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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
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C...uses "is", matches "a license"...and "as..., not as...." is parallel
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05 Aug 2009, 22:32
IMO C

correct verb is IS for singular subj. ownership
A & E have ambiguous it. So left out with C.
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06 Aug 2009, 20:33
IMO E

S-V argument and ||ism

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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 -- when it is ||el

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06 Aug 2009, 21:54
I will go with C....

E also looks good but "a license granted by government and revokable at whim" refers to ownership and not to capitalism...

OA plz...
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03 Sep 2009, 08:51
Another forum confirms that the OA is C.
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Here is my take.

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.

I tried reading the above sentence as follows -

The ownership is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual, not as a license granted by govt and revokable at whim.

Among the ans choices, only C is close enough. So my pick is C.

In E the problem is - The ownership is a license.......(how can a ownership be a license. It can be regarded as a license.
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17 Aug 2010, 21:02
late response.. but C for me too...
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18 Aug 2010, 00:02
C here also
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18 Aug 2010, 08:30
good question. I fell for E.

good explanation by mrsmarthi.
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25 Aug 2010, 09:36
Why is it IS and not ARE? Can someone please clarify why the subject here is not plural - the 2 things joined by AND?
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22 Aug 2011, 05:54
the subject is " the ownership of x and y"...and it's singular
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22 Aug 2011, 09:38
Agree with the last post.

OWNERSHIP of (x and y) implies the subject of preposition is "ownership"
and it is singular.
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22 Aug 2011, 09:45
can someone explain why e is not correct.
I fell for e although after reading the posts c looks correct but important to understand the reason why e is not correct.
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can someone explain why e is not correct.
I fell for e although after reading the posts c looks correct but important to understand the reason why e is not correct.

Compare the two sentences:

C: ownership is regarded as an individual's inalienable rights NOT as...a license...
X: an individual's inalienable rights; Y: a license
ownership is regarded as X not as Y: X and Y are nouns and parallel.

E: ownership is regarded as the inalienable rights...ts NOT when it is
X: the inalienable rights; Y: when it is a license (refers to a period)
in this case, X and Y are not parallel:

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04 Sep 2011, 11:42
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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?

Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when the ownership of both property and the means of production is regarded as an individual’s inalienable right, not as a license granted by government and revokable at whim.
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05 Sep 2011, 04:07
mainhoon wrote:
Why is it IS and not ARE? Can someone please clarify why the subject here is not plural - the 2 things joined by AND?

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

I am also confused between B and C!

Reason - I chose 'are' initially because 2 things are joined using 'and', but C is the answer because 'ownership of both property and the means of production' made me think that there have to be 2 things after both - property and means! Hence our subject is ownership, which is singular! if we did not have 'both' there then we would have had 2 things - 'ownership of property and the means of production' followed by 'are'.
I hope you got my point!
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Let us look at the structure of this sentence to ward any possible confusion in SV agreement,

This complex-compound sentence has the following clauses

1 Some analysts contend --- main clause
2 that true capitalism exists only ----- Subordinate clause 1
3 When the ownership of both property and the means of production are regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s Subordinate clause 2.
4 and it is not a license granted by government and revocable at whim. – another independent clause

Whether it is both property and the means of production or simply property and the means of production, it does not matter. The subject of the subordinate clause remains the ownership, a singular one. So the verb has to be necessarily the singular ‘is’. Therefor B is simply out.

In addition, ‘regarded as’ is not // with the subjunctive verb ‘that it not be’. Use of the subjunctive imperative mood verb ‘that it not be’ will not go with the non-bossy verb ‘contend
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08 Oct 2011, 15:45
I picked C.....subject verb agreement "ownership...is" and parallelism "regarded as..., not as..."
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10 Oct 2011, 07:46
mainhoon wrote:
Why is it IS and not ARE? Can someone please clarify why the subject here is not plural - the 2 things joined by AND?

here the subject is "the Ownership"(singular) and not [of both property and the means of production] which is prepositions so we use IS and not ARE.
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