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# At a time when narrowly won presidential elections seem more

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At a time when narrowly won presidential elections seem more [#permalink]

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19 Jun 2009, 21:59
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15. At a time when narrowly won presidential elections seem more the rule than the exception, the proliferation of small third parties would have a bargaining power that few of them have ever enjoyed before.
(A) the proliferation of small third parties would have
(B) the number of small third parties would have
(C) the existence of small third parties has
(D) the proliferation of small third parties has
(E) small third parties have

Oa is
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19 Jun 2009, 22:53
E I think and I'll check the answer
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20 Jun 2009, 06:58
the subject is "proliferation" which is singular and not the small parties and thus the verb should be singular

(A) the proliferation of small third parties would have : Have is plural
(B) the number of small third parties would have: Have is plural
(C) the existence of small third parties has : Subject is changed
(D) the proliferation of small third parties has: Correct - Has is singular and agrees with subject
(E) small third parties have : Have is plural
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20 Jun 2009, 10:32
'D' is the right one. subject verb agreement.
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20 Jun 2009, 23:37
The subject and the verb must make sense together... only small parties can have bargaining power, 'proliferation' can't. It's the parties that are doing the bargaining.

I agree with E.
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21 Jun 2009, 12:33
E...For sake of creating referent for "them".....

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Re: elections   [#permalink] 21 Jun 2009, 12:33
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