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Some people are of the opinion that the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.


(A) the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.

(B) because the police have limited power, they are incapable of curbing crime successfully.

(C) the police are incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.

(D) the police, because it has limited power, is incapable of curbing crime successfully.

(E) having limited power, the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully.

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Some people are of the opinion that the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.


(A) the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.

(B) because the police have limited power, they are incapable of curbing crime successfully.

(C) the police are incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.

(D) the police, because it has limited power, is incapable of curbing crime successfully.

(E) having limited power, the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully.


Police is singular so option with are " B, C" is out.
IT placement seems to be wrong in D.

Between A & E : option E having limited power refers to people.
IMO A is correct...
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New post 27 Jul 2018, 05:11
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Some people are of the opinion that the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.


+1 for C.

(A) the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.

(B) because the police have limited power, they are incapable of curbing crime successfully.

(C) the police are incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power. --> Correct, rectifies S-V error, and no pronoun ambiguity

(D) the police, because it has limited power, is incapable of curbing crime successfully.

(E) having limited power, the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully.

Hence, C.
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Police is singular so option with are " B, C" is out.
IT placement seems to be wrong in D.

Between A & E : option E having limited power refers to people.
IMO A is correct...


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As far as I know Police is not singular, but plural.

Strange! i know, but exception they say :thumbup:
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(A) the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.

"is" implies singular and "they" implies plural. Not consistent usage of pronoun. Hence INCORRECT

(B) because the police have limited power, they are incapable of curbing crime successfully.

Pronoun ambiguity for "they" as "they" can refer to either police of some people. INCORRECT

(C) the police are incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.

States an observation using simple tense and correct usage of plural pronoun for "police" CORRECT

(D) the police, because it has limited power, is incapable of curbing crime successfully.

collective nouns are singular in general but "police" is an exception. INCORRECT

(E) having limited power, the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully.

Meaning error. "having limited power" can refer either to police or some people. INCORRECT

Hence I think option C
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archish3113 wrote:
Some people are of the opinion that the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.

(A) the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.

Police is singular so option with are " B, C" is out.
IT placement seems to be wrong in D.

Between A & E : option E having limited power refers to people.
IMO A is correct...

Even if Police was singular, In option A Please note: "Police is" singula and "because they have" [Plural]. this makes it incorrect automatically.
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(A) the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.

(B) because the police have limited power, they are incapable of curbing crime successfully.

(C) the police are incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.

(D) the police, because it has limited power, is incapable of curbing crime successfully.

(E) having limited power, the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully.
'Police' is an exception from the normal usage of collective nouns as singular in that it is generally considered plural. When Police is used as an adjective, (as in the police officer) it could be singular depending upon the noun that it follows.
Therefore, it will be safe to eliminate choices A, D, and E.
Between B and C --If this questing was based on the subtlety of the pronoun ambiguity, then it must be an old question. These days we take the logical reference of the pronoun as the aptest.
To say that the people are not able to curb crimes because police have limited power is somewhat weird. Therefore, we can ditch B also, leaving C
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Some people are of the opinion that the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.


(A) the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power. Police follows plural verb

(B) because the police have limited power, they are incapable of curbing crime successfully. Passive

(C) the police are incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power. Correct

(D) the police, because it has limited power, is incapable of curbing crime successfully. Police follows plural verb

(E) having limited power, the police is incapable of curbing crime successfully.
Police follows plural verb

IMO C. Unlike other collective nouns, police follows a plural verb. Hence, options with plural verbs are incorrect
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New post 28 Jul 2018, 19:15
What I understood from all above explanation is that, though police is collective noun, police is in plural form in context of this question. After finishing this question, I went through other GMAT study material and learnt that either police or the police is always in plural form.

Moreover when I read B and C with more attention I got below explanation.

In B,
(B) because the police have limited power, they are incapable of curbing crime successfully.
Here who is incapable of curbing crimes..they and they can refer to some people or police. It is not clear here who are curbing crimes.

In C,
(C) the police are incapable of curbing crime successfully because they have limited power.
Here police are incapable as they have limited power. They refers to police in context of question.

Therefore, C is correct.
In sum, what lesson I got from this question, sometimes the meaning and context of question can give you best answers than the grammar rule can.
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