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# Although Maryland, unlike many other U.S states, has weathered the

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Although Maryland, unlike many other U.S states, has weathered the [#permalink]
Sumi1010 wrote:
KeyurJoshi
We can easily eliminate the choices to get the correct answer.

B - Both domestic as well as international - Incorrect . Correct usage is - Both x and y.
C - Maryland weathered... - Incorrect usage of past tense.
D - domestic and an international dimension both - incorrect usage of both.
E - " job creation nevertheless is at the every apex of governor Martin O'Malley's agenda" - Incorrect. It implies that the agenda multiple peaks and job creation stays at each of them. The true meaning is job creation is at the top of the agenda.

Hence, A is correct.

Although Maryland, unlike many other U.S states, has weathered the convulsions of the recession with fewer job losses, job creation nevertheless is at the very apex of Governor Martin O' Malley's agenda and he recognizes that it has both a domestic and an international dimension.

Now, the query, who does "he'' refer to?
It ideally should not refer to Malley as there is no mention of Malley but the possessive Malley's .

However,this is the 2nd problem in which I see personal pronoun referring to subject of a possessive noun.
The first one I confronted is :
https://gmatclub.com/forum/although-she-was-considered-among-her-contemporaries-to-be-the-better-208881.html

Thus we can conclude that GMAT doesn't follow the famous rule strictly - Only possessive pronoun can refer to a possessive noun.

Hi Sumi1010 KeyurJoshi

Nice explanation. I followed a similar approach.

E - Changes the meaning because of the word 'every'. Out

D - Placement of 'both' at the end doesn't make sense. Out

Between A, B and C.

B - Incorrect idiom. 'Both X as well as Y'. Out

Lastly, I don't know how many of you noticed it but 'Governor' is an honourable title and it should start with a capital 'G'.

C - Uses small case 'g', which is wrong in written English. Be it
American or British.

No need to even think about the tense, if you can observe carefully such tricky traps. Saves time.

PS I just hope that small case g was not by mistake or else I'll be

Thank you.

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Re: Although Maryland, unlike many other U.S states, has weathered the [#permalink]
Yeah there it is thanks Sumi1010 Nups1324 ,
the only reason I think to eliminate C is the tense

A. Although Maryland, unlike many other U.S states, has weathered ABC, job creation nevertheless is at the very apex of XYZ's agenda and he recognizes that...

C. Although Maryland, unlike many other U.S states, weathered ABC, job creation is at the very apex of XYZ's agenda and he recognizes that...
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Re: Although Maryland, unlike many other U.S states, has weathered the [#permalink]
Hi experts,