However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement toward a minimal state.
A However much United States voters may agree that
B Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact
C Although United States voters agree
D Even though United States voters may agree
E There is agreement among United States voters that
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is correct, and uses the correct original meaning of the word "however
." True grammatical conservatives, such as me, argue that this is the only proper use of the word, and that using "however
" as a synonym for "although
" or "nevertheless
" is not acceptable. In this respect, I am more conservative than the GMAT, because the GMAT frequently allows this latter use. It's important to understand, though --- the latter use is secondary.
The original use is the indefinite form of the adverb "how
". Think of the pronouns & adverbs ---who, what, where, when
, etc. who
= a particular personwhoever
= an indefinite personwhat
= a particular objectwhatever
= an indefinite objectwhen
= a particular timewhenever
= an indefinite timewhere
= a particular placewherever
= an indefinite place
Much in the same way, the adverb "how
" in "how much
" indicates a particular degree, and "however
" in "however much
" indicates an indefinite degree. In this form, as a relative adjective, the words "however much
" also open a dependent clause. The grammar of choice (A)
is 100% correct.
Incidentally, the phrase "however that may be
" is, in fact, a synonym for "nevertheless
", but because people are lazy, that phrase was abbreviated to simply "however
", and people use "however
" so commonly as a synonym for "nevertheless
" that the mistake has become acceptable even in contexts with lofty standards, such as the GMAT SC.
omit the first "that
", so they interrupt the parallelism between the two "that
results in a run-on sentence with a comma splice. See: http://gmat.magoosh.com/lessons/916-run-on-sentences
The only possible answer is (A)
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