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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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 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2003, 11:37
Is the Ans D

A,B, and C have reference issues.
E is verbose.
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THEY [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2003, 22:06
The word "they" is ambiguous in all choices but E. I do agree that E is verbose, but there is nothing wrong with it.
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Re: SC: NUCLEAR [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2003, 23:10
stolyar wrote:
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


D :good :good

Hey Stolyar, what is the right question?????!!!!
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2003, 11:35
RK73 wrote:
Is a majority of journalists singular?


The collective noun "majority" is one of those that can be either plural or singular depending on its use. For example:

1) The majority of the Senate is weak. (The majority, taken as an entity, is weak).

2) The majority of the senators believe that they are vulnerable to being defeated next term. (The individual members of the majority believe that they are vulnerable -- the majority as an entity cannot believe anything).
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2003, 05:27
AkamaiBrah wrote:
RK73 wrote:
Is a majority of journalists singular?


The collective noun "majority" is one of those that can be either plural or singular depending on its use. For example:

1) The majority of the Senate is weak. (The majority, taken as an entity, is weak).

2) The majority of the senators believe that they are vulnerable to being defeated next term. (The individual members of the majority believe that they are vulnerable -- the majority as an entity cannot believe anything).


akamai, i understood. forget my post in previous thread today. but how on earth you can determine whether it is singular or plural?
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2003, 06:02
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AkamaiBrah wrote:
RK73 wrote:
Is a majority of journalists singular?


The collective noun "majority" is one of those that can be either plural or singular depending on its use. For example:

1) The majority of the Senate is weak. (The majority, taken as an entity, is weak).

2) The majority of the senators believe that they are vulnerable to being defeated next term. (The individual members of the majority believe that they are vulnerable -- the majority as an entity cannot believe anything).


akamai, i understood. forget my post in previous thread today. but how on earth you can determine whether it is singular or plural?


Think about whether that collective noun can perform the verb "as a group" or "individually".

For example:
The majority is large. [refers to majority as an entity, not each person in the majority, so majority is singular.].

The majority of journalists view the stuff as stupid. [the majority as an entity is incapable of viewing anything, however, each person in that majority can, so in this case, majority is plural].
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2006, 05:37
"they" has a clear antecedent here and "think that~" is idiomatic.

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 [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2006, 07:37
For the answer choice D, would it be also correct to reason that parallism plays a role here?

i.e. journalists view.... but think....
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Re: SC: NUCLEAR [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2006, 08:51
stolyar wrote:
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



In choice (E) , is "think that.." preferable to "think..." ?
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2006, 13:52
Here is my explanation, please tell me if it is correct.

I chose 'D' and this is how I went about selecting the answer. I am interested in knowing if my reasoning is correct.

From the sentence, I thought the subject is "nuclear power stations" (not a majority of the journalists", because we are talking about nuclear power stations mainly. Hence the subject. Now they clearly refers the subject.

so, the journalists "that that they"
'D'

Do you guys think "nuclear power stations" as subject or "a majority of journalists" as subject and why?
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