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# According to Henry David Thoreau, the reason a majority is

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According to Henry David Thoreau, the reason a majority is allowed to rule is not that it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger.
(A) the reason a majority is allowed to rule is not that it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger
(B) a majority is allowed to rule not because it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger
(C) the reason for majority rule is not because they are more likely to be right, they are stronger
(D) the majority is allowed to rule because of its strength, not because it is more likely to be right
(E) the reason why the majority rules is that it is strong, not because it is likely to be right

Please comment. There are 2 choices here that are very close....

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15 Aug 2006, 00:17
Took the full two minutes. Waffled between A and B.

Finally selected (A) because it is less redundant.

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15 Aug 2006, 00:19
I like (E)

Firstly, it is active voice
Secondly, it sounds better than any other option choice
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15 Aug 2006, 00:23
This is a must B.

Look for ||ism comments highlighted below.

According to Henry David Thoreau, the reason a majority is allowed to rule is not that it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger.
(A) the reason a majority is allowed to rule is not that it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger
(B) a majority is allowed to rule not because it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger
(C) the reason for majority rule is not because they are more likely to be right,[missing] they are stronger
(D) the majority is allowed to rule because of its strength, not because it is more likely to be right
(E) the reason why the majority rules is that it is strong, not because it is likely to be right
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15 Aug 2006, 00:30
"because it is stronger" - stronger than who!?

I don't see any mention about the minority, so I belive that (E) is right
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15 Aug 2006, 00:33
bono wrote:
"because it is stronger" - stronger than who!?

I don't see any mention about the minority, so I belive that (E) is right

Good point Bono Never even considered the lingering stronger at the end.

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15 Aug 2006, 00:38
bono wrote:
"because it is stronger" - stronger than who!?

I don't see any mention about the minority, so I belive that (E) is right

There are only two parts. One majority and one minority.

If we say majority is stronger then it means it is stronger than the ones that are not included in majority. E don't have the ||ism.
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15 Aug 2006, 02:08
B is the best option.
As far "stronger than who" is concerned, think that since majority is mentioned then the rest is minority, which is understandable from the context. We do not need an exact referent.

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15 Aug 2006, 02:40
for same reasons given by Dahiya...B is the best choice. it use not...but correctly and maitains parallel structures for both parts.

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15 Aug 2006, 04:58
The OA is B. I did get this one correct off the cuff...just took more than the usual time to decide....this is the first time I'm posting questions...quite an enjoyable experience.

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15 Aug 2006, 14:15
B it is!
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