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# SC Revision: Though most people take it for granted now the nation

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Though most people take it for granted now, the nation wide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning only after World War II.

A. Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

B. Though it is now taken for granted by most people, the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic merit

C. Now taken for granted by most people, colleges and universities admitting students based on their academic merit

D. Most take them for granted now, but the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on their academic merit

E. Most people now take for granted that colleges and universities admit students nationally based on academic merit, and it
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04 Feb 2016, 06:50
Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit[/u] is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning only after World War II.

A. Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit
although 'it' initially may seem odd, but it clearly refers to the clause in 2nd part of the sentence.. correct as it is..

B. Though it is now taken for granted by most people, the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic merit
two errors..
1) it is in passive voice and we have an active voice available in choices
2) changes the meaning by changing ' the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic ' to ' the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic '

C. Now taken for granted by most people, colleges and universities admitting students based on their academic merit
wrongly constructed

D. Most take them for granted now, but the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on their academic merit
them refers to singular the admission.. also changes meaning as in B

E. Most people now take for granted that colleges and universities admit students nationally based on academic merit, and it
The original shows contrast and here it removes the contrast..also improper construction

so ans A...
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04 Feb 2016, 13:42
A. Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit – The pronouns correctly stands for the admission -- correct choice.

B. Though it is now taken for granted by most people, the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic merit – The admission of nationwide students distorts the meaning as if there are now a set of nationwide students; 'nationwide' must truly modify the admissions to be correct.

C. Now taken for granted by most people, colleges and universities admitting students based on their academic merit – misses an important element of nationwide admission and hence is deficient in meaning.

D. Most take them for granted now, but the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on their academic merit --- No proper reference for 'them', since the admission is singular. In addition, the nationwide students distorts the meaning.

E. Most people now take for granted that colleges and universities admit students nationally based on academic merit and it – The contrast is missing. It should ‘but it’ and not ‘and it’. In addition, there is no clarity what the pronoun it stands for, as there is no singular noun in the first clause. Thirdly, ‘students nationally based on academic merit’ may be misread that the students are based nationally rather than the admissions being national. The proper word order should be ‘nationally admit students’
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04 Feb 2016, 15:05
chetan2u wrote:
Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit[/u] is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning only after World War II.

A. Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit
although 'it' initially may seem odd, but it clearly refers to the clause in 2nd part of the sentence.. correct as it is..

B. Though it is now taken for granted by most people, the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic merit
two errors..
1) it is in passive voice and we have an active voice available in choices
2) changes the meaning by changing ' the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic ' to ' the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic '

C. Now taken for granted by most people, colleges and universities admitting students based on their academic merit
wrongly constructed

D. Most take them for granted now, but the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on their academic merit
them refers to singular the admission.. also changes meaning as in B

E. Most people now take for granted that colleges and universities admit students nationally based on academic merit, and it
The original shows contrast and here it removes the contrast..also improper construction

so ans A...

Need a guidance on the Correct choice..
Is the construction : A. Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide [color=#007236]admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit .[/color] not wrong??

The verb ED modifier 'BASED" incorrectly modifies university and not admission.. BASED ON MERIT should modify admissions and not university.

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04 Feb 2016, 21:50
debbiem wrote:
chetan2u wrote:
Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit[/u] is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning only after World War II.

A. Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit
although 'it' initially may seem odd, but it clearly refers to the clause in 2nd part of the sentence.. correct as it is..

B. Though it is now taken for granted by most people, the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic merit
two errors..
1) it is in passive voice and we have an active voice available in choices
2) changes the meaning by changing ' the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic ' to ' the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on academic '

C. Now taken for granted by most people, colleges and universities admitting students based on their academic merit
wrongly constructed

D. Most take them for granted now, but the admission of nationwide students to colleges and universities based on their academic merit
them refers to singular the admission.. also changes meaning as in B

E. Most people now take for granted that colleges and universities admit students nationally based on academic merit, and it
The original shows contrast and here it removes the contrast..also improper construction

so ans A...

Need a guidance on the Correct choice..
Is the construction : A. Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide [color=#007236]admission of students to colleges and universities based on academic merit .[/color] not wrong??

The verb ED modifier 'BASED" incorrectly modifies university and not admission.. BASED ON MERIT should modify admissions and not university.

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Hi,
you arre correct that "based on merit" modifies "admissions" but just not 'admissions',
It modifies the entire phrase "the nationwide admission of students to colleges and universities"

Even if we say it modifies only admission, what can you replace it with..
1) "to college and universities", but this also modifies admissions
2) " of students", but this also modifies admissions..

you try and shift this closer to admissions..
1) Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission based on academic merit of students to colleges and universities.
Now we donot know whose admission are we talking of..
2) Though most people take it for granted now, the nationwide admission of students based on academic merit to colleges and universities.
this too does not make sense..

so the choice A is written correctly..

Hope it helps you
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Is the phrase "Though most people take it for granted now" (in answer choices A and B) functioning as an opening modifier or a subordinate clause in this sentence? I believe it is working as an opening modifier and it is modifying the subject of the sentence (admissions). However, I have seen sentences elsewhere that open with a subordinate conjunction that work as an adverbial modifier. For instance:

Though the language of Beowulf is practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, careful linguistic analysis reveals a multitude of similarities to modern English.

In this case the first part of the sentence ("Thought the language of Beowulf is practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers") is modifying the entire main clause and not just the subject. Can someone help to explain how to identify a subordinate clause vs an opening modifier when the subordinate clause is placed at the beginning of the sentence?

Originally posted by tommyg on 04 Jan 2018, 15:00.
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05 Jan 2018, 07:31
take it for granted
is an idiom
but
it is taken for granted
is not an idiom
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24 Apr 2018, 06:42
(B) is wrong because it said "admission of nationwide students"

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24 Apr 2018, 08:04
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My question is that in your first explanation about answer choice A, You mentioned that It seems odd and it is referring to the clause in the 2nd sentence. So the referred clause based on your explanation would be The Nationwide admissions + modifiers) is a relatively new phenomenon. However, here is my confusion:

IT is a pronoun. So we need an antecedent for it. Can the antecedent of a pronoun be a clause? In my understanding, a pronoun cannot refer to a clause. However I understand that "it" can also act as a placeholder, but in this sentence "it" is not acting as a placeholder but as a pronoun.

So please correct me here. I think that it is referring to the phenomena. Whats that phenomenon- The nationwide admission

I will appreciate the input and clarification.
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