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# Although the term "psychopath" is popularly applied

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Although the term “psychopath” is popularly applied to an especially brutal criminal, in psychology it is someone who is apparently incapable of feeling compassion or the pangs of conscience.

(A) it is someone who is
(B) it is a person
(C) they are people who are
(D) it refers to someone who is
(E) it is in reference to people
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16 Feb 2005, 08:02
the pronoun it clearly refers to the term psychopath, and is is the correct pronoun for someone. (D) for me.
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dipaksingh wrote:
Although the term “psychopath” is popularly applied to an especially brutal criminal, in psychology (it is someone who is) apparently incapable of feeling compassion or the pangs of conscience.

(A) it is someone who is
(B) it is a person
(C) they are people who are
(D) it refers to someone who is
(E) it is in reference to people

C - 'they' wrong

A,B - a term 'it' can not be a person - awkward - wrong
E - awkward

D - best
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a. parallelism issue - term compared with person
b. parallelism issue - term compared with person
c. parallelism issue - term compared with person
d. correct
e. wordier - option D is better than this
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13 Oct 2012, 20:53
This one isn't new--it was #132 in OG12.

It's basically testing 2 kinds of pronoun agreement:

*number agreement--since "psychopath" is singular, we can't use "they" or "people"
*conceptual agreement--The sentence is talking about "the term psycopath" rather than an actual person, so we don't want to choose A or B, which say that it *is* someone.
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16 Aug 2013, 04:34
dipaksingh wrote:
Although the term “psychopath” is popularly applied to an especially brutal criminal, in psychology (it is someone who is) apparently incapable of feeling compassion or the pangs of conscience.

(A) it is someone who is
(B) it is a person
(C) they are people who are
(D) it refers to someone who is
(E) it is in reference to people

It is a typical pronoun reference problem,

The "it" here cannot refer to a person but should refer to "the term".
A, B are ruled out because they imply that it is referring to a person.
C cannot be an option as it introduces a plural pronoun
E is wordy and inappropriate!

We're left with D
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Although the term “psychopath” is popularly applied to an especially brutal criminal, in psychology it is someone who is apparently incapable of feeling compassion or the pangs of conscience.

Subjet of the sentence is " term "
(A) it is someone who is - it = term, so " term " cannot be someone.
(B) it is a person - it = term, so " term " cannot be someone.
(C) they are people who are - they? there is not plural subject in the sentence above.
CORRECT (D) it refers to someone who is - "term" refers to someone who is
(E) it is in reference to people - people is plural.
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Psychopathy is a term not a person so D is correct.
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Although the term "psychopath" is popularly applied to an especially brutal criminal, in psychology it is someone who is apparently incapable of feeling
compassion or the pangs of conscience.

(A) it is someone who is
(B) it is a person
(C) they are people who are
(D) it refers to someone who is
(E) it is in reference to people
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07 Feb 2015, 12:18
Subject of sentence is psychopath. in D only, it refs to the term"Psychopath". - Correct D
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Although the term "psychopath" is popularly applied to an especially brutal criminal, in psychology it is someone who is apparently incapable of feeling
compassion or the pangs of conscience.

(A) it is someone who is
(B) it is a person
(C) they are people who are
(D) it refers to someone who is
(E) it is in reference to people

the first half of the sentence speaks of term and the second half shifts it to a person.. so A,B, C are out..
E unnecessary creates extra word , only d is left.. ans D
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The expression "it is in reference" used in answer E is stylistically flawed. It is a very formal expression used to say what you are writing or talking about, especially in business letters,
e.g.
I am writing to you in reference to the job opening in your department.
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Although the term "psychopath" is popularly applied to an especially brutal criminal, in psychology it is someone who is apparently incapable of feeling
compassion or the pangs of conscience.

(A) it is someone who is
(B) it is a person
(C) they are people who are
(D) it refers to someone who is
(E) it is in reference to people

can somebody through more light on how D is the right choice
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Although the term "psychopath" is popularly applied to an especially brutal criminal, in psychology it is someone who is apparently incapable of feeling
compassion or the pangs of conscience.

(A) it is someone who is
(B) it is a person
(C) they are people who are
(D) it refers to someone who is
(E) it is in reference to people

hi kanigmat,
you have to look at all choices and see why others are not right choice and why this option is correct..
1) the question stem is talking about a term 'psycopath' but the underlined portion changes it to a person..
so a,b and c are out..
2) choice d and e are close but e is wordy unnecessary..
now why D is correct..
1) when we write 'it refers'.... 'it' means we are talking about some term and this is what is intended...
it is correctly worded.. use of who is appropriate.
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Hi Egmat,

I was going through your post (https://e-gmat.com/blog/gmat-verbal/eng ... -ambiguity) on pronoun ambiguity where you have highlighted a couple of points

I tried applying those rules in this question but somehow i feel that either i have missed something or i have misunderstood something. I would be happy if you could clarify it.

Although the term “psychopath” is popularly applied to an especially brutal criminal, in psychology it is someone who is apparently incapable of feeling compassion or the pangs of conscience.

(A) it is someone who is
(B) it is a person
(C) they are people who are
(D) it refers to someone who is
(E) it is in reference to people

According to the post :

A)
1) first find the logical antecedent -----psychopath

This makes sense.

2) Find if there are other nouns that play the same role.

It could be criminal or term as well

term doesnot make sense but criminal does

Pronoun ambiguity.

B) It should logically refer to psychopath---logical

Other nouns criminal and term.

Term doesnot make sense but criminal does

C) is wrong

D) Still makes sense with criminal and psychopath---ambiguity.

COuld you please let me know where i am going wrong.
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Meaning
Entire sentence is talking about the term "psychopath". Not the person. What is believed to be and what it really is

Error :
Meaning error - " it is someone " It refers to term "Psychopath" , now think .. can a term become person.
E.g : the word "sir" refers to knowledgeable people. or "the word Sir is knowledgeable people"
i think first version is correct. Isn't it ?

We need to say term refers to some kind of people not term is some kind of people

(A) it is someone who is
Meaning error - as discussed above

(B) it is a person
Meaning error - as discussed above
We need a relative clause to describe a person

(C) they are people who are
They should be refereed to "term", but here in this option "they" does not have . any antecedant

(D) it refers to someone who is

(E) it is in reference to people
Option E will be like
it is in reference to people apparently incapable of feeling compassion or the pangs of conscience - lot of things described about people, it will be good if we can club them all in relative clause (like in Option A,C,D)
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kirtivardhan wrote:
A)
1) first find the logical antecedent -----psychopath

This makes sense.

Hi Kirti, I am just wondering if you are clear with the antecedent eligibility criterion in Pronouns; to me this concept is more important that pronoun ambiguity, for the simple reason that there are quite a few examples in official sources where the correct answer has a genuine issue with pronoun being ambiguous. Hence, the current school of thought is that pronoun ambiguity should actually not be the first reason for you to eliminate an answer choice.

Coming to this question, antecedent eligibility would imply that it as a pronoun cannot refer to persons; in other words, persons are not eligible to be referred to, by pronoun it. Hence, in this case, it cannot refer to the person psychopath.

Basically, it does not refer to psychopath, but to the term psychopath”. Now it is hopefully clear why A is incorrect, because it says: the term psychopath is someone. This is incorrect from a comparison perspective, because term cannot be a person (someone); rather, term can refer to someone.

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dipaksingh wrote:
Although the term “psychopath” is popularly applied to an especially brutal criminal, in psychology it is someone who is apparently incapable of feeling compassion or the pangs of conscience.

(A) it is someone who is
(B) it is a person
(C) they are people who are
(D) it refers to someone who is
(E) it is in reference to people

A A "term" cannot be a "someone."
B A "term" cannot be a "person."
C A "term" cannot be a "they."
D Correct.
E "People" is plural whereas "term" and "criminal" are both singular.
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dipaksingh wrote:
Although the term “psychopath” is popularly applied to an especially brutal criminal, in psychology it is someone who is apparently incapable of feeling compassion or the pangs of conscience.

(A) it is someone who is
(B) it is a person
(C) they are people who are
(D) it refers to someone who is
(E) it is in reference to people

This question is primarily about PRONOUN REFERENTS.

In the original sentence, we have the pronoun it.
What does this pronoun refer to?

The pronoun refers to the TERM (word) “psychopath”

So, if we replace the pronoun IT with its referent TERM “psychopath” we get....

(A) the TERM “psychopath” is someone who is
It makes no sense to say that a TERM is incapable of some action
ELIMINATE A

(B) the TERM “psychopath” is a person
It makes no sense to say that a TERM is a person
ELIMINATE B

(C) they are people who are
THEY?
There is no clear referent for this pronoun.
ELIMINATE C

(D) the TERM “psychopath” refers to someone who is
Makes sense!
A TERM can refer to someone.
KEEP D for now

(E) the TERM “psychopath” is in reference to people
This sentence is awkward and uses more words than are necessary.
Just say "it refers to people.."
Also, we are mixing the singular term “psychopath” with the plural "people"

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