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# The contractor and the engineer agree on the cause of the bridge

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The contractor and the engineer agree on the cause of the bridge failure , but both blame the other.

(A) both blame the other
(B) each blames the other
(C) each blame the other person
(D) both are blaming the other
(E) each blames one other

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mejia401 wrote:
A. both blame the other "both" is not the correct quantifier for individuals; thus, the sentence is illogical. Is there a third person?
B. each blames the other OK - subject and verb are singular, and the "other" refers to not himself or herself.
C. each blame the other person "blame" is plural form, but "each" must have singular predicate
D. both are blaming the other "both" is not the correct quantifier for each individual
E. each blames one another "one another" indicates interaction between two parties, thus making the predicate illogical.

Hi mejia, in your explanation of E, I don't understand why "one another" is wrong, as the original sentence does talk about interactions of two persons.

Hi annays, here is my thought on E.

Since "one another" emphasizes the interaction of 2 persons, the subject should be plural. I guess "both blame one another" makes more sense.

I'm not a native speaker, and someone tell me if I'm wrong please.

Yes, your interpretation is correct; the subject has to be plural. However there is a small error in your explanation.

The phrase "one another" is used when there are more than 2 entities involves in the interaction. When there are just 2 entities involved, we use "each other".

The players shook hands with one another. (when the number of players is more than 2)
The players shook hands with each other. (when the number of players is exactly 2)
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I am confused with the below questions, Can anyone suggest wat should be approach to arrive at answer for below:

The contractor and the engineer agree on the cause of the bridge failure , but both blame the other

A. both blame the other
B. each blames the other
C. each blame the other person
D. both are blaming the other
E. each blames the other

This the original question :

The contractor and the engineer agree on the cause of the bridge failure, but both blame the other.
a]both blame the other
b]each blames the other
c]each blame the other person
d]both are blaming the other
e]each blames one another

A- Blame the other means-- both engineer and contractor are blaming someone else
B-correct
C-Blame plural verb S-V disagreement (each takes singular verb)
D-same as A both engineer and contractor are blaming someone else
E-one another is used when there are more than two people involved

Concept:
Reciprocal pronoun like Each-other is used when there are 2 people involved and
when there are more than 2 people involved pronoun one-another is used
HTH

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03 Nov 2013, 15:54
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prakashchandra wrote:
I am confused with the below questions, Can anyone suggest wat should be approach to arrive at answer for below:

The contractor and the engineer agree on the cause of the bridge failure , but both blame the other

A. both blame the other
B. each blames the other
C. each blame the other person
D. both are blaming the other
E. each blames the other[/quote]
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Please read very carefully the rules for posting in verbal section (and quant just in case , as well )

Pls. reproduce the question in its original form
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yes, this is indeed from GMATPrep Exampack.
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A. both blame the other "both" is not the correct quantifier for individuals; thus, the sentence is illogical. Is there a third person?
B. each blames the other OK - subject and verb are singular, and the "other" refers to not himself or herself.
C. each blame the other person "blame" is plural form, but "each" must have singular predicate
D. both are blaming the other "both" is not the correct quantifier for each individual
E. each blames one another "one another" indicates interaction between two parties, thus making the predicate illogical.
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I am confused with the below questions, Can anyone suggest wat should be approach to arrive at answer for below:

The contractor and the engineer agree on the cause of the bridge failure , but both blame the other

A. both blame the other
B. each blames the other
C. each blame the other person
D. both are blaming the other
E. each blames the other

@prakashchandra - Please do not post questions with irrelevant options to avoid any confusion. Option B and E are same.
Thanks @windofchange for the correction.
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mejia401 wrote:
A. both blame the other "both" is not the correct quantifier for individuals; thus, the sentence is illogical. Is there a third person?
B. each blames the other OK - subject and verb are singular, and the "other" refers to not himself or herself.
C. each blame the other person "blame" is plural form, but "each" must have singular predicate
D. both are blaming the other "both" is not the correct quantifier for each individual
E. each blames one another "one another" indicates interaction between two parties, thus making the predicate illogical.

Hi mejia, in your explanation of E, I don't understand why "one another" is wrong, as the original sentence does talk about interactions of two persons.
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annays wrote:
mejia401 wrote:
A. both blame the other "both" is not the correct quantifier for individuals; thus, the sentence is illogical. Is there a third person?
B. each blames the other OK - subject and verb are singular, and the "other" refers to not himself or herself.
C. each blame the other person "blame" is plural form, but "each" must have singular predicate
D. both are blaming the other "both" is not the correct quantifier for each individual
E. each blames one another "one another" indicates interaction between two parties, thus making the predicate illogical.

Hi mejia, in your explanation of E, I don't understand why "one another" is wrong, as the original sentence does talk about interactions of two persons.

Hi annays, here is my thought on E.

Since "one another" emphasizes the interaction of 2 persons, the subject should be plural. I guess "both blame one another" makes more sense.

I'm not a native speaker, and someone tell me if I'm wrong please.
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Updated on: 30 Jul 2016, 16:30
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Yes, your interpretation is correct; the subject has to be plural. However there is a small error in your explanation.

The phrase "one another" is used when there are more than 2 entities involves in the interaction. When there are just 2 entities involved, we use "each other".

The players shook hands with one another. (when the number of players is more than 2)
The players shook hands with each other. (when the number of players is exactly 2)

I think GMAT may disagree with the sentences you used for example.
This is what I read on OG 16 page 768, explaining a SC question number 124.
"The subject and the verb agree with one another, but the placement of the modifier.........."

I'm guessing if the subject is plural then it's ok to use "one another".
Can someone clarify this again?

Originally posted by tae808 on 30 Jul 2016, 15:53.
Last edited by tae808 on 30 Jul 2016, 16:30, edited 1 time in total.
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30 Jul 2016, 16:04
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I can't say for sure that the GMAT ever tests the distinction between "each other" and "one another," but both of those phrases requires a plural subject:

They blame each other.
They blame one another.

I can say "My boss and I blame each other [or perhaps one another]," but I can't say "I blame one another and so does my boss."
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06 Aug 2017, 03:00
Also check out the beautiful explanation given by mikemcgarry.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/p1273463
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The contractor and engineer agree on the cause of the bridge failure, but both blame the other.

A) both blame the other
B) each blames the other
C) each blame the other person
D) both are blaming the other
E) each blames one another

Who can explain the answer of this question? It's from official Gmat Prep test.
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20 Aug 2017, 08:00
I ll mark B.
C,d and E straight out.
In A the idiom seems wrong.

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The contractor and engineer agree on the cause of the bridge failure, but both blame the other.

A) both blame the other
B) each blames the other
C) each blame the other person
D) both are blaming the other
E) each blames one another

Who can explain the answer of this question? It's from official Gmat Prep test.

A) both blame the other -------- (Incorrect)
C) each blame the other person -------- (Incorrect)
D) both are blaming the other -------- (Incorrect)
E) each blames one another -------- (Incorrect)

B) each blames the other ------- (Correct)
"Each" is singular hence singular "blames" should be used.
"each---other" is used for two things/persons. "one another" for more than two.
In the sentence there are just two people contractor and engineer. Hence "each --- other" is the correct form.

Hope its clear now.

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