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# Toynbee was a scholar of Greece and Rome, with a preference

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13. Toynbee was a scholar of Greece and Rome, with a preference for the former, and a close student of Byzantium and of the modern Balkans are apparent on every page of his last look.
(A) Toynbee was a scholar of Greece and Rome, with a preference for the former, and a close student of Byzantium and of the modern Balkans are (B) Toynbee being a scholar of Greece and Rome, with a preference for the former, and a close student of Byzantium and of the modern Balkans are
(C) That Toynbee was a scholar of Greece and Rome, with a preference for the former, and a close student of Byzantium and of the modern Balkans are
(D) That Toynbee was a scholar of Greece and Rome, with a preference for the former, and a close student of Byzantium and of the modern Balkans is
(E) Toynbee, a scholar of Greece and Rome with a preference for the former, and close student of Byzantium and of the modern Balkans, which is

Plz explain
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15 Feb 2005, 14:54
I choose C because Tony was a close student of Byzantium AND the modern Balknas (two)
Hence requiring the ll connection which can only be made with having the statement end with ...are apparent
Folaa why D?
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15 Feb 2005, 14:59
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Folaa why D?

Yes, I do encourage every member to give a little explanation with their choice, as little as it could be. Do not be afraid of giving a wrong answer as you may learn in the process and you will also help other members learn as well. Remember that there is no merit in getting an answer right or wrong. Instead, learn from and teach each other the GMAT concepts.
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15 Feb 2005, 18:41
C. Subject - Verb agreement(plural) and parallelism.
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15 Feb 2005, 18:54
is, and not are is the correct pronoun --> The subject toynbee is singular
(D) is a better choice than (E). (E) uses 'which is' preceding apparent and the whole sentence sound awkward.
I'll go with (D)
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15 Feb 2005, 19:02
(C) That Toynbee was "a scholar of Greece and Rome " and "a close student of Byzantium and of the modern Balkans " equates to a compound subject conjugated by and which requires a plural verb i think.
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15 Feb 2005, 19:07
the compound of two singular nouns "Greece and Rome" doesn't change Toynbee into two people. Toynbee remains a singluar subject.
Here, we're saying certain aspects of Toynbee is apparent in his book. It's quite different from saying 'person x and person y are going to do something', isnt it ?
I'm not sure...
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15 Feb 2005, 19:11
subject is not Tonybee.

subject is his being a scholar and blah blah, otherwise the sentence needn't have to start with 'that...', which signfies the subject is the 'act(s)' that follow that.
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15 Feb 2005, 22:36
(C):

That Toynbee was a scholar of Greece and Rome, with a preference for the former, and (that Tonybee was) a close student of Byzantium and of the modern Balkans are apparent on every page of his last look.

In BLUE and GREEN, we have 2 subjects joined by "and", hence we should use "are".

(A) No subject for "are"
(B) usage of "being". And also limits the meaning of sentence. "scholar of Greece and Rome" is not included where main sentence wants to convey for this as well.
(D) is
(E) "Tonybee ???" rest part of the sentence is missing.
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16 Feb 2005, 09:49
Sorry guys OA is "D". Can anyone explain how this ques has a singular subject ? I too chose "C".
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16 Feb 2005, 09:59
D it is...clearly the subject is TonyBee, which is singular...so lets look at the last word b4 apparent...eliminate any word that implies plurism.

we are left with D & E.

which in E is referring to byzantium or balkans....(not clear, that in itself should alarm u that there is something wrong with it) however the subject is tony bee and D is the only one that refers to tony bee in singular term

re-read the choice with D and makes it much clearer!
that tony bee, blah blah is, apparent on every page of his last book!
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16 Feb 2005, 17:31
I got it why it is (D)...

That Toynbee was a scholar of Greece and Rome, with a preference for the former, and a close student of Byzantium and of the modern Balkans is apparent on every page of his last look.

Phrases in green are parallel.

I think (C) may be wrong because we are assuming too much. (D) is definitely more straightforward that (C).

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16 Feb 2005, 17:58
D

Here the subject is Tonybee, we are talking about him so the verb should be singular
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16 Feb 2005, 18:57
I think subject is whole phrase:

"That Toynbee was a scholar of Greece and Rome, with a preference for the former, and a close student of Byzantium and of the modern Balkans"
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17 Feb 2005, 09:12
what was apparent on every page of his last book?...cant be himself. it has to be greece and rome. so 'are' is the right choice. eliminate D and E. Eliminate B also as being is almost always wrong. A is not forming a direct link with the last clause, hence eliminated. The best answer is C.
17 Feb 2005, 09:12
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