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However much governments around the world may agree that [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2012, 01:46
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However much governments around the world may agree that nuclear proliferation must be halted and that steps should be implemented to reduce the level of nuclear stockpiles, it is difficult for countries to come to agreement on the specific methods of implementing such practices.

    a.However much governments around the world may agree that

    b.Despite the agreement among governments around the world to the fact that

    c.Although governments around the world agree

    d. Even though governments around the world may agree

    e. Despite there being agreement among governments around the world that
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Re: However much governments around the world [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2012, 08:02
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The subtle essence of the topic is that there is much agreement and not mere agreement and that they may agree (the speculative intent of the modal verb may) and not simply agree

Choices B through E suffer from altered intent either by skipping the word much as in D or through stating affirmative agreements rather than possible agreements as in B, C and E. A reflects the tow phenomena rightly
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Re: However much governments around the world [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2012, 10:19
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However much governments around the world may agree that nuclear proliferation must be halted and that steps should be implemented to reduce the level of nuclear stockpiles, it is difficult for countries to come to agreement on the specific methods of implementing such practices.

    a.However much governments around the world may agree that

    b.Despite the agreement among governments around the world to the fact that

    c.Although governments around the world agree

    d. Even though governments around the world may agree

    e. Despite there being agreement among governments around the world that


In the non-underlined portion we have "and that steps...." so we need "that" after agree to make things parallel so Kill C and D
we can also kill B and E because, apart from the reasons, which are more black&white, mentioned by Daagh, "to the fact that" in B & "being" is E are wordy, not necessary and awkward.
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Re: However much governments around the world [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2013, 08:13
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The subtle essence of the topic is that there is much agreement and not mere agreement and that they may agree (the speculative intent of the modal verb may) and not simply agree

Choices B through E suffer from altered intent either by skipping the word much as in D or through stating affirmative agreements rather than possible agreements as in B, C and E. A reflects the tow phenomena rightly


Hi Daagh,

Don't you think that the use of "Much" before "Government" is incorrect in option A as well.
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Re: However much governments around the world may agree that [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 07:54
Apply POE:

a.However much governments around the world may agree that - hold on to this
b.Despite the agreement among governments around the world to the fact that - changes the meaning by omitting 'may'
c.Although governments around the world agree - changes the meaning by omitting 'may'
d. Even though governments around the world may agree - agree 'that'... is missing
e. Despite there being agreement among governments around the world that - changes the meaning by omitting 'may'

Hence A
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Re: However much governments around the world may agree that [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 11:36
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Apply POE:

a.However much governments around the world may agree that - hold on to this
b.Despite the agreement among governments around the world to the fact that - changes the meaning by omitting 'may'
c.Although governments around the world agree - changes the meaning by omitting 'may'
d. Even though governments around the world may agree - agree 'that'... is missing
e. Despite there being agreement among governments around the world that - changes the meaning by omitting 'may'

Hence A


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