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Recent elections in a relatively young and historically unstable count

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Recent elections in a relatively young and historically unstable country in East Africa saw record numbers of voters, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, the unprecedented access of media, campaigning marked by civility, and a renewing of nationalism.

A) numbers of voters, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, the unprecedented access of media, campaigning marked by civility, and a renewing of nationalism

B) voter turnout, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, unprecedented media access, campaigning marked by civility, and a renewing of nationalism

C) voter turnout, the rejection of an incumbent administration in a peaceful manner, the unprecedented access of media, campaigns marked by civility, and renewed nationalism

D) numbers of voters, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, unprecedented media access, campaigns marked by civility, and renewed nationalism

E) voter turnout, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, unprecedented media access, campaigns marked by civility, and renewed nationalism
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For those who think "adjective + numbers of + noun" is always incorrect.

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In option D "vast numbers of voters" is grammatically fine, but E is more concise.

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The number of (ok)
A number of (ok)
The numbers of (not ok)
Adjective + numbers of + noun (ok)

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04 Mar 2012, 21:27

A) campaigning is not a NOUN, all the individual items in the laundry list are NOUNS
B) campaigning and a renewing are not a NOUNS, all the individual items in the laundry list are NOUNS
C) The rejection in a peaceful manner is a phrase we need a short NOUN preceded by an ADJECTIVE.
D) A record number of voters is NOT a NOUN, Its a PHRASE. all the individual items in the laundry list are NOUNS
E) CORRECT
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04 Mar 2012, 21:51
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+1 for E.

renewed nationalism > renewing of nationalism => A and B out.
voter turnout > numbers of voters => D out.
In C, the rejection of an incumbent administration in a peaceful manner is awkward.

E wins.

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04 Mar 2012, 22:16
I would say the answer is E because it very clearly mentions all the entities parallely.

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05 Mar 2012, 20:36
why is 'record voter turnout' better than 'record numbers of voters'?
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05 Mar 2012, 20:59
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why is 'record voter turnout' better than 'record numbers of voters'?

Because 'record numbers of voters' is a phrase, whereas other elements in the list are nouns. In order to form a parallel structure all elements must be like.

Hope it is clear.
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Recent elections in a relatively young and historically unstable country in East Africa saw record numbers of voters, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, the unprecedented access of media, campaigning marked by civility, and a renewing of nationalism.

A) numbers of voters, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, the unprecedented access of media, campaigning marked by civility, and a renewing of nationalism - numbers of is not idiomaticallyu correct. It should have been number of. The "renewing of nationalism" seems wordy.

B) voter turnout, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, unprecedented media access, campaigning marked by civility, and a renewing of nationalism -
"The renewing of nationalism" seems wordy. Also, it means that the elections saw the renewing of nationalism in progress. That is contrary to what the intended meaning is - The elections saw renewed nationalism. The elections, thus saw the actual end result and not the renewing per say.

C) voter turnout, the rejection of an incumbent administration in a peaceful manner, the unprecedented access of media, campaigns marked by civility, and renewed nationalism - "The unprecedented access of media" does not seem to be idiomatic.

D) numbers of voters, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, unprecedented media access, campaigns marked by civility, and renewed nationalism-
Numbers is wrongly used.

E) voter turnout, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, unprecedented media access, campaigns marked by civility, and renewed nationalism - CORRECT - Uses appropriate parallel constructs
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14 Jul 2014, 00:06
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Recent elections in a relatively young and historically unstable country in East Africa saw record numbers of voters, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, the unprecedented access of media, campaigning marked by civility, and a renewing of nationalism.

A) numbers of voters, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, the unprecedented access of media, campaigning marked by civility, and a renewing of nationalism
B) voter turnout, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, unprecedented media access, campaigning marked by civility, and a renewing of nationalism
C) voter turnout, the rejection of an incumbent administration in a peaceful manner, the unprecedented access of media, campaigns marked by civility, and renewed nationalism
D) numbers of voters, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, unprecedented media access, campaigns marked by civility, and renewed nationalism
E) voter turnout, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, unprecedented media access, campaigns marked by civility, and renewed nationalism.

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A and B can be eliminated due to parallelism error. In C there is an error with placement of "peaceful manner". peaceful is modifying rejection and should be as close to word "rejection" as possible. It's very close between D and E. I chose D, but ans seems to be E. How do we choose between D and E. Experts comments please.
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desaichinmay22 wrote:
vards wrote:
Recent elections in a relatively young and historically unstable country in East Africa saw record numbers of voters, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, the unprecedented access of media, campaigning marked by civility, and a renewing of nationalism.

A) numbers of voters, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, the unprecedented access of media, campaigning marked by civility, and a renewing of nationalism
B) voter turnout, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, unprecedented media access, campaigning marked by civility, and a renewing of nationalism
C) voter turnout, the rejection of an incumbent administration in a peaceful manner, the unprecedented access of media, campaigns marked by civility, and renewed nationalism
D) numbers of voters, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, unprecedented media access, campaigns marked by civility, and renewed nationalism
E) voter turnout, the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration, unprecedented media access, campaigns marked by civility, and renewed nationalism.

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A and B can be eliminated due to parallelism error. In C there is an error with placement of "peaceful manner". peaceful is modifying rejection and should be as close to word "rejection" as possible. It's very close between D and E. I chose D, but ans seems to be E. How do we choose between D and E. Experts comments please.

Hello friend,

All the traits or characteristics of the election should be parallel (nouns in this case). In other words, the sentence should read: Recent elections ... saw {noun}, {noun}, {noun}, {noun}, and {noun}.

In the current sentence, campaigning marked by civility is a participle and not a noun. This phase can be a noun: campaigns marked by civility.

The wordy phrase a renewing of nationalism can be shortened to renewed nationalism.

The wordy phrase number of votes can be shortened to voter turnout.

A.)all traits of the election are not parallel (campaigning marked by civility is not a noun); a renewing of nationalism is not concise; number of votes is not concise
B.)all traits of the election are not parallel (campaigning marked by civility is not a noun); a renewing of nationalism is not concise;
C.)the wordy phrase the unprecedented access of media can be shortened to unprecedented media access; the wordy phrase the rejection of an incumbent administration in a peaceful manner can be shortened to the peaceful rejection of an incumbent administration
D.)numbers of is grammatically wrong and can be corrected and shortened by the word turnout.Because although there are many voters,the count of those voters is just one number..Eg-suppose 50 voters..so v should say the number of voters is 50..
E.)the sentence is concise; all traits or characteristics of the election are parallel

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10 May 2017, 20:23
I rejected option D for a completely different reason.
I sentence tries to covey that the number of voters who came to vote increased. Whereas, option D suggests that the number of voters increased. We can safely conclude that the number of voters increased because the number of citizens increased. Hence, there is an ambiguity in meaning.

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