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A recent poll indicates that many people in the United States hold a combination of conservative and liberal political views; i.e., they denounce big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting many specific government programs for health care, education, and the environment.

(A) they denounce the big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting

(B) they denounce big government- they say that government is doing too much and has become too powerful-but supporting at the same time

(C) they denounce big government, say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful, while they support at the same time

(D) while they denounce big government, saying that government is doing too much and has become too powerful, at the same time supporting

(E) while they are denouncing big government- they say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful-supporting at the same time

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C for me.

While needs a whole sentence, not a participle such as "supporting".
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68. A recent poll indicates that many people in the United States hold a combination of conservative and liberal political views; i.e., they denounce the big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting many specific government programs for health care, education, and the environment.

A) they denounce the big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting

B) they denounce big government- they say that government is doing too much and has become too powerful-but supporting at the same time

C) they denounce big government, say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful, while they support at the same time

D) while they denounce big government, saying that government is doing too much and has become too powerful, at the same time supporting


All choices have one thing or other wrong about it. Is there any other option?
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A recent poll indicates that many people in the United States hold a combination of conservative and liberal views; i.e., they denounce big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting many specific government programs for health care, education, and the environment.

A) they denounce big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting

B) they denounce big government - they say government is doing too much and has become too powerful - but supporting at the same time

C) they denounce big government, they say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful, while they support at the same time

D) while they denounce big government, saying that government is doing too much and has become too powerful, at the same time supporting

E) while they are denouncing big government - they say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful - supporting at the same time


Why is it denounce and supporting?
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any further comments on D and E

why they are wrong?
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any further comments on D and E

why they are wrong?



D - Saying and supporting seems to modify the clause 'they denounce big government' - incorrect.

E - 'they are denouncing' not parallel with 'supporting'

'A' - by POE
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Straight A. Just took a break from my applications to answer this question
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A recent poll indicates that many people in the United States hold a combination of conservative and liberal political views; i.e., they denounce the big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting many specific government programs for health care, education, and the environment.

A) they denounce the big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting

B) they denounce big government- they say that government is doing too much and has become too powerful-but supporting at the same time

C) they denounce big government, say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful, while they support at the same time

D) while they denounce big government, saying that government is doing too much and has become too powerful, at the same time supporting

E) while they are denouncing big government- they say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful-supporting at the same time

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I think there is something wrong with A - "the big government". We're talking an idiom here "Big Government". The big government would be referring to a specific government that was particularly big!

Of the other choices, there are problems with each of C, D & E.

Answer should be B.
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OA is A,

Can somebody explain in detail, why OA is A and why others are wrong.

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A recent poll indicates that many people in the United States hold a combination of conservative and liberal political views; i.e., they denounce the big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting many specific government programs for health care, education, and the environment.

A) they denounce the big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting
B) they denounce big government- they say that government is doing too much and has become too powerful-but supporting at the same time
C) they denounce big government, say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful, while they support at the same time
D) while they denounce big government, saying that government is doing too much and has become too powerful, at the same time supporting
E) while they are denouncing big government- they say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful-supporting at the same time
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A recent poll indicates that many people in the United States hold a combination of conservative and liberal political views; i.e., they denounce the big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting many specific government programs for health care, education, and the environment.

A) they denounce the big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting
B) they denounce big government- they say that government is doing too much and has become too powerful-but supporting at the same time
C) they denounce big government, say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful, while they support at the same time
D) while they denounce big government, saying that government is doing too much and has become too powerful, at the same time supporting
E) while they are denouncing big government- they say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful-supporting at the same time

B is incorrect because if we write down "but", we must also consider another present indicative form. C is incorrect because...they denounce how? by saying smtg...we need a gerund. D also needs an indicative because says that...while they.....they... and is incorrect because uses a gerund. E makes the same mistakes. A IS CORRECT
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I would prefer C for llism but I think A is correct.
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OA is A
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A recent poll indicates that many people in the United States hold a combination of conservative and liberal political views; i.e., they denounce the big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting many specific government programs for health care, education, and the environment.

A) they denounce the big government, saying government is doing too much and has become too powerful, while at the same time supporting

B) they denounce big government- they say that government is doing too much and has become too powerful-but supporting at the same time

C) they denounce big government, say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful, while they support at the same time

D) while they denounce big government, saying that government is doing too much and has become too powerful, at the same time supporting

E) while they are denouncing big government- they say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful-supporting at the same time


Oh yes, this one was discussed before. please explain your answer and the reasons not to choose the other solutions
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Good notes from a separate forum:

B is wrong because the main sentence reads "they denounce big government but supporting at the same time." "But" is a coordinating conjunction, used to connect two independent clauses, but the second half of this sentence "supporting at the same time..." is not an independent clause (that is, it cannot function as a stand-alone sentence).

C is a run on: "they denounce, they say" Both of those - "they denounce big government" and "
they say that government is doing too much" - are independent clauses and need to be connected either via a coordinating conjunction or a semi-colon. See, for example "they say that government is doing too much and it has become too powerful" - those are two independent clauses connected by the coordinating conjuction "and."

D is wrong because the main sentence reads "they denounce big government at the same time supporting" - you need a contrast word such as "while" between government and at. Same reason for E.
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I think the structure should be ..

they denounce blah blah, at the same time supporting..blah blah..

A gets this correct
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B lacks ||lism
C is wordy
E suffers from placement error

my pick would be D
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Answer C for II sm "They denounce" is parallel to "they support".
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C for ll... to be honest, they all sound awkward
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A for me. saying...... supporting.. seems good, while at the same time supporting..also looks good.

all other options don't look good to me.
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