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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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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 two phenomena rightly
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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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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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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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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


However much governments around the world may agree that Can't digest the sentence. Can someone explain the meaning of the sentence ?
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Hi,
I found this one really interesting so re-initiating the discussion. Request other members to join-in and share their views.

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.

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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.

1:However much -> No matter how much
2:As per the bold phrase they haven't reached to agreement yet.
3:||sm is maintained using that around ||sm marker and.

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

Analysis
1:C,D straight out because of missing that.
2:Now as per the non underlined part agreement is yet to establish so "may" is correct usage. "there being agreement" or "the agreement among governments" shows certainty which is not req here.

Mistakes I did :
1: Didnt read the non-underlined part and wasted my time figuring out the difference A,B,E. Though, before working on SC question i always remind myself to read the non underlined part :(
2: Marked A wrong in rush.Was under the impression that much points to some uncountable entity here. :(


A few additional points:
1: It seems to be mimic of http://www.beatthegmat.com/og-verbal-re ... 07106.html.
But to me that is pretty straight forward as issues r quite evident there.
2: Lets assume for a instsance that agreement is already established. Considering that if we look at A,B and E , what's in ur opinion is wrong here. To me all sounds correct.

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There is good video explanation for a question similar to above:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CoAGQvZ6is
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New post 18 Sep 2014, 22:59
VarunBhardwaj wrote:
There is good video explanation for a question similar to above:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CoAGQvZ6is

Thank you Varun for sharing the link.(assuming that ur post was directed to my question) :)
As i mentioned in the post, OG question is quite clear to me. My specific questions are mentioned in my post.
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