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# Opposing government interference to the action of the free

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Opposing government interference to the action of the free market, William Gladstone, a Liberal in the classical sense, since he believed low taxes and balanced budgets were beneficial to democracy.
(A) Opposing government interference to the action of the free market, William Gladstone, a Liberal in the classical sense, since he believed low taxes and balanced budgets were beneficial to democracy.
(B) William Gladstone was a Liberal in the classical sense opposing government interference to the action of free markets, because he believed democracy would be benefited by low taxes and balanced budgets.
(C) William Gladstone, a Liberal in the classical sense, opposed governments interfering with the action of the free market and believed that low taxes and balanced budgets were beneficial for democracy.
(D) A Liberal in the classical sense, William Gladstone, opposed to governments interfering in the action of the free market and believing in low taxes and balanced budgets as a benefit for democracy.
(E) A Liberal in the classical sense, William Gladstone, who opposed to governments interfering for the action of the free market, and he believed that low taxes and balanced budgets were beneficial with democracy.

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Re: Opposing government interference to the action of the free [#permalink]

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28 Dec 2013, 20:36
mikemcgarry wrote:
Opposing government interference to the action of the free market, William Gladstone, a Liberal in the classical sense, since he believed low-taxes and balanced budgets were beneficial to democracy.
(A) Opposing government interference to the action of the free market, William Gladstone, a Liberal in the classical sense, since he believed low-taxes and balanced budgets were beneficial to democracy.
(B) William Gladstone was a Liberal in the classical sense opposing government interference to the action of free markets, because he believed democracy would be benefited by low-taxes and balanced budgets.
(C) William Gladstone, a Liberal in the classical sense, opposed governments interfering in the action of the free market, and believed that low-taxes and balanced budgets were beneficial for democracy.
(D) A Liberal in the classical sense, William Gladstone, opposed to governments interfering with the action of the free market, and believing in low-taxes and balanced budgets as a benefit for democracy.
(E) A Liberal in the classical sense, William Gladstone, who opposed to governments interfering for the action of the free market, and he believed that low-taxes and balanced budgets were beneficial with democracy.

For a discussion of all the uses of "that" on the GMAT SC, as well as the explanation for this question, see:
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Hi Mike
I understand that all the other options are clearly wrong except

(C) William Gladstone, a Liberal in the classical sense, opposed governments interfering in the action of the free market, and believed that low-taxes and balanced budgets were beneficial for democracy.

But even in the above, I have one issue. I am removing the parenthetical element (non-restrictive information) and we have a construction as follows.
Noun + verb phrase + comma + and + verb phrase
which is equivalent to
Clause + comma + and + verb phrase

My question is, when there is a comma + and construction, shouldn't it separate two independent clauses? If the "and" was just listing the two verb phrases, the comma shouldn't be there.

Am I right?
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29 Dec 2013, 08:59
sivasanjeev wrote:
Hi Mike
I understand that all the other options are clearly wrong except

(C) William Gladstone, a Liberal in the classical sense, opposed governments interfering in the action of the free market, and believed that low-taxes and balanced budgets were beneficial for democracy.

But even in the above, I have one issue. I am removing the parenthetical element (non-restrictive information) and we have a construction as follows.
Noun + verb phrase + comma + and + verb phrase
which is equivalent to
Clause + comma + and + verb phrase

My question is, when there is a comma + and construction, shouldn't it separate two independent clauses? If the "and" was just listing the two verb phrases, the comma shouldn't be there.

Am I right?

Dear sivasanjeev,
I checked with Lucas, the punctuation guru at Magoosh, and he concurs --- in a longer, more complicated sentence, the comma might be necessarily to remove ambiguity and clarify the larger organization of the sentence, but here, in (C), the comma serves essentially no role, so he agreed that it should be removed. I changed that a fe other minor things about the sentence above. Thanks for your input!
Mike
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12 Dec 2017, 04:23
--C--
Interfere with- correct idiom
Correct meaning retained with no grammatical error.
Nice question, as always is the case with mikemcgarry
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12 Dec 2017, 16:00
I solved it correctly. but still i need explanation
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