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Fully one third of registered voters, according to recent polls, believes that character is the first consideration in assessing the worth of a politician.


A) believes that character is the first

B) believes that character is first a

C) believes that character is at first

D) believe that character is at first

E) believe that character is the first

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New post 28 Jul 2014, 14:03
Clearly E:
Since our subject is Voters we need: Believe so A, B and C are out
is at first is wrong so D is out
So we need to stay with E
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New post 28 Jul 2014, 15:26
In case of numerical fractions with "of", subject is what comes after "of". In this case, the subject is "voters" and hence the plural verb "believe". Eliminate A, B, C

"at first" in Option D is unidiomatic

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Expecting more explanation for this. Lets wait till we get more good replies :)
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New post 29 Jul 2014, 23:52
Fully one third of registered voters act as one unit and are hence singular. Comes down to D and E. character is at first makes no sense. Go with E.
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plural noun voters should come with plural verb believe,so A,B,C out
at first is unidiomatic in this case so E is the answer
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Fully one third of registered voters, according to recent polls, believes that character is the first consideration in assessing the worth of a politician.


A) believes that character is the first

B) believes that character is first a

C) believes that character is at first

D) believe that character is at first

E) believe that character is the first


IMO answer to this would be E.
Subject verb agreement : One third (of voters-plural) is plural and expects "Believe" as its verb.
If fraction is of something that is countable (e.g voters) the fraction as subject becomes plural. Similarly, if the fraction is of something that is non countable (e.g population), the fraction expects singular verb.
E.g. one third of the population was evacuated due to the timely warning issued on account of the cyclone Irma.


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