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105. Distinguished architecture requires the expenditure of [#permalink]  26 May 2004, 06:02
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105. Distinguished architecture requires the expenditure of large sums of money, even if it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money produce distinguished architecture.
(A) even if it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money produce
(B) even if it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money will produce
(C) even though there is no certainty that the expenditure of money in large sums produces
(D) even though it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money produces
(E) though there is no certainty as to the expenditure of money in large sums producing

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I believe D is the best bet.

Large sums of money is singular so use singular verb produces
In C it is not clear whether the expenditure is in large sums or the money is in large sums( These mean different things )
Correct idiomatic usage is expenditure of large sums of money
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As said by Anand..

Large sums of money is singular so use singular verb produces

Correct idiomatic usage is expenditure of large sums of money

One more tip ... if you are stuck between 2 sentences, looks for words which do not sound real english, like NO CERTAINITY (Uncertainity is better form).

Large sums of money is different to money in large sums. The first is singular and the second is plural. Hence "produces" should satisify a singular noun. Below sentence will give u a better picture... try to find, which is a singular and which is plural.

1. Big Box full of Chocolates (singular or plural) similar to, Large sums of Money...
2. Chocolate in big boxes (sigular or plural) similar to Money in large sums...

Let us complete the above sentence...

1. Big box full of choclates is/are what i like to have. IS is correct, right?
2. Choclate in big boxes were/was given to me. Were is correct, is it not?

Hence the sentence C is has this error. I hope I was able to explain the point.
Correct me if I am wrong.

By the way, whats the source of this questions .. ETS?

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Thank you CARSEN..

you really explained me the Point i want.

The source of this question is from this website only..

These questions i have seen in forum "verbal lessons@GMATCLUB".

it is having some good material as attachments.

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Can someone explain me why "will produce" as in B is wrong over here???
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anandnk wrote:
I believe D is the best bet.

Large sums of money is singular so use singular verb produces
In C it is not clear whether the expenditure is in large sums or the money is in large sums( These mean different things )
Correct idiomatic usage is expenditure of large sums of money

Anand,

In my opinion, "large sums of money" is not singular. It is the word "expenditure" singular. So "expenditure of large sums of money" is singular.

Choice B is wrong because there is a subtle difference between ""even if" and "even though"

Observe the difference between the following:

Even if he comes here, I will have to go to his place

Even though he comes here, I go to his place.

In the first, what follows " even if" indicates a course of action that is rare to occur. Whereas what follows "even though" is statement of fact.
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I agree with gmatblast here.

It is the "expenditure ...of X " that produces and not X itself.

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gmatblast wrote:
anandnk wrote:
I believe D is the best bet.

Large sums of money is singular so use singular verb produces
In C it is not clear whether the expenditure is in large sums or the money is in large sums( These mean different things )
Correct idiomatic usage is expenditure of large sums of money

Anand,

In my opinion, "large sums of money" is not singular. It is the word "expenditure" singular. So "expenditure of large sums of money" is singular.

Choice B is wrong because there is a subtle difference between ""even if" and "even though"

Observe the difference between the following:

Even if he comes here, I will have to go to his place

Even though he comes here, I go to his place.

In the first, what follows " even if" indicates a course of action that is rare to occur. Whereas what follows "even though" is statement of fact.

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