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A majority of the international journalists surveyed view [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2012, 06:37
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26. A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.

(A) that they will, or could,
(B) that they would, or could,
(C) they will be or could
(D) think that they will be or could
(E) think the power stations would or could

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Again I am having same doubt , I had PM'ed 2-3 GMAT instructors long back but no one replied my luck :P

This was my query will be glad if someone explain this :

"This is regarding the pronoun antecedent rule . I have one query regarding that.

When we are 100% sure that a pronoun refer backs to a particular noun, I mean it depends on person to person how they interpret.

For example:

The city lights when turned on disturb many residents so they are turned off. (This is ambiguity that residents are turned off, or it is self understood that lights are turned off).
The city lights when turned on disturb many residents so they turn them off. (Who turn Whom off? or it is also self understood that residents turn city lights off).

Plz quote a thumb rule ."
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Re: A majority of the international journalists surveyed [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2012, 06:54
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Ambiguous pronouns is NOT a rule!
The only 2 pronoun rules (thumb if you will) are:
1. A pronoun must have a valid antecedent.
2. The pronoun must agree in number.



Hi souvik,

Can u plz explain the two examples I quoted in my query .

For example for one sentence one guy can say "yaa I understood what is antecedent for this pronoun", other guy can say "no the antecedent to this pronoun is not clear".

Plz can u elaborate using examples that I gave .

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Re: A majority of the international journalists surveyed view [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2013, 23:30
Why is the answer choice not E? Is it because it needs to be "x be and y be" for parallelism?

The reason I initially stayed away from D was because I thought the use of "they" could be ambiguous - it might refer to the power stations or to the journalists (both are plural so the plural pronoun "they" would work, right?)
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Why is the answer choice not E? Is it because it needs to be "x be and y be" for parallelism?

The reason I initially stayed away from D was because I thought the use of "they" could be ambiguous - it might refer to the power stations or to the journalists (both are plural so the plural pronoun "they" would work, right?)


Hello catalysis.

Your first inquiry:
No, if we don't need to repeat the auxiliary verb "be" to make a structure parallel. "will or could be" or "will be or could be" are fine.

Your second inquiry:
"they" is NOT ambiguous. "they" only refers to power stations because "journalists" is NOT the main subject, which is "a majority of journalists". Hence, "they" is used correctly.

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Re: A majority of the international journalists surveyed view [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2013, 01:37
Hi pqhai,

Agree. Choice D is clear and concise.

If choice D had not been present in the options, E would have been the next right answer. Am I correct?

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Re: A majority of the international journalists surveyed view [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2014, 14:58
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26. A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.

(A) that they will, or could,
(B) that they would, or could,
(C) they will be or could
(D) think that they will be or could
(E) think the power stations would or could

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Do not understand why D is right.

D will be like : A majority of the international journalists surveyed think that they will be or could be made sufficiently safe in the future.

It does not make sense to me. Can someone explain plz!

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Re: A majority of the international journalists surveyed view [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2014, 00:34
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Striking out prep. phrases and modifiers

A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.

As we see, but is acting as a parallel marker and not as a co-coordinating conjunction. but must hence be followed by a verb - parallel to view

straight away, eliminate A,B,C for the above stated reason.

(A) that they will, or could,
(B) that they would, or could,
(C) they will be or could

(D) think that they will be or could
Let's check E before we worry about D.

Addnl. notes: If you are worried that they could refer to journalists, hold your horses. ...journalists... is a part of the prep. phrase. The only other plural noun is power stations. Hence, 'they' has a clear referent.

(E) think the power stations would or could
Notice the absence of the relative clause modifier - that. 'think the power stations ..' is a wrong construction.
Another issue with E - or being the parallel marker, verb forms on either side of or must be parallel. (Not necessarily in the same tense though)

So we are left with D.
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Re: A majority of the international journalists surveyed view [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2014, 03:55
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Striking out prep. phrases and modifiers

A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.

As we see, but is acting as a parallel marker and not as a co-coordinating conjunction. but must hence be followed by a verb - parallel to view

straight away, eliminate A,B,C for the above stated reason.

(A) that they will, or could,
(B) that they would, or could,
(C) they will be or could

(D) think that they will be or could
Let's check E before we worry about D.

Addnl. notes: If you are worried that they could refer to journalists, hold your horses. ...journalists... is a part of the prep. phrase. The only other plural noun is power stations. Hence, 'they' has a clear referent.

(E) think the power stations would or could
Notice the absence of the relative clause modifier - that. 'think the power stations ..' is a wrong construction.
Another issue with E - or being the parallel marker, verb forms on either side of or must be parallel. (Not necessarily in the same tense though)

So we are left with D.

Great explanation but I want to elaborate a bit more on why E is wrong. The use of " Power stations" is redundant because "they" clearly refers to " Power stations" therefore we do not nee to use "Power stations" . Hope it makes sense.
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