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Although the term “psychopath” is popularly applied to an especially brutal criminal, in psychology it is someone who is apparently incapable of feeling compassion or the pangs of conscience.

(A) it is someone who is
(B) it is a person
(C) they are people who are
(D) it refers to someone who is
(E) it is in reference to people
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Concept tested: Meaning, Pronouns
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Illustration: The main subject of the sentence is “the term ‘psychopath’” which
is singular.
Singularity of the main verb eliminates C which uses a plural pronoun “they”.
Also “the term” cannot be people. It serves as only a reference to aclass of people. This logic eliminates A and B.
E uses a very awkward construction “itis in reference to people” and is definitely unidiomatic.
D is the correct answer.
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The subject is - the term -, a singular noun and hence choice C using they is out. Further equating the reference of the pronoun – it - to a person is also wrong since it may refer only to anything other than a human. A and B are gone. Between D and E, E refers to people, which is plural and hence is wrong. D is the final choice.
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A- the term itself is not a someone.

B- the term itself is not a person

C- they has no antecedent

D- Correct

E- this isn't grammatically incorrect, it is just awkward and inconcise.

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Illustration: The main subject of the sentence is “the term ‘psychopath’” which
is singular.
Singularity of the main verb eliminates C which uses a plural pronoun “they”.
Also “the term” cannot be people. It serves as only a reference to aclass of people. This logic eliminates A and B.
E uses a very awkward construction “itis in reference to people” and is definitely unidiomatic.
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Re: Although the term psychopath is popularly applied to an [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2013, 12:06
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Note exactly what the subject of this sentence is --- as the distinction between "the term" versus "psychopath" is important in figuring out the answer here.

A psychopath can be a person.

But the term psychopath cannot be a person. It can refer to a person, but the term itself cannot be a person.

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Re: Although the term psychopath is popularly applied to an [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2013, 21:02
My knowledge of idioms tells me that a 'term' always refers to someone, so the answer has to be D.
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