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# However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in gov

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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 toward a minimal state.

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

C,D -->out
"That" is required.

A -- talks about uncertainity (may agree)

B,D -- vomiting "may" distorts the original meaning

A is the best.
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19 Feb 2009, 11:54
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Straight A.

... X agree THAT .... and THAT .....

E is run-on.

Is it a Q from OG. I remember a similar Q.

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OA is A (OG Verbal Review).
Can anybody explain why "much" is used for countable "voters"?

"However much" is not modifying "voters"

"However much" modfiying the "agree"
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20 Feb 2009, 22:27
parallelism and idiom(agree that)
BCD--out
E-creates run on
IMO A
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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 toward a minimal state.
A.
B.Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact
C.Although United States voters may agree
D.Even though United States voters may agree
E.There is agreement among United States voters that

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10 Oct 2010, 07:53
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I am non-native speaker, please shed lights on how is it possible that in A "However much United States voters may agree" could be "much.. voters"? If "vouters" is a countable noun when "much" is uncountable modifier...
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Guys,

I am non-native speaker, please shed lights on how is it possible that in A "However much United States voters may agree" could be "much.. voters"? If "vouters" is a countable noun when "much" is uncountable modifier...

Much of us voters means greater proportion of the us voters. proportion is uncountable, thus it is correctly used.

Many of the us voters means large number of us voters.
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but I see another explanation for this from Manhattan GMAT, by RonPurewal:

"'Much' doesn't refer to voters. Rather, it refers to the degree to which those voters agree that there is waste in government, and that blah blah blah. In other words, it's an adverb that modifies 'agree'."
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10 Oct 2010, 08:22
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but I see another explanation for this from Manhattan GMAT, by RonPurewal:

"'Much' doesn't refer to voters. Rather, it refers to the degree to which those voters agree that there is waste in government, and that blah blah blah. In other words, it's an adverb that modifies 'agree'."

Guys,

One month ago I struggled with this question and must say that you are going in a wrong direction . There's no much/many issue. To unlock this question we have to remember that "however much" is a special combination that means something like "Although". I would gratly appreciate if any Expert could verify or correct me.

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Pkit wrote:
thanks
but I see another explanation for this from Manhattan GMAT, by RonPurewal:

"'Much' doesn't refer to voters. Rather, it refers to the degree to which those voters agree that there is waste in government, and that blah blah blah. In other words, it's an adverb that modifies 'agree'."

Guys,

One month ago I struggled with this question and must say that you are going in a wrong direction . There's no much/many issue. To unlock this question we have to remember that "however much" is a special combination that means something like "Although". I would gratly appreciate if any Expert could verify or correct me.

Well done mate!

I have found this :

Also, however much, much as . Even though, no matter how much, as in As much as I hate to, I must stay home tonight , or However much it hurts, you ought to admit you were wrong , or Much as Karen would love to see us, she can't get out of her prior commitment . [Late 1500s]

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/as+much+as

I hope it is reputable source
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16 May 2011, 00:24
that ..that parallelism.
A and E remain.However, the opposite sense is missing in E.

A
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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 toward a minimal state.
A.
B.Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact
C.Although United States voters may agree
D.Even though United States voters may agree
E.There is agreement among United States voters that

B and E out--- Change the meaning. There is no "agreement".
C and D out--- "that" should be used before the supporting clause "there is waste in government". Also, although "Although" and "Even though" are very similar to "However much", "However much" gives a better sense of the degree of agreement and the other two slightly change the focus from the degree to the "agreement" itself.
A is the best of the lot.

Ans: "A"
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16 May 2011, 08:56
this is question of where all other options except A alter the meaning of the sentence.
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Much seems to be incorrect here, all answers are devils, but less devil is chosen.
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Financier wrote:
Pkit wrote:
thanks
but I see another explanation for this from Manhattan GMAT, by RonPurewal:

"'Much' doesn't refer to voters. Rather, it refers to the degree to which those voters agree that there is waste in government, and that blah blah blah. In other words, it's an adverb that modifies 'agree'."

Guys,

One month ago I struggled with this question and must say that you are going in a wrong direction . There's no much/many issue. To unlock this question we have to remember that "however much" is a special combination that means something like "Although". I would gratly appreciate if any Expert could verify or correct me.

Well done mate!

I have found this :

Also, however much, much as . Even though, no matter how much, as in As much as I hate to, I must stay home tonight , or However much it hurts, you ought to admit you were wrong , or Much as Karen would love to see us, she can't get out of her prior commitment . [Late 1500s]

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/as+much+as

I hope it is reputable source

If there is any confusion, then just replace "However Much" with "How Much", this is certainly the quality of Adverb to answer "how much?" -> Thus "however Much" is modifying "agree"... A is the winner...
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I will solve the question in different way. Because to eliminate answer choices we have to depend on 1) Meaning 2) Structure and 3) Grammar.

If we read the original sentence carefully we can see that question shows contrast.

And option E is not showing any contrast.

So, eliminate E. Besides we can eliminate this choice depending on structure of sentence.
E adds two independent clauses by using comma, a wrong structure.

Now look at the non-underline part of the sentence.

We see a " that clause" after 'and' it shows that before 'and' we need another " That clause" to make the sentence parallel.
Only A does so. Eliminate other choices depending on the structure.

Now As the previous poster posted, much is not modifying US voters. Actually, in the real exam scenario it will be difficult for me to find what the word 'much' is modifying. I will rather go with the above mentioned approach

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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 toward a minimal state.
A. However much United States voters may agree that
B. Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact
C. Although United States voters may agree
D. Even though United States voters may agree
E. There is agreement among United States voters that

>> X agree THAT..., and THAT....
>> The non-underline portion had that clause after the 'and' parallel marker, so we need a 'that-clause' in the first sentence. Also, the original sentence is trying to create a contrast, so we need the contrast in place. Also, VAN : to agree (verb) > agreement (noun)

A. everything is correct here.
B. ...to the fact...wordy. 'that-clause' missing
C. 'that-clause' missing
D. 'that-clause' missing
E. contrast missing

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03 Jul 2016, 22:50
straight ||ism.

A and E are contnders , but E is run -on.

So A is the best choice

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