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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

Tricky question, at the first glance it seems every answer choice looks exactly the same, :shocked but it’s not. Question tests how much attention you pay for little details and basic grammar.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,


Once we’ve read the original sentence we can infer that the sentence is about some “work” that is higly honored among American literary canon. Let’s see the sentence structure:
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Now (A) seems too good to be true, :tongue_opt2 let's keep and see other answer choices...

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,
("enthusiasms" - uncountable, "the works" - doesn't agree in number with our singular verb in non-underlined portion)

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,
("the works" - doesn't agree in number with our singular verb in non-underlined portion)

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,
("enthusiasms" - uncountable)

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,
("the works" - have 2 verbs "are comprised" and "remains", this 2 verbs are not connected properly, moreover "the works" doesn't agree in number with second verb in non-underlined portion, )

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Sometimes when you see this kind of questions you can just skim without “meaning” of the sentence and get the correct answer, easy, but you don’t know this when you see the question for the first time. So better to go for the meaning all the time and then the rest. The Meaning will save you and your time.

Absolute winner is (A)
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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

Meaning: Work of WF (comprised of some stories and blockbusters) lacked enthusiasm, but remains respected in literature.
The sentence displays a bunch of modifiers which need to be reviewed before jump into the answer choices.
First, the sentence clearly and neatly mentions that this is work of WF which lacks enthusiasm (an uncountable noun).
Second, "comprised of a series... and a number of...." undoubtedly modifies the work, although it is not immediately before the comma. Notice that "of WF" is a prepositional phrase that can not be written anywhere else in this structure.
Third, the whole "overpoweringly complicated novels" phrase is a simple verb-ed modifier which gives extra info about the blockbusters.
and eventually only after these long modifiers we see the main verb, remains, which is non-underlined. so what was the subject? let's look back and get rid of all those modifiers:
Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels, remains
That's great. so let's go over the answer choices:


A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels, Correct as stated above

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels, Two things to consider, 1."enthusiasm" is uncountable! & 2.Sobject-verb agreement error: works (plural) don't match remains (singular)

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels, subject-verb agreement error as choice B.

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels, "enthusiasm" is uncountable!

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels, subject-verb agreement error as choice B.
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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,
B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,
C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,
D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,
E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION
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• The main verb of this sentence is remains and its subject is work

• Since both remains and work are singular, in option A they are in agreement. Keep option A.

• Choice B incorrectly changes enthusiasm to enthusiasms, so eliminate B

• Choice C changes work to works. The plural subject works is not in agreement with the singular noun remains, so C can be eliminated

• Choice D also changes enthusiasm to enthusiasms, so D can be eliminated.

• Finally, Option E also changes work to works [and the latter does not agree with remains,, so E can be eliminated.

The correct answer is A

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Vanmotan and apwang and sanpreetsingh , welcome!

We face a long sentence and answers that look alike.

We should
-- strip the sentence
-- find the subject and verb
-- get a general idea of the meaning
-- look for differences among choices, and
-- use "splits" to eliminate answers.

(Splits and process of elimination (POE) are discussed on the first page of the SC Butler thread in this post..)

Use whatever works. Well, I take that back: do not look for the one correct answer. Look for four wrong answers.

We do need to strip the sentence, though.

Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,[/u], remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

Look for verbs first.
-- "comprised of" in this sentence means "made up of."
Comprised of is a past participle (a verbED), not a verb
-- remains in the non-underlined portion is singular

Subject? work
This "work" means all of Faulkner's writing.

Modifier?
comprised of? "OF" is a preposition and thus needs nouns. Look for nouns:
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NOVELS
-- The other noun cannot be "blockbuster." (1) A number of blockbuster" is ungrammatical. (2) if we stop at blockbuster, then what is the rest of the phrase doing in the sentence?

Intro? Rewrite a bit:
Despite little enthusiasm

Strip the rest

Despite some initial lack of [LITTLE] enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicatednovels,[/u], remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

Meaning: Despite a lukewarm reception, the work of Faulkner, comprised of stories and novels, remains revered (beloved and respected).

Split #1: work or works?
The verb remains, in the non-underlined portion of the sentence, is singular. We need a singular noun. Correct: Work remains.
(If in doubt, use a dog, or another easily pluralized noun.)
Correct: The dog remains sitting.
Wrong: The dogs remains sitting.

Eliminate Options B, C, and E

Split #2: enthusiasm vs enthusiasms
This one is idiomatic: enthusiasm functions in the same way as zeal. We do not pluralize it.
Technically enthusiasm can be pluralized, but standard North American English does not do so.

Eliminate option D

Answer A

Other issues

What are the prepositional objects?

-- One prepositional object of a number OF is novels. The other prepositional object is stories.

Novels has two modifiers:
(1) blockbuster
and
(2) overwhelmingly complicated

• weird adjectives

What about the weird words in this phrase:

a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels?

Essentially the phrase means
a number of best-selling and very complicated novels

A noun (blockbuster) is an adjective?
Yes. You will see this construction again.
The first noun in that phrase, "blockbuster," acts as an adjective that modifies the second noun, "novels."
Blockbuster means bestselling.

Again: the word blockbuster is not a noun in this sentence. It's an adjective that means "best-selling."

Blockbuster?

blockbuster is a "noun-adjective": a noun that acts like an adjective.

Noun-adjectives describe other nouns. Blockbuster describes novels.

Meaning?
A "blockbuster" novel is a bestseller.

English uses nouns as adjectives quite frequently:
office worker, math teacher, film director, airplane tickets.

As an adjective, blockbuster describes what type of novels these are (bestselling ones).

blockbuster
is followed by two more descriptors ("overwhelmingly complicated")

"Overwhelmingly complicated" is also an adjective phrase that describes novels.

-- "a number of" = quantifier

A number of is yet another noun modifier that refers to novels.

Structure?
[a number of] +
[blockbuster,] +
[overpoweringly complicated] +
[NOVELS]

[quantifier] +
[noun as adjective,] +
[adjective phrase] +
[NOUN]

One last time: the phrase means a number of best-selling and very complicated novels.

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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,



IMO A

Generally works is used in the sense of construction, and Since we are talking about a writer, I removed B, C and E.

Out of A and D
lack of enthusiasms vs lack of enthusiasm, I will go with the latter, Because after the underlined portion there is a plural noun remains and we need a plural verb.
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Explanations do not merely assert that "X violates the _____ rule." Explanations do not consist merely of highlighting words. Explain why the words are highlighted if you highlight.



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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,( Correct )

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,( the works is incorrect, does not go with singular verb)

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,( same issue of subject verb mismatch )

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,(a number of blockbuster would have been correct)

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,( no subject for verb remains)

Will go with option A

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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

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A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

B,C,E --> out due to Subject verb agreement issue. The works(plural) and the verb remains(singular)
D - Usage of "enthusiasms" seems stylistically incorrect.

A seems to be the best choice among all.
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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

I agree that "enthusiasm" (A) is correct, and "enthusiasms" (D) is not correct; however, can someone explain to me how "a number of blockbuster" (A) is correct, as this appears to be a plural phrase, requiring "blockbusters".

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Anybody here! please throw light on a number of blockbuster and a number of blockbuster.
Nobody is talking about doesn't mean that both phrases are correct in context of question.
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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

I agree that "enthusiasm" (A) is correct, and "enthusiasms" (D) is not correct; however, can someone explain to me how "a number of blockbuster" (A) is correct, as this appears to be a plural phrase, requiring "blockbusters".

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iscbruc14 , I just posted the OE in which I address "blockbuster."

The objects of the preposition in comprised OF are . . . . stories and . . . . novels

blockbuster is a noun that acts like an adjective.

English has quite a few. Here are a few examples:
-- race horse
-- gymnastics coach
-- fire hydrant
-- math teacher

blockbuster = bestseller (often a novel or movie)
When used as an adjective, bestseller becomes bestselling

The entire object of the preposition means
a number of [some] bestselling, [very complicated] novels

Let's get rid of the "overpoweringly complicated [very complicated]."
We can say, in English,
a number of blockbuster novels

The construction is not redundant.
A blockbuster novel is a kind or type of novel—a bestselling novel,
just in English we have
a sports car or a race car

If in doubt, (1) see whether the noun could be an adjective; and
(2) remember that the noun acting as an adjective always comes first.

I hope that helps.
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Can you please explain this:

comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,,

Are there 3 adjectives at play: blockbuster overpoweringly complicated novels.

Also, shouldn't there be an 'and' between blockbuster and overpoweringly?

After putting 'and', I am sure, It would not make it parallel to the list 'a series of' and ' a number of'.

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Hi Mudit27021988 - No, there are two adjectives at play.
One is a phrase: "overpoweringly complicated"

1) [blockbuster],
[noun-adjective]

2) [overpoweringly-> complicated]
[adverb that modifies adjective -> adjective]

That list is a lot of jargon.

Essentially, if two adjectives in a row are separated by a comma,
that construction is allowed as long as the words and/or phrases are coordinate adjectives.

1) As I describe above, "blockbuster" is a noun that acts like an adjective. Call it a noun-adjective.
There are many such noun-adjectives in English.
Race horse. Corn bread.

2) change "overpoweringly" to "very." Very is an adverb.
Very modifies complicated.

3) very complicated: now we have an adjectivial phrase

• coordinate adjectives: Are blockbuster and very complicated coordinate adjectives?

Coordinate adjectives can be separated by a comma rather than an and.
This article explains.
Coordinate adjectives must be "reversible."

If you can put "and" in between the adjectives and reverse their order,
then you can also omit the and. Use a comma in place of and.
Further, if you do not use "and," you need a comma.

Coordinate adjectives?
. . . .the cold, dark night
. . .the cold and dark night
. . . the dark and cold night
Yes. AND works. We can reverse the adjectives. A comma is necessary.

Coordinate adjectives?
. . . several shy butterflies
. . . several and shy butterflies
. . . shy and several butterflies
No. AND does not work. Nor can we reverse the adjectives. No comma. Not coordinate adjectives.

• check "blockbuster" and "very complicated"
Correct: a number of very complicated and blockbuster [bestselling] novels
Correct: a number of blockbuster and very complicated novels
The adjectives can be separated by AND as well as reversed.
If written without AND, they require a comma.

We have two adjectives separated by a comma.
They are coordinate adjectives. The construction is fine.
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Could you please explain me the role of a modifier considered.
As per the GMAT rules comma+ Verb-ed modifier modifies the preceding noun.
In option A Considered seems to modify that Faulkner which seems to be Incorrect. Ideally it should modify work.

Could you please explain this.

Hi vishumangal , I am answering your tag.
I think you mean "comprised"? :)

The original sentence:
Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

Comprised is a past participle (a verbED).
On the GMAT, almost always, comma + past participle modifies the immediately preceding noun or noun phrase.

In this case, comprised modifies the main noun, WORK, in the noun phrase work of William Faulkner. **

Because the past participle comprised modifies the noun work, comprised is an adjective— participial adjective, in jargon.
Comprised of .... gives additional information about Faulkner's work.

Comprised tells us about one aspect of his "work": what kind of work it was. His writing was made up of two kinds of prose: short stories and novels.

-- participial adjectives can seem a little strange. HERE is a challenging but very good article about participial adjectives.
Comprised means "consisting of" or "made up of" or "including" or "constituted by."
Comprised tells us the type or kind (or even content) of Faulkner's work.

This structure (comma + verbED) is not tested as frequently as comma + present participle (verbING).
One official question that tests the comma + past participle construction can be found here. (Alice Walker question)
SPOILER ALERT: The answer to an official question is revealed if you look under the spoiler
In that question, published is an adjective that modifies the book The Color Purple.


Comprised is an adjective that modifies the noun work.

Hope that helps.



**Why can comprised "reach over" the phrase of William Faulkner to get to its target noun, work?
As is the case with almost all modifiers (I cannot think of an exception), if a noun is followed by a prepositional phrase, the prepositional phrase is essential, cannot be placed elsewhere, but is NOT the main noun.
So we allow modifiers such as comprised to "reach back" to the main noun in the noun phrase.
That main noun is work.

We can do the same thing with modifiers such as which.

Example: Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, which consisted of short stories and novels, became revered.

For these two modifiers (comprised and which), an essential modifier trumps a nonessential modifier.
That is, if a nonessential modifier such as comprised or which is separated from its noun by an essential modifier, that fact is just fine because essential trumps nonessential but both "of William Faulkner" and "comprised" modify work.

(Even that can reach back. Correct: Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner that is exemplified by his novels became revered.)

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I chose D because of "number of blockbusters". Is that incorrect? Why so? Why is number of blockbuster is correct? Blockbuster is singular and "number" is depicted that we choose a number from a plural. It is wrong to say number of + singular noun

Hi! enthusiasms is incorrect in D.

The structure of A is:

...a number of [(blockbuster), (overpoweringly complicated) novels]....

blockbuster is used as an adjective for novels, and is not used as a noun; it's like blockbuster movies.
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Explanations do not merely assert that "X violates the _____ rule." Explanations do not consist merely of highlighting words. Explain why the words are highlighted if you highlight.

fair enough :thumbup:

:lol: :lol: GKomoku , this comment is hilarious in context.

In your case (and others'), I can imagine the hilarious brainiac expert GMATNinja, who's good like that, writing,

"Um, generis, preach to the choir, much?"

Thanks for the laugh.

** Collins Dictionary online explains that
If you say that someone is preaching to the choir, you mean that [she or he is] presenting an opinion to people who already agree with it.
That you are the one who caught and noted my comment is ironically perfect.

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Anybody here! please throw light on a number of blockbuster and a number of blockbuster.
Nobody is talking about doesn't mean that both phrases are correct in context of question.

Hi gvij2017 , see the "official explanation," above, which I was writing when you posted, and please see my answer to iscbruc14 just after the official explanation.

If you still have questions, ask again. :)
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Option B,C, and E are clearly out as works and remains do not pass S-V agreement.

In between A and D, there is an issue between 'some initial lack of enthusiasm' and 'some initial lack of enthusiasms'.

I feel A is correct. 'Enthusiasms' is incorrect . 'Enthusiasms' mean many enthusiasms and that is really awkward in context of this sentence.

IMO A.

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Option B,C, and E are clearly out as works and remains do not pass S-V agreement.

In between A and D, there is an issue between 'some initial lack of enthusiasm' and 'some initial lack of enthusiasms'.

I feel A is correct. 'Enthusiasms' is incorrect . 'Enthusiasms' mean many enthusiasms and that is really awkward in context of this sentence.

IMO A.

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warrior1991 , yes, definitely awkward.

I have never seen the word enthusiasms in my life. I am a reading fanatic.

I decided that something was finally wrong with that red squiggly thing on the posting screen because it was not squiggling beneath "enthusiasms."

Nope. Nothing wrong with the red squiggly thing.

Enthusiasms is a word. I just found a sentence: Parents should share their enthusiasms with their children.

[Red pen. Rewrite: Parents should share their passions with their children.]

Your instincts are correct. In standard English, enthusiasm is rarely pluralized, and certainly is not pluralized when it used in the sense of group reception or excitement or ardor or zeal. :)
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