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# However much United States voters may agree that there is

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31 Oct 2006, 16:30
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However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement towards a minimal state.

(A) However much United States voters may agree that
(B) Despite agreement among United States voters to the fact
(C) Although United States voters agree
(D) Even though United States voters may agree
(E) There is agreement among United States voters that

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31 Oct 2006, 17:53
However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement towards a minimal state.

(A) However much United States voters may agree that (awkward)
(B) Despite agreement among United States voters to the fact changes meaning from may agree to toal agreement
(C) Although United States voters agree changes meaning from may agree to toal agreement
(D) Even though United States voters may agree Correct usage
(E) There is agreement among United States voters that changes meeing from may aggree to toal agreement
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31 Oct 2006, 19:14
A
It should be A ...I was going wrong with D
B C E - are changing meaning

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31 Oct 2006, 19:34
(A)

Note it down, "however much" cannot be replaced by "although" , "even though" or "despite".
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02 Nov 2006, 05:36
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
(A)

Note it down, "however much" cannot be replaced by "although" , "even though" or "despite".

Thanks for this

Noted it down in my notes
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02 Nov 2006, 08:11
(A) uses 'much' so out. 'Voters' a countable noun so we should use 'many'?
(E) does not make sense. OUT.
(B) changes the meanning a bit.

C or D.
I prefer (D) because of the use of 'may'.
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02 Nov 2006, 08:56
The answer is A because however is a really strong word that can't be replaced by other words
when there's an however in a sentence, alwasy keep it
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23 Nov 2006, 17:36
Iawfy wrote:
The answer is A because however is a really strong word that can't be replaced by other words
when there's an however in a sentence, alwasy keep it

I think it has nothing to do with this.

However means no matter how much.
it is intended meaning of the sentence, i.e. the extent of the agreement. Other words do not carry the same meaning.
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19 Dec 2006, 02:24
This one is hard to fathom...

what is 'much' referring? I assume 'voters' but that is a countable noun.

What am I missing here, guys?
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19 Dec 2006, 10:36
It refers to the degree of their agreeing to whatever is stated.
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19 Dec 2006, 13:19
I vote for A also. I was partially influenced by the "that" at the end of answer choice A. I think in order to keep parallel sentence we need "that" before both things that voters may agree on.

However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement towards a minimal state.

is this relevant???
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19 Dec 2006, 17:52
buckkitty wrote:
I vote for A also. I was partially influenced by the "that" at the end of answer choice A. I think in order to keep parallel sentence we need "that" before both things that voters may agree on.

However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement towards a minimal state.

is this relevant???

yes, it is.

so I was b/w A and E... "it is difficult to find...." needs a contrast in the beginning, which A provides... that's how I arrived to the answer... didn't even have to bother with HOWEVER MUCH part
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20 Dec 2006, 22:50
POE --> A

looking at the entire paragraph, we definately need "that" at the end of the underlined sentence.

So, eliminate choices B,C and D

for E: there is agreement among ....
this changes the meaning of the original sentence.. because voters MAY agree. Also, I think there should be "an" before the word "agreement".
Anyhow, E is out

that leaves us with A although it may sound awkward; yet, it is the best choice.
20 Dec 2006, 22:50
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