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# None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains

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None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains why most of the people exposed to the alleged causes do not commit crimes and, conversely, why so many of those not so exposed have.
(A) have
(B) has
(C) shall
(D) do
(E) could
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31 Mar 2005, 21:21
That's right...this is an easy one! (realised it after I clicked submit)
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None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains why most of the people exposed to the alleged causes do not commit crimes and, conversely, why so many of those not so exposed do
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03 Apr 2005, 21:17
OA is D (was an easy one!)
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11 Aug 2012, 16:54
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if you all haven't notices, this sentence is from OG and has its own error in none underlined part. None of the attempts - is plural and it takes singular verb: explains.

None is a SAMAN pronoun (if you have read MGMAT!!)
GMAC made a mistake!! it is human to make mistake!
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11 Aug 2012, 17:54
divyakesharwani wrote:
if you all haven't notices, this sentence is from OG and has its own error in none underlined part. None of the attempts - is plural and it takes singular verb: explains.

None is a SAMAN pronoun (if you have read MGMAT!!)
GMAC made a mistake!! it is human to make mistake!

I think GMAC is right. Pronouns ending with -one, -body, -ever, -thing are always singular. Examples are Someone, anybody, No one, Everyone, Anybody, No body, whoever etc. Here none means no one.
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11 Aug 2012, 18:28
NO.
Sure the pronouns you mention are always singular. They are indefinite pronouns. But pronouns like Some, None, All, Any, More, Most depend on the -of clause they take.

Some of my friends are coming over
Vs.
Some of my friend is coming over.

Read Manhatten Gmat chapter on Subject-Verb agreement.

None of the attempts is plural.
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11 Aug 2012, 21:33
divyakesharwani wrote:
NO.
Sure the pronouns you mention are always singular. They are indefinite pronouns. But pronouns like Some, None, All, Any, More, Most depend on the -of clause they take.

Some of my friends are coming over
Vs.
Some of my friend is coming over.

Read Manhatten Gmat chapter on Subject-Verb agreement.

None of the attempts is plural.

I think it's a debatable issue. GMAC has used none as singular in 2-3 examples in SC. OG 12 #04: none is singular.
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divyakesharwani wrote:
NO.
Sure the pronouns you mention are always singular. They are indefinite pronouns. But pronouns like Some, None, All, Any, More, Most depend on the -of clause they take.

Some of my friends are coming over
Vs.
Some of my friend is coming over.

Read Manhatten Gmat chapter on Subject-Verb agreement.

None of the attempts is plural.

I think it's a debatable issue. GMAC has used none as singular in 2-3 examples in SC. OG 12 #04: none is singular.

Well, in this sentence, to maintain the comparison, the verb in the second part should match the verb in the first part. Therefore, DO NOT COMMIT (first verb), and
DO ( second verb should be parallel). So, correct answer is choice D.
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16 Apr 2013, 08:49
SOURH7WK wrote:
divyakesharwani wrote:
NO.
Sure the pronouns you mention are always singular. They are indefinite pronouns. But pronouns like Some, None, All, Any, More, Most depend on the -of clause they take.

Some of my friends are coming over
Vs.
Some of my friend is coming over.

Read Manhatten Gmat chapter on Subject-Verb agreement.

None of the attempts is plural.

I think it's a debatable issue. GMAC has used none as singular in 2-3 examples in SC. OG 12 #04: none is singular.

Taken from Spidey's SC notes:
"None is one of the indefinite pronouns that is singular or plural. There used to be a old rule that defined that none is less than zero so it inherits a singular verb. However it is used in different context many times [...]
Example: In this question I think none of the answers are correct."

Is it possible that since this question is old, "none of the attempts" will now be considered plural by GMAC?
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16 Apr 2013, 08:57
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Vithal wrote:
None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains why most of the people exposed to the alleged causes do not commit crimes and, conversely, why so many of those not so exposed have.
(A) have
(B) has
(C) shall
(D) do
(E) could

As mentioned above by my fellow mates, this is a comparison question. Here the action verbs are to be taken into consideration as the comparison is around the action. Do not commit is the first action . So It will be an accurate comparison if it is compared with the same kind of action. So Do commit should be the right choice. How ever it makes a perfect sense if we end the sentence with do as we do not have any ambiguity. Do will still refer to "commit crimes"
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16 Apr 2013, 09:04
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SOURH7WK wrote:
divyakesharwani wrote:
NO.
Sure the pronouns you mention are always singular. They are indefinite pronouns. But pronouns like Some, None, All, Any, More, Most depend on the -of clause they take.

Some of my friends are coming over
Vs.
Some of my friend is coming over.

Read Manhatten Gmat chapter on Subject-Verb agreement.

None of the attempts is plural.

I think it's a debatable issue. GMAC has used none as singular in 2-3 examples in SC. OG 12 #04: none is singular.

Taken from Spidey's SC notes:
"None is one of the indefinite pronouns that is singular or plural. There used to be a old rule that defined that none is less than zero so it inherits a singular verb. However it is used in different context many times [...]
Example: In this question I think none of the answers are correct."

Is it possible that since this question is old, "none of the attempts" will now be considered plural by GMAC?

None is nothing but not one. You should say "Not one of my friends is here" but not "Not one of my Friends are here". Breaking down none to Not one will give you the lead. Not One is always Singular.
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what is spidey's SC notes? Is it useful?
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22 Aug 2013, 02:14
none of

some grammar book consider none of singular, other grammar book consider none of plural.

if we have to follow some sources, grammar books are good sources.

so, gmat consider none of singular.

gmat would never test this point. so, dont worry
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Vithal wrote:
None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains why most of the people exposed to the alleged causes do not commit crimes and, conversely, why so many of those not so exposed have.
(A) have
(B) has
(C) shall
(D) do
(E) could

The correct option needs to parallel "do not", the only option that works is D, "do".
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None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains why most of the people exposed to the alleged causes do not commit crimes and, conversely, why so many of those not so exposed have.
(A) have
(B) has
(C) shall
(D) do
(E) could

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i think we can eliminate wrong answer by ||ism concept.

A. None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains why most of the people exposed to the alleged causes do not commit crimes and, conversely, why so many of those not so exposed have.
Do is not parallel to have . so this option is incorrect.

B. None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains why most of the people exposed to the alleged causes do not commit crimes and, conversely, why so many of those not so exposed has.
Again Do is not parallel to has . so this option is wrong .

C . None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains why most of the people exposed to the alleged causes do not commit crimes and, conversely, why so many of those not so exposed Shall
Again Do is not parallel to Shall . so this option is wrong .

D . None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains why most of the people exposed to the alleged causes do not commit crimes and, conversely, why so many of those not so exposed do
Again Do is not parallel to do . this is answer .

E . None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains why most of the people exposed to the alleged causes do not commit crimes and, conversely, why so many of those not so exposed could
Again do is not parallel to could . this is wrong Answer .
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03 Mar 2015, 00:47
Do is parallel to do not. That is why the answer is D.
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Vithal wrote:
None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains why most of the people exposed to the alleged causes do not commit crimes and, conversely, why so many of those not so exposed have.
(A) have
(B) has
(C) shall
(D) do
(E) could

why some do not commit the crime and, why some do commit the crime!!!!! get it?
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14 May 2017, 11:36
Vithal wrote:
None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains why most of the people exposed to the alleged causes do not commit crimes and, conversely, why so many of those not so exposed have.
(A) have
(B) has
(C) shall
(D) do
(E) could

A "Have [commit crimes]" is incorrect.
B "Has [commit crimes]" is incorrect.
C "Shall [commit crimes]" is incorrect because the sentence examines past exposure and present causes. The future is incorrect here.
D Correct
E "Could [commit crimes]" is not parallel to "do not."
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