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# Under federal rules, calories derived from salad bars does

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Under federal rules, calories derived from salad bars does [#permalink]  02 Nov 2012, 22:04
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Under federal rules, calories derived from salad bars does not count towards meeting the minimum calorie requirement, but the salad bars can nonetheless provide healthy nourishment

This is an e-gmat question and I have a doubt in this

The problem in this sentence is that the subject calories is plural and the verb "does not count" is singular. I did this question wrong because I didnt know "does not count" is singular can someone explain ? .... also what will be the plural form.

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Re: e-gmat question doubt [#permalink]  02 Nov 2012, 22:58
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This is an e-gmat question and I have a doubt in this

under federal rules, calories derived from salad bars does not count towards meeting the minimum calorie requirement, but the salad bars can nonetheless provide healthy nourishment

The problem in this sentence is that the subject calories is plural and the verb "does not count" is singular. I did this question wrong because I didnt know "does not count" is singular can someone explain ? .... also what will be the plural form.

It should be " Calories DO not count" as in " He does not count" but "They do not count"

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Re: e-gmat question doubt [#permalink]  04 Nov 2012, 19:37
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Hi @yuvrajpratap,

You are absolutely correct that "calories" is plural subject and it does not agree in number with the singular verb "does not count". This is exactly what the question in Pre-assessment quiz for our Sentence Structure live session intended to check. Please see the screenshot below for the question. I believe you may not have read the question correctly . This question was in fact designed to check whether you understand how to break the sentence into its clauses and whether you understand how to identify SV pairs. And it seems that you were definitely able to do that just right!

If you have any further questions about this, please feel free to post them in e-GMAT internal forums. We have a very active forum at e-GMAT.

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Re: e-gmat question doubt   [#permalink] 04 Nov 2012, 19:37
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