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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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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2009, 18:27
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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 - 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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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2009, 00:00
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Nice example to catch the verb-noun agreement.. I missed it !:(
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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2010, 09:05
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Everybody added their points and nothing to add here.
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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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 27 May 2010, 03:52
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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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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2011, 07:15
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Can anybody explain me why E is plural and why C violates "if rule"?

Thanks in advance!


Each when placed before the Subject requires a verb in singular form. But note that Each placed after the Subject has no bearing on the verb form. (MGMAT Guide Book)
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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2010, 19:22
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by POE i got C but completely miss subject - verb agreement.
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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2010, 11:04
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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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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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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 26 May 2010, 07:33
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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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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 01 May 2012, 02:54
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Thanks to law school researcher for the explanation. If I understood it correctly the problem is the following:

The meaning of the sentence is that "television is (no uncertainty) superficial" in the given situation. But when "if" is used as in B and C, the meaning of sentence changes to "television can be (with some uncertainty) superficial" in the given situation.

E says that "Television can be superficial, for example when the three major networks....". If you turn this around and start with the example you have to write it like this to keep the meaning: "When the three major networks broadcast... , television is superficial".

So we can express the meaning of the sentence in two ways:
In general, television is not superficial, but in situation x it is superficial (ie. television can be superficial).
In situation x television is superficial. (no uncertainty)

If we use "if" as in B and C, we change the meaning of sentence:
In situation x television can be superficial. (uncertain)

I hope its clear.

A side note: The "when" rules out uncertainty, so you can't just replace it with "if" --> always look at the rest of sentence, beacuse sometimes you can chose between the two without changing the meaning (google if and when, there are plenty of explanations).


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I'm still confused on the usage of "if". When using the conditional "if", one can use modal verbs "can" and "may" in place of the future tense to stress possibility. Since "can be" is part of the non-underline part, uncertainty/possibility is present.

If we rewrite "C": If the three major networks all broadcast exactly the same statement from a political candidate, television can be superficial. (That makes sense to me.)

If we re-write "E": As when the three major networks each broadcast exactly the same statement from a political candidate, television can be superficial. (That doesn't make sense to me. Additionally, "as when" sounds awk. Plus the comma after superficial is throwing me off.

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We can easily ELIMINATE A and D for the reason that the verb is looking for a plural subject.
We elimate B because it's too wordy and creates the same error in C. See below.
We elimate C because it is using the wrong IF voice.

In the MGMAT there are five patterns to using the IF construct
1) IF Sophie EATS pizza, THEN she BECOMES ill. (General Rule with no uncertainty)
2) IF Sophie EATS pizza, THEN she MAY/CAN BECOME ill. (General Rule with some uncertainty)
3) IF Sophie EATS pizza, THEN she WILL BECOME ill. (Particular case in the future with no uncertainty)
4) IF Sophie ATE pizza tomorrow, THEN she WOULD BECOME ill. (Unlikely case in the future)
5) IF Sophie HAD EATEN pizza yesterday, THEN she WOULD HAVE BECOME ill (case that never happened)

So what make B and C wrong is the USE of IF construct with the TV can be superficial creates an UNCERTAINTY tone. So E is better.
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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2009, 08:47
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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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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2009, 14:00
OA is E
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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 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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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 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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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2010, 06:46
Hi Neeshpal ,

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

Thanks in advance....
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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2010, 07:24
Can anybody explain me why E is plural and why C violates "if rule"?

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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 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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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 26 May 2010, 10:19
Thanks a lot seekmba :)
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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 27 May 2010, 06:19
Please refer this-
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Re: SC - Television [#permalink] New post 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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