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# Last year, the State Assembly failed to pass a balanced budget because

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26 Mar 2015, 19:43
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Pronoun Revision Project.

Last year, the State Assembly failed to pass a balanced budget because they could not agree on certain key provisions.

A. they could not agree on

B. they could not agree about

C. it could not agree about

D. the Assemblymen could not agree about

E. the Assemblymen could not agree on

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26 Mar 2015, 22:24
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OA should be E.
they cannot be used for the State Assembly. Its the assemblymen who will agree or not.
Agree on is the correct idiom. So, E should be the answer.
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29 Mar 2015, 19:32
The original sentence contains a pronoun error. The pronoun "they" requires a plural
antecedent though there is none in the sentence; "State Assembly" is singular and
"they" cannot be used to refer to the politicians collectively since they were not
mentioned in the sentence.
(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.
(B) The pronoun "they" is incorrect here because there is no plural antecedent.
Moreover, the phrase "agree about" is unidiomatic; "agree on" should be used
(C) The singular pronoun "it" correctly refers to the singular noun "the State
Assembly." However, the phrase "agree about" is unidiomatic; "agree on" should be
(D) The use of "the Assemblymen" instead of "they" corrects the original pronoun
problem by eliminating the pronoun "they" altogether. However, the phrase "agree
(E) CORRECT. The use of "the Assemblymen" instead of "they" corrects the original
pronoun problem by eliminating the pronoun "they" altogether.
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18 Jan 2018, 11:30
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Pronoun Revision Project.

Last year, the State Assembly failed to pass a balanced budget because they could not agree on certain key provisions.

A. they could not agree on

B. they could not agree about

C. it could not agree about

D. the Assemblymen could not agree about

E. the Assemblymen could not agree on

Correct Answer must be (E) for the highlighted errors in other options...
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