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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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30 May 2010, 01:27
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.

IMO the correct answer is 'A'. Following is the explanation:

Firstly, the sentence demands a contrast in the 2 parts separated by commas.
Thus, E is out because it is more of a run on sentence. There is no contrast.
Secondly, in the question we are trying to make a statement 'there is waste in gvt.....' which has to be preceded with a 'that'.

Only option A & E have 'that' in the end, and 'E' is already out. So answer is A, although i am not very convinced with the way option A starts.

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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30 May 2010, 05:19
Your explanation is same as the explanation in OG

But my point is - can we use "much" with united states voters. I think it should be many because they are countable
So both E and A have flaw in them. So which one to go for

And why can't we use a comma in a sentence that starts with "there"
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30 May 2010, 16:57
hardnstrong wrote:
Your explanation is same as the explanation in OG

But my point is - can we use "much" with united states voters. I think it should be many because they are countable
So both E and A have flaw in them. So which one to go for

And why can't we use a comma in a sentence that starts with "there"

Much here does not refer to the united states voters. much is used in the context that US voters does not agree much (you could equally use the noncountable less over here as well)

Option E is using the word There is agreement is using long phrase and does not show contrast to use independent clause in the second part of the original sentence.
GMAt prefers usually when possible agree to agreement (verb to noun) and it tries to avoid long phrases using there is there are, if there is a way to avoid them. This is one of options, where u could do that.
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01 Jun 2010, 01:23
The construction of the sentence might make one think that much is pointing to the voters.

But actually, much is used to describe the degree to which voters agree and not the voters.

And you can't count how much one agrees to something, can you?

so the usage is correct.

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01 Jun 2010, 05:53
thanks to both of you for explanation
I think now i am getting what this question is asking

OA is A
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03 Jun 2010, 06:59
A for me.

We have to show contrast between two clauses

However much voters may agree that there is waste.......and that the govt as a whole....., it is difficult to find broad support.
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03 Jun 2010, 07:20
[quote="hardnstrong"]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.
that in the second part of the sentence indicates that the other "that" should be presented in the first part. So all options are out except A and E
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

A wins because we need a contrast here in order to make this sentence logical
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06 Jun 2010, 04:02
Thanks everyone for contributing to the discussion.
such nice explanations...

Now i can confidently close this question and never come back again.
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