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Re: Capitalism [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2011, 01:18
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Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when the ownership of both property and the means of production is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not a license granted by government and revokable at whim.

(A) is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not
(B) are regarded as individuals’ inalienable rights, and that it not be
(C) is regarded as an individual’s inalienable right, not as
(D) are regarded as an individual’s inalienable rights, not when they are
(E) is regarded as the inalienable rights of an individual, not when it is


+1 for C. verb refers to "ownership" hence singular.
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Re: Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2011, 03:42
IMO-C,

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Subject is "Ownership" which is singular hence in place of are, "is" should be used.
Normally when two statements are connected by and then use of are is correct. However, it is clear that the subject is singular hence the verb must also be singular.
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Re: Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2011, 16:50
C is correct

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Re: Capitalism [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2011, 06:47
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Why is it IS and not ARE? Can someone please clarify why the subject here is not plural - the 2 things joined by AND?


Very late, but still.....

Here 'is' refers to 'ownership' but not collection of ownership items. Just try reading the sentence without that collection.
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Re: Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2011, 07:07
Oh missed the clue,initially marked D...but now i got something out of this question
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Re: Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2011, 07:07
C
correct verb is
rest redundant.
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Re: Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2012, 04:33
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Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when the ownership of both property and the means of production is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not a license granted by government and revokable at whim.

(A) is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not
(B) are regarded as individuals’ inalienable rights, and that it not be
(C) is regarded as an individual’s inalienable right, not as
(D) are regarded as an individual’s inalienable rights, not when they are
(E) is regarded as the inalienable rights of an individual, not when it is



The subject is singular; therefore, the singular verb form is required. Hence, Option B and D eliminated.

Option E: Change in the article from 'an' to 'the' that, in my opinion, significantly alters the meaning of the sentence. Eliminated.

Option A: The possessive form is used twice: Individual's and 'of an'. The repetition of the subject in 'it is not...' seems clearly redundant.

Option C. Correct.
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Re: Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2012, 05:17
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Most questions that contain subject verb agreement errors contain many "smoke and mirrors" nouns. The intention of placing these nouns in the sentence is to deflect the attention of the reader from the REAL subject. For most questions, the good news is that the key to answer such questions is to understand that one CAN IGNORE subjects within prepositional phrases. I use the word "most" because sentences that contain SANAMO (Some, Any, None, Most, All, One) rely on the subject within the prepositional phrase to determine if the verb needs to be singular or plural.

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Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when the ownership of both property and the means of production is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not a license granted by government and revokable at whim.



(B) are regarded as individuals’ inalienable rights, and that it not be
Ok, so there are many nouns - Analysts, Capitalism, ownership, property, means of production, inalienable right etc etc
There are many verbs - contend, exists, "is", etc

"The noun "Analysts " matches with the verb "contend" - Plural
"The noun True capitalism" matches with the verb "exists" - Singular

Let's ignore the nouns within prepositional phrases. In this case, the prepositional phrase starts with "of". So let's chuck out the nouns property and means of production.
This leaves us with the noun "ownership" which is singular and hence the correct verb is "is" and not "are".
Lets read the sentence once again - Some analysts contend ...blah blah... exists only when the ownership of both blah.....blahon .....IS regarded as ...


(A) is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not
Ok, this one contains the right verb "is" . Lets examine the other aspects of this sentence.
Look at the usage - regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s. Seems like the sentence is missing a noun after the word "individual's".
E.g : The headlights of John's car failed to work.
The headlights of John's failed to work. - Doesn't make sense.

(C) is regarded as an individual’s inalienable right, not as
OK in both the aspects.
Subject verb agreement.
Correct usage of 's - individual's inalienable right .
From a parallelism perspective - the usage of regarded as...not as is correct.


(D) are regarded as an individual’s inalienable rights, not when they are
Look at explanation for (B)

(E) is regarded as the inalienable rights of an individual, not when it is

The subject - verb agreement is ok ,
The error with the 's is no longer present
However, there is a parallelism error here. The correct usage is "regarded as ...not as "..
The meaning of the sentence takes a turn for the worse.





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Re: Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2012, 05:46
(E) is regarded as the inalienable rights of an individual, not when it is

I want to know what "it" is referring here. Is there any pronoun error existing in option E.
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Re: Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2012, 00:19
I fell for the trap and made a mistake in judging the subject of the sentence. I thought of the "x and y" as the subject and hence the verb to be chosen as "are" and not "is".

Hence chose D which was wrong. Reading the responses above, I realized that the subject is "Ownership" hence the verb should have been "is".

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Re: Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2012, 01:15
Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when the ownership of both property and the means of production is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not a license granted by government and revokable at whim.

Thus the reduced stem :

the ownership is regarded as an inalienable right...............AND...........it is not a license..............

verical scan reveals : only A / C/ E maintains the correct SV pairing......... : Thus B&D go off

bxn A / C / E :


(A) The ownership............is regarded as X, and it is not..........................Y

(C) The ownership ...........is regarded as X, not as.........................Y

(E) The ownership............is regarded as X, not when it is............Y

guess now it becomes easy to zone in on C : ............. regarded AS X..........NOT AS Y........

leading to C , my take
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Re: Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2013, 12:21
(A) is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not
(B) are regarded as individuals’ inalienable rights, and that it not be

(C) is regarded as an individual’s inalienable right, not as
(D) are regarded as an individual’s inalienable rights, not when they are
(E) is regarded as the inalienable rights of an individual, not when it is


I liked E until I read it aloud. Answer choice E contains faulty predication, which occurs when a subject and a predicate cannot go together. The subject "ownership [referent]" cannot be a "license". A license may convey ownership; even so, ownership <> license.
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Re: Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2013, 20:12
Option C for SV agreement & parallelism
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