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# QOTD: However much United States voters

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Question No.: SC 10
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However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement toward a minimal state.

(A) However much United States voters may agree that

(B) Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact

(C) Although United States voters agree

(D) Even though United States voters may agree

(E) There is agreement among United States voters that

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29 Jun 2017, 10:49
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This one is an absolute classic, and possibly the question that has given my students the most trouble over the years, partly because it shows up right at the beginning of the verbal guide, and it might be a GMAT test-taker’s first exposure to this particular set of issues.

We also covered this particular question during our YouTube live chat, so if you prefer to get your SC via video, click here. And some of the issues with “that” are also discussed in our recent Topic of the Week on “that.”

But ideally, the first thing you should notice here is the parallelism marker “and”. Yeah, “and” isn’t underlined – but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. Notice that the phrase “that the government as a whole spends beyond its means…” follows the “and” – so we’ll need to find something that’s parallel to that phrase.

Basically, we’ll need another phrase starting with “that.”

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(A) However much United States voters may agree that

Ugh, “however much voters may agree” – I think that sounds crappy and awkward. But guess what? Nobody cares what I think, and what "sounds right" and what is right aren't necessarily the same on the GMAT. So you always want to ask yourself: is this wrong, or just crappy?

It’s just crappy-sounding, and that’s not a crime. The parallelism is correct here, since “that” follows “however much voters may agree.” So voters may agree on two things: 1) that there is waste in government, and 2) that the government… spends beyond its means. The parallelism is wonderfully clear here.

And I sometimes hear people worry that "much" is wrong, because "much" can only modify non-countable nouns, and "United States voters" are countable. But in this case, "however much" isn't modifying the number of voters -- it's modifying the verb phrase "voters may agree", so you don't have to worry about the countable vs. non-countable business here.

So we can keep (A).

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(B) Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact

Nothing is parallel to “that the government as a whole spends beyond its means.” Eliminate (B).

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(C) Although United States voters agree

Same parallelism error as in (B). Plus, I’m not sure that the meaning really works here… but we’ll talk about that more when we get to (E). (C) is gone.

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(D) Even though United States voters may agree

This one sounds great… but we don’t care about “sound.” The parallelism is wrong, just as in (B) and (C). Eliminate (D).

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(E) There is agreement among United States voters that

Parallelism is perfectly fine here, just as in (A).

But the big problem with (E) is a little bit tougher to spot: it’s a comma splice, featuring two independent clauses (“There is agreement…” and “it is difficult to find broad support…”), connected by just a comma. So (E) is gone.

We could also argue that (E) doesn’t really make much sense in terms of meaning: (E) says that there is definitely agreement, but it’s still difficult to find broad support for a minimal state. That’s potentially contradictory, in some sense. (A) arguably makes a little bit more sense, since it’s indicating some uncertainty with “however much”: regardless of the exact amount of the agreement, it’s difficult to find broad support for a minimal state. That seems more reasonable to me than (E).

But whatever. Parallelism errors in (B), (C), and (D), and a comma splice in (E). (A) wins, even without giving any thought to meaning.
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29 Jun 2017, 10:53
C...although voters agree...it is difficult to find broad support

However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement toward a minimal state.
(A) However much United States voters may agree that
(B) Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact
(C) Although United States voters agree
(D) Even though United States voters may agree
(E) There is agreement among United States voters that
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29 Jun 2017, 12:03
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A due to 'that'
E changes meaning
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29 Jun 2017, 12:11
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I'll go with option A

Clue 1 :- "it is difficult to find broad support for a movement toward a minimal state" hence no agreement has been made, which eliminates B,C and E
Clue 2 :- parallelism "that there is waste..... and that the government as a whole spends....."

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29 Jun 2017, 17:14
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Parallelism is best taken care of in A.
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29 Jun 2017, 17:35
However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement toward a minimal state.
There is a parallelism issue here, there is that out of highlited part.

(A) However much United States voters may agree that correct answer
(B) Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact - misses that, parallelism issue
(C) Although United States voters agree - same as B
(D) Even though United States voters may agree - same as B
(E) There is agreement among United States voters that - no grammar issue (except for missed an before agreement but I don't think GMAT tests that) , but wordy and passive and therefore A is preferred
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29 Jun 2017, 19:45
However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement toward a minimal state.
(A) However much United States voters may agree that -Correct.
(B) Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact - AGREE TO is idiomatically incorrect. Moreover, THAT is required to join a clause. Hence incorrect.
(C) Although United States voters agree - THAT is required to join a clause. Hence incorrect.
(D) Even though United States voters may agree - THAT is required to join a clause. Hence incorrect.
(E) There is agreement among United States voters that - This sentence leads to a RUN-ON sentence. Moreover, use of THERE is not highlighting the contradiction. Hence Incorrect

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29 Jun 2017, 20:02
Option A

B,C & D have parallelism errors

E has run on error, two ICs are joined by a ,
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29 Jun 2017, 21:08
Please explain why the A.... because much is used with non countable nouns while voters are countable noun.

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30 Jun 2017, 00:10
However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement toward a minimal state.
Note that there is "that" in the non-underlined portion of the statement, so we need "that" in the underlined portion as well, to maintain parallelism. This eliminates options B, C, and D. In option E, there is no contrast shown, whereas in option A, the use of the word "however" presents the required contrast. Therefore option A id the correct answer.
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This topic tests two facts namely 1. the parallel structure of the introducer 'that' and 2. the meaning of 'may agree'.
1. Because there is the introducer 'that' in the non-underlined part, one is compelled by parallelism to use 'that' in the underlined part too. We may eliminate choices B, C, and D for not obeying that rule.
Between A and E, the original text uses the word 'may agree", a sort of speculation while E claims certainty by saying that there is agreement, substantially differing from the original intent.
A is the correct choice.
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30 Jun 2017, 10:11
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Please explain why the A.... because much is used with non countable nouns while voters are countable noun.

Please see my explanation above, kedarsharma. I edited it to address your question.
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30 Jun 2017, 11:09
However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement toward a minimal state.
(A) However much United States voters may agree that - Correct
(B) Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact - Parallelism - that is missing
(C) Although United States voters agree - Parallelism - that is missing
(D) Even though United States voters may agree - Parallelism - that is missing
(E) There is agreement among United States voters that - meaning changed - there is a certain degree of uncertainty in original statement because of may agree
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You mean the answer is 'A' as you marked it as the correct answer and you said that the meaning is changed in E.
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30 Jun 2017, 11:23
However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement toward a minimal state.

(A) However much United States voters may agree that - Correct - Parallelism is correct in this sentence
(B) Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact = Missing "that" causing parallelism error
(C) Although United States voters agree = Missing "that" causing parallelism error
(D) Even though United States voters may agree = Missing "that" causing parallelism error
(E) There is agreement among United States voters that = Changes the meaning slightly, expresses more certainty as compared to may in the option A, E is incorrect

Hence, Answer is A
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As every one rightly pointed that there is competition between A and E. Even though if we don't identify E as run on sentence then also we can easily strike out E if we understand the meaning of the sentence. Main sentence uses the word "MAY' that means possibility but in Option E Possibility is lost and it says *There is....", use of is means certainty.

(A) However much United States voters may agree that

(E) There is agreement among United States voters that
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However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement toward a minimal state.

(A) However much United States voters may agree that

(B) Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact

(C) Although United States voters agree

(D) Even though United States voters may agree

(E) There is agreement among United States voters that

Hi,
Firstly,In this sentence the first clause must be dependent since the second clause is an IC and joined just by a comma to the first clause.
E is out for this reason.

Secondly you need a that at the end of your answer choice to maintain parallelism.
So B,C,d are out and you are left with A.
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16 Apr 2018, 20:22
Isn't HOWEVER an Independent Marker ?
so how is it in option A , the sentence before comma is used as a subordinating clause ?
or is it that since here we have "however much" , it is not an independent clause ?
And if no, then what's the correct usage of however ?
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However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement toward a minimal state.

(A) However much United States voters may agree that

(B) Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact

(C) Although United States voters agree

(D) Even though United States voters may agree

(E) There is agreement among United States voters that

The author is presenting a contrast in this statement; he is saying that even though the U.S voters believe that their government indulges in unnecessary expenditure, the same voters may not support towards the idea of a minimal state.

B - This statement says that "Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact" - agreement to which fact ? The independent clause before the conjunction 'and' is illogical - INCORRECT

C - First half before and is illogical and again voters agree to what ? - INCORRECT

D - First half before and is illogical and again voters agree to what ? - INCORRECT

E - This doesn't present the contrast which is required, although the parallelism is correct. - INCORRECT

A - However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement toward a minimal state
This presents the contrast through however and presents the correct parallelism. - CORRECT
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