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Although it claims to delve into political issues,

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21 Mar 2011, 07:54
Maulikgmat wrote:
83. Although it claims to delve into political issues, television can be superficial such as when each of the three major networks broadcast exactly the same statement from a political candidate.
(A) superficial such as when each of the three major networks
(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks
(C) superficial if the three major networks all
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each

Doubt in D & E

d is definitely out because it changes the intent of the sentence. carefully interpret the intention
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15 Apr 2011, 09:29
Lot of explanations. If rule + Sub Verb agreement - I need to brush up
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15 Apr 2011, 22:09
i picked C, but with explanation now convince it should be E. Completely missed the 'if'
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15 Apr 2011, 22:23
E for me...
B,C can be eliminated because use of if changes the meaning by sounding that television will be superficial only when if condition is true..
A can be eliminated because "broadcast" requires usage of a plural noun...
D is eliminated for similar reasons...

Left with E...
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16 Apr 2011, 08:15
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Can anybody explain me why E is plural and why C violates "if rule"?

Each when placed before the Subject requires a verb in singular form. But note that Each placed after the Subject has no bearing on the verb form. (MGMAT Guide Book)
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16 Apr 2011, 08:19
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neeshpal wrote:
Although it claims to delve into political issues, television can be superficial such as when
each of the three major networks
broadcast exactly the same statement from a political
candidate.

(A) superficial such as when each of the three major networks - singular
-- followed by plural verb "broadcast", so A is wrong
(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks
- "if" rule violated
(C) superficial if the three major networks all
- "if" rule violated
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks
- Same as A, out
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each - Plural
- Correct.

Each of the items - singular
Items each - plural
~ Whenever "each" is preceded by noun, verb agrees the number of noun.

What's the rule on IF???
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16 Apr 2011, 08:48
(A) superficial such as when each of the three major networks
(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks
(C) superficial if the three major networks all
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each

I think a comma after the word superficial makes the sentence construct better and E is correct
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16 Apr 2011, 15:40
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Although it claims to delve into political issues, television can be superficial such as when each of the three major networks broadcast exactly the same statement from a political candidate.

(A) superficial such as when each of the three major networks - a plural subject preceded by 'each' or 'every' makes the subject singular. The non-underlined word 'broadcast' suggests that the verb is plural and hence the subject should be plural....hence incorrect

(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks

(C) superficial if the three major networks all

(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks

(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each - when a subject precedes 'each' or 'every' the sentence takes the plural or singular subject (which is before 'each' or 'every') and accordingly has singular or plural verb.

for example:

Each of these shirts is pretty.

They are each great tennis players.

This is all written in page 31 of MGMAT SC book.

I would appreciate if somone can explain how "if" rule is violated in B and C.

Thanks seekmba for your reference. In the latest edition of SC book the page number is 41. I brushed up on 'each' & 'every' singular usage once again.
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17 Apr 2011, 05:45
We can easily ELIMINATE A and D for the reason that the verb is looking for a plural subject.
We elimate B because it's too wordy and creates the same error in C. See below.
We elimate C because it is using the wrong IF voice.

In the MGMAT there are five patterns to using the IF construct
1) IF Sophie EATS pizza, THEN she BECOMES ill. (General Rule with no uncertainty)
2) IF Sophie EATS pizza, THEN she MAY/CAN BECOME ill. (General Rule with some uncertainty)
3) IF Sophie EATS pizza, THEN she WILL BECOME ill. (Particular case in the future with no uncertainty)
4) IF Sophie ATE pizza tomorrow, THEN she WOULD BECOME ill. (Unlikely case in the future)
5) IF Sophie HAD EATEN pizza yesterday, THEN she WOULD HAVE BECOME ill (case that never happened)

So what make B and C wrong is the USE of IF construct with the TV can be superficial creates an UNCERTAINTY tone. So E is better.

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Although it claims to delve into political issues, television can be superficial such as when each of the three major networks broadcast exactly the same statement from a political candidate.

(A) superficial such as when each of the three major networks
(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks
(C) superficial if the three major networks all
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each

Spoiler: :: OA
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11 Aug 2011, 07:17
amit2k9 and daagh- thanks for explaining the solution
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13 Aug 2011, 00:27
amit2k9 wrote:
Good reply Navin. I appreciate it.

I have something to add upon this.

Sentences -
Each of these shirts is pretty. - Subject is each.Hence verb is singular is.
They each are great tennis players. - Subject is they,hence verb is Plural Are.

On similar terms -

A. superficial such as when each of the three
major networks - Singular subject Each hence the verb should be broadcasts - singular

B. superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the
three major networks - Subject is Plural All,hence verb broadcast is correct.

E.superficial, as when the three major networks
each - Plural subject 3 major networks - So broadcast is correct verb.

Between B and E, E is concise and hence Prevails.

Hi, Can u pls help me understand the diff between D and E a lil better.

You ruled out D as it connects each with plural broadcast..which is wht E is also doing..pls help me resolve this..
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amit2k9 wrote:
Good reply Navin. I appreciate it.

I have something to add upon this.

Sentences -
Each of these shirts is pretty. - Subject is each.Hence verb is singular is.
They each are great tennis players. - Subject is they,hence verb is Plural Are.

On similar terms -

A. superficial such as when each of the three
major networks - Singular subject Each hence the verb should be broadcasts - singular

B. superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the
three major networks - Subject is Plural All,hence verb broadcast is correct.

E.superficial, as when the three major networks
each - Plural subject 3 major networks - So broadcast is correct verb.

Between B and E, E is concise and hence Prevails.

Hi, Can u pls help me understand the diff between D and E a lil better.

You ruled out D as it connects each with plural broadcast..which is wht E is also doing..pls help me resolve this..

please read amit2k9's post again...In E, 'each' comes after ' three major networks', hence 'each' doesnot become the subject,but rather 'networks' becomes the subject,conforming to the plural 'broadcast'..if u have MGMAT SC guide,this concept has been explained in the book..
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15 Mar 2012, 17:02
could someone please explain or point me to "if rule violation"

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lawschoolsearcher wrote:
We can easily ELIMINATE A and D for the reason that the verb is looking for a plural subject.
We elimate B because it's too wordy and creates the same error in C. See below.
We elimate C because it is using the wrong IF voice.

In the MGMAT there are five patterns to using the IF construct
1) IF Sophie EATS pizza, THEN she BECOMES ill. (General Rule with no uncertainty)
2) IF Sophie EATS pizza, THEN she MAY/CAN BECOME ill. (General Rule with some uncertainty)
3) IF Sophie EATS pizza, THEN she WILL BECOME ill. (Particular case in the future with no uncertainty)
4) IF Sophie ATE pizza tomorrow, THEN she WOULD BECOME ill. (Unlikely case in the future)
5) IF Sophie HAD EATEN pizza yesterday, THEN she WOULD HAVE BECOME ill (case that never happened)

So what make B and C wrong is the USE of IF construct with the TV can be superficial creates an UNCERTAINTY tone. So E is better.

Are these the only valid constructions in GMAT arena??
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15 Mar 2012, 21:34
+1 E

This is a really nice question & a bit confusing too.... I was stumped between A & E, but such as is used to illustrate examples hence went with E
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23 Mar 2012, 16:32
C and D are out as they suggest television is superficial (only) if 3 networks ....
A out as subject is not plural, B is wordy
Hence E.
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19 Apr 2012, 06:19
very nice question

brushed up my "each" usage skills and also if rule
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19 Apr 2012, 10:46
I chose A, but now I see E to be better.....but A..oh! so close....almost
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19 Apr 2012, 13:39
great thanks for the explanation. It's tough catching those "each" as singular and considering it as a noun.
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I'm still confused on the usage of "if". When using the conditional "if", one can use modal verbs "can" and "may" in place of the future tense to stress possibility. Since "can be" is part of the non-underline part, uncertainty/possibility is present.

If we rewrite "C": If the three major networks all broadcast exactly the same statement from a political candidate, television can be superficial. (That makes sense to me.)

If we re-write "E": As when the three major networks each broadcast exactly the same statement from a political candidate, television can be superficial. (That doesn't make sense to me. Additionally, "as when" sounds awk. Plus the comma after superficial is throwing me off.

lawschoolsearcher wrote:
We can easily ELIMINATE A and D for the reason that the verb is looking for a plural subject.
We elimate B because it's too wordy and creates the same error in C. See below.
We elimate C because it is using the wrong IF voice.

In the MGMAT there are five patterns to using the IF construct
1) IF Sophie EATS pizza, THEN she BECOMES ill. (General Rule with no uncertainty)
2) IF Sophie EATS pizza, THEN she MAY/CAN BECOME ill. (General Rule with some uncertainty)
3) IF Sophie EATS pizza, THEN she WILL BECOME ill. (Particular case in the future with no uncertainty)
4) IF Sophie ATE pizza tomorrow, THEN she WOULD BECOME ill. (Unlikely case in the future)
5) IF Sophie HAD EATEN pizza yesterday, THEN she WOULD HAVE BECOME ill (case that never happened)

So what make B and C wrong is the USE of IF construct with the TV can be superficial creates an UNCERTAINTY tone. So E is better.

neeshpal wrote:
Although it claims to delve into political issues, television can be superficial such as when each of the three major networks broadcast exactly the same statement from a political candidate.

(A) superficial such as when each of the three major networks
(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks
(C) superficial if the three major networks all
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each

Spoiler: :: OA
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