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The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tend to purchase more practical items these days because he or she realizes that frivolous gadgets are often cheaply made.

A) The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tend to purchase more practical

B) As a typical holiday shopper, the tendency to purchase row upon row of novelty gifts is won over by the purchase of more practical

C) Typically, the holiday shopper who is attracted to novelty gifts tends to remain practical with

D) The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tends to purchase more practical

E) The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tends to purchase the most practical

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The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tend to purchase more practical items these days because he or she realizes that frivolous gadgets are often cheaply made.

A) The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tend to purchase more practical
B) As a typical holiday shopper, the tendency to purchase row upon row of novelty gifts is won over by the purchase of more practical
C) Typically, the holiday shopper who is attracted to novelty gifts tends to remain practical with
D) The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tends to purchase more practical
E) The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tends to purchase the most practical

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It's between D and E because "The typical holiday shopper" is a Singular Subject and we need Singular Verb "tends".

I am taking E.

The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tends to purchase the most practical items these days because he or she realizes that frivolous gadgets are often cheaply made.

- In E we are trying to emphasize that the typical holiday shopper tends to purchase the most practical items among various novelty gifts.

I think its correct to say that "The intelligent shopper tends to purchase items of greatest quality"

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D

"typical holiday shopper" is singular.
E changes the meaning of sentence.
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the superlative "most" in E conflicts with the intended meaning.

...typical...more practical

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The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tend to purchase more practical items these days because he or she realizes that frivolous gadgets are often cheaply made.

A) The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tend to purchase more practical

B) As a typical holiday shopper, the tendency to purchase row upon row of novelty gifts is won over by the purchase of more practical

C) Typically, the holiday shopper who is attracted to novelty gifts tends to remain practical with

D) The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tends to purchase more practical

E) The typical holiday shopper, although seduced by row upon row of novelty gifts, tends to purchase the most practical

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D

A: Incorrect subject-verb agreement (the typical holiday shopper <-> tend)
B: Introducing phrase does not agree with what it modifies.
C: "to remain practical with" is awkward
E: 'most' vs 'more' unnecessarily changes the meaning of the sentence. I'd be surprised if this was the correct answer, though it is grammatically correct.
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Will go with D.

D maintains the S-V agreement. Shopper is singular hence tends
Also E changes the meaning by using "most"
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New post 17 Jul 2006, 01:02
A - should be 'tends' as shopper is singular

B - 'he' or 'she' later in the sentence does not have a clear referent

C - Places limits only on 'shoppers who are seduced' by the wide choices available, and not all shoppers

E - 'the most practical' changes the meaning of the sentence

D is best.
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