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Congress is responsible for legislation, and the police is responsible

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Congress is responsible for legislation, and the police is responsible for law reinforcement.

(A) for legislation, and the police is
(B) for legislation, so the police is
(C) for legislation, so the police are
(D) to legislation, and the police is
(E) for legislation, and the police are

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Correct answer: E.

A. Subject-verb agreement issue: "police is"

B. Meaning. Changing "and" to "so" implies some interconnection or relationship between the facts that the main statement doesn't convey. Also subject-verb agreement issue such as in A.

C. Meaning. See rationale above for why B is in correct.

D. Idiom. To legislation... You are responsible for something not to something. Also it would be "to legislate" rather than "to legislation"

E. Looks good. Resolves subject-verb agreement issue noted in option a without otherwise changing the meaning.

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Hi,
Though this may sound weird, my doubt is

The police is or are..?

Police is a collective noun it can be singular or plural right?

which is correct?

Experts kindly help.
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New post 07 Aug 2019, 21:13
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Hi,
Though this may sound weird, my doubt is

The police is or are..?

Police is a collective noun it can be singular or plural right?

which is correct?

Experts kindly help.
Although police is a collective noun, it is most often used with a plural verb. For what it's worth, I don't think the GMAT will test this.
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generis hazelnut GMATNinja - Please explain why the correct answer contains police "are"
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AcetheGMAT2019 wrote:
generis hazelnut GMATNinja - Please explain why the correct answer contains police "are"

AcetheGMAT2019 , unlike most collective nouns that are singular, the word police is plural.

These words are also plural: people, cattle, scissors, trousers, pants, and clothes.

I'd have to search, but I don't recall any recent official questions that test police—or any of the other nouns I listed—and subject/verb agreement.

My advice? Remember only police and people. Both are plural.

Hope that helps.
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