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Although the Democratic party entered the 104th Congress in 1995 with five more Senators than they had in the 103rd Congress, they would soon lose two Senators with the defections of both Richard Shelby of Alabama and Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado to the Republican party.

(A)they had in the 103rd Congress, they
(B)they had for the 103rd Congress, they
(D)in the 103rd Congress, they
(E)in the 103rd Congress, it

How is the answer "e"?i feel the ans is" c"..Pls explain

Originally posted by krans10 on 09 Aug 2013, 09:24.
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09 Aug 2013, 13:49
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Hi krans10

Although the Democratic party entered the 104th Congress in 1995 with five more Senators than they had in the 103rd Congress, they would soon lose two Senators with the defections of both Richard Shelby of Alabama and Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado to the Republican party.

(A)they had in the 103rd Congress, they
Wrong. "Democratic party" is singular ==> pronoun "they" is incorrect.

(B)they had for the 103rd Congress, they
Wrong. "Democratic party" is singular ==> pronoun "they" is incorrect.

Wrong.
- "Congress" means a formal assembly of representatives. "its" is possessive form ==> "its 103rd Congress" is wrong because Democratic party cannot possess the Congress. (Logical problem).
- Past perfect tense is not necessary. The sentence is a normal reporting sentence, so past tense is correct. Do not use the perfect tenses when the simple tenses can do. The GMAT prefers simplicity.

(D)in the 103rd Congress, they
Wrong. "Democratic party" is singular ==> pronoun "they" is incorrect.

(E)in the 103rd Congress, it
Correct.
- The comparison is: Democratic party entered the 104th Congress with five more Senators than [the number of Senators with which Democratic party entered] in 103rd Congress.
- Pronoun "it" refers to "Democratic party" correctly.

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09 Aug 2013, 10:44
I feel C

Reason : Democratic party is singular so rule out A,B,D.

Out of E and C :

E makes the meaning ambiguous by using "than in the 103rd". It feels like democratic was suppose to enter 103rd Congress but they entered 104th with 5 more senators.

C: makes it simple. "entered" is simple past and use of "had had, it " makes it clear that 103rd congress an event that happened before the 104th congress so use of had is perfect.
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My OA: E

The "Democratic party" has to be considered collectively as a single entity, thus we cannot use "they" as it would refer to plural items. Thus options A, B & D are ruled out. Now out of C & E, C is ruled out as the "Congress" is not of the Democratic Party, but of the country as a whole. Thus we will go with E.
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