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A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country that keeps some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, like the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country could keep some of the advantages of the European Union with an association agreement, as Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, and yet find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
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A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Correct - A country could keep ........... but it would..........

A country that keeps some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - Changes the meaning

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, like the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - usage of 'like' is incorrect

A country could keep some of the advantages of the European Union with an association agreement, as Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - usage of 'as' is incorrect

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, and yet find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - Usage of 'and' distorts the contrast

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(E) Two co-ordinating conjunctions AND and YET can not sit together. Either of them should be used

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A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Correct - A country could keep ........... but it would..........

A country that keeps some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - Changes the meaning

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, like the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - usage of 'like' is incorrect

A country could keep some of the advantages of the European Union with an association agreement, as Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - usage of 'as' is incorrect

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, and yet find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - Usage of 'and' distorts the contrast

Answer: A


IMO the usage of 'it' in option A twice referring to different things is incorrect. This is extremely ambiguous. As you rightly pointed out option E is also incorrect for using 'and' but still i think it is better than A. Can you please explain?

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A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Correct - A country could keep ........... but it would..........

A country that keeps some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - Changes the meaning

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, like the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - usage of 'like' is incorrect

A country could keep some of the advantages of the European Union with an association agreement, as Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - usage of 'as' is incorrect

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, and yet find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - Usage of 'and' distorts the contrast

Answer: A


IMO the usage of 'it' in option A twice referring to different things is incorrect. This is extremely ambiguous. As you rightly pointed out option E is also incorrect for using 'and' but still i think it is better than A. Can you please explain?


The answer requires a contrast. So E cannot be the answer. In the colored portion the 1st 'it' logically refers to 'country' and the 2nd 'it' must logically refer to 'agreement'. A may not be a perfect answer choice, but it is the best possible answer choice.

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A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Correct - A country could keep ........... but it would..........

A country that keeps some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - Changes the meaning

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, like the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - usage of 'like' is incorrect

A country could keep some of the advantages of the European Union with an association agreement, as Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - usage of 'as' is incorrect

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, and yet find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - Usage of 'and' distorts the contrast

Answer: A


IMO the usage of 'it' in option A twice referring to different things is incorrect. This is extremely ambiguous. As you rightly pointed out option E is also incorrect for using 'and' but still i think it is better than A. Can you please explain?


The answer requires a contrast. So E cannot be the answer. In the colored portion the 1st 'it' logically refers to 'country' and the 2nd 'it' must logically refer to 'agreement'. A may not be a perfect answer choice, but it is the best possible answer choice.


Thank you for your response.

I am not sure if the second 'it' is correctly used here, but I do see your point why E is incorrect.!

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A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country that keeps some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, like the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country could keep some of the advantages of the European Union with an association agreement, as Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, and yet find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.


look at d.
a country could keep as norway has
the latter part of ellipsis has an helping verb, the preceding part must have the same helping verb ,though it maybe is in different tense.
so, we have "has" in the latter part, we need "have, had" in the first part. no that word in the first part. D is wrong
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How exactly does the removal of the second 'it' change the meaning in B?

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How exactly does the removal of the second 'it' change the meaning in B?

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In "B" removal of "it" does not change the meaning, but replacement of "could" with "that" changes the meaning.

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A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Correct - A country could keep ........... but it would..........

A country that keeps some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - Changes the meaning

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, like the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - usage of 'like' is incorrect

A country could keep some of the advantages of the European Union with an association agreement, as Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - usage of 'as' is incorrect

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, and yet find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. - Incorrect - Usage of 'and' distorts the contrast

Answer: A


IMO the usage of 'it' in option A twice referring to different things is incorrect. This is extremely ambiguous. As you rightly pointed out option E is also incorrect for using 'and' but still i think it is better than A. Can you please explain?


The answer requires a contrast. So E cannot be the answer. In the colored portion the 1st 'it' logically refers to 'country' and the 2nd 'it' must logically refer to 'agreement'. A may not be a perfect answer choice, but it is the best possible answer choice.


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Is the second "it" not a 'Placeholder'?
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IMO the usage of 'it' in option A twice referring to different things is incorrect. This is extremely ambiguous. As you rightly pointed out option E is also incorrect for using 'and' but still i think it is better than A. Can you please explain?


The answer requires a contrast. So E cannot be the answer. In the colored portion the 1st 'it' logically refers to 'country' and the 2nd 'it' must logically refer to 'agreement'. A may not be a perfect answer choice, but it is the best possible answer choice.


In A
Is the second "it" not a 'Placeholder'?
Check this out: placeholder-it-111879.html


Yes the second "it" is a placeholder for "to influence trade and competition policy".

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Apart from the reasons stated in other posts, I think (B)'s structure is also not correct. It reads as follows:

A country ..., but would find it ...

the first part of sentence is a fragment and does not make any sense.

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I have some confusion between A & C. A & C differ only in the use of "such as the one Norway has" and "like the one Norway has" . Could some please help me in identifying why "such as" is better suited here. I chose C as my answer.

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I have some confusion between A & C. A & C differ only in the use of "such as the one Norway has" and "like the one Norway has" . Could some please help me in identifying why "such as" is better suited here. I chose C as my answer.


For examples, we use 'such as'. 'Like' is used to compare nouns.

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A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country that keeps some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, like the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country could keep some of the advantages of the European Union with an association agreement, as Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, and yet find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.


If I remember correctly, egmat mentions the usage of "Of being" as incorrect. And the only acceptable usages of "Being" are:
1. If Being is Used as Noun
2. When Passive continuous verb tense is required to communicate the meaning.

Can anyone help explain if my understanding is correct.

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A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.

A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country that keeps some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, like the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country could keep some of the advantages of the European Union with an association agreement, as Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.
A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, and yet find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.


If I remember correctly, egmat mentions the usage of "Of being" as incorrect. And the only acceptable usages of "Being" are:
1. If Being is Used as Noun
2. When Passive continuous verb tense is required to communicate the meaning.

Can anyone help explain if my understanding is correct.


I would suggest try to deconstruct the meaning instead of learning such rules.

The sentence clearly states that the advantage of being a part of European movement and not advantage of European Union itself.

Hence, 'being' being a very tricky word, I would also go for the meaning before making a final call.
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Can we say that the first 'it' in option A unambiguously refers back to the country because it in subject position?


A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. --- CORRECT
A country that keeps some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, but would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. -- first part is not a complete sentence ?
A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, like the one Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. -- like used for example
A country could keep some of the advantages of the European Union with an association agreement, as Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. -- as Norway has seems incorrect
A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, such as the one Norway has, and yet find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy. -- 'and' 'yet' seems incorrect

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A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, as Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.

Will the above sentence be incorrect?

I could not make the difference whether the author is trying to compare a country and Norway or presenting Norway as an example. Please help !

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A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, as Norway has, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.

Will the above sentence be incorrect?

I could not make the difference whether the author is trying to compare a country and Norway or presenting Norway as an example. Please help !


A country could keep some of the advantages of being in the European Union with an association agreement, as Norway has KEPT, but it would find it much harder to influence trade and competition policy.

You missed the word "kept". A word that is not already present in the first element of a parallel structure cannot be omitted from the second element of the structure.

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