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Why the various Generals of the Army of the Potomac before [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 17:34
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Why the various Generals of the Army of the Potomac before Ulysses S. Grant were so singularly unsuccessful against Robert E Lee are debated about in no less than five hundred historically oriented journals.
(A) are debated about in no less than
(B) are debated in no less than
(C) is debated about in no fewer than
(D) is debated in no fewer than
(E) is debated in no less than


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Re: Why the various Generals of the Army before Grant [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 19:41
I go with (C) , though I still wonder the need for "about"
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Re: Why the various Generals of the Army before Grant [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 22:15
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I go with (C) , though I still wonder the need for "about"

What is your logic for picking (C) over (D)?
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Re: Why the various Generals of the Army before Grant [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 23:11
Hi Mike,

With my initial round of POE , it was either (C) or (D) but I was not sure whether to go for "Debate"or "Debate about".

From your blog I just read that "debate about"is awkward and not idiomatic , so then its (D)

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Re: Why the various Generals of the Army before Grant [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2013, 06:33
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I like this sentence with multiple modifiers.

Basically the key words is generals so plural and this can lead us to think "are" but is misleading.

hre we are talking about a question so the right verb is "is"

Then we have to take in account generals so fewer (countable) and C is ackward

D is the best
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Re: Why the various Generals of the Army before Grant [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2013, 20:08
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Why the various Generals of the Army of the Potomac before Ulysses S. Grant were so singularly unsuccessful against Robert E Lee are debated about in no less than five hundred historically oriented journals.
(A) are debated about in no less than
(B) are debated in no less than
(C) is debated about in no fewer than
(D) is debated in no fewer than
(E) is debated in no less than




"Why the various Generals of the Army of the Potomac before Ulysses S. Grant were so singularly unsuccessful against Robert E Lee" is a single fact and should proceed with singular verb is. Eliminating A,B

As five hundred is countable number, So, we can't use less than. Eliminate E.

Between C & D, Usage debated in is correct as we are only referring the time. So, Option D looks correct.
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Re: Why the various Generals of the Army of the Potomac before [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2013, 09:34
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mikemcgarry wrote:
Why the various Generals of the Army of the Potomac before Ulysses S. Grant were so singularly unsuccessful against Robert E Lee are debated about in no less than five hundred historically oriented journals.
(A) are debated about in no less than
(B) are debated in no less than
(C) is debated about in no fewer than
(D) is debated in no fewer than
(E) is debated in no less than


For a complete discussion of substantive clauses (a.k.a nominal clauses, a.k.a noun clauses) ---including the very tricky issue of noun-clauses and subject-verb agreement --- as well as a full explanation of this particular question, see this blog:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/substantiv ... -the-gmat/

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subject is singular + historical journals can be counted. In C about and in both are prepositions. That's incorrect, we want a noun phrase after a preposition. This eliminates C. D wins.
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Re: Why the various Generals of the Army of the Potomac before [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2013, 21:05
Picked C over D. I knew "debate about" is the idiom. :(

With this I got a silly question - Do I say "I knew "debate about" was/is the idiom". Because the truth of the idiom still holds in present. :?: :?:
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Re: Why the various Generals of the Army of the Potomac before [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2013, 21:54
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Chose C and it's wrong

eliminated A and B because of "are"
eliminated E because of "less"

had to choose between C and D, but did not know which one is right.
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