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# Some scientists have been critical of the laboratory tests

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Some scientists have been critical of the laboratory tests conducted by the Federal Drug Administration on the grounds that the amounts of suspected carcinogens fed to animals far exceeds those that humans could consume.

A. far exceeds those that humans could consume
B. exceeds by far those humans can consume
C. far exceeds those humans are able to consume
D. exceed by far those able to be consumed by humans
E. far exceed those that humans could consume
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OE: The plural verb exceed agrees in number with its subject, amounts, and the phrase those that humans could consume conveys the intended meaning clearly and without unnecessary wordiness. In choices A, B and C, the singular exceeds does not agree in number with its plural subject, amounts. Choice B and C omit the conjunction that an omission that is grammatically acceptable, but in the case of this sentense diminishes clarity. In D, the use of the passive voice in the phrase those able to be consumed by humans is unjustified, as it increases wordiness while stating the meaning less precisely: it is accurate to call humans " able", but not to call those( amounts) "able".
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A. singular 'exceeds' is wrong
B. 'exceeds by far' is not idiomatic
C. singular 'exceeds' is wrong
D. 'exceed by far' is not idiomatic
E. far exceed those that humans could consume

E is the best choice.
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06 Oct 2005, 07:46
Go with E

A, B and C use exceeds which is wrong
D - awkward/wordy

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Some scientists have been critical of the laboratory tests conducted by the Federal Drug Administration on the grounds that the amounts of suspected carcinogens fed to animals far exceeds those that humans could consume.

A. far exceeds those that humans could consume
B. exceeds by far those humans can consume
C. far exceeds those humans are able to consume
D. exceed by far those able to be consumed by humans
E. far exceed those that humans could consume
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06 Oct 2005, 11:20
Subject "amounts" does not agree with verb in A, B and C so those are out

In D, those able to be consumed is an awkward construction

that leaves E
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06 Oct 2005, 22:14
gsxr pinned the S-V agreement flaw.

Unquestionably E.
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07 Oct 2005, 07:31
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07 Oct 2005, 10:28
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@GMATT73: iie, watashi wa mada dame desu . I am not such a GMAT guru to provide all OAs and OEs myself. Indeed, I grabbed a SC book from my univ's library, which I find a great one. I really don't know its original English version, but I'm sure my book is a Chinese version of one since it contains quite a lot similar examples to those posted here so far. My motto is to share what I've got. Thus, I've posted those SCs with OAs and OEs here. Not to be humble, I indeed still need to learn a lot from all of you here!!
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15 Jun 2007, 13:49
gsr wrote:
Subject - Verb agreement "Amounts...exceed"

the amounts of carcinogins exceed

is there usage of this syntax below?
amount ...exceeds
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26 Sep 2015, 22:13
first split -> exceed vs exceeds
Since exceed refer to amounts hence it should be plural. There reject exceeds which implies A, B and C are rejected.

Between D and E "to be" makes the underlined phrase passive where as the non-underlined is active. Hence D is rejected.

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27 Sep 2015, 14:39
First split - singular vs plural
amounts which is plural implies that we need to use plural here and hence "exceeds"
Eliminate A, B, and C.

Second split - Active vs passive
use of "to be" in D makes is passive where as the non-underlined phrase is in active voice. Eliminate D

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02 Jan 2017, 05:07
dear experts, or mikemcgarry

I cross off D because I think that Subject "the amounts of XXX" is singular and that verb should be "exceeds" .

unfortunately, correct verb is plural, I am confused.

another question is that why amounts of XXX, IMO, amount is modifies uncountable noun, so amount of XXX is singular. the amounts of XXX is first time for me, would you please clarify how should I distinguish plural or singular among the amount of XXX, a mount of XXX , and the amounts of XXX,

does a mounts of XXX exist ?

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02 Jan 2017, 08:39
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dear experts, or mikemcgarry

I cross off D because I think that Subject "the amounts of XXX" is singular and that verb should be "exceeds" .

unfortunately, correct verb is plural, I am confused.

another question is that why amounts of XXX, IMO, amount is modifies uncountable noun, so amount of XXX is singular. the amounts of XXX is first time for me, would you please clarify how should I distinguish plural or singular among the amount of XXX, a mount of XXX , and the amounts of XXX,

does a mounts of XXX exist ?

happy new year, dears.

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Hi zoezhuyan, let me try to explain this. I'm no expert by the way. Haha.

the amounts of suspected carcinogens

You are right about "amount modifies the uncountable noun." But here in the OS, we are talking about MANY carcinogens. So the amount should be amounts.
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For example,
A man must consume equal amounts of water and alcohol to stay healthy.
A man must consume a good amount of water to stay healthy.

I hope this helps

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Sirakri wrote:
zoezhuyan wrote:
dear experts, or mikemcgarry

I cross off D because I think that Subject "the amounts of XXX" is singular and that verb should be "exceeds" .

unfortunately, correct verb is plural, I am confused.

another question is that why amounts of XXX, IMO, amount is modifies uncountable noun, so amount of XXX is singular. the amounts of XXX is first time for me, would you please clarify how should I distinguish plural or singular among the amount of XXX, a mount of XXX , and the amounts of XXX,

does a mounts of XXX exist ?

happy new year, dears.

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Hi zoezhuyan, let me try to explain this. I'm no expert by the way. Haha.

the amounts of suspected carcinogens

You are right about "amount modifies the uncountable noun." But here in the OS, we are talking about MANY carcinogens. So the amount should be amounts.
Quote:
For example,
A man must consume equal amounts of water and alcohol to stay healthy.
A man must consume a good amount of water to stay healthy.

I hope this helps

Wish you a happy new year too!

thanks so much , Sirakri , it's helpful

embarrass because of my poor basic knowledge .

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02 Jan 2017, 21:21
Can an expert please let me know the difference between "can" and "could"?
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( sorry for being off-topic)
GMATT73: iie, watashi wa mada dame desu . I am not such a GMAT guru to provide all OAs and OEs myself. Indeed, I grabbed a SC book from my univ's library, which I find a great one. I really don't know its original English version, but I'm sure my book is a Chinese version of one since it contains quite a lot similar examples to those posted here so far. My motto is to share what I've got. Thus, I've posted those SCs with OAs and OEs here. Not to be humble, I indeed still need to learn a lot from all of you here!!

Great writing...Gmat isn't how expert you are it is all about how methodical you are.
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