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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

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neeshpal wrote:
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 - singular
-- followed by plural verb "broadcast", so A is wrong
(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks
- "if" rule violated
(C) superficial if the three major networks all
- "if" rule violated
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks
- Same as A, out
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each - Plural
- Correct.

Each of the items - singular
Items each - plural
~ Whenever "each" is preceded by noun, verb agrees the number of noun.

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27 Mar 2009, 08:47
nitya34 wrote:
Yes C is better

Nitya, I think it's E.

(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each

When "each" followed by subject it will be considers as plural if the subject is plural.
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27 Mar 2009, 14:00
OA is E
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28 Mar 2009, 03:08
Priyankur, can u pls explain how is the if rule violated in C?
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neeshpal wrote:
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 - singular
-- followed by plural verb "broadcast", so A is wrong
(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks
- "if" rule violated
(C) superficial if the three major networks all
- "if" rule violated
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks
- Same as A, out
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each - Plural
- Correct.

Each of the items - singular
Items each - plural
~ Whenever "each" is preceded by noun, verb agrees the number of noun.
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28 Mar 2009, 10:24
A and D can be eliminated
B is wrong - " as can sometimes.... if"

Between C and E, I actually thought it was C. But E sounds better after the explanations. But I would like to know why the usage of "if" is wrong in C.
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Nice example to catch the verb-noun agreement.. I missed it !:(
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13 Apr 2010, 06:46
Hi Neeshpal ,

Can u plz explain "if" rule....

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by POE i got C but completely miss subject - verb agreement.
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14 Apr 2010, 07:24
Can anybody explain me why E is plural and why C violates "if rule"?

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neeshpal wrote:
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

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E

A- promising since "such as" structure works perfect in this sense, but wrong becuase the case requires a singulat verb
E - correct. "As" is equivalent "for example" in this sense, verb tense is correct.

C violates if-rule because if is a conditional clause and requires an affirmative acction meaning that if one event occurs, the other one will occur. So it would correct if the sentence was like "television will be superficial if all the stations broadcast the same statement.
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neeshpal wrote:
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 - S-V error
(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks - awkward and seems like all 3 networks are brodcasting the same statement at the same time. weired
(C) superficial if the three major networks all - 'If' is not good here.
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks - same as A
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each - Correct. Each is always singular when used as subject. However, here the subject is 'the three major networks'.

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24 May 2010, 11:00
Can anyone please explain why the verb in A should be singular where as in E should be plural? Though both have 'each'.
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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 - a plural subject preceded by 'each' or 'every' makes the subject singular. The non-underlined word 'broadcast' suggests that the verb is plural and hence the subject should be plural....hence incorrect

(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 - when a subject precedes 'each' or 'every' the sentence takes the plural or singular subject (which is before 'each' or 'every') and accordingly has singular or plural verb.

for example:

Each of these shirts is pretty.

They are each great tennis players.

This is all written in page 31 of MGMAT SC book.

I would appreciate if somone can explain how "if" rule is violated in B and C.
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26 May 2010, 10:19
Thanks a lot seekmba
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[quote2"seekmba"]I would appreciate if somone can explain how "if" rule is violated in B and C.[/quote2]

we can rewrite B&C this way...

B) if all of the three major networks broadcast exactly the same statement(then)television can be superficial

C) if the three major networks all broadcast exactly the same statement(then) television can be superficial

the if structure here required is

if simple present will+BASE verb...

hope its clear
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27 May 2010, 06:24
Thank you RaviChandra.

So if I understand it correct.....in case of B and C....the sentence would have been correct if we had it writtent his way.....

"if all of the three major networks broadcast exactly the same statement then TV will be superficial" and because the sentences are not in this form in the given options they are incorrect.....am I correct???
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27 May 2010, 06:26
thanks guys - great question and great explanation
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27 May 2010, 07:30
[quote2"seekmba"]Thank you RaviChandra.

So if I understand it correct.....in case of B and C....the sentence would have been correct if we had it written this way.....

"if all of the three major networks broadcast exactly the same statement then TV will be superficial" and because the sentences are not in this form in the given options they are incorrect.....am I correct???[/quote2]

I can say that statement alone stands correct but placing it back in the Question provided i dont know it may lead to some other problem not sure with that
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