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Despite the fact that they were colonists, more Americans thought of themselves as British citizens, and throughout the early years of the American Revolution, more than half of all Americans were loyal to Britain.

(A) more Americans thought of themselves as British citizens

(B) fewer Americans felt that they were British citizens

(C) most Americans thought of themselves as British citizens

(D) many of them felt like British citizens

(E) most Americans believed we were British citizens

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11 May 2017, 01:00
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Despite the fact that they were colonists, more Americans thought of themselves as British citizens, and throughout the early years of the American Revolution, more than half of all Americans were loyal to Britain.

(A) more Americans thought of themselves as British citizens
(B) fewer Americans felt that they were British citizens
(C) most Americans thought of themselves as British citizens
(D) many of them felt like British citizens
(E) most Americans believed we were British citizens

"As British citizens" expresses the idea clearly
As followed by noun alone----->in the role of

its better than" like British citizens"
"we were " --->usage is wrong
B opposite

Usage of Most is correct here
Hence C
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22 Aug 2017, 11:03
This question basically conveys the usage of 'most' with nouns.
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26 Feb 2019, 03:14
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Despite the fact that they were colonists, more Americans thought of themselves as British citizens, and throughout the early years of the American Revolution, more than half of all Americans were loyal to Britain.

(A) more Americans thought of themselves as British citizens

(B) fewer Americans felt that they were British citizens

(C) most Americans thought of themselves as British citizens

(D) many of them felt like British citizens

(E) most Americans believed we were British citizens

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

C. The final sentence-correction question contains an improper comparison. The term more requires a comparison between two things (more Americans thought of themselves as British citizens than what?). The sentence doesn’t offer a comparison. Because there’s an error, eliminate Choice (A). Choice (B) uses the term fewer, which also requires a comparison, and this answer choice changes the meaning of the sentence. Choice (D) gets rid of more but introduces the pronoun them, which doesn’t have a clear reference and, therefore, can’t be right. Choice (E) also contains a pronoun error: its inclusion of the first-person pronoun we. We weren’t around during the American Revolution, so Choice (E) is incorrect. Choice (C) changes more to most, so it eliminates the comparison problem and is the correct answer.
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Despite the fact that they were colonists, more Americans thought of themselves as British citizens, and throughout the early years of the American Revolution, more than half of all Americans were loyal to Britain.

(A) more Americans thought of themselves as British citizens

(B) fewer Americans felt that they were British citizens

(C) most Americans thought of themselves as British citizens

(D) many of them felt like British citizens

(E) most Americans believed we were British citizens

The right answer is C. The challenge with such questions is not that they are particularly hard by themselves, but they make you look out for a number of easy things that could each individually catch you out, until one does.

Option A - more than what? "more" is a comparative term and should be used in relation to some other entity. OUT

Option B - Not only is fewer incorrect for the same reason as A, it also flips the meaning of the sentence altogether! OUT

Option C - The use of most is correct since later on in the sentence it says that "more than half of all Americans....". There is also complete clarity on the use of the right subjects and verbs. CORRECT

Option D - The use of them is unclear. The noun that them replaces isn't introduced until much later, making it an ambiguous pronoun. OUT

Option E - The use of we is absurd (unless you're from the USA!). Nowhere is it indicated that the author is American, so we is entirely the wrong pronoun to use. OUT

The right answer is therefore, C
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