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Bill Clinton showed great sagacity and insight of economic [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 00:49
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Bill Clinton showed great sagacity and insight of economic judgment that could entitle him to be considered as one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US and that makes his tenure the most prosperous era of the country.

(A) him to be considered as one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that makes
(B) him to be considered one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that make
© him to be considered to be one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that makes
(D) him to be regarded like one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that make
(E) him to be regarded one among the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that makes
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Re: Bill Clinton [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 01:37
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Bill Clinton showed great sagacity and insight of economic judgment that could entitle him to be considered as one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US and that makes his tenure the most prosperous era of the country.

(A) him to be considered as one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that makes
(B) him to be considered one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that make
© him to be considered to be one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that makes
(D) him to be regarded like one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that make
(E) him to be regarded one among the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that makes

C it is. I really like A but I think "consider as" is unidiomatic.
A- Considered as is the incorrect idiom on the GMAT as it doesn't like the use of consider+as. In any case, its use is declining in contemporary English.
B- Incorrect because of the subject-verb disareement- "make" should be "makes".
D- "Regarded like" is incorrect
E- Regard should be followed by as.
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Re: Bill Clinton [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 06:25
I am between A and C. I still like A the best. C just seems to wordy for me
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Re: Bill Clinton [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 06:33
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C is not the answer

Another tricky question. Guess C is incorrect because it uses the verb form "to be" twice which makes the sentence redundant.
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Re: Bill Clinton [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 07:38
I am still waiting for the OA. Does anybody know it?
I would also be for A, but I'm not 100% sure.
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Re: Bill Clinton [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 08:27
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1. Consider as/ to be is unidiomatic
2. a plural subject , marked by AND hence make is correct.
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Re: Bill Clinton [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 08:47
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Two areas are being tested here. The idiom consider and the S-V number agreement.
-Consider -is a rare verb (comprise is another) that does not take an accompaniment of either a pronoun such as- due to-, or - as -or the infinitive - to be -. Hence Choices A and C are out.

On the contrary, the verb- regard -necessarily takes the preposition as every time it is used in the sense of consider or deem. Hence - regarded like - in D and simply- regarded- in E are wrong.

Now on to S-V agreement. What things entitle Clinton? Two things namely -great sagacity and insight of economic judgment – This object in effect becomes the subject of the sub-ordinate clause introduced by the conjunction that. So the sub-ordinate verbs have to be plural verbs; could entitle has no problems but the second verb has to be -that make - rather than - that makes. -

Can we now see why B is the only one that stands the idiom as well as S-V test, a point uniformly missed by most respondents. Kudos to muditadixit81 for hitting the bull’s eye
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Re: Bill Clinton [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2010, 12:44
Bill Clinton showed great sagacity and insight of economic judgment that could entitle him to be considered as one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US and that makes his tenure the most prosperous era of the country.

(A) him to be considered as one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that makes
(B) him to be considered one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that make
© him to be considered to be one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that makes
(D) him to be regarded like one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that make
(E) him to be regarded one among the greatest post-war Presidents of the US, and that makes

Usage of idioms considered __ and regarded as is tested here.
A, C, D, E are out for wrong idioms.
in B the idiom is correct and parallelism is maintained.
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Re: Bill Clinton [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2010, 13:11
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Hey daagh,

Nice work on the explanation, but I'll suggest that you do them in the alternate order. Subject-verb agreement should be a pretty convenient decision point for you, particularly when the difference is between the last word of each answer choice:

makes
make
makes
make
makes

You know that you're making a singular/plural decision with "make(s" here, so let's look at what is doing the "making". It has to be the sagacity and insight - a compound, and therefore plural, subject. Your other options as nouns are:

Economic judgment (which is part of a modifier leading with "of", so it's not the subject)
Bill Clinton (but his other verb, "showed", is past-tense so it wouldn't match with "makes", and the compound noun is structured with "that" to be the new subject)

So we know that with a plural subject we need "make" to be the verb, and that gets us right down to B and D.

Now we have:

"considered one of the greatest"
"regarded like one of the greatest..."

"like" means "similar to", so the logic of sentence D is incorrect - he's not regarded "similar to" a great President or "as if he were" a great President, he's regarded as, or considered, a great President. Now that we're done with the major S-V error, the more minor idiomatic feel/meaning error is hopefully easier to spot.
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Re: Bill Clinton [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2010, 18:29
I picked right answer, but I am trying to understand the structure of the question.

Can someone please point to the main clause , subordinate clause and the role of 'and' that make ...

'and' - coordinating conjunction joins a list or two main clauses.
Does that imply ... 'and' that make ..is a main clause ?
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Re: Bill Clinton [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2010, 18:46
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I picked right answer, but I am trying to understand the structure of the question.

Can someone please point to the main clause , subordinate clause and the role of 'and' that make ...

'and' - coordinating conjunction joins a list or two main clauses.
Does that imply ... 'and' that make ..is a main clause ?


Main clause: Bill Clinton showed great sagacity and insight of economic judgment

Subordinate clause 1: that could entitle him to be considered one of the greatest post-war Presidents of the US
Subordinate clause 2: that make his tenure the most prosperous era of the country.


clauses 1 and 2 are parallel.
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