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# The total remittance transfers sent across the world

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The total remittance transfers sent across the world from the top three industrial nations in recent years is almost \$100 billion annually, according to the Government Budget Office, or roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budget.

(A) years is almost \$100 billion annually, according to the Government Budget Office, or roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budgets.

(B) years is almost \$100 billion annually, according to the Government Budget Office, roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budgets.

(C) years are almost \$100 billion annually, according to the Government Budget Office, or roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budgets.

(D) years – almost \$100 billion annually – are, according to the Government Budget Office, roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budgets.

(E) years, an amount that is almost \$100 billion annually, are, according to the Government Budge Office, roughly the equivalent of the foreign assistance budgets of those three countries.

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I chose E - an amount that.. should be an appositive modifier, plus the "transfers" goes well with "are" Also, why is D wrong?
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

Last edited by bb on 08 May 2017, 13:04, edited 1 time in total.
Corrected answer choices A and B were switched for some reason

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12 Aug 2014, 07:15
I chose A for this.

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16 Aug 2014, 02:08
ronr34 wrote:
I chose A for this.

No it's not total that the verb refers to - it's transfers.

I actually thought that the noun + noun modifier concept would apply here.
Having said that, I still feel E is the answer.

Anybody care to explain why C is the answer?

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30 Aug 2014, 02:38
Options D and E are definitely wrong. Because they are changing the intended meaning of the Sentence. The Original sentence gives focus on the 'total number of transfers,i.e. almost \$100 billion annually' through the main verb 'is' and also on the equivalence of those three countries’ foreign assistance budget...... So there should not be a shift in meaning. Choice D and E clearly shift the focus away from 'almost \$100 billion annually', and hence breaks the intended meaning.

e-gmat always says the intended meaning must be preserved unless we find grammatical mistakes in all the choices that preserve the intended meaning.

In the above question, choices A and B seems to have been shuffled. ( see the exclusion of 'or' in option A)

Choice A also breaks the intended meaning by removing 'or' ...

Choice C incorrectly uses 'are' to describe 'The total number of transfers' .. Uses 'or' correctly and maintains the intended meaning.

'The total number of transfers' -----> always singular........

'A total of 10 transfers were made' ----> PLural

Hence B should be correct (which has 'is' and 'or' in it)....PLease note that choices A and B seem to be shuffled in the Question posted above.

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31 Aug 2014, 02:33
Answer is C - use of "are" for remittance transfers and correct modification
A,B out - use of "is"
E - roughly modifying ??
D - Awkward
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01 Sep 2014, 05:47
navaljoshi wrote:
Answer is C - use of "are" for remittance transfers and correct modification
A,B out - use of "is"
E - roughly modifying ??
D - Awkward

But it's the TOTAL of the transfers that is equal to 100 B.
It's not the transfers that are the equal... no?

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26 Sep 2014, 14:22
ronr34 wrote:
navaljoshi wrote:
Answer is C - use of "are" for remittance transfers and correct modification
A,B out - use of "is"
E - roughly modifying ??
D - Awkward

But it's the TOTAL of the transfers that is equal to 100 B.
It's not the transfers that are the equal... no?

Aren't we talking about the "total remittance transfers"? so isn't this singular.
Also, having problems with deciphering the "or" after "Government Budget Office,".

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There is something odd about this question. It is supposed to be from Veritas Prep, but see this comment from David Newland, of Veritas.

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What is the source?

I have some problems with the NON -UNDERLINED part of this sentence. The proper phrase is "top three industrialized nations" not "top three industrial nations."

As far as the subject of the sentence that is poorly worded as well. It is clear from the rest of the sentence that what is meant is "the total DOLLAR VALUE OF remittance transfers" is almost \$100 billion dollars. Saying "the total remittance transfers" does not make sense in English. You either need the total NUMBER of transfers or the total AMOUNT of transfers.

The sentence is not clearly written and I personally would not take the time on this one.

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27 Dec 2015, 07:39
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There is something odd about this question. It is supposed to be from Veritas Prep, but see this comment from David Newland, of Veritas.

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I received a PM on this one:

What is the source?

I have some problems with the NON -UNDERLINED part of this sentence. The proper phrase is "top three industrialized nations" not "top three industrial nations."

As far as the subject of the sentence that is poorly worded as well. It is clear from the rest of the sentence that what is meant is "the total DOLLAR VALUE OF remittance transfers" is almost \$100 billion dollars. Saying "the total remittance transfers" does not make sense in English. You either need the total NUMBER of transfers or the total AMOUNT of transfers.

The sentence is not clearly written and I personally would not take the time on this one.

It's not really a good question and I think veritas should remove it from their question bank, honestly after doing this question, I can make sure what is wrong and what is right?
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28 Dec 2015, 05:58
Wish I could vote down such poorly written question.

"total transfers" if used as plural should refer to the number of transferring times. i.e I made 3 money transfers [aka remittances] last week
Clearly, \$100 billion or budget means "amount". Hence C is incorrect, meaning-wise

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02 Jan 2016, 04:21
D and E are incorrect dude to Subject-Verb proximity error.
Modifier is inserted in between S and V
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A and B out due to usage of the word 'is' instead of 'are'/
E out due to wordy and redundancy.

Between C and D, it's a tough call.

And the answer is C because it more precise and grammatically correct.

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The total remittance transfers sent across the world from the top three industrial nations in recent years is almost \$100 billion annually, according to the Government Budget Office, or roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budget.

A) years is almost \$100 billion annually, according to the Government Budget Office, roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budgets.

B) years is almost \$100 billion annually, according to the Government Budget Office, or roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budgets.

C) years are almost \$100 billion annually, according to the Government Budget Office, or roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budgets.

D) years – almost \$100 billion annually – are, according to the Government Budget Office, roughly the equivalent of those three countries’ foreign assistance budgets.

E) years, an amount that is almost \$100 billion annually, are, according to the Government Budge Office, roughly the equivalent of the foreign assistance budgets of those three countries.

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Solution: C

Explanation: The easiest decision point to start with on this problem is the subject-verb agreement of “is” versus “are”. While “is” might sound correct in this problem, the subject is the plural “transfers” so you need a plural verb. It must be “the transfers….are” not “the transfers…is” This allows you to eliminate (A) and (B). (D) and (E) create illogical meaning so (C) is correct. (C) states properly that according to the Budget Office, the transfers are almost \$100 billion annually and that amount is almost the same as the foreign budgets for the three countries. (D) and (E) both state illogically that the Government Budget Office has spent a bunch of time trying to prove that the amount of the transfers is the same as the foreign aid budgets. The Office proved that the amount was \$100 billion and that, as a comparison, happens to be as large as the aid budget for those three countries. Answer is (C).
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