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The Federalist papers, a strong defense of the United States Constitution and important as a body of work in political science as well, represents the handiwork of three different authors.


(A) and important as a body of work in political science as well, represents

(B) as well as an important body of work in political science, represent

(C) and also a body of work of importance in political science is representing

(D) an important body of work in political science and has been representative of

(E) and as political science an important body of work too, represent


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Hint: check parallelism + subject-verb agreement

Poll: Is it a good idea to add hints with the questions posted on this forum ? please feel free to tell your opinions.

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In the phrase "a strong defense," the adjective "strong" modifies the noun "defense."

In the phrase "important as a body of work," the adjective "important" is modified by the following part, "as a body of work." (The word "as" makes this a modifier.) So the whole thing is an adjectival phrase, referring to what? The Federalist Papers.

So in A, we have one noun (defense) and one adjective (important). This is not parallel. The only two choices that give us another noun phrase to match the first are B & C. C does not even resemble a sentence ("The FP, a strong defense and also a body of work is representing???"), so we're left with B.
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"Federalist Papers" would be a proper noun, and hence, singular.

But the "p" in "papers" is not capitalised. So "Federalist" functions as an adjective to the noun/subject "papers", which is plural. So you need "represent".


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a) since each of them were
Wrong. Each of them was not were.

b) since they were each
Wrong. each will be advocate of constitution not advocates.

c) since all of them were
"them" is not clear.

d) each of which was
each will be advocate of constitution not advocates.

e) because all of the men were
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Yes "and also" is wordy and certainly not preferred in correct answer choice. You will also see few problems/explanations in OG eliminating answer choices with "and also" as wordy.
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What is the source of this question?
Isn't 'The Federalist Papers' a collective noun, and therefore shouldn't it be singular?
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Isn't 'The Federalist Papers' a collective noun, and therefore shouldn't it be singular?


Collective nouns are singular nouns that represent a group. Examples include family, army, company, etc.

In this case the papers are emphasized, so we use the plural form. If we had changed the sentence to use a collective noun we would use a singular verb - The collection of Federalist Papers is one of the most important historical works from the Early American Era. in this example, collection is the collective noun and the focus is on the group, not the papers themselves.

We can do the same with family. My family is driving me crazy. (collective) The members of my family are driving me crazy. (plural)

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SPLIT1) SVA. THE SUBJECT OF THE SENTENCE IS "THE FEDERALIST" AND "PAPERS" IS A WORD DESCRIBING IT, "PAPERS" IS NOT PART OF THE SUBJECT BECAUSE IT IS NOT CAPITALIZED, THAT IS WHY THE SUBJECT SHOULD HAVE A PLURAL VERB BECAUSE OF THE WORD "PAPERS" DESCRIBING IT. A, C AND D ARE OUT.

SPLIT2) PARALLELISM. "A STRONG DEFENSE" MUST BE PARALLEL WITH WORD CONSTRUCTION SUCH AS "AN IMPORTANT BODY". E IS OUT

SPLIT3) OPTION "D" MISSES CONJUNCTION "AND" AFTER THE WORD "CONSTITUTION" . D IS OUT.

SPLIT4) OPTION "C" THE WORDS "IS REPRESENTING" CHANGES THE MEANING AND SOUNDS WEIRD.
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lalania1, if the word "papers" were really just modifying "Federalist," then we wouldn't be able to use it to determine singular/plural. Only the subject affects that decision! However, the subject is "The Federalist papers," hence the plural noun. If anything, we can see "Federalist" as a modifier, but it might be simpler in this case to think of the whole thing as a noun phrase. Similarly, we'd use the plural when talking about "the Godfather movies" or "the Star Wars movies." The movies are plural, and the titles tell us which movies we're referring to.
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hi guys

in option B had 'and' replaced 'as well as' in the starting of the sentence, would it still be right?
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MikeHelios, that would be fine. "And" is the most common parallelism marker--we'd still be saying that the papers were "a strong defense" AND "and important body of work."
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