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# During the U.S. Supreme Court case of 1857, Dred Scott v. Sandford, tw

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During the U.S. Supreme Court case of 1857, Dred Scott v. Sandford, two justices opposed the judgment for the defendant, half as many as later dissented with another landmark case, 2000’s Bush v. Gore.

A. judgment for the defendant, half as many as later dissented with

B. defendant’s judgment, half those that gave their dissent later in

C. judgment of the defendant, half the number as dissented later on

D. defendant’s judgment, which was half the ones who later dissented in

E. judgment for the defendant, half those who later dissented in

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31 Jul 2017, 05:12
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OE

It is more idiomatic to say that the judges dissented in a case, or that the judges dissented from an opinion or interpretation than to say the judges dissented with a case.

The correct response is (E), “those” is the correct pronoun to refer back to “justices,” while “later dissented in another landmark case” correctly uses a past-tense verb.

If you chose (A), “half as many as later dissented” is not correct. This answer choice appears to be saying “two is half as many as later dissented” A better way of expressing this comparison is to say “two is half the number that later dissented”. Additionally, it is more idiomatic to say “the judges dissented in a landmark case” than to say “the judges dissented with a landmark case”. You can disagree with the verdict reached in a case, but you don’t disagree with the case itself.

If you chose (B), since “those” refers to people, the “justices,” we cannot use the pronoun “that.” Only “who” and “whom” can refer to people.

If you chose (C), the phrase “judgment of the defendant” here implies that the defendant was the one making the judgment, which is clearly false. In addition, the phrase “half the number as dissented later on” is needlessly wordy. Look for a more concise choice.

If you chose (D), “the ones” is an awkward choice of pronoun. Additionally, since the pronoun “which” refers to the immediately preceding noun (judgment), this answer choice appears to be saying “the judgment was half the ones who later dissented in…”

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31 Jul 2017, 06:59
Came down to A and E . ?as per the sentence, I feel judgement for is right.
Selected E.

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31 Jul 2017, 07:34
judgement for is right,,,, so came down to A and E...

in A two justices opposed is properly compared with half the number of justices who opposed another case,,,

luks like A for me,,,,
whats the OA??
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02 Aug 2017, 23:50
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Dear Mike,

I have a query regarding the OA. Is the usage of 'those who' correct?

In a reply to the following topic by EMPOWERgmatRichC it is said that 'those who' is Incorrect. ‘Who’ referring to ‘those’ is redundant.

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03 Mar 2019, 07:24
A is wrong because it says that the justices ‘dissented with another landmark case’. Verdicts are dissented with, not cases. B is wrong because ‘that’ cannot be used to refer to people. C has a meaning error, ‘judgement of the defendant’ makes it sound like the defendant is was delivering judgement. D is a little awkward, particularly the phrase ‘the ones’. So, we can see that E is the best option. This option is clear, concise and preserves the meaning.
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