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# Could the OA be wrong?

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25 Sep 2010, 15:48
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The question below is from a "GMAT prep" practice exam from http://www.mba.com. You might not want to look at this question if you have not yet used the GMAT prep exams but intend to do so.

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.

(b) Analyses of campaign expenditures by the media has been focused 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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I believe that the OA (c) is a wrong answer choice because "the media have" should be "the media has". "The media" is a singular noun. The MGMAT Sentence Correction book addresses these types of nouns specifically on page 40. The book uses the example of "The crowd is cheering," indicating that "the crowd" is a singular noun. I don't see how the noun, "the media," would be any different.

(a) opening phrase needs some sort of connecting word, such as "In analyzing campaign expenditures". (a) is wrong
(b) subject/verb disagreement between "Analyses" and "has been focused", thus (b) is wrong
(c) OA, but seems wrong for reasons stated above
(d) seems poorly worded with "have had as a focus the high costs...", but appears to be the only grammatically correct choice. I think the right answer is (d)
(e) Again, if "the media" is singular, the reference "their analysis" should be singular ("its analysis"). thus, (e) is wrong

I would really like to know what you all think. Thanks for your input!
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25 Sep 2010, 16:16
I agree with you!

Can anyone explain why C???

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25 Sep 2010, 16:52
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Media - plural
medium - singular
like
data -plural
datum singular
Hence c is correct

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25 Sep 2010, 22:20
BeavisMan wrote:
The question below is from a "GMAT prep" practice exam from http://www.mba.com. You might not want to look at this question if you have not yet used the GMAT prep exams but intend to do so.

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.

(b) Analyses of campaign expenditures by the media has been focused 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

Answer is provided below, stop scrolling to avoid spoiler

I believe that the OA (c) is a wrong answer choice because "the media have" should be "the media has". "The media" is a singular noun. The MGMAT Sentence Correction book addresses these types of nouns specifically on page 40. The book uses the example of "The crowd is cheering," indicating that "the crowd" is a singular noun. I don't see how the noun, "the media," would be any different.

(a) opening phrase needs some sort of connecting word, such as "In analyzing campaign expenditures". (a) is wrong
(b) subject/verb disagreement between "Analyses" and "has been focused", thus (b) is wrong
(c) OA, but seems wrong for reasons stated above
(d) seems poorly worded with "have had as a focus the high costs...", but appears to be the only grammatically correct choice. I think the right answer is (d)
(e) Again, if "the media" is singular, the reference "their analysis" should be singular ("its analysis"). thus, (e) is wrong

I would really like to know what you all think. Thanks for your input!

See the question carefully --- question itself tells you that media is plural ...I guess this clarifies ...

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26 Sep 2010, 08:11
Thanks everybody, great explanations

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26 Sep 2010, 08:47
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.

Remember they is not in the underline - they indicates that media is plural . So only C is correct
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26 Sep 2010, 09:55
One can also apply POE easily here

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27 Sep 2010, 01:55
Yes. question already forced the media to take on the plural form.

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27 Sep 2010, 02:30
whether to choose media as singular or plural depends on the context.
if we go through the whole sentence , we can definitely say that media is plural here
but they have generally overlooked the cost of actually administering elections, which includes facilities, transport, printing, staffing, and technology.

So we also have to consider media as plural.

So C is correct

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