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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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Hi souvik101990 ,

Can you please provide OA for this question?

I am still not comfortable with B.

I think E is the best answer out of all given. Please suggest.
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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
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As each is singular and broadcast can't go with a singular noun and B is wordy and awkward.

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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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HI Please explain all options
I have got this question wrong every time .
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A,D, and B are clearly out.

I too took around 4 minutes to solve this question - though I was not convinced, I found option E better than option C.
C has redundant " three major networks" and "all" also.

Structure of the option E is grammatically correct - here is how.

Although it claims to delve into political issues (modifier DC), television (Main subject being modified by DC)can be superficial, as when the three major networks each broadcast exactly the same statement from a political candidate(Prepositional phrase, used to introduce a situational example - it is similar to "such as" or "as" in grammatical usage).

To be precise the Preposition "as" here takes "when the...candidate" Noun clause as an object of it.

Here is a similar construction from The Economist -
This relentless work is broken by occasional moments of euphoria, as when Vertex transformed the treatment for cystic fibrosis.

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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?


"Each of the three major networks" - Each of 'X' is always singular.
Each, Everyone, Everything, The number of... are all singular. Collective nouns are also singular for e.g. The Army, The team, etc. Just read up on the singular and plural nouns.
Each basically points to 'each' item individually.

E.g.
Each of the premier league teams has a change to win the league.

Three Major Networks - 'Three' and 'major' are adjectives modifying the plural noun 'networks', and that's why the entire term is 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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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".


Hi Sayantan,

Can you please explain why option C is wrong. Thanks for your help!

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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


Thanks for highlighting the role of "each" in A&E it was confusing me
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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 agreement - each is singular , broadcast is plural verb
(B) superficial, as can sometimes occur if all of the three major networks - the sentence implies only that television can be "superficial" IN THE SPECIFIC EVENT THAT all 3 major networks broadcast the same political statement
(C) superficial if the three major networks all - usage of if changes meaning as in B
(D) superficial whenever each of the three major networks - subject verb agreement same as A
(E) superficial, as when the three major networks each - Correct

Answer E
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