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# However much United States voters may agree that there is

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20 Aug 2015, 23:46
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 agree
(D) Even though United States voters may agree
(E) There is agreement among United States voters that

Ans: (A) original non-underlined sentence usage "that" after the "and" so it must be present in the first part of the sentence. (i don't know about "much" IMO many can be the right word here to use as voters are countable noun)
B) does not have That, "Agreement to the fact" kindof seems wordy
C) That,
D) That
E) there is agreement........ that there is waste.. Awkward and wordy
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27 Oct 2015, 11:17
ChrisLele, thanks for the explanation. One question - why "much" is used with voters (which is countable)?

Thank you.
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05 Nov 2015, 05:35
daagh wrote:
There is an aspect of altered intent to this question, which seems to have been overlooked so far. The passage states that ‘However much United States voters “may agree”. This “may agree” part is an important intent of the text. Changing the ‘may agree’ to “agreement” in B and E and simply to “agree” in choice C indulges in substantial alteration of intent.

This leaves us with choices A and D; D is however woefully inadequate in llism, by dropping the connector “that” in the first part.

Hi Daagh,

Although I also picked A as it was the best option but
isn't "much United States voters may agree" incorrect as much is used to quantify countable noun voters.
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17 Nov 2015, 22:47
NO satisfactory explanation about "much" in correct choice
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26 Nov 2015, 20:50
devinawilliam83 wrote:
However much United States voters may agree that there is a 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 the agreement among United States voters to the fact
c) Although United States voters agree
d) Even though United Staes voters may agree
e) There is agreement among United States voters that

The answer to this A. I agree.
Am just a little confused - I read in MGMAT that HOWEVER is a conjugative adverb, that should be used with semi colons and not commas, since terms like these are transitional and not actually conjunctions.. Any thoughts?

Hi mikemcgarry

could you please provide your comments for option A. Voters are countable then why we are using much for this countable noun.

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26 Nov 2015, 23:08
lh47620 wrote:
why "much" is used with voters (which is countable)?

Hi lh47620, much is not for voters, but for agreement.
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10 Feb 2016, 17:21
PARALLELISM IS BEING CHECKED ..... AND IS A PARALLELISM INDICATOR .. THAT AND THAT.
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18 Apr 2016, 16:52
Much is to modify the action agree.

kanigmat011 wrote:
daagh wrote:
There is an aspect of altered intent to this question, which seems to have been overlooked so far. The passage states that ‘However much United States voters “may agree”. This “may agree” part is an important intent of the text. Changing the ‘may agree’ to “agreement” in B and E and simply to “agree” in choice C indulges in substantial alteration of intent.

This leaves us with choices A and D; D is however woefully inadequate in llism, by dropping the connector “that” in the first part.

Hi Daagh,

Although I also picked A as it was the best option but
isn't "much United States voters may agree" incorrect as much is used to quantify countable noun voters.
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21 Apr 2016, 12:18
kanigmat011 wrote:
daagh wrote:
There is an aspect of altered intent to this question, which seems to have been overlooked so far. The passage states that ‘However much United States voters “may agree”. This “may agree” part is an important intent of the text. Changing the ‘may agree’ to “agreement” in B and E and simply to “agree” in choice C indulges in substantial alteration of intent.

This leaves us with choices A and D; D is however woefully inadequate in llism, by dropping the connector “that” in the first part.

Hi Daagh,

Although I also picked A as it was the best option but
isn't "much United States voters may agree" incorrect as much is used to quantify countable noun voters.

"However much" refers to the level of agreement of the voters, not the number of voters.
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02 Jun 2016, 21:27
EducationAisle wrote:
lh47620 wrote:
why "much" is used with voters (which is countable)?

Hi lh47620, much is not for voters, but for agreement.

Much is used just before United States voters.
United States is modifying voters , hence adjective.
Now anything modifying United States voters should be adjective. Much is not an adjective...
Please explain how is it used for agreement?
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03 Jun 2016, 05:37
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Much is used just before United States voters.
United States is modifying voters , hence adjective.
Now anything modifying United States voters should be adjective. Much is not an adjective...
Please explain how is it used for agreement?

Hi gmatlbs, basically the circumlocution of option A is:

Howsoever much the agreement among United States voters be…

It's actually quite a commonly used pattern. For example:

Howsoever much Peter may insist on becoming an artist, his parents are determined to make Peter a Doctor.

Again, much is not intended to modify Peter, but insistence.
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Re: However much United States voters may agree that there is [#permalink]

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06 Jul 2016, 12:40
Is "However" a valid conjunction to join to independent clauses, or to create a subordinate clause??

Shouldn't the two clauses be separated by a semicolon?

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08 Jul 2016, 01:25
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Is "However" a valid conjunction to join to independent clauses, or to create a subordinate clause??

Shouldn't the two clauses be separated by a semicolon?

Regards,

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The use of "however" you are referring to (conjunctive adverb) is not the same as the usage of "however" here.

1. needs semicolon (introduces independent clause): I played well; however I lost.

2. does not need semicolon (no independent clause introduced) : I cannot win however well I play.

You may consider the second as a part of the list "whatever", "whenever", "however" etc. They are NOT conjunctive adverbs and does not introduce an independent clause.

"However much United States voters may agree" is not an independent clause and is of type 2 stated above.
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20 Sep 2016, 12:01
A cannot be correct as 'much' is inappropriate.

C looks fine.

E doesn't show the contrast.

B is wordy.

D is chucked out because C is short and concise .

Please correct me if I'm wrong. What is the OE?

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20 Sep 2016, 12:38
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27. 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 agree
D) Even though United States voters may agree
E) There is agreement among United States voters that

Source: Brutal SC's

GMATonMind wrote:
A cannot be correct as 'much' is inappropriate.
C looks fine.
E doesn't show the contrast.
B is wordy.
D is chucked out because C is short and concise .

Please correct me if I'm wrong. What is the OE?

Dear GMATonMind,

I'm happy to respond. I don't have the highest opinion of this SC question, but at least it does have a clear OA of (A).

My friend, I suspect what confuses you is the alternate meaning of the word "however." See this blog:
The Word “However” on the GMAT
As I explain in that blog, the word "however" has a common well-known meaning and a second, more sophisticated meaning that confused many GMAT takers. Used in the secondary sense, the construction "however much" is 100% correct.

If you have any question after you read that blog, please let me know.

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14 Mar 2017, 00:13
In this correctly written sentence, parallel subordinate clauses are followed by a main clause.
These parallel subordinate clauses are both introduced by that: that there is ... and that the government. . .

A -> Correct. In this sentence, the repetition of that to introduce two subordinate clauses makes the construction parallel and correct.
B -> That is omitted. The sense of the sentence is distorted by the omission of may. the phrase agreement . . . to the fact is awkward.
C ->That is omitted, and the sense of the sentence is distorted by the omission of may.
D -> That is omitted.
E -> Using two independent clauses separated only by a comma creates a run-on sentence, and the sense of the sentence is distorted by
the omission of may.
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06 Jul 2017, 21:21
A) However much doesn't sound right.
B)Lack of concision.
C)Should have "that" after agree.
D)Same as C
E)Less concise, still more concise than B. (IMO right answer)
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07 Jul 2017, 03:50
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07 Jul 2017, 04:20
A. seems ok. agree that....However shows contrast between 1st and 2nd clause
B. agreement to the fact...fact is not followed by that...
C. voters agree....agree should follow that.
D. agree should be followed by that
E. It should show a contrast .....as the second clause it is difficult....should be a contrast to the first one.

amitjash wrote:
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 agree
(D) Even though United States voters may agree
(E) There is agreement among United States voters that

I have a doubt about the OA.
OA is A but in A, "much US voters.." is used. I think much is wong as the voters can be counted there should be many or most.... Please correct me if I am wrong.
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17 Dec 2017, 21:06
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