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# After a long difficult struggle leading up to the 1984 Democratic Pres

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After a long difficult struggle leading up 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, Walter Mondale had a consolidation of his lead for the nomination, but he won only 13 electoral votes in the general election.

A. had a consolidation of his lead for the nomination, but he won only 13
B. had a consolidation of his lead of the nomination, but he only won 13
C. consolidated his lead for the nomination, but he won only 13
D. consolidated his lead in the nomination, but he only won 13
E. had consolidated his lead of the nomination, but he won only 13
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24 Sep 2014, 01:41
honchos wrote:
After a long difficult struggle leading up 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, Walter Mondale had a consolidation of his lead for the nomination, but he won only 13 electoral votes in the general election.

had a consolidation of his lead for the nomination, but he won only 13
had a consolidation of his lead of the nomination, but he only won 13
consolidated his lead for the nomination, but he won only 13
consolidated his lead in the nomination, but he only won 13
had consolidated his lead of the nomination, but he won only 13

Is the option D is wrong just because of preposition "of" ? As time sequencing seems correct in this option.
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24 Sep 2014, 01:44
aniteshgmat1101 wrote:
honchos wrote:
After a long difficult struggle leading up 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary, Walter Mondale had a consolidation of his lead for the nomination, but he won only 13 electoral votes in the general election.

had a consolidation of his lead for the nomination, but he won only 13
had a consolidation of his lead of the nomination, but he only won 13
consolidated his lead for the nomination, but he won only 13
consolidated his lead in the nomination, but he only won 13
had consolidated his lead of the nomination, but he won only 13

Is the option D is wrong just because of preposition "of" ? As time sequencing seems correct in this option.

Which one is correct but he only won 13 or but he won only 13
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24 Sep 2014, 02:42
Hi honchos,

Only in this sentence is used to emphasize the minimal number of votes that was won by Walter (in spite of he consolidating a large number of votes), and not the particular event of winning a certain number of votes. Hence, it is correct to use won only 13 votes and not only won 13 votes.

Suppose if it were, that the author wanted to emphasize that of a number of possible outcomes (of consolidating votes) such as winning votes, gathering support, etc...etc..., winning votes was the only outcome that happened to manifest, then only won... would be correct. Anyways, this non-sensical and incorrect.

So won only holds.
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11 Apr 2015, 22:24
1. only won Vs won only :
Focus is not on the particular event but on the number of votes won. So later wins.

After a long difficult struggle ..., Walter Mondale consolidated...., but he won only 13 votes.
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17 Apr 2015, 11:26
had a consolidation is wordy - more appropriate would be using verb consolidated

A and B - are eliminated on the following account.

D - he only won - changes meaning

E - uses lead of the nomination
+ past perfect

only one left - C, which is the correct one.
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20 Jun 2019, 14:00
A - "though he.., but he..." is quite awkward because of the double contrast -->eliminate

Split 1- Position of Only
Only should be used to modify / emphasise the number of votes he won. "He won only 13"
only (B) and (E) emphasise the wrong thing - "won"

E also creates false parallelism "had a long difficult struggle, consolidated..., and only won"

D - Subject "walter mondale" has no verb

Therefore (C) is correct.
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27 Jun 2019, 02:12
rishabhmishra wrote:

You can use had but the options using had have other errors.
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27 Jun 2019, 02:23
arvind910619 wrote:
rishabhmishra wrote:

You can use had but the options using had have other errors.

ok if it had other error but if we loose had our intended meaning will be distorted isn't it? then it will be senseless if we won't show sequence in the sentence and according to my experience meaning is much more important than grammar.
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