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Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many a modern day government have created a supersized version of the 19th century spoils system.

A) Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many a modern day government have

B) Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many a modern day government has

C) Under a conservative agenda of promotion, many a modern day government have

D) Under a conservative agenda of promotion, many a modern day government has

E) Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many modern day government has

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Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many a modern day government have created a supersized version of the 19th century spoils system.

A) Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many a modern day government have

B) Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many a modern day government has

C) Under a conservative agenda of promotion, many a modern day government have

D) Under a conservative agenda of promotion, many a modern day government has

E) Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many modern day government has


Took time for B and E...

Meaning : Modern day government has created a supervised version to promote the agenda.

A) Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many a modern day government have -

Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda has to modify the modern day government and till here it is correct but here modern day government has to be single

B) Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many a modern day government has -Correct

C) Under a conservative agenda of promotion, many a modern day government have - Under something modern day government is wrong

D) Under a conservative agenda of promotion, many a modern day government has - explanation as C

E) Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many modern day government has[/quote] - many modern day government has to be plural
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When you use many A 'something singular' = plural

eg. Many a man = Many men.

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When you use many A 'something singular' = plural

eg. Many a man = Many men.

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Many a/an... is used to indicate a large number of something. It takes a singular noun, which can be followed by a singular verb.

Many a politician has cheated the people. [Politician and has are singular.]

Many men - always plural...

Hope it helps...
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clarification required on idiomatic use of many a government, does it take a singular verb or plural.
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Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many a modern day government have created a supersized version of the 19th century spoils system.

A) Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many a modern day government have

B) Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many a modern day government has

C) Under a conservative agenda of promotion, many a modern day government have

D) Under a conservative agenda of promotion, many a modern day government has

E) Under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, many modern day government has


GMATNinja - Sire I am learning about this singularity issue for the first time. Is "many a government" singular? Please elucidate.
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Hm, this doesn't look at all like a real GMAT question. Just a friendly reminder: please please please always include the source when you're posting a new question!!

A quick google search reveals that this is a bizarro ripoff of a 2007 Paul Krugman article in the NY Times Here's the original sentence: "...under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, the Bush administration has created a supersized version of the 19th-century spoils system."

So the ripoff artist responsible for this question just swapped out "the Bush administration" with "many a modern day government." And I've never seen that particular colloquialism on the GMAT, and I really don't think you should waste any time thinking about it. I've never heard anybody under the age of 90 say anything like that, and I'd be shocked if you ever see it on the GMAT.

But for whatever it's worth: "many a _____" basically means "a large number of _____" So "many a modern day government" would be singular, in theory.

But again, if you ever use that expression in normal conversation with an American, you'll probably earn a confused look. :)

I hope this helps!
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Hm, this doesn't look at all like a real GMAT question. Just a friendly reminder: please please please always include the source when you're posting a new question!!

A quick google search reveals that this is a bizarro ripoff of a 2007 Paul Krugman article in the NY Times Here's the original sentence: "...under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, the Bush administration has created a supersized version of the 19th-century spoils system."

So the ripoff artist responsible for this question just swapped out "the Bush administration" with "many a modern day government." And I've never seen that particular colloquialism on the GMAT, and I really don't think you should waste any time thinking about it. I've never heard anybody under the age of 90 say anything like that, and I'd be shocked if you ever see it on the GMAT.

But for whatever it's worth: "many a _____" basically means "a large number of _____" So "many a modern day government" would be singular, in theory.

But again, if you ever use that expression in normal conversation with an American, you'll probably earn a confused look. :)

I hope this helps!


Thank you for the quick reply GMATNinja.

But I have 1 further doubt: isn't "a large number of___" plural ?
Example: A large number of people ARE sitting in the park.
Example: A large number of ducks ARE floating on the water.

Basically "a number" is plural while "the number" is singular. I am confused by your statement above sire. Please throw some light on this doubt.

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GMATNinja wrote:
Hm, this doesn't look at all like a real GMAT question. Just a friendly reminder: please please please always include the source when you're posting a new question!!

A quick google search reveals that this is a bizarro ripoff of a 2007 Paul Krugman article in the NY Times Here's the original sentence: "...under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, the Bush administration has created a supersized version of the 19th-century spoils system."

So the ripoff artist responsible for this question just swapped out "the Bush administration" with "many a modern day government." And I've never seen that particular colloquialism on the GMAT, and I really don't think you should waste any time thinking about it. I've never heard anybody under the age of 90 say anything like that, and I'd be shocked if you ever see it on the GMAT.

But for whatever it's worth: "many a _____" basically means "a large number of _____" So "many a modern day government" would be singular, in theory.

But again, if you ever use that expression in normal conversation with an American, you'll probably earn a confused look. :)

I hope this helps!


Thank you for the quick reply GMATNinja.

But I have 1 further doubt: isn't "a large number of___" plural ?
Example: A large number of people ARE sitting in the park.
Example: A large number of ducks ARE floating on the water.

Basically "a number" is plural while "the number" is singular. I am confused by your statement above sire. Please throw some light on this doubt.

Regards

Oops, my fault -- yes, you're exactly right! I meant to write "the large number of", not "a large number of." "A large number of (plural noun)..." always takes a plural verb; "THE large number of (plural noun)..." always takes a singular.

I'm sort of tempted to edit my original post, but let's leave it in its typoed glory. Especially since this question is flawed enough that the thread probably deserves retirement, anyway. ;)
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GMATNinja wrote:
gmatexam439 wrote:
GMATNinja wrote:
Hm, this doesn't look at all like a real GMAT question. Just a friendly reminder: please please please always include the source when you're posting a new question!!

A quick google search reveals that this is a bizarro ripoff of a 2007 Paul Krugman article in the NY Times Here's the original sentence: "...under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda, the Bush administration has created a supersized version of the 19th-century spoils system."

So the ripoff artist responsible for this question just swapped out "the Bush administration" with "many a modern day government." And I've never seen that particular colloquialism on the GMAT, and I really don't think you should waste any time thinking about it. I've never heard anybody under the age of 90 say anything like that, and I'd be shocked if you ever see it on the GMAT.

But for whatever it's worth: "many a _____" basically means "a large number of _____" So "many a modern day government" would be singular, in theory.

But again, if you ever use that expression in normal conversation with an American, you'll probably earn a confused look. :)

I hope this helps!


Thank you for the quick reply GMATNinja.

But I have 1 further doubt: isn't "a large number of___" plural ?
Example: A large number of people ARE sitting in the park.
Example: A large number of ducks ARE floating on the water.

Basically "a number" is plural while "the number" is singular. I am confused by your statement above sire. Please throw some light on this doubt.

Regards

Oops, my fault -- yes, you're exactly right! I meant to write "the large number of", not "a large number of." "A large number of (plural noun)..." always takes a plural verb; "THE large number of (plural noun)..." always takes a singular.

I'm sort of tempted to edit my original post, but let's leave it in its typoed glory. Especially since this question is flawed enough that the thread probably deserves retirement, anyway. ;)


hahaha I am in the same boat as you are on this one :lol: .....
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