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It is characteristic of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has the judgments of the art historian.

(A) of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has

(B) of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has

(C) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have

(D) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors have played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have

(E) it is of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as has

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It is characteristic of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has the judgments of the art historian.

(A) of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has

(B) of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has

(C) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have

(D) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors have played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have

(E) it is of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as has

A question of S-V number agreement
First look at the inverted clause at the end, and one will see that 'has' is wrong for the plural judgments. By this, score alone eliminate choices A, B, and E.

Between C and D: Another instance of S-V mismatch in a different place. The taste is singular, and hence we need 'has played' as the verb. Only C uses the singular 'has' while D wrongly uses the plural 'have. C is the answer.

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It is characteristic of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has the judgments of the art historian.


Meaning:
The sentence presents few facts.
It says the characteristic of Metropolitan Museum of Art is similar to the characteristic of every great American museum.
We also get to know about the characteristic:

the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections
as has the judgments of the art historian.

the subject-verb pair for the first clause is correct,
subject: the taste of local collectors
verb:has played

note that: the local collectors can not be subject since it lies in prepositional phrase starting with of

The verb (has) for the second object is incorrect,
since it should be have to agree in number with object: the judgements. - plural

The taste (singular) and the judgements (plural) have played part in the formation of the collection of local collectors.

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(A) of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has

(B) of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has


We need to maintain parallelism by usage of it is

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(C) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have


Correct, as mentioned in error analysis above.

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(D) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors haveplayed at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have

(E) it is of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as has


Incorrect subject-verb number agreement.

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It is characteristic of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has the judgments of the art historian.

(A)of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has ( as should follow a clause)( subject judgements should follow a plural verb)

(B)of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has ( same as in A)

(C) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have ( correct)

(D) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors have played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have ( taste is singular so verb should also be singular)

(E) it is of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as has

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In option E, if we change the singular verb has to plural verb have, does the sentence become correct?

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Nope. the subject is the singular noun 'taste.' It can't take a plural verb 'have'. E is wrong because the singular verb 'has' is unable to stand for the plural 'judgments' in the latter part of the sentence.
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Nope. the subject is the singular noun 'taste.' It can't take a plural verb 'have'. E is wrong because the singular verb 'has' is unable to stand for the plural 'judgments' in the latter part of the sentence.


Sir, I do agree.
if we change the verb for plural subject 'judgements' from has to have, does the option E become Correct?

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It is characteristic of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has the judgments of the art historian.

(A) of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has

(B) of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has

(C) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have

(D) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors have played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have

(E) it is of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as has

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In the corrected sentence, It is characteristic of should be paralleled by as it is of, and this parallel construction should be completed by that before the taste. . . . Choice A lacks these elements as well as noun-pronoun agreement (Museum . . . their) and noun-verb agreement (Judgments . . . has). Choice B rectifies only the missing that. Lack of agreement (taste . . . have) makes choice D wrong. Choice E needs that before the taste and as have in place of as has. C is the best answer.
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Sonu, in that case, after your suggested change, the choice will be the same as C, the OA.
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aragonn Can you please explain why that is required for option C to be correct?
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aragonn this is what i understand after reading GMATNinja article (please correct me if my understanding is wrong).

It is characteristic of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have the judgments of the art historian.

Bold part is main the clause and Italic part is its dependent clause.
That is used at the beginning of the subordinate clause , to join the two clauses
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It is characteristic of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has the judgments of the art historian.

(A) of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has - Subject-verb agreement issue - Since “judgments” is plural therefore, verb must also be plural ; "their collections" is incorrect ; that before the taste is necessary

(B) of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has - Subject-verb agreement issue - Since “judgments” is plural therefore, verb must also be plural ; "their collections" is incorrect

(C) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have - Correct

(D) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors have played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have - subject-verb agreement - “the taste”(singular) is followed by “have”(plural)

(E) it is of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as has - Subject-verb agreement issue - Since “judgments” is plural therefore, verb must also be plural ; that before the taste is necessary

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Nope. the subject is the singular noun 'taste.' It can't take a plural verb 'have'. E is wrong because the singular verb 'has' is unable to stand for the plural 'judgments' in the latter part of the sentence.


Sir, I do agree.
if we change the verb for plural subject 'judgements' from has to have, does the option E become Correct?

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No, there is another difference between choices C and E- "that" before the taste. "That" is necessary here.
Even if we change as has to as have, option E will be incorrect because we are joining 2 independent clauses "It is characteristic of the Metropolitan Museum of Art" and "the taste of local collectors" without proper connectors.

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I have another doubt. There is a split b/w option A &B and C, D & E.

of virtually every great American museum OR
it is of virtually every great American museum.

Which one is correct? Do we need "it is" or can be elided? If "it is" not required specifically then, and if the option b were ended with "have", then the option would have been correct.

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Pay attention to the last part of the sentence. “…the judgments of…” Since “judgments” is plural therefore, verb must also be plural. “have” must be used.
A, B, and E: Use of “has” is incorrect.
D: “the taste”(singular) is followed by “have”(plural). Subject-verb agreement violated.
C: Subject-verb agreement maintained. Hence, C is the answer.
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It is characteristic of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has the judgments of the art historian.

(A) of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has

(B) of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of their collections as has

(C) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have

(D) it is of virtually every great American museum, that the taste of local collectors have played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as have

(E) it is of virtually every great American museum, the taste of local collectors has played at least as large a part in the formation of its collections as has

A question of S-V number agreement
First look at the inverted clause at the end, and one will see that 'has' is wrong for the plural judgments. By this, score alone eliminate choices A, B, and E.

Between C and D: Another instance of S-V mismatch in a different place. The taste is singular, and hence we need 'has played' as the verb. Only C uses the singular 'has' while D wrongly uses the plural 'have. C is the answer.

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but 'comma that' can not be used right? Only comma which is correct usage? I am sorry if this is a silly question, I just started my SC prep.
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Dear experts.
I have another doubt. There is a split b/w option A &B and C, D & E.

of virtually every great American museum OR
it is of virtually every great American museum.

Which one is correct? Do we need "it is" or can be elided? If "it is" not required specifically then, and if the option b were ended with "have", then the option would have been correct.

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Yes, one can certainly elide the first two words; after all, reducing an IC to an adverbial phrase is legal and even preferred in general. However, in the given context, ellipsis or no ellipsis, A and E are incorrect because both are comma-splice run-ons.
Perhaps B could be even better than C if the second 'has' is changed to the plural 'have' because it is two words fewer.
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