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Important lesson learnt.

EACH – Singular IMPORTANT
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REMEMBER the usage of each and every varies according to its position. Often tested in GMAT..

1) X and Y = Plural
2) Each X and Y = Single
3) X and Y Each = Plural ( Case in this question )
4) X and Y Each of them = Single
5) X,Y,and Z every one of them = Single
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I found the correct answer as option E by process of elimination.I have doubt regarding the placement of the word 'each ' in correct answer. choice E is the only option in which word ' each ' is placed at the end
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I found the correct answer as option E by process of elimination.I have doubt regarding the placement of the word 'each ' in correct answer. choice E is the only option in which word ' each ' is placed at the end


Yes, the placement is correct and the placement has a decisive impact on the verb (whether it would be singular or plural).

"Each of" placed before the subject takes a singular verb -

Correct. Each of the three major networks broadcasts. (singular verb)

"Each" placed after the subject does not have any bearing on the verb form -

Correct. The three major networks each broadcast. (plural verb)
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People are confused about the right answer.
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People are confused about the right answer.


Though E is mentioned as OA in most of the posts, in my opinion E is structurally wrong.

A dependent clause (also known as subordinate clause) starts with a subordinator - it can be a subordinating conjunction ( as, if, although etc.) or a relative pronoun ( who, which etc.). However in a dependent clause if the subordinator is taken out, we MUST get a complete clause having the same structure as an Independent clause. e.g.,

As I see, this question is very confusing.
Dependent clause: As I see. ... if the subordinator "as" is taken out, we are left with "I see", which is a complete clause having the same structure as an Independent clause.

Now examine the depedent clause in option E:
..,as when the three major networks each broadcast...

Take out "as" - we are left with "when the three major networks each broadcast". We see that this part is again a dependent clause without a main clause to pair with and hence incomplete. Thus Option E is wrong.

Option B in that respect 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


It is fairly easy to eliminate options B, C and D. So you are left with A and E.

While at first sight it may seem to be a choice between 'such as' and 'as', there's another factor here. It is the placement of the word 'each'.
In A, 'each' is the subject and it is singular. But the verb 'broadcast' is plural. So we have a subject verb error is A.
In E, the subject is 'networks' which is plural. This agrees with the plural verb 'broadcast'.

So E is the correct answer.

Rules for usage of each
1) If each is placed before a plural subject, the subject becomes singular and it should have a singular verb
2) If each is placed after a plural subject, the subject remains plural and it should have a plural verb
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This question is testing the concept of using each before the subject and using each after the subject.

Each before the subject --> Makes the verb Singular.

Each after the subject --> Does not impact the form of the verb.

In this question, we have verb in plural form, so 1st form of each cannot be used.

(A) superficial such as when each of the three major networks --> OUT for reasons stated above.

(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks --> Changing the meaning and a bit awkward.

(C) superficial if the three major networks all --> "all" is problematic here. It should be if all the three major networks.

(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks --> Same as A

(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each --> Correct 2nd form of each.
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Can someone explain why "each of the three major networks" is singular, but "the three major networks each" are suddenly plural?
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Can someone explain why "each of the three major networks" is singular, but "the three major networks each" are suddenly plural?


In "each of the three major networks", "each" is the subject (pronoun), representing one single network, hence singular. The phrase "of the three major networks" is a prepositional phrase modifier referring to pronoun "each".

In "the three major networks each", "The three major networks" is the subject and hence plural. Here "each" is an adverb referring to the verb "broadcast".
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