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# A large praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious and is

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A large praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious and is filled with often sycophantic people makes work and makes trouble

A) A large praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious and is filled with often sycophantic people makes work and makes trouble
B) a large praetorian bureaucracy filled from ambitious and often sycophantic people makes work and makes trouble
C) a large praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious and often sycophantic people make work and make trouble
D) a large praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious and often sycophantic people makes work and makes trouble
E) a large praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious and often sycophantic people makes work and trouble

What not E?

Originally posted by rohitgoel15 on 02 Sep 2010, 22:39.
Last edited by rohitgoel15 on 03 Sep 2010, 08:29, edited 2 times in total.
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03 Sep 2010, 00:11
Is the whole sentence underlined?
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03 Sep 2010, 00:26
What is the source of this question i narrowed it down to D and E
Somehow selected D over E
because E sounds a bit weird to me but that is not logical reason to remove that option.
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03 Sep 2010, 09:43
I think it's about parallelism. "X makes work and makes trouble" so the phrase before and after "and" both start with a verb make.
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03 Sep 2010, 10:35
prab wrote:
I think C is better

C is not right as "a large praetorian bureaucracy" is singular so verb should be singular.
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03 Sep 2010, 12:27
Absolutely as stated by Arun.Singular verb.Hence D
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03 Sep 2010, 22:51
rohitgoel15 wrote:
A large praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious and is filled with often sycophantic people makes work and makes trouble

A) A large praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious and is filled with often sycophantic people makes work and makes trouble
B) a large praetorian bureaucracy filled from ambitious and often sycophantic people makes work and makes trouble
C) a large praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious and often sycophantic people make work and make trouble
D) a large praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious and often sycophantic people makes work and makes trouble
E) a large praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious and often sycophantic people makes work and trouble

What not E?

I narrowed down to D and E because of following reasons;
1) Filled with
2) People makes.

D sounds better but E also seems logically correct because people makes X and Y. In case of E it is less wordy and at the same time conveys meaning.

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03 Sep 2010, 23:18
Please what is the source of the question?
I thought "filled with..." modifies "praetorian bureaucracy", and as such should be separated with COMMAS.

"a large praetorian bureaucracy, filled with ambitious and often sycophantic people, makes work and makes trouble

X makes Y and Z should be a correct sentence structure as in (E); however, the above question has it that:
X makes Y and makes Z???

Am i missing something?
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08 Sep 2010, 06:37
I also choose D but ....
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09 Sep 2010, 08:57
I think E makes logical sense. Can you explain why you think it is D. Thanks
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09 Sep 2010, 08:58
I think E makes logical sense. Can you explain why you think it is D. Thanks
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09 Sep 2010, 09:05
What's the source of this question? E looks better.
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09 Sep 2010, 09:35
D doesnt makes sense. it seems the sentence abruptly ends there.. E is better
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09 Sep 2010, 20:57
not sure if it makes sense ... I pick D because ..the sentence wants to present the contrast ...D gives the right emphasis on both -- work and trouble
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09 Sep 2010, 21:21
I narrowed down to D & E

X makes work and makes trouble
X makes work and trouble

E is not correct as trouble doesn't fit there. Trouble who?
In D makes trouble is parallel with makes work so D it is
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10 Sep 2010, 21:41
I select D too.

I think "makes A and B" is more concise than "makes A and makes B"
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11 Sep 2010, 08:34
I would go with D, but stuck between D and E
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11 Sep 2010, 20:39
why D and not E???Still not clear!!!
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24 Dec 2010, 04:04
self made question by someone -> ignore it.

sc-composed-by-me-7595.html

Also the question and the OA is derived from the quote, which doesn't have to be grammatically correct.

Praetorian - Pretorian adjective characteristic of or similar to the corruptible soldiers in the Praetorian Guard with respect to corruption or political venality;
`a large Praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious...and often sycophantic people makes work and makes trouble`- Arthur M.Schlesinger Jr.
Found on http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?

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24 Dec 2010, 10:44
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Perhaps it is interesting to note that this sentence is a famous quote by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., a Pulitzer Prize winner and an active Democratic Party political historian as recently as 2007.
His original quote goes as follows: "A large praetorian bureaucracy, filled with ambitious, possessive . . . and often sycophantic people, makes work and makes trouble".

The given text in the question has tinkered with the original format and has given a shortened quote as Choice D. Interestingly, the eminent author has repeated the verb makes in saying ‘makes work’ and ‘makes trouble’, rather than combine them in one as “makes work and trouble”. Probably he meant to lay the stress on work and trouble individually and separately rather than put them both in one basket.

This is nuancing at its height. But can this sentence be in an official test? Not so I suppose, when the stimulus is so awkward.
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