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Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there must be a basis for a cooperative government and agreed to compromise.
(A) disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there must be a basis
(B) disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis
(C) disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there had to be some basis
(D) had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis
(E) had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there were grounds
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Re: Politicians Disagree [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2012, 05:57
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Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there must be a basis for a cooperative government and agreed to compromise.
(A) disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there must be a basis
(B) disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis
(C) disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there had to be some basis
(D) had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis
(E) had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there were grounds


The yellow shaded portion is a modifier and will modify the word, coming just after "comma". So since the subject of the first clause is "party", which is singular, the pronoun must be a singular "it" not plural "they". Eliminate A C D.
B has an issue of tense. In first clause, it uses present tense, but in the second clause it uses simple past. Its illogical.
D rectifies this mistake but using "had" to sequentially structure the events.
+1 D.
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Re: Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the [#permalink] New post 24 May 2013, 09:13
though collective noun such as party is normally considered sigular, it can be considered plural if we focus on each individual. This is the grammar rule. This point means, on gmat , collective noun can go with sigular or plural verb.

The problem with E is that "there were" is a fact and so E is not logic. D is logic because "must" is a neccessity.
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Re: Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the [#permalink] New post 24 May 2013, 09:18
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Pronoun and tense error

singular pronoun 'it' should be used
two actions in the past are being discussed, so past perfect must be used.
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Re: Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the [#permalink] New post 24 May 2013, 11:44
I agree that B in correct due to present tense, but in D- had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis-- shouldn't a simple past be used here instead of past prefect, as later is making clear the sequence of events.

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Re: Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the [#permalink] New post 24 May 2013, 20:56
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I agree that B in correct due to present tense, but in D- had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis-- shouldn't a simple past be used here instead of past prefect, as later is making clear the sequence of events.

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There are two events...
First one :A disapproval
Second: Conceding to a point
Both are in past. So we must use "past perfect" for the former and "Simple past for the "later"
So disapproval must use had and concede must use simple past.

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Re: Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the [#permalink] New post 25 May 2013, 03:42
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Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there must be a basis for a cooperative government and agreed to compromise.
(A) disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there must be a basis
(B) disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis
(C) disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there had to be some basis
(D) had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis
(E) had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there were grounds


In A C E, the problem is the usage of "they".
In B, the usage of present tense doesn't gels well with the past tense. Since there are two events, hence "had" becomes necessary.
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Re: Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the [#permalink] New post 25 May 2013, 04:52
veenu08 wrote:
I agree that B in correct due to present tense, but in D- had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis-- shouldn't a simple past be used here instead of past prefect, as later is making clear the sequence of events.

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You are not wrong. But D is correct because there is no better choice. If there were to be an option which uses a simple past and which rectifies the pronoun number error for party-it pair, we can choose that option.
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Re: Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the [#permalink] New post 25 May 2013, 12:46
veenu08 wrote:
I agree that B in correct due to present tense, but in D- had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis-- shouldn't a simple past be used here instead of past prefect, as later is making clear the sequence of events.

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Good point Veenu. The time is clearly indicated by the use of later. But disapproves is in present tense. So B goes away.
Option D is what we have to live with.
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