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1. Aho, a Kiowa matriarch, held festivals in her home, they featured the preparation of great quantities of ceremonial food, the wearing of many layers of colorful clothing adorned with silver, and the recounting of traditional tribal jokes and stories.
(A) Aho, a Kiowa matriarch, held festivals in her home, they featured
(B) Festivals were held in Aho, a Kiowa matriarch’s home, which featured
(C) Aho, who was a Kiowa matriarch in her home, held festivals featuring
(D) In her home, Aho, a Kiowa matriarch, held festivals that featured
(E) Aho, a Kiowa matriarch, held festivals in her home that featured

Why is the answer is not E but D? Is it because E is saying that her home is featuring and not the festivals?

3. Although it claims to delve into political issues, television can be superficial such as when each of the three major networks broadcast exactly the same statement from a political candidate.
(A) superficial such as when each of the three major networks
(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks
(C) superficial if the three major networks all
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each

Why is the answer E? Isn’t that wrong because it is saying “three major networks each broadcast” but should be “broadcasts." "Each" is singular correct?
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2007, 21:00
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In the the first problem, D is just wordy and awkward.
In the second one, E is correct because each is only singular when it comes before the subject. IE, each car, each test taker..

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But the answer to 1 is D [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2007, 21:39
Thanks asdert! But for the first one, the answer is D.

I've got a couple more:

Regular grooming and defleaing is necessary for short-haired cats the same as long-haired cats, becuase careful hygiene has more to do with the condition of a cat's skin than with the length of its hair.

a. the same as
b. as well as
c. as for
d. the same as if they were
e. as it is for

I selected c because "is necessary for X as for Y" is that idiomatically correct?


2. Although films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills, in reality these gregarious creatures live in stable groups that occupy the same territory for long periods.

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills

Answer A:
Why is the answer not C? I feel that the description, beginning after the comma, refers to Coyotes and C puts Coyotes as the main subject. What type of error is this?

5. Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater proportion than it was in any previous election.

A. a greater proportion than it was
B. a greater proportion than
C. a greater proportion than they have been
D. which is greater than was so
E. which is greater than it has been

Why is B correct and C wrong?


4. In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.

(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples
(B) that a gradual reversion back will feature the raising of agricultural staples
(C) a gradual reversion back to the raising of agricultural staples again
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples
(E) a gradual reversion into the raising of agricultural staples

This is the type of questions I can't get. It just sounds weird. Answer is A. I picked D. Do you have any advice on how to tackle?

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2007, 22:01
1. Aho, a Kiowa matriarch, held festivals in her home, they featured the preparation of great quantities of ceremonial food, the wearing of many layers of colorful clothing adorned with silver, and the recounting of traditional tribal jokes and stories.
(A) Aho, a Kiowa matriarch, held festivals in her home, they featured
(B) Festivals were held in Aho, a Kiowa matriarch’s home, which featured
(C) Aho, who was a Kiowa matriarch in her home, held festivals featuring
(D) In her home, Aho, a Kiowa matriarch, held festivals that featured
(E) Aho, a Kiowa matriarch, held festivals in her home that featured

Why is the answer is not E but D? Is it because E is saying that her home is featuring and not the festivals?

Because in D, 'that' incorrectly modifies home instead of festivals as in D.

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Re: 2 difficult SC questions [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2007, 22:08
1. Aho, a Kiowa matriarch, held festivals in her home, they featured the preparation of great quantities of ceremonial food, the wearing of many layers of colorful clothing adorned with silver, and the recounting of traditional tribal jokes and stories.
(A) Aho, a Kiowa matriarch, held festivals in her home, they featured
(B) Festivals were held in Aho, a Kiowa matriarch’s home, which featured
(C) Aho, who was a Kiowa matriarch in her home, held festivals featuring
(D) In her home, Aho, a Kiowa matriarch, held festivals that featured
(E) Aho, a Kiowa matriarch, held festivals in her home that featured

Why is the answer is not E but D? Is it because E is saying that her home is featuring and not the festivals?

Yes, it is not E because of the reason you stated

3. Although it claims to delve into political issues, television can be superficial such as when each of the three major networks broadcast exactly the same statement from a political candidate.
(A) superficial such as when each of the three major networks
(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks
(C) superficial if the three major networks all
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each

Why is the answer E? Isn’t that wrong because it is saying “three major networks each broadcast” but should be “broadcasts." "Each" is singular correct?

E is correct.

Each of the three major networks broadcasts, nut
three major networks each broadcast


When each is after the subject, treat it as if it's not there
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2. Although films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills, in reality these gregarious creatures live in stable groups that occupy the same territory for long periods.

(A) films about the American West depict coyotes as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(B) in films about the American West coyotes are depicted to be solitary animals that howl mournfully on the tops of distant hills
(C) coyotes are depicted as solitary animals howling mournfully on the tops of distant hills in films about the American West
(D) films about the American West depict coyotes as if they were solitary, mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills
(E) films about the American West depict coyotes to be solitary and mournfully howling animals on the tops of distant hills

Answer A:
Why is the answer not C? I feel that the description, beginning after the comma, refers to Coyotes and C puts Coyotes as the main subject. What type of error is this?( Here the coyotes are compared in two different situations, i.e. films and in reality) A correctly links them.

5. Soaring television costs accounted for more than half the spending in the presidential campaign of 1992, a greater proportion than it was in any previous election.

A. a greater proportion than it was
B. a greater proportion than
C. a greater proportion than they have been
D. which is greater than was so
E. which is greater than it has been

Why is B correct and C wrong? (B is concise and correct)


4. In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.

(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples
(B) that a gradual reversion back will feature the raising of agricultural staples
(C) a gradual reversion back to the raising of agricultural staples again
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples
(E) a gradual reversion into the raising of agricultural staples

This is the type of questions I can't get. It just sounds weird. Answer is A. I picked D. Do you have any advice on how to tackle?
(agronomists will not raise agricultural staples as shown in D, they forsee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultrural staples)

Request you to kindly underline the questions, as mentioned in the source. Also, kindly put limited questions on screen at a time, as this helps everyone in understanding and contributing to the solution.
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Thanks guys! [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2007, 20:26
:oops: Sorry about that. Thanks though for all your help! I remember seeing a link on all the various common grammar errors that people have. Does anyone have that link?
Thanks guys!   [#permalink] 12 Nov 2007, 20:26
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