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Some mathematicians argue that to permit a candidate to win [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2011, 14:44
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Some mathematicians argue that to permit a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality vote is like ranking a student who earned three A's and two F's higher than one who got two A's and three B's

to permit a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality vote is like ranking a student
permitting a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking a student
permitting candidates to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like to rank a student
permitting a candidate to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking a student
to permit candidates to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking students
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Re: SC - 700 level - students [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2011, 16:28
to permit a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality vote is like ranking a student
permitting a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking a student
permitting candidates to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like to rank a student
permitting a candidate to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking a student
to permit candidates to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking students

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Re: SC - 700 level - students [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2011, 19:24
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Some mathematicians argue that to permit a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality vote is like ranking a student who earned three A's and two F's higher than one who got two A's and three B's

to permit a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality vote is like ranking a student
permitting a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking a student
permitting candidates to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like to rank a student
permitting a candidate to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking a student
to permit candidates to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking students


Actually nothing seems right here, are you sure its posted right?
i think actual sentence should be -
Some mathematicians argue that permitting candidates to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking a student who earned three A’s and two F’s higher than one who got two A’s and three B’s.
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Re: SC - 700 level - students [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2011, 19:30
+1 for C
"they" incorrectly uses in this sentence.
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Re: SC - 700 level - students [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2011, 21:29
I will go with E here.

What is the OA?

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Re: SC - 700 level - students [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 06:30
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I am afraid something is not tallying here. Can the original poster enlighten us? What are the OA and OE from the source? Between C and E, which are the real contenders, at least in one choice, it should be ‘to permit and like to rank’ or ‘permitting and like ranking’; But Kaplan may think otherwise.
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Re: SC - 700 level - students [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 11:37
I agree something is not right about this question.
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Re: SC - 700 level - students [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 11:52
E is not a contender --- look at the last part of the non-underlined sentence carefully -- "higher than ONE"....so we are comparing a student who got 3A's and 2F's with ONE who got 2A's and 3B's.

Choice C is the best of the lot -- actually a relatively easy question because of the subject verb agreement (Candidate and They) ---so only E and C remain. Even choice C is a bit of a clumsy and clunky sentence.
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Re: SC - 700 level - students [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 11:55
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I am afraid something is not tallying here. Can the original poster enlighten us? What are the OA and OE from the source? Between C and E, which are the real contenders, at least in one choice, it should be ‘to permit and like to rank’ or ‘permitting and like ranking’; But Kaplan may think otherwise.


Ha! Diplomatically played by the former Kaplan instructor...I agree with you completely. Parallel markers seem to be off and the sentence sounds awful.
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Re: SC - 700 level - students [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 11:57
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E is not a contender --- look at the last part of the non-underlined sentence carefully -- "higher than ONE"....so we are comparing a student who got 3A's and 2F's with ONE who got 2A's and 3B's.

Choice C is the best of the lot -- actually a relatively easy question because of the subject verb agreement (Candidate and They) ---so only E and C remain. Even choice C is a bit of a clumsy and clunky sentence.


In C, shouldn't permitting and to rank be in parallel?
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Re: SC - 700 level - students [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 14:17
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E is not a contender --- look at the last part of the non-underlined sentence carefully -- "higher than ONE"....so we are comparing a student who got 3A's and 2F's with ONE who got 2A's and 3B's.

Choice C is the best of the lot -- actually a relatively easy question because of the subject verb agreement (Candidate and They) ---so only E and C remain. Even choice C is a bit of a clumsy and clunky sentence.


In C, shouldn't permitting and to rank be in parallel?



I think so -- but the one mitigating factor is that SC is about picking the "best among the 5 choices" --- so I guess if the question is correct as written -- choice C would, in my opinion, make the most sense. But, as I said before -- it's a clumsy sentence. Maybe the question was copied incorrectly -- I don't know.
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Re: SC - 700 level - students [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 16:37
I had picked E considering the parallelism only... But looking at the subject verb agreement E looks incorrect too... Source of the Q plz.

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Re: SC - 700 level - students [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2011, 23:00
I think all is fine in C.

permitting candidates to win ... is like to rank ...
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Re: SC - 700 level - students [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2011, 03:56
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I got +1 for C best among all.
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Re: Some mathematicians argue that to permit a candidate to win [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2011, 12:39
E is still correct with "students". C sounds terrible with permitting. Excellent question BTW...
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Re: Some mathematicians argue that to permit a candidate to win [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2011, 23:10
I will go with C

and when you look at optiopn E it is mentioned "ranking a students" anf after that you see only one person being compared so it should be student and it is correctly stated in C
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Re: Some mathematicians argue that to permit a candidate to win [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2011, 16:52
definitely C. They sticks out like a sore thumb in all of the choices
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Re: Some mathematicians argue that to permit a candidate to win [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2012, 20:38
option C seems to be the closest .It cannot be E because the 'one' in E refers to a single student .Hence in E there is a subject verb agreement .
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Re: Some mathematicians argue that to permit a candidate to win [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2012, 03:04
Go with C

Correct Subject Verb Agreement and in parallel
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Re: Some mathematicians argue that to permit a candidate to win [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2012, 03:04
Go with C

Correct Subject Verb Agreement and in parallel
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