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# Some mathematicians argue that to permit a candidate to win...

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Some mathematicians argue that to permit a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality vote is like ranking a student who earned three As and two Fs higher than one who got two As and three Bs.

A) to permit a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality vote is like ranking a student
B) permitting a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking a student
C) permitting candidates to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like to rank a student
D) permitting candidates to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking a student
E) to permit candidates to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking students

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12 Jun 2018, 02:12
OA: D
A and B are eliminated as they is plural while candidate is singular, pronoun agreement is wrong.
Between C,D and E
Only D has parallel structure required for comparision ,...... permitting ...... ranking.
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12 Jun 2018, 02:32
IMO the answer should be D. Only D maintains "candidtates" with "they" and the comparison between "a candidate" and another "candidate".
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12 Jun 2018, 02:38
permit and ranking should be parallel
candidate and they should be in agreement
thus D is the answer as it solves the singular plural problem and ‘permitting’ and ‘ranking’ is parallel too

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12 Jun 2018, 02:40
IMO D
Parallelism between permitting and ranking
Also, use of they renders a use of plural noun(candidates)
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08 Jan 2019, 14:28
Some mathematicians argue that to permit a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality vote is like ranking a student who earned three As and two Fs higher than one who got two As and three Bs.

A) to permit a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality vote is like ranking a student
B) permitting a candidate to win an election because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking a student
C) permitting candidates to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like to rank a student
D) permitting candidates to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking a student
E) to permit candidates to win elections because they have won a plurality of votes is like ranking students

Eliminate A & B, because "a candidate" is singular and "they" is plural
Eliminate E, because "students" is plural and the non-underline portion "than one" is singular

Eliminate C, as it sounds weird and D appears more parallel of "permitting" & "ranking"

Leaves "D"
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