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New post 20 Aug 2005, 11:56
With its plan to create a wildlife sanctuary out of previously unused landfill, Sweden is but one of a number of industrialized nations that ((is accepting its responsibility to protect endangered species and promote)) conservation

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E: are accepting their responsibility to protect endangered species and promote


I was confused between A and E...Can anyone explain this one pls?
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New post 20 Aug 2005, 12:46
I say both A and E are wrong, because of the differing verb tenses:
"is/are accepting" is continuous
"promote" is simple

Between "is" and "are" I choose "are". Follow the link for a nice discussion on the topic. It doesn't really support my opinion, but still...

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New post 20 Aug 2005, 14:37
no E is correct..

Promote is parallel to protect...

Are is correctly used because It is used as a restrictive clause modifying multiple nations (plural) entity...


It really depends upon the answer choices... You can use promoting also...
X is doing Y and X
or X is doing Y and was doing Z

either common tense or common subject...

The answer choices will never have both of my examples in the same choice. If there are, then that question is never a ETS quality...
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New post 20 Aug 2005, 14:50
I was not confused with promote vs promoting, my problem was is vs. are....can u explain if Sweden is ONE nation , singular , then why is ARE the right word?

Why does NATIONS plurality take precedent when deciding is vs are?
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New post 20 Aug 2005, 19:18
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I was not confused with promote vs promoting, my problem was is vs. are....can u explain if Sweden is ONE nation , singular , then why is ARE the right word?

Why does NATIONS plurality take precedent when deciding is vs are?


remember that always 'a number of' always takes a plural verb
& ' the number of' always takes a singular verb
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New post 21 Aug 2005, 00:00
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no E is correct..

Promote is parallel to protect...


You are right, Ritesh. I misread the answer choices.
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New post 31 Aug 2005, 14:03
"E" is correct ..

the clause after that is for the industrilised nations not for sweden only
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New post 31 Aug 2005, 15:47
I will go for E as well.
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