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# The constitution of a democratic country specifies how the president o

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The constitution of a democratic country specifies how the president of the country is to be elected, whether the citizens will have the right to remove him from office, as well as the duties of the president.

A. as well as the duties of the president
B. and that the president will have duties
C. and the president will have duties too
D. and what the duties of the president will be
E. as well as the duties that the president will have

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07 Aug 2017, 07:22
The constitution of a democratic country specifies how the president of the country is to be elected, whether the citizens will have the right to remove him from office, as well as the duties of the president.
A. as well as the duties of the president.
AND should be used instead of AS WELL AS. Hence Incorrect
B. and that the president will have duties
Changes the meaning subtly. This option conveys that President will have few duties to perform rather than talking type of duties. Hence Incorrect.
C. and the president will have duties too
Changes the meaning subtly. This option conveys that President will have few duties to perform rather than talking type of duties. Hence Incorrect.
D. and what the duties of the president will be
CORRECT
E. as well as the duties that the president will have
AND should be used instead of AS WELL AS. Hence Incorrect
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07 Aug 2017, 11:44
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07 Aug 2017, 22:01
VKat wrote:
Hello expert,

Hello VKat - Let me see if I can explain this.

The sentence structure is as follows:

The constitution of a democratic country specifies
- how the president of the country is to be elected,
- whether the citizens will have the right to remove him from office,
- as well as the duties of the president.

As we can see that sentence is trying to give us a list of the things that a constitution of the country specifies. Hence, for the last item in the list usage of "and" will be preferred.

Coming to your point now why not "B", B distorts the meaning. The list here is specifying the activities or process, mentioning "president will have duties" implies that - President will have to do some duties, now isn't that awkward as it goes without saying, that as President is a designation it is very obvious that the post will have some duties to be performed.

A. as well as the duties of the president ======> As the sentence contains a list, here "and" will be preferred
B. and that the president will have duties ======> Changes the meaning
C. and the president will have duties too ======> Changes the meaning
D. and what the duties of the president will be ======> CORRECT
E. as well as the duties that the president will have ======> As the sentence contains a list, here "and" will be preferred

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19 Aug 2017, 09:27
i selected option E.

is option E wrong just because of the usage of 'as well as'?

for me 'what the duties of the president will be' sounds little awkward in option D.

can someone explain the difference between D and E in detail?
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