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A land-use planning institute in the Great Plains cites

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A land-use planning institute in the Great Plains cites [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2011, 12:58
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A land-use planning institute in the Great Plains cites sharp declines in population and prosperity, marked by a 50-percent decrease in the population of some cities and by an equivalent decrease in the median income throughout the region, as major reasons to set aside the area they call the Plains Commons reserve.



A) as major reasons to set aside the area they call



B) that are the major reasons to set aside the area they call



C) as the major reason to set aside the area it calls



D) that is the major reason to set aside the area called



E) as major reasons to set aside the area it calls

Please explain why the answer is what it is... :help2
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Re: Tough SC [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2011, 13:07
a) is wrong because institute is a collective noun , so 'it' should be used for institute and not they.

b) completely distorts the sentence.

c) major reason. 'declines in population and prosperity' should be followed by plural reasons and not reason.

d) same as B,

e) correct. corrects both the agreement issues.
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Re: Tough SC [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2011, 13:12
In C, apart from the plural error, the usage of "the" is anomalous. But whats wrong with it?
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Re: Tough SC [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2011, 02:00
This is for singular/ plural usage
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Re: Tough SC [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2011, 04:26
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Let's simply the sentence first (and remove the appositive / modifier)

[Land use Institute] cites declines in [Population and Prosperity] --> as major [reasons] to set aside the area [IT] calls plains reserve.

Land use Institute is singular ---> so the correct antecedent is [IT]

Population and Prosperity are two reasons ---> so we have the plural [reasons]
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Re: Tough SC [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2011, 12:07
E it is..quite straight forward question.
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Re: Tough SC [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2011, 14:03
E in 1:03..IMO a 500-600 or 600-700 level Q
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