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Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when the ownership of both property and the means of production is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not a license granted by government and revokable at whim.

(A) is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not
(B) are regarded as individuals’ inalienable rights, and that it not be
(C) is regarded as an individual’s inalienable right, not as
(D) are regarded as an individual’s inalienable rights, not when they are
(E) is regarded as the inalienable rights of an individual, not when it is
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can someone explain why e is not correct.
I fell for e although after reading the posts c looks correct but important to understand the reason why e is not correct.


Compare the two sentences:

C: ownership is regarded as an individual's inalienable rights NOT as...a license...
X: an individual's inalienable rights; Y: a license
ownership is regarded as X not as Y: X and Y are nouns and parallel.

E: ownership is regarded as the inalienable rights...ts NOT when it is
X: the inalienable rights; Y: when it is a license (refers to a period)
in this case, X and Y are not parallel:

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Questions that deal with subject-verb agreements can be tricky as the verb can be placed far away from the subject that refers to it.
Most questions that contain subject verb agreement errors contain many "smoke and mirrors" nouns. The intention of placing these nouns in the sentence is to deflect the attention of the reader from the REAL subject. For most questions, the good news is that the key to answer such questions is to understand that one CAN IGNORE subjects within prepositional phrases. I use the word "most" because sentences that contain SANAMO (Some, Any, None, Most, All, One) rely on the subject within the prepositional phrase to determine if the verb needs to be singular or plural.

Ok, now on to the question . I have reordered the answer choices for the purpose of explanation.


Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when the ownership of both property and the means of production is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not a license granted by government and revokable at whim.



(B) are regarded as individuals’ inalienable rights, and that it not be
Ok, so there are many nouns - Analysts, Capitalism, ownership, property, means of production, inalienable right etc etc
There are many verbs - contend, exists, "is", etc

"The noun "Analysts " matches with the verb "contend" - Plural
"The noun True capitalism" matches with the verb "exists" - Singular

Let's ignore the nouns within prepositional phrases. In this case, the prepositional phrase starts with "of". So let's chuck out the nouns property and means of production.
This leaves us with the noun "ownership" which is singular and hence the correct verb is "is" and not "are".
Lets read the sentence once again - Some analysts contend ...blah blah... exists only when the ownership of both blah.....blahon .....IS regarded as ...


(A) is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not
Ok, this one contains the right verb "is" . Lets examine the other aspects of this sentence.
Look at the usage - regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s. Seems like the sentence is missing a noun after the word "individual's".
E.g : The headlights of John's car failed to work.
The headlights of John's failed to work. - Doesn't make sense.

(C) is regarded as an individual’s inalienable right, not as
OK in both the aspects.
Subject verb agreement.
Correct usage of 's - individual's inalienable right .
From a parallelism perspective - the usage of regarded as...not as is correct.


(D) are regarded as an individual’s inalienable rights, not when they are
Look at explanation for (B)

(E) is regarded as the inalienable rights of an individual, not when it is

The subject - verb agreement is ok ,
The error with the 's is no longer present
However, there is a parallelism error here. The correct usage is "regarded as ...not as "..
The meaning of the sentence takes a turn for the worse.





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Here is my take.

Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when the ownership of both property and the means of production is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not a license granted by government and revokable at whim.

I tried reading the above sentence as follows -

The ownership is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual, not as a license granted by govt and revokable at whim.

Among the ans choices, only C is close enough. So my pick is C.

In E the problem is - The ownership is a license.......(how can a ownership be a license. It can be regarded as a license.

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Why is it IS and not ARE? Can someone please clarify why the subject here is not plural - the 2 things joined by AND?


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OA :- C

Ownership is the subject of the main clause and hence the usage of " is "
C rightly compares individual's rights with license; ( as X as Y ; X is noun(rights) and Y(license) is noun)

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C...uses "is", matches "a license"...and "as..., not as...." is parallel

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IMO C

correct verb is IS for singular subj. ownership
A & E have ambiguous it. So left out with C.

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IMO E

S-V argument and ||ism

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Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when the ownership of both property and the means of production is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not a license granted by government and revokable at whim.
(A) is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not
(B) are regarded as individuals’ inalienable rights, and that it not be
(C) is regarded as an individual’s inalienable right, not as
(D) are regarded as an individual’s inalienable rights, not when they are
(E) is regarded as the inalienable rights of an individual, not when it is -- when it is ||el


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I will go with C....

E also looks good but "a license granted by government and revokable at whim" refers to ownership and not to capitalism...

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Another forum confirms that the OA is C.

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late response.. but C for me too...

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good question. I fell for E.

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Why is it IS and not ARE? Can someone please clarify why the subject here is not plural - the 2 things joined by AND?
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the subject is " the ownership of x and y"...and it's singular
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Agree with the last post.

OWNERSHIP of (x and y) implies the subject of preposition is "ownership"
and it is singular.
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can someone explain why e is not correct.
I fell for e although after reading the posts c looks correct but important to understand the reason why e is not correct.
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Why is it IS and not ARE? Can someone please clarify why the subject here is not plural - the 2 things joined by AND?


Some analysts contend that true capitalism exists only when the ownership of both property and the means of production is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not a license granted by government and revokable at whim.

(A) is regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s, and it is not
(B) are regarded as individuals’ inalienable rights, and that it not be
(C) is regarded as an individual’s inalienable right, not as
(D) are regarded as an individual’s inalienable rights, not when they are
(E) is regarded as the inalienable rights of an individual, not when it is

I am also confused between B and C!

Reason - I chose 'are' initially because 2 things are joined using 'and', but C is the answer because 'ownership of both property and the means of production' made me think that there have to be 2 things after both - property and means! Hence our subject is ownership, which is singular! if we did not have 'both' there then we would have had 2 things - 'ownership of property and the means of production' followed by 'are'.
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Let us look at the structure of this sentence to ward any possible confusion in SV agreement,

This complex-compound sentence has the following clauses

1 Some analysts contend --- main clause
2 that true capitalism exists only ----- Subordinate clause 1
3 When the ownership of both property and the means of production are regarded as an inalienable right of an individual’s Subordinate clause 2.
4 and it is not a license granted by government and revocable at whim. – another independent clause


Whether it is both property and the means of production or simply property and the means of production, it does not matter. The subject of the subordinate clause remains the ownership, a singular one. So the verb has to be necessarily the singular ‘is’. Therefor B is simply out.

In addition, ‘regarded as’ is not // with the subjunctive verb ‘that it not be’. Use of the subjunctive imperative mood verb ‘that it not be’ will not go with the non-bossy verb ‘contend
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