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# The doctrine applies in Canada ,where there is a federal law

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The doctrine applies in Canada ,where there is a federal law and a provincial law that are each valid and consistent.

a. is a federal law and a provincial law that are each valid and
b.are a federal law and a provincial law that are each valid and
c.are a federal law and a provincial law both of which are each valid and
d. is a federal law and a provincial law both of which are each valid and
e.are a federal law and a provincial law that are each valid or

this one totally got me !

Again subject verb agreement

the following explanation was provided

We should use the plural verb in the following construction:

"There ARE" + singular/plural noun 1 + "and" + singular/plural noun 2

But in the following case the form of the verb "be" will correspond to the

from of the nearest noun:

"There IS/ARE" + singular/plural noun 1 + "or" no matter what noun 2

is this correct?

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02 Dec 2003, 06:29
I narrow to B and C and choose B because it is shorter.

You question is interesting. Only AND form a plural subject; others (OR, PLUS, AS WELL AS, and so on) do not.

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02 Dec 2003, 06:33
its B. but where u get it from? such qs don't appear in gmat. i guess....
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22 Dec 2010, 08:35
A noun becomes a compound noun when it combines with another noun using the conjunction ‘and’ and is plural in number per se.

For example: There is a brother and a sister in this class, is wrong because, a sister and a brother put together becomes a compound and plural noun entailing a plural verb. The correct version is ‘There are a sister and a brother in this class.’ Hence You can dump A and D.
B is the correct one; here ‘that’ is the subject of the subordinate clause; ‘that’ stands for both the laws and the word ‘each’ indicates that the laws individually and jointly are valid and consistent.

C is wrong because of using the unidiomatic ‘both of which are each’. Each is an unnecessary intrusion

E is wrong becos of saying that the laws are each valid ‘or’ consistent. Valid ‘or’ consistent distorts the intended meaning of the original passage.
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23 Dec 2010, 09:02
it becomes plural verb as two nouns are combined using the conjunction '‘and’' .
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23 Dec 2010, 09:43
[quote="Praetorian"]The doctrine applies in Canada ,where there is a federal law and a provincial law that are each valid and consistent.

a. is a federal law and a provincial law that are each valid and
b.are a federal law and a provincial law that are each valid and
c.are a federal law and a provincial law both of which are each valid and
d. is a federal law and a provincial law both of which are each valid and
e.are a federal law and a provincial law that are each valid or

IMO, B is the answer

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