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The total remittance transfers sent across the world [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2014, 02:04
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The total remittance transfers sent across the world from the top three industrial nations in recent years is almost $100 billion annually, according to the Government Budget Office, or roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budget.

A) years is almost $100 billion annually, according to the Government Budget Office, roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budgets.

B) years is almost $100 billion annually, according to the Government Budget Office, or roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budgets.

C) years are almost $100 billion annually, according to the Government Budget Office, or roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budgets.

D) years – almost $100 billion annually – are, according to the Government Budget Office, roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budgets.

E) years, an amount that is almost $100 billion annually, are, according to the Government Budge Office, roughly the equivalent of the foreign assistance budgets of those three countries.

I chose E - an amount that.. should be an appositive modifier, plus the "transfers" goes well with "are" Also, why is D wrong?
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Re: The total remittance transfers sent across the world [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2014, 06:15
I chose A for this.
Since we are talking about the "total......" shouldn't the answer be "is" instead of "are"?
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Re: The total remittance transfers sent across the world [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2014, 01:08
ronr34 wrote:
I chose A for this.
Since we are talking about the "total......" shouldn't the answer be "is" instead of "are"?


No it's not total that the verb refers to - it's transfers.

I actually thought that the noun + noun modifier concept would apply here.
Having said that, I still feel E is the answer.

Anybody care to explain why C is the answer?
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The total remittance transfers sent across the world [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2014, 01:38
Options D and E are definitely wrong. Because they are changing the intended meaning of the Sentence. The Original sentence gives focus on the 'total number of transfers,i.e. almost $100 billion annually' through the main verb 'is' and also on the equivalence of those three countries’ foreign assistance budget...... So there should not be a shift in meaning. Choice D and E clearly shift the focus away from 'almost $100 billion annually', and hence breaks the intended meaning.

e-gmat always says the intended meaning must be preserved unless we find grammatical mistakes in all the choices that preserve the intended meaning.

In the above question, choices A and B seems to have been shuffled. ( see the exclusion of 'or' in option A)

Choice A also breaks the intended meaning by removing 'or' ...

Choice C incorrectly uses 'are' to describe 'The total number of transfers' .. Uses 'or' correctly and maintains the intended meaning.

'The total number of transfers' -----> always singular........

'A total of 10 transfers were made' ----> PLural


Hence B should be correct (which has 'is' and 'or' in it)....PLease note that choices A and B seem to be shuffled in the Question posted above.
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Re: The total remittance transfers sent across the world [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2014, 01:33
Answer is C - use of "are" for remittance transfers and correct modification
A,B out - use of "is"
E - roughly modifying ??
D - Awkward
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Re: The total remittance transfers sent across the world [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2014, 04:47
navaljoshi wrote:
Answer is C - use of "are" for remittance transfers and correct modification
A,B out - use of "is"
E - roughly modifying ??
D - Awkward

But it's the TOTAL of the transfers that is equal to 100 B.
It's not the transfers that are the equal... no?
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Re: The total remittance transfers sent across the world [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2014, 13:22
ronr34 wrote:
navaljoshi wrote:
Answer is C - use of "are" for remittance transfers and correct modification
A,B out - use of "is"
E - roughly modifying ??
D - Awkward

But it's the TOTAL of the transfers that is equal to 100 B.
It's not the transfers that are the equal... no?

Bumping and adding another question :)
Aren't we talking about the "total remittance transfers"? so isn't this singular.
Also, having problems with deciphering the "or" after "Government Budget Office,".
Can anyone explain a little more about this?
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