appeared before it - wages, working conditions and employees.

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In addition, replacing the with a changes the meaning of the original sentence.

Incorrect

While this answer choice corrects the original ambiguity mistake, it changes the meaning of the original sentence by replacing the with a.

Incorrect

This answer choice repeats the original mistake. The pronoun they is ambiguous because it agrees with several nouns that appeared before it - wages, working conditions and employees.

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Note that replacing employees with workers and point with extent does not change the original meaning and is thus not a valid cause of eliminating this answer choice as these words are synonyms. The sole reason for eliminating this answer choice is ambiguity.

Good!

This answer choice resolves the ambiguity in the original sentence, by replacing the ambiguous pronoun they with working conditions, to clarify the reference.

employees, to the point that they might be the deciding factor in
employees, to the point that they might be a deciding factor in
employees, to the point that working conditions might be a deciding factor in
workers, to the extent that they might be the deciding factor in
employees, to the point that working conditions might be the deciding factor in