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However much United States voters may agree that there is [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2009, 08:20
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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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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2009, 09:04
'D' should be the right answer.
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2009, 09:37
are you sure the OA is A? 'However much United States voters' sounds wrong to me.
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2009, 09:40
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this is in OG 11. "However much" sounds strange but its correct
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2009, 10:36
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yes, I got A as my answer. It makes perfect sense. You need "that" to connect the 2 clauses. So that eliminates all the answer choices except for A and E. The second half of the sentence starts with "it" right after a comma with no conjunction to connect the 2 clauses. You will need subordinate conjunction in the first sentence, turning the first sentence into a dependant clause. There is a rule of thumb:

1) dependant clause + , + independant clause ---> notice a comma between the clauses
2) independant clause + dependant clause ----> notice that there's no comma between the 2 clauses.

Here are some examples:

1) I like her ----> Indendent clause because the thought in this sentence is complete
2) because she is nice -----> dependent clause because not only is it not complete, but it also makes you want to anticipate what's next.

so:

a) I like her because she is nice. ----> independent clause + dependent clause
b) Because she is nice, I like her -----> dependent clause + , + independent clause

in option A, the "howevermuch" turns that first sentence into a dependent clause.
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 03:57
Can someone comment on the usage of "Even though" and "Although" in the beginning of the sentence? Are both considered to be correct on GMAT?
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 04:03
OA is correct (as always).

Just to clarify that Much here explains the degree/intensity of agreement.

SO " HOWEVER MUCH...." is correct
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 08:10
great explanation by tarek99.

My pick is (A).
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2010, 14:31
A!!!

That narrows it down to A and E. in E the second part of the sentence seems to be a run on sentence and hence we require a dependent clause at the start.
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"That" is required to connect the two clauses. E has no contrasting word like Although, even though or however much.
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2011, 22:46
Interesting questions..however much option gets straight eliminated if you just go by 'sounds right to ear' approach :)
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2011, 21:10
Much can be used with US voters? can some explain
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2011, 00:58
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Much can be used with US voters? can some explain


In this sentence,
much is modifying or referring to the degree of agreement(which is uncountable) and not US voters, which is countable.
However much....agree...

If it were to refer to US voters, the word would be many.
Many US voters support administration's healthcare plan.
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2011, 05:22
agree with tarek99s explanation
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 06:44
Hi,

I am getting confused with the explanation from tarek99. I understood the concept of dependent and independent clauses but except for e none of the options seem to be an independent clause for me. Am I missing something??
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 15:11
A sounds awkward, I would have preferred 'although...'

but 'that' must be present after the word 'agree'.
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 15:21
I picked A...parallelism at its best....."that there is....and that the government...." Option E is wrong because in the Gmat starting a sentence with "there is" is incorrect.
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Re: United states voters [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 19:38
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I think this issue will be one in which carrying through the original intent is vital primarily, followed by grammar eventually.

The original means speculatively that the voters may agree for something in so much measure. However, the choices except A and D do not carry through the same intent. B says agreement without the speculative may, C says simply agree, and E simply agreement. So all the three choices are out.

Between A and D, Of course the issue of that //ism helps to choose A


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@arzad, you are correct that choice E is incorrect. But the reason you have presented is not correct. "There is" is absolutely correct. There is no reason why "there is" is incorrect (see I started the sentence with "there is"). Yes in some cases, it may make the sentence more wordy. But in this sentence "there is" does not make the sentence wordy.

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Re: However much United States voters may agree that there is [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 13:23
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Hi all,

Since there was so much discussion on this question, one of my team members did a little video response on this. Check this out. Let us know if this helps.
The key takeaways that we had from this question were:

    1. Read the non-underlined portion of the sentence
    2. Pay attention to Verbs like "may", "can", "will"
    3. All entities in the list must be parallel to each other




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