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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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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


The correct idiom is "Not X but Y". X & Y must be parallel.
In option A, "the reason.... is not that..., but because" is not parallel. Both should either use "that" or "because" in the beginning. ->ELIMINATED
In option C, "they" is used which is plural but the subject ("the reason") is singular. "They" is trying to refer to "majority rule", which is also singular and not the subject. ->ELIMINATED
In option D we have a parallelism error. “because of its strength….not because it is more likely” is not parallel. For this choice to be correct it should be modified to "According to Henry, the majority is allowed to rule because of X, not because of Y." The omission of the "of" is wrong. If the sentence had read "According to Henry, the majority is allowed to rule because of its strength, not because of its intelligence, then the sentence would have been correct. ->ELIMINATED
In option E, we again have a parallelism error.->ELIMINATED

In option B, proper parallel structure is used. "... not because (it is more likely to be right), but because (it is stronger)." Hence B should be the correct answer.
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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


subject comma rule leaves B and D. D is not parallell. b is the answer
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Answer is option B
As per the meaning of sentence, it states according to HDT, majority rules not because it is right but because it is strong
Option A:no parallelism
C: parallelism issue
D: phrase and clause can't be parallel
E: parallelism issue

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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


subject comma rule leaves B and D. D is not parallell. b is the answer



Hi,

Can you please explain why D isn't parallel?
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(B) a majority is allowed to rule not because it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger

That's the right answer definitely. "it" is referring to "majority".
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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


A - is wrong because of lack of parallelism in “the reason….but because”.
C - is wrong because of the use of ‘they’ for ‘majority’.
D - is wrong because it lacks parallelism in “because of its strength….not because it is more likely”
E - repeats the mistake in A.
B - is the best choice as it conserves parallelism by using “because it is…because it is”
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I believe I read in Manhattan Prep's SC guide that to have a comparative word like "stronger" without the thing that it is being compared to, is incorrect on the GMAT. I eliminated the correct answer for this reason. Can anyone please explain why this usage is OK for the correct answer in this case? Thank you!
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I believe I read in Manhattan Prep's SC guide that to have a comparative word like "stronger" without the thing that it is being compared to, is incorrect on the GMAT. I eliminated the correct answer for this reason. Can anyone please explain why this usage is OK for the correct answer in this case? Thank you!


This is not necessarily a problem. Yes, ordinarily in a comparison, we have to specify both terms --- it makes absolutely no sense to say "John is smarter" if we don't know --- smarter than whom? In that example, the omission of the second term of the comparison is egregious, totally unacceptable ---- it leaves a gap the reader has no way to fill in on her own.

By contrast, when we speak of the "majority" of a group, that automatically implies --- there must be a "minority", all the other people who are in the group but not in the majority. This second term does not need to be named explicitly in the sentence because they are automatically implied. The GMAT will occasionally do this on a more challenging SC question --- it will name one group (e.g. "those who excel in writing") and construct a comparison without a second term, because the nature of the group automatically implies others who are not in the group.

Does this make sense?
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