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Analyzing campaign expenditures, the media has had as a focus the high costs and low ethics of campaign finance, but they have generally overlooked the cost of actually administering elections, which includes facilities, transport, printing, staffing, and technology.

(A) Analyzing campaign expenditures, the media has had as a focus
(B) Analyses of campaign expenditures by the media has been focus on
(C) In analyzing campaign expenditures, the media have focused on
(D) Media analyses of campaign expenditures have had as a focus
(E) In their analysis of campaign expenditures, the media has been focusing on
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Analyzing campaign expenditures, the media has had as a focus the high costs and low ethics of campaign finance, but they have generally overlooked the cost of actually administering elections, which includes facilities, transport, printing, staffing, and technology.
A. Analyzing campaign expenditures, the media has had as a focus
B. Analyses of campaign expenditures by the media has been focus on
C. In analyzing campaign expenditures, the media have focused on
D. Media analyses of campaign expenditures have had as a focus
E. In their analysis of campaign expenditures, the media has been focusing on


Particle clause is used to decribe a cause-effect relation of two actions or to describe sequential actions.
The use of particle phrase in A and B doesn't fall into any of these two usage. Eliminate A and B.
C maintain the parallelism of " have v-ed .....have v-ed"
C is my choice.

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Media is a plural noun, therefore the correct S-V agreement is:

The media have....

C.

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Between C & E, I think C because it just sounds better

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Another C.

uses parallelism and correct past tense.

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Analyzing campaign expenditures, the media has had as a focus the high costs and low ethics of campaign finance, but they have generally overlooked the cost of actually administering elections, which includes facilities, transport, printing, staffing, and technology.
A. Analyzing campaign expenditures, the media has had as a focus
B. Analyses of campaign expenditures by the media has been focus on
C. In analyzing campaign expenditures, the media have focused on
D. Media analyses of campaign expenditures have had as a focus
E. In their analysis of campaign expenditures, the media has been focusing on

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Can you please tell me the source as well....
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Can you please tell me the source as well....

hi

if you see carefully its avery old post hence the author may not be very active on the forum !!...

Guys , for a second I was confused in deciding whether the media is singular or plural word ......

So i read the question again ....see carefully in the second part it says but they have generally overlooked

hence the question itself tells you ....once this as done then straight C ...cheers

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Analyzing campaign expenditures, the media has had as a focus the high costs and low
ethics of campaign finance, but they have generally overlooked the cost of actually
administering elections, which includes facilities, transport, printing, staffing, and
technology.

A. Analyzing campaign expenditures, the media has had as a focus
B. Analyses of campaign expenditures by the media has been focus on
C. In analyzing campaign expenditures, the media have focused on
D. Media analyses of campaign expenditures have had as a focus
E. In their analysis of campaign expenditures, the media has been focusing on

I am confused between the usage of has or have
Will provide OA later
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I think what's cool about this question is you don't need to be 100% certain of has/have to be tempted by the right answer. The modifying clause at the beginning is made clearer, and the main verb is simplified. Stylistically, it's a much better choice.

Here's a hint on how to be sure about whether "media" is singular/plural: Do you see another singular/plural world, in the non-underlined portion of the sentence, that tells us the number of "media" as used here?
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Hi Adam.....you nailed it ....its the word media that led me to choose a wrong ans. I do see expenditures as plural. How do you suggest i tackle this..thanks
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Again, there's another word later on that tells us whether "media" is singular or plural. Once you see this, there's no longer any question.
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ah !..have focussed on high costs !
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The clue I'm actually talking about is the pronoun "they" later in the sentence. They is plural, and it's not underlined, and it without question refers to the "media." Thus, MEDIA IS PLURAL, so if media is the subject, it must be "have."

Whenever you have a confusion over subject/verb, look for a pronoun clue; whenever you have confusion over pronoun/antecedent, look for a verb clue. It doesn't always work, but sometimes there's extra info dropped for you there!
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great ...it makes a lot of sense. Thanks Adam.
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IMO C .

media is plural and requires usage of have.
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By focusing only on the number of the word ‘media’, a larger issue has been ignored.

C refers to ‘media’ as plural while D maintains the plurality by referring to the subject as media analyses, Some may debate that it is the media that can analyse and focus and not the analyses by themselves. This is an aberrant proposition, because in any survey or study or report, it is the people behind that do the action, although we do mention that the survey reveals, study indicates and report points out and so on.

But still, can we equate media with media analyses? Logically yes, but not contextually, I suppose. The original text keeps the media as the subject. So C must be the answer for not distorting the subject.
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Thanks Adam for the explanation. I will look out for clues beyond the underlined part. For some reason, I seem to rule the non-underlined part out. I will practise not to.

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+1 C

"...has had as a focus" sounds ackward, doesn't it?
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+1 C

"...has had as a focus" sounds ackward, doesn't it?
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Yes and it's grammatically incorrect as well ... I am curious though if "Have had as a focus" can be accepted if all other choices are wrong grammatically

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True- the textual ‘the media has had as a focus' is grammatically wrong because of number disagreement.

However the issue here is whether choice D is correct. If that choice were to be discussed in an independent context, I would say it is a perfect sentence with a plural subject and a plural verb. But if the topic were a GMAT question, and if there were serious grammatical errors in choices ABCE, leaving only D as the best of the bads, then we may have to reconcile to D in spite of the distorted intent. In GMAT can you skip a question? You won't get the next question.
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