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Among the many reasons for his defeat in the election was his arrogant assumption that his constituents were incapable of understanding economic conditions, and his unwarranted attack on his chief opponent.

A. was his arrogant assumption that his constituents were incapable of understanding economic conditions
B. were his arrogant assumption that his constituents were incapable of understanding economic conditions
C. were his arrogant assumptions that his constituents were incapable of understanding economical conditions
D. were his arrogant assumption that his constituents would be incapable of understanding economics
E. was the arrogant assumption that his constituents was incapable of understanding economic conditions

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New post 25 Oct 2010, 06:09
'Among the many reasons' is singular.

So we can cancel out B,C and D as they are using the word 'were'.

Again, 'constituents' is plural.
We can eliminate E as it uses 'was'.

WE are left with the correct answer A.
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I agree w/ A b/c of the above reasons

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B.

I believe that 'among many reasons' is indeed plural.

I was a bit confused at first, but I quickly decided that 'among many reasons' would be plural because there were two reasons for the defeat.

Among many reasons were A and B.

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I will go with B.
"And" is making the subject plural.

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subject is plural..."among many reasons"
Hence verb is "were" - B is correct.

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Among the many reasons for his defeat in the election was his arrogant assumption that his constituents were incapable of understanding economic conditions, and his unwarranted attack on his chief opponent.

A. was his arrogant assumption that his constituents were incapable of understanding economic conditions
B. were his arrogant assumption that his constituents were incapable of understanding economic conditions
C. were his arrogant assumptions that his constituents were incapable of understanding economical conditions
D. were his arrogant assumption that his constituents would be incapable of understanding economics
E. was the arrogant assumption that his constituents was incapable of understanding economic conditions

I went with B.

was/were split -> needs to be were because two reasons are given. arrogant assumption... and unwaranted attack on his chief opponent.
B, C, D -> D - Ruled out because "constituents would be" indicates future. C - Ruled out because only one assumption is stated in the first reason for defeat.

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+1 B
IMO, "among" can be plural or singular.
e.g.: Among the champions were Button and Alonso.

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"and" makes the verb to be " were" so choice B is correct.
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IMO B. 'and' conjunction requires plurality.

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