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# Although it claims to delve into political issues, television can be

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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

Originally posted by Mikhail on 23 Oct 2003, 06:22.
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Hey All,

I was asked by PM to answer this one, so here I am!

This question involves modifiers and subject-verb agreement, and is pretty straight forward from there.

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
PROBLEM: The subject here is "each" (of the three major networks is just a modifier of each). Each is singular, so it can't work with the verb "broadcast". Also, we need a comma before "such as". This is a complicated issue involving the notion of essential versus non-essential modifiers. This sentence makes sense without the modifier (i.e. "television can be superficial"), so we would call the modifier after it NON-essential. We put commas before non-essential modifiers.

An example of an essential use of such as: "Words such as "ye" used to denote old-time language are based on an incorrect understandings of older scripts."

Notice how this sentence doesn't make sense without the modifier... "Words...are approximations based on incorrect understandings..." doesn't make any sense. The "such as "ye"" is essential.

(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks
PROBLEM: "When" and "if" don't mean the same thing. This occurs WHEN all three major networks broadcast the same thing, not IF they do. Also, the doubling of "can" is pretty ugly, because it's unclear what the "sometimes occurring" is referring to.

(C) superficial if the three major networks all
PROBLEM: This is even worse then above, but the same issue. It's not that television can be superficial if the networks do something, it's that television becomes superficial WHEN they do that thing.

(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks
PROBLEM: Same as A, "each" is singular here.

(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each
ANSWER: Okay. I know what you're thinking...there's an "each" here, too. Why should this one be plural when the others are singular. Well, there's a big difference. When you have "each" as the subject (followed by a prepositional phrase, as in A and D), it's singular. When you use "each" AFTER a plural noun with which it is in apposition (that's right, each is a MODIFIER of "three major networks"), each IS NOT the subject, but an adjective modifying whatever comes before it, in this case "three major networks", which is plural, and matches "broadcast".

Phew!

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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 - 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.
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Ans is E and I hope there is no issue about it, because of proper S-V agreement between the plural word the three networks and broadcast.

A and D suffer from S-V mismatch.

B and C give a distorted meaning that all the three networks are jointly doing the broadcasting, which is anti – delving. E therefore is the best.

What is the difference between such as when and as when? In both cases, the purpose is to give an example. However, such as is used to exemplify nouns. while as when can be used to give examples of clauses.
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Mikhail 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

Choice C is wrong because it shows the unintended meaning that express the example (as choice E stated) of the superficial function of TV. Moreover, the condition IF always go with THEN. IF the 3 major network..., THEN TV can be superficial is totally awful.

In choice E, the three major networks each = plural
each of three major networks = singular
=> choice E is still matched the S-V agreement.
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The intended meaning of the text is that when all the three works, though each functioning independently, still choose to broadcast the same statement, then they cannot be said to delve into the issues, but simple dabble.

The point is that all the three may not be doing the act in collaboration. This is where B and C fall by the way, since in these choices, they seem to be doing the act together rather than independently

In E however, the real subject is the three major networks and each is rightly added to emphasize that they all do the act free of others
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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
---> Subject-Verb error as "Each as Subject" is always singular. So plural "broadcast" is wrong.
--->Eg. : Each of the boys is/are good at math.
(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks
---> TVs being superficial is not something which can sometimes occur. Nonsensical.
(C) superficial if the three major networks all
---> "if" needs to be conditional and also needs the form "if....then". Incorrect usage here.
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks
---> S-V do not agree. Each needs singular verb. So plural "broadcast" is wrong.
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each
---> CORRECT: The S-V is in agreement as if "Each" comes after the Subject the verb must agree with the Subject and not with Each. So plural "broadcast" agrees with plural "networks".
--->Eg. : These books each weighs/weigh over 1 lb.
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The problem here I believe is not between such as and as. The real problem here is in the usage of and positioning of each.

We can rule out B, C and D. B and C add a conditional "if" which changes the meaning. In D, whenever changes the meaning as well.

Between A and E.
In A the problem is with the verb tense. "Broadcast is plural".

Each of the networks needs "Broadcasts" and not "Broadcast". Not Each makes the group of networks SINGULAR.
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The first point to note here is that there is no conditionality implied in the passage. Therefore the choices that use the ‘if’ conjunction are wrong; B and C are gone.
Secondly the verb in the non-underlined part, i.e. broadcast, is plural; matchingly the subject also has to be plural

A. superficial such as when each of the three major networks—Each is singular; SV mismatch
D. superficial whenever each of the three major networks – each is singular

E. superficial, as when the three major networks each – the subject is the three major net works, ---The placement of ‘each’ at the end of the noun phrase has no impact on the SV agreement correct choice
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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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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

They're trying to get you to focus on "as" vs. "such as" and get hopelessly confused - and, in the meantime, they
snuck a subject-verb error into answer A.
In the construction "each of the three major networks" each is the subject. Each is singular, so the verb has to be
singular... but it isn't. The verb in A is "broadcast," which is plural.
In E, they move each - that one says "the three major networks each." Now, networks is the subject, and networks is
plural, so the verb has to be plural... and it is!
each of the three major networks - singular
the three major networks each - plural
examples:
each of the students - singular
the students each - plural
generic pattern:
each (of the/pronoun/any determiner) [noun] - singular
[noun] each - plural
the problem with (c) is that its meaning differs from the original meaning, while choice (e) is faithful to that original
meaning. you MUST choose an answer choice that preserves the meaning of the original; the only exception to this
principle occurs if the original is total nonsense (in which case you have license to change it to something that isn't
nonsense).
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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
'such as' is used to give examples, here it species the time and not superficial. So is incorrect
Not sure, but it should be like can be superficial in times such as .. (opinions!)

(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks
wordy, awkward, and also if is implying "when" here.
(C) superficial if the three major networks all
it is changing the meaning that it can be superficial only when the ..X.. happens. X is one of the event when television can be superficial.
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks.
changes the meaning, similar to C
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each
Correct.
superficial, as (they are/can) when the three major networks each
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Everybody added their points and nothing to add here.
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 - S-V error
(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks - awkward and seems like all 3 networks are brodcasting the same statement at the same time. weired
(C) superficial if the three major networks all - 'If' is not good here.
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks - same as A
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each - Correct. Each is always singular when used as subject. However, here the subject is 'the three major networks'.

Spoiler: :: OA
E
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Can anybody explain me why E is plural and why C violates "if rule"?

Thanks in advance!

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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+1 for E.

C has meaning issues. C uses "if" to indicate the presence of if-then conditional. C suggests that the television can be superficial only when all the three networks broadcast exactly the same statement from a political candidate.

The original intent is to give an example of superficiality and not suggest when it can occur.

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what's wrong with A?

In the construction "each of the three major networks" each is the subject. Each is singular, so the verb has to be singular... but it isn't. The verb in A is "broadcast," which is plural.

In E, they move each - that one says "the three major networks each." Now, networks is the subject, and networks is plural, so the verb has to be plural... and it is!
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As with E, plural subject followed by "each" takes plural verb form. But if plural subject is preceded by "each/every", then it takes singular verb form.
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Important lesson learnt.

EACH – Singular IMPORTANT
Each of the 3 books weigh/weighs (correct) 3 ounces.
The 3 books each weigh(correct)/weighs 3 ounces.
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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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