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Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there must be a basis for a cooperative government and agreed to compromise.
(A) disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there must be a basis
(B) disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis
(C) disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there had to be some basis
(D) had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis
(E) had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there were grounds
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MonSama wrote:
Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there must be a basis for a cooperative government and agreed to compromise.
(A) disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there must be a basis
(B) disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis
(C) disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there had to be some basis
(D) had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis
(E) had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there were grounds

The yellow shaded portion is a modifier and will modify the word, coming just after "comma". So since the subject of the first clause is "party", which is singular, the pronoun must be a singular "it" not plural "they". Eliminate A C D.
B has an issue of tense. In first clause, it uses present tense, but in the second clause it uses simple past. Its illogical.
D rectifies this mistake but using "had" to sequentially structure the events.
+1 D.
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24 May 2013, 10:13
though collective noun such as party is normally considered sigular, it can be considered plural if we focus on each individual. This is the grammar rule. This point means, on gmat , collective noun can go with sigular or plural verb.

The problem with E is that "there were" is a fact and so E is not logic. D is logic because "must" is a neccessity.
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24 May 2013, 10:18
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Pronoun and tense error

singular pronoun 'it' should be used
two actions in the past are being discussed, so past perfect must be used.
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24 May 2013, 12:44
I agree that B in correct due to present tense, but in D- had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis-- shouldn't a simple past be used here instead of past prefect, as later is making clear the sequence of events.

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24 May 2013, 21:56
veenu08 wrote:
I agree that B in correct due to present tense, but in D- had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis-- shouldn't a simple past be used here instead of past prefect, as later is making clear the sequence of events.

Kindly correct me if I am wrong

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There are two events...
First one :A disapproval
Second: Conceding to a point
Both are in past. So we must use "past perfect" for the former and "Simple past for the "later"
So disapproval must use had and concede must use simple past.

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25 May 2013, 04:42
MonSama wrote:
Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there must be a basis for a cooperative government and agreed to compromise.
(A) disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there must be a basis
(B) disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis
(C) disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there had to be some basis
(D) had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis
(E) had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, they later conceded that there were grounds

In A C E, the problem is the usage of "they".
In B, the usage of present tense doesn't gels well with the past tense. Since there are two events, hence "had" becomes necessary.
+1D.
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25 May 2013, 05:52
veenu08 wrote:
I agree that B in correct due to present tense, but in D- had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis-- shouldn't a simple past be used here instead of past prefect, as later is making clear the sequence of events.

Kindly correct me if I am wrong

You are not wrong. But D is correct because there is no better choice. If there were to be an option which uses a simple past and which rectifies the pronoun number error for party-it pair, we can choose that option.
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25 May 2013, 13:46
veenu08 wrote:
I agree that B in correct due to present tense, but in D- had disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis-- shouldn't a simple past be used here instead of past prefect, as later is making clear the sequence of events.

Kindly correct me if I am wrong

Good point Veenu. The time is clearly indicated by the use of later. But disapproves is in present tense. So B goes away.
Option D is what we have to live with.
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15 Aug 2016, 07:21
it might refer to platform or party, no?
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15 Aug 2016, 09:36
paidlukkha wrote:
it might refer to platform or party, no?

No, when we have the construction of the form Although ..., pronoun ... , the pronoun always refer to the Subject of the clause after although.

Hence, Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later

Thus, in the above example , It clearly refers to Losing Party.
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22 Jun 2017, 10:07
abhimahna wrote:
paidlukkha wrote:
it might refer to platform or party, no?

No, when we have the construction of the form Although ..., pronoun ... , the pronoun always refer to the Subject of the clause after although.

Hence, Although the losing party disapproves of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later

Thus, in the above example , It clearly refers to Losing Party.

Hi abhimahna

Can there be an exception to this rule?

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22 Jun 2017, 10:09
Will this be correct version of this sentence:

Although the losing party disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis for a cooperative government and agreed to compromise.

Because of the word "later" that clearly shows the sequence.
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22 Jun 2017, 10:26
Shiv2016 wrote:
Hi abhimahna

Can there be an exception to this rule?

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No, there is no exception to this rule as far as I remember.

Shiv2016 wrote:
Will this be correct version of this sentence:

Although the losing party disapproved of every aspect of the opponent's platform, it later conceded that there must be a basis for a cooperative government and agreed to compromise.

Because of the word "later" that clearly shows the sequence.

Yes, this sentence works fine. Sequencing is shown using the work later.
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