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# A recent poll of elected officials suggests that candidates, when in

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14 Jul 2019, 00:34
egmat wrote:
ankit0411 wrote:
Can anyone please explain how to rule out options C and D ?

Thanks,
Ankit

Hi Ankit,

If you have studied the sentence structure that I have mentioned in my post, you will notice that there are 4 clauses in this sentence. Clause 3 is a “that clause” where “that” stands for “statements”. In the original sentence, this plural subject has singular verb “is” and hence is incorrect because we have subject-verb number agreement error.

Now let’s analyze choice C: “to be”. Notice that “to be” is not a verb. This does not complete Clause 3. We need a verb to have a complete Clause 3. We need a verb for “that = statements”. Hence, this choice is incorrect.

Choice D is incorrect again for the same reason. Prepositional phrase “of as” does not complete Clause 3. There is no verb for “that”.

Choice B is the correct naswer as it rectifies the SV number agreement issue.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.

I have a question, not particularly with this question, but similar type of questions.

How can we distinguish, in a longer sentence (with modifiers) that "that" is not used as a subjunctive mood ?
That's why option C feels tricky to some, i think

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