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# Pollution and degradation of the environment is, according

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Pollution and degradation of the environment is, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.

A. is, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.
B. is, according to the report by the commission, a matter of universal concern.
C. is, according to the report of the commission, matters of universal concern.
D. are, according to the commission's report, universally a matter of concern.
E. are, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.
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09 Sep 2011, 09:00
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This also I could not find by searching.
This also has an interesting rule. Would like to understand that

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09 Sep 2011, 11:21
we see two subjects here: 1) Pollution 2) degradation of the environment -- so we pick ARE... eliminating A, B, and C.

D Vs E -- I can't explain properly, but E seems to be very much familiar.

E conveys - it is a matter of concern across the universe... not just confined to some area.
D conveys - donno how to explain this is wrong, but seems awkward to me.
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09 Sep 2011, 11:51
Just trying to understand the difference between
"a matter of universal concern"
"matters of universal concern"

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09 Sep 2011, 11:59
if the subject is plural can we use "matters" instead of " a matter"?

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09 Sep 2011, 16:08
This is a weird question, I agree it should be E. We need to use "are" and we need to be clear on the meaning of the sentence.

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09 Sep 2011, 22:52
I know its weird .Just think if we have two options :

are, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.
are, according to the commission's report, matters of universal concern.

which one is a better choice? just trying to understand the rule

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10 Sep 2011, 07:06
Changing subject line to get attention.
Hope this should be ok

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27 Apr 2013, 12:59
are, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.
are, according to the commission's report, matters of universal concern.

what is the rule.

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D. are, according to the commission's report, universally a matter of concern.
E. are, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.

Universally is an adverb; can it modify a noun such as --- a matter? --- --no. Universal is an adjective. It can modify the noun -a matter-
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are, according to the commission's report, a matter of universal concern.
are, according to the commission's report, matters of universal concern.

In formal writing, a plural or a compound subject requires plural object, I believe ‘. In less formal writing, ‘are a matter’ is passable, I suppose.
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Why is it not matters of concern but a matter of concern when there are two subjects?

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11 Apr 2017, 18:20
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Dindin890, it can definitely be a good idea to think carefully about whether the plural subject ("pollution and degradation") can be a (singular) "matter of concern." The GMAT does mess with that sort of thing sometimes.

However, it's not a hard-and-fast rule: a plural subject can sometimes combine to form a singular noun, under the right circumstances.

• Steph, Draymond, and Klay are an outstanding team. (10 bonus points for anybody who knows who Steph, Draymond, and Klay are!)
• Intellectuals, generals, and merchants form the ruling class in Pelmenistan.

So this can be OK, depending on the meaning of the sentence.
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