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Analyzing campaign expenditures, the media has had as a focus the high costs and low
ethics of campaign finance, but they have generally overlooked the cost of actually
administering elections, which includes facilities, transport, printing, staffing, and
technology.

A. Analyzing campaign expenditures, the media has had as a focus
B. Analyses of campaign expenditures by the media has been focus on
C. In analyzing campaign expenditures, the media have focused on
D. Media analyses of campaign expenditures have had as a focus
E. In their analysis of campaign expenditures, the media has been focusing on
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New post 24 Jan 2006, 11:52
Choose C on that

"...the media have focused on...but they have generally overlooked..."

is pretty parallel and sounds good, the modifying phrase is placed correctly
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Arrived at C by elimination, but still coufused whether media is a singular or a plural noun ..

Somehow I was stuck between C and D...
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the media have?? its singular and hence we need has..

I think E
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New post 24 Jan 2006, 12:33
Well I am wrong

http://www.getitwriteonline.com/archive/011501.htm

Media is plural.. i thought collective nouns should be taken as singular, but not in this case
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New post 24 Jan 2006, 12:36
media is plural.

We also have they here
but they have generally overlooked the cost of actually
administering elections, which includes facilities, transport, printing, staffing, and technology.

I vote for C
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E is not right.

In their analysis of campaign expenditures, the media has been focusing on
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New post 24 Jan 2006, 20:22
Well i doubt if "the media" is plural..I thought its a collective noun..I would go with A for that

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New post 24 Jan 2006, 20:40
My pick is "C".

In the non underlined portion : "... but they have generally overlooked ... " - they clearly replaces a plural antecendant, in this case "the media".

The singular form is "medium", but the doubt here is whether "the media" is singular or plural. To me, the usage of "they" in the non underlined portion settles it - as plural.
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C - "the media have focused....have overlooked"

In E, "the media has" is wrong....
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New post 24 Jan 2006, 22:04
The OA is "C".
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Late, but C.

1. Media are plural
2. Concise
3. Active
4. Present perfect llism.
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