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There are a condition of the case and you just have to live

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13 Sep 2004, 19:27
There are a condition of the case and you just have to live within that environment. You just have to learn not to ignore it but to kind of deal with it in the most professional way, and not let it control what you are doing in court. A case is won not by media spin, but by good lawyering inside of that courtroom, Kate.

http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0305/16/asb.00.html
Â© 2004 Cable News Network LP, LLLP.

can someone explain why did we use "are" here? I haven't seen many of these, but there is something intricate that keeps this usage alive.
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13 Sep 2004, 20:33
It might just be an editing error in the transcript.
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13 Sep 2004, 20:41
nope. the usage is valid, but I don't have any explanation to it.
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13 Sep 2004, 20:52
Any other examples of this?
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13 Sep 2004, 21:26
check this out:

In Newtonian laws of motion, <there is a condition and it's converse regarding bodies at rest and bodies in motion>.
A) there is a condition and it's converse regarding bodies at rest and bodies in motion
B) there is a condition and its converse regarding bodies at rest and bodies in motion
C) there are a condition and its converse regarding bodies at rest and bodies in motion
D) there are a condition and it's converse regarding bodies at rest and bodies in motion
E) there has been a condition and its converse regarding bodies at rest and bodies in motion

C is correct.
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13 Sep 2004, 21:31
I think when 'condition' is followed by 'and' that includes a dependent sentence (on condition), we use 'are'. As the 'condition' is defining two possible outcomes or conflicting arguments. This may sound weird, but after reading a couple of texts in 'google search' I am leaning towards believing that that is correct

I am just speculating.
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13 Sep 2004, 21:41
Perhaps the following:

1) The condition is a "law"

2) Its converse is another "law"

As a rough paraphrase-

In Newtonian laws of motion, there are two laws regarding bodies at rest and bodies in motion.
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13 Sep 2004, 21:43
I can explain the GMAT problem a little. There are two objects - condition and its inverse.
"there are a condition and its converse regarding bodies at rest and bodies in motion "
"there are a X and Y regarding bodies at rest and bodies in motion"
It makes sense to use an "are", but the "a" after are still needs explanation.

As for CNN, I think it should just be a mistake. That sentence doesn't even contain multiple objects.
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14 Sep 2004, 05:52
yep! I am sure this is what the intention was.

I think, things get weird when you start critically analyzing the news or any other text. When I read any article, my incline is to find some silly mistake and verify that there is a mistake .
ah! that's when you know you are working for Gmat.

thanks guys.
14 Sep 2004, 05:52
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