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In stating the argument that the President does not care

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rampuria wrote:
In stating the argument that the President does not care about the plight of the poor, a prominent Democrat inferred that Republicans have never been concerned about them.

(A) a prominent Democrat inferred that Republicans have never been concerned about them.
(B) a prominent Democrat inferred that Republicans have never been concerned about the poor.
(C) a prominent Democrat implied that Republicans have never been concerned about them.
(D) a prominent Democrat inferred that Republicans have never been concerned about it.
(E) a prominent Democrat implied that Republicans have never been concerned about it.


Why is that everyone forgets that the correct answer choice must convey the intended meaning?
Let's look at the differences:
"Inferred" or "implied"
"them", "the poor", or "it".
Even though both terms "Inferred" and "implied" have a similar meaning, and the sentence will mean the same no matter which term we select, I believe that in this context, for the sake of clarity, "implied" fits better. However, I would not eliminate the other choice.

On the other hand, "them" clearly refers to the poor, so the choice "the poor" is unnecessary. "It" refers to "the plight". The question is: What is the author's intended meaning? The original sentence uses "them", so it refers to the poor. The sentence is logical, and the implication is that "republicans have never been concerned about the poor."
"It" refers to the plight of the poor; it implies that "republicans have never been concerned about the plight of the poor"
What is what republicans are not concerned with, "the poor" or "the plight of the poor"?
I believe that "the poor" not only makes more sense, but also is what the original sentence uses.
In conclusion, I find that choices A, B, and C convey the original meaning and are grammatically correct. My preference is C because I prefer the term "implied" to the term "inferred".

I believe that D and E are wrong because they use the term "it", which refers to "the plight of the poor". This is not what the original sentence states, and there is no reason to believe that it is what the author intended.
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