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The degree to which the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear as the legislation moves forward.


A. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

B. the proposed change in state policies surrounding procuring hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

C. the proposed change in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remain unclear

D. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding procuring hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remain unclear

E. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

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The degree to which the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear as the legislation moves forward.


A. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

B. the proposed change in state policies surrounding procuring hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

C. the proposed change in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remain unclear

D. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding procuring hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remain unclear

E. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear



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This question gives you a few clear decision points: "change" versus "changes", "remain" versus "remains", "will" versus "would" and "procurement" versus "procuring". Generally questions of agreement are a great place to start within any question since as long as you can identify the correct subject it is easy to pair it with the correct verb.

Using the "Slash and Burn Technique", you can isolate the subject of the sentence by getting rid of any unnecessary information - generally modifiers and prepositional phrases. If you get rid of the long prepositional phrase "to which... beaver populations", you are left with "The degree... remain" or "The degree... remains". Since "degree" is singular, it requires the singular verb "remains". Eliminate (C) and (D).

The next concrete decision point to examine is the difference between "change" and "changes". Since the sentence details two concrete changes, one in the length of the hunting season and one in the procurement of licenses, the sentences requires the plural "changes". Eliminate (B).

The final decision point is between "will" and "would" in choices (A) and (E). Remember: tense is timeline. The question that you should ask yourself is: have these changes gone into effect yet? Since the changes are "proposed", you should recognize that the changes haven't just not gone into effect: they haven't even been finalized yet. This means that the definitive "will" is illogical. The effects of the changes depend on whether they occur at all, meaning that the sentence requires the conditional "would". Eliminate (A). Answer choice (E) is correct.
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The degree to which the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear as the legislation moves forward.



If the subject is "the proposed changes" (plural), then we require verb " remain" (plural).

If the subject is "the proposed change" (singular), then we require verb " remains" (singular).

On the basis of the above information, we can eliminate A, C, and E.

Second split is in between "will and would". It seems to me a conditional tense, so I will go with "would" .

Hence (B)



A. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

B. the proposed change in state policies surrounding procuring hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

C. the proposed change in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remain unclear

D. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding procuring hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remain unclear

E. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear
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Bunuel wrote:
The degree to which the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear as the legislation moves forward.



If the subject is "the proposed changes" (plural), then we require verb " remain" (plural).

If the subject is "the proposed change" (singular), then we require verb " remains" (singular).

On the basis of the above information, we can eliminate A, C, and E.

Second split is in between "will and would". It seems to me a conditional tense, so I will go with "would" .

Hence (B)



A. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

B. the proposed change in state policies surrounding procuring hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

C. the proposed change in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remain unclear

D. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding procuring hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remain unclear

E. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

Hi QZ,

I think you're on the wrong track regarding the noun form here because the subject is "degree of proprosed changes", which is a singular noun. Hence, we have to eliminate C and D because of this split.

My guts tell me to pick A, but I understand your argumentation that this is a conditional. I'm not sure whether A is correct so I will wait for OA.
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Bunuel wrote:
The degree to which the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear as the legislation moves forward.



If the subject is "the proposed changes" (plural), then we require verb " remain" (plural).

If the subject is "the proposed change" (singular), then we require verb " remains" (singular).

On the basis of the above information, we can eliminate A, C, and E.

Second split is in between "will and would". It seems to me a conditional tense, so I will go with "would" .

Hence (B)



A. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

B. the proposed change in state policies surrounding procuring hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

C. the proposed change in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remain unclear

D. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding procuring hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remain unclear

E. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

Hi QZ,

I think you're on the wrong track regarding the noun form here because the subject is "degree of proprosed changes", which is a singular noun. Hence, we have to eliminate C and D because of this split.

My guts tell me to pick A, but I understand your argumentation that this is a conditional. I'm not sure whether A is correct so I will wait for OA.


Hi,

Yes, the point you mentioned is quite true. Actually I have spent way too much time on this question to understand, but this is really a pain. I was really confused about the subject that whether it is "the degree" or "The degree to which the proposed changes" or " the proposed changes".

It's great that you pointed out on the subject. It would be a great learning buddy.

It seems to me a conditional sentence.

I find it difficult to wait for the OA. :-D It slows down the learning process. :-)

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Hi,

Yes, the point you mentioned is quite true. Actually I have spent way too much time on this question to understand, but this is really a pain. I was really confused about the subject that whether it is "the degree" or "The degree to which the proposed changes" or " the proposed changes".

It's great that you pointed out on the subject. It would be a great learning buddy.

It seems to me a conditional sentence.

I find it difficult to wait for the OA. :-D It slows down the learning process. :-)

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Sometimes, the longer you look at a question the more confused you get.

I'm glad that I could help you with that.

I did the question and will go for E now. I agree that it is a conditiona sentence so my previous choice A doesn't make sense.

Now let's keep waiting for the OA...I can't wait as well :roll:
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QZ wrote:
The degree to which the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear as the legislation moves forward.



If the subject is "the proposed changes" (plural), then we require verb " remain" (plural).

If the subject is "the proposed change" (singular), then we require verb " remains" (singular).

On the basis of the above information, we can eliminate A, C, and E.

Second split is in between "will and would". It seems to me a conditional tense, so I will go with "would" .

Hence (B)



A. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

B. the proposed change in state policies surrounding procuring hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

C. the proposed change in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remain unclear

D. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding procuring hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season will affect wolf and beaver populations remain unclear

E. the proposed changes in state policies surrounding the procurement of hunting licenses and the length of the hunting season would affect wolf and beaver populations remains unclear

Hi QZ,

I think you're on the wrong track regarding the noun form here because the subject is "degree of proprosed changes", which is a singular noun. Hence, we have to eliminate C and D because of this split.

My guts tell me to pick A, but I understand your argumentation that this is a conditional. I'm not sure whether A is correct so I will wait for OA.


Hi,

Yes, the point you mentioned is quite true. Actually I have spent way too much time on this question to understand, but this is really a pain. I was really confused about the subject that whether it is "the degree" or "The degree to which the proposed changes" or " the proposed changes".

It's great that you pointed out on the subject. It would be a great learning buddy.

It seems to me a conditional sentence.

I find it difficult to wait for the OA. :-D It slows down the learning process. :-)

QZ

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