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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

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04 Nov 2008, 03:08
bigtreezl wrote:
ritula wrote:
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

B ...not x but y

Roger that.

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04 Nov 2008, 03:12
B.

A. has "because" in place of "that".
C. not in the form "not X, but Y".
D. correctly in the form "X, not Y", but X and Y are not parallel.
E. has "because" in place of "that".

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04 Nov 2008, 16:25
(A) the reason a majority is allowed to rule is not that it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger [ it can point to the reason or a majority]
(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 [they has no referent]
(D) the majority is allowed to rule because of its strength, not because it is more likely to be right [not because …, but because is more parallel]
(E) the reason why the majority rules is that it is strong, not because it is likely to be right [ it can refer the reason or the majority]

B!

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04 Nov 2008, 20:32
Agree with B..

not x but y

we can also debate for the a majority and the majority.

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04 Nov 2008, 21:06
OA is B

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05 Nov 2008, 16:58
ritula wrote:
OA is B

I picked B for not X but Y and X & Y parallelism.

How ever, I was wondering what is the difference between a majority and the majority. Both seem singular to me. If B were to start with the, would it still be correct?

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