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The total remittance transfers sent across the world

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The total remittance transfers sent across the world [#permalink]  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]  12 Aug 2014, 06:15
I chose A for this.
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Re: The total remittance transfers sent across the world [#permalink]  16 Aug 2014, 01:08
ronr34 wrote:
I chose A for this.

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]  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]  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]  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]  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?

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,".
Re: The total remittance transfers sent across the world   [#permalink] 26 Sep 2014, 13:22
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