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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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01 Aug 2019, 00:03
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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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07 Aug 2019, 07:36
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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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07 Aug 2019, 20:13
Suryakumar wrote:
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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25 Aug 2019, 12:37
generis hazelnut GMATNinja - Please explain why the correct answer contains police "are"
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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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26 Aug 2019, 07:27
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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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The answer can be chosen logically:
+1st point: responsible should be accompanied by preposition "for", and it's certain; otherwise, "for" from the later clause will be incorrect.--->Eliminate D
+2nd point: if we chosen "so", the meaning of the sentence will be changed. Because of that, we keep "and"--->Eliminate B & C
+3nd point: it's confusing between singular and plural verb, "congress" uses singular verb since it states generally illustrating for a group of people gathered to form governmental function. Meanwhile, only 1 police officer couldn't be responsible for the whole function which is law reinforcement. So, "the police" has to be in plural verb. ----->The correct answer is E
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23 Jan 2020, 19:31
VeritasKarishma daagh GMATNinja could you please guide how do we know whether police is used as Singular or Plural in A vs E?
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26 Jan 2020, 20:35
generis wrote:
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.

generis isn't the usage of "police" as a singular or plural noun circumstantial, just as the usage of "jury" is?
eg. "The jury believes the convict is not guilty" and "The jury were divided in their opinions".
I believe these nouns can be used both as singular and as plural nouns.

mikemcgarry Can you please shed some light on this?
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