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During the debate in October 1992, each of the candidates -George Bush

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During the debate in October 1992, each of the candidates - George Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot - was allowed to ask one question of each of his opponents.

(A) was allowed to ask one question of each of his opponents.
(B) were allowed to ask one question of each of his opponents.
(C) was allowed to ask one question of every one of his opponents.
(D) were allowed to ask one question of each of their opponents.
(E) were allowed one question of each of his opponents.

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Although I agree with the answer (Option A), I would like to know why exactly C is wrong and how A and C are different. Another block in my mind is about the usage of the phrase "to ask one question of XYZ". I thought a better usage would be in this case "was allowed to ask each of his opponents one question." Any help/discussion is much appreciated! BTW Source is PowerScore SC.

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During the debate in October 1992, each of the candidates - George Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot - was allowed to ask one question of each of his opponents.

(A) was allowed to ask one question of each of his opponents.
(B) were allowed to ask one question of each of his opponents.
(C) was allowed to ask one question of every one of his opponents.
(D) were allowed to ask one question of each of their opponents.
(E) were allowed one question of each of his opponents.


WAS vs. WERE
"Each of X" is singular. Narrow down to only WAS choices.

    (A) was allowed to ask one question of each of his opponents.
    (C) was allowed to ask one question of every one of his opponents.

EACH OF vs. EVERY ONE OF
Though "each" (draws attention to members of a group one by one) and "every" (refers to a large number of XYZ and used mainly for generalisations) carry a different emphasis, "every one of" is interchangeable with "each of". Because the two phrases are interchangeable, it is better to be parallel.

    (A) was allowed to ask one question of each of his opponents.

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Re: During the debate in October 1992, each of the candidates -George Bush  [#permalink]

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New post 08 Dec 2018, 14:12
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During the debate in October 1992, each of the candidates - George Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot - was allowed to ask one question of each of his opponents.

(A) was allowed to ask one question of each of his opponents.
(B) were allowed to ask one question of each of his opponents.
(C) was allowed to ask one question of every one of his opponents.
(D) were allowed to ask one question of each of their opponents.
(E) were allowed one question of each of his opponents.


POE:
B, D, E) Each is ALWAYS singular so usage of were here is incorrect
C) Not 100% sure, but felt this was wrong because it sounds as if each candidate can ask the group one question as opposed to each individual one question.
A) Correct
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