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Diabetes, together with its serious complications, ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer

(a) ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only
(b) rank as the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed
(c) has the rank of the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed
(d) are the nation's third leading causes of death, surpassed only
(e) have been ranked as the nation's third leading causes of death, only surpassed

One point to highlight is the usage of "only" is important here.

Only when placed before "by heart disease and cancer" is limiting to those diseases

Only when placed before "surpassed" is limiting surpassed and not those diseases, which distorts the meaning.

Hence, Answer is A

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New post 27 Jul 2017, 22:05
A is the best option.
Diabetes should take singular verb.
And "only" modifies the nouns not verbs.

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how to diffrentiate when to use- only before verb or after verb

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Darth_McDaddy wrote:
Diabetes, together with its serious complications, ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer

(a) ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only
(b) rank as the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed
(c) has the rank of the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed
(d) are the nation's third leading causes of death, surpassed only
(e) have been ranked as the nation's third leading causes of death, only surpassed


Imo A
Rank as is incorrect
C is wrong because it has " has the rank " which is not good to say or write .
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New post 23 Sep 2017, 06:29
"A" is the correct choice - Diabetes is a singular entity. Therefore, look for ranks in line with sub-verb agreement.

A - correct
"B" and "C" - usage of rank - eliminate.
"D" - are the nation's... - eliminate
"E" - "have been" is again plural
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Diabetes, together with its serious complications, ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer.
A. ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only
B. rank as the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed
C. has the rank of the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed
D. are the nation's third leading causes of death, surpassed only
E. have been ranked as the nation's third leading causes of death, only surpassed

I was choosing between D and A, (A is the right answer)
The reason I chose D over A is that, I do not think "Diabetes" can "rank" itself, should it be "Diabetes is ranked"??

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Diabetes, together with its serious complications, ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer.
A. ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only
B. rank as the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed
C. has the rank of the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed
D. are the nation's third leading causes of death, surpassed only
E. have been ranked as the nation's third leading causes of death, only surpassed

I was choosing between D and A, (A is the right answer)
The reason I chose D over A is that, I do not think "Diabetes" can "rank" itself, should it be "Diabetes is ranked"??

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Term "Diabetes, together with its serious complications" is plural so we have to use ranks. Had it been only "Diabetes" then sentence will be Diabetes rank as third......please note we are ranking based on "leading cause of death". E.g. you can rank any food items based on deliciousness.

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This is how i eliminated the options for this sentence. Need expert advice. Thank you
Since Diabetes is followed by the additive phrases together with doesn't it doesn't add to the verb and depends on the main subject the Diabetes.So diabetes in singular and Hence the singular verb Ranks. So options B and C are out . Now among A,D,E
D uses the plural verb are so incorrect. Option E uses only to limit surpass rather than Heart ache, Hence Incorrect

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This is how i eliminated the options for this sentence. Need expert advice. Thank you
Since Diabetes is followed by the additive phrases together with doesn't it doesn't add to the verb and depends on the main subject the Diabetes.So diabetes in singular and Hence the singular verb Ranks. So options B and C are out . Now among A,D,E
D uses the plural verb are so incorrect. Option E uses only to limit surpass rather than Heart ache, Hence Incorrect

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Expert advice is on this link..yes, diabetes is singular...please go through below link for more details https://gmatclub.com/forum/diabetes-tog ... 21132.html

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Diabetes, together with its serious complications, ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer.
A. ranks as the nation's third leading cause of death, surpassed only
B. rank as the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed
C. has the rank of the nation's third leading cause of death, only surpassed
D. are the nation's third leading causes of death, surpassed only
E. have been ranked as the nation's third leading causes of death, only surpassed

I was choosing between D and A, (A is the right answer)
The reason I chose D over A is that, I do not think "Diabetes" can "rank" itself, should it be "Diabetes is ranked"??


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If you succeed on finding the question then take the advantage of REQUEST EXPERT REPLY facility and ask your query on the existing thread.

This would allow us from alot of redundant posts/threads.

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