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# As one step in their plan to engender greater goodwill in the communit

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As one step in their plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, the town council organized a series of public meetings when residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, a tendency to award contracts to cronies, and their failure to follow through on promised reforms.

A. As one step in their plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, the town council organized a series of public meetings when residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, a tendency to award contracts to cronies, and their failure to follow through on promised reforms.

B. As one step in its plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, the town council organized a series of public meetings at which residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, a tendency to award contracts to cronies, and a failure to follow through on promised reforms.

C. As one step in its plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, the town council organized a series of public meetings at which residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, tendency to award contracts to cronies, and failing to follow through on promised reforms.

D. As one step in its plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, a series of public meetings was organized by the town council so that residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, a tendency to award contracts to cronies, and a failure to follow through on promised reforms.

E. The town council, as one step in their plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, organized a series of public meetings for residents at which they could air grievances about their opacity of decision making, tendency to award contracts to cronies, and failure to follow through on promised reforms.

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As one step in their plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, the town council organized a series of public meetings when residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, a tendency to award contracts to cronies, and their failure to follow through on promised reforms.

A. As one step in their plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, the town council organized a series of public meetings when residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, a tendency to award contracts to cronies, and their failure to follow through on promised reforms.

B. As one step in its plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, the town council organized a series of public meetings at which residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, a tendency to award contracts to cronies, and a failure to follow through on promised reforms.

C. As one step in its plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, the town council organized a series of public meetings at which residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, tendency to award contracts to cronies, and failing to follow through on promised reforms.

D. As one step in its plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, a series of public meetings was organized by the town council so that residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, a tendency to award contracts to cronies, and a failure to follow through on promised reforms.

E. The town council, as one step in their plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, organized a series of public meetings for residents at which they could air grievances about their opacity of decision making, tendency to award contracts to cronies, and failure to follow through on promised reforms.

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Step 1: Read the Original Sentence Carefully, Looking for Errors

When faced with choices that are this long, it is often easier to focus on one element of the sentence at a time. The opening phrase says something is happening as “one step in their plan.” Whose plan? The town council’s—but a council is singular and must be represented by the singular pronoun “its.” If you didn’t notice this error in reading the sentence, a vertical scan of the beginnings of the answer choices shows a split between “its plan” and “their plan,” showing that whether this pronoun is singular or plural is one issue to consider and a good starting point.

Step 2: Scan and Group the Answer Choices

There’s a 2-3 split; (A) and (E) use the plural pronoun “their,” while (B), (C), and (D) use the singular “its.”

Step 3: Eliminate Choices Until Only One Remains

Eliminate (A) and (E) for using the incorrect plural pronoun. Scan the remaining choices in parallel until you see a difference. (D) has “a series of public meetings” after the comma, indicating that the series of meetings sought to engender greater goodwill. This isn’t logical, so eliminate this choice. The difference between (B) and (C) comes in the list at the end. Examine the list for parallel structure and notice the lack of parallel structure in (C) with “the opacity . . . tendency . . . and failing.” The list in (B) has parallel structure, and this choice is correct.
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As one step in their plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, the town council organized a series of public meetings when residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, a tendency to award contracts to cronies, and their failure to follow through on promised reforms.

A. As one step in their plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, the town council organized a series of public meetings when residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, a tendency to award contracts to cronies, and their failure to follow through on promised reforms. ---1. The town council is singular and the pronoun ‘their’ does not match that singularity 2.’ When’ cannot be used for an event such as meetings. ‘At which’ is correct.

B. As one step in its plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, the town council organized a series of public meetings at which residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, a tendency to award contracts to cronies, and a failure to follow through on promised reforms. --- The correct choice

C. As one step in its plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, the town council organized a series of public meetings at which residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, tendency to award contracts to cronies, and failing to follow through on promised reforms. – ‘failing’ is not parallel with the opacity or tendency; it should be a failure

D. As one step in its plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, a series of public meetings was organized by the town council so that residents could air grievances about the opacity of decision making, a tendency to award contracts to cronies, and a failure to follow through on promised reforms. – Misplaced modifier – ‘the step’ wrongly modifies ‘a series’

E. The town council, as one step in their plan to engender greater goodwill in the community, organized a series of public meetings for residents at which they could air grievances about their opacity of decision making, tendency to award contracts to cronies, and failure to follow through on promised reforms. --- 1. The same SV error as in A. 2. ‘At which’ wrongly modifies the residents.
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