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# While many politicians have been able to abuse

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While many politicians have been able to abuse recent changes in the law, the original spirit of the bill was that it was equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status.

A that it was equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status
B that it was equally applied to all residents, and their socio-economic status did not matter
C that it was to be applied equally to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status
D that it be applied equally to every resident, no matter their socio-economic status
E that it be equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status

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09 Jun 2015, 03:24
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While many politicians have been able to abuse recent changes in the law, the original spirit of the bill was that it was equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status.

A that it was equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status
B that it was equally applied to all residents, and their socio-economic status did not matter
C that it was to be applied equally to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status
D that it be applied equally to every resident, no matter their socio-economic status
E that it be equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status correct
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19 Jun 2015, 04:36
chetan2u wrote:
While many politicians have been able to abuse recent changes in the law, the original spirit of the bill was that it was equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status.

C that it was to be applied equally to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status

E that it be equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status correct

I preferred C to E because I thought construction of E was not subjunctive! However, is C wrong because it uses past tense = was ?
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08 Sep 2016, 11:32
Why is usage of was incorrect here ?
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26 Aug 2017, 10:50
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While many politicians have been able to abuse recent changes in the law, the original spirit of the bill was that it was equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status.

A that it was equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status - past - present tense mismatch - 'have been able to' -- present perfect; means its still happening and a 'bill that was' equally applied suggests an issue in meaning clarity
B that it was equally applied to all residents, and their socio-economic status did not matter seperate clauses after 'and' -- subtly changes the meaning
C that it was to be applied equally to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status
D that it be applied equally to every resident, no matter their socio-economic status applied equally is somehow more in context of paint/ face cream --> portions that can be applied to a surface; and residents aren't that surface
E that it be equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status correct - 'it be applied equally to all' - x be applied to Y - idiomatically and contextually right. Ex: laws of country X deems that ABC right can be applied to non-humans too
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28 Aug 2017, 11:58
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1. We can eliminate A,B and C based on the "that it was" structure.
2. Both D & E have same modifier: no matter their socio-economic status.
a. Since the modifier used a plural verb their, we should look for plural subject
i. Option D: that it be applied equally to every resident. Singular subject
ii. Option E: that it be equally applied to all residents. Plural subject - Bingo!
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15 Apr 2019, 13:30
chetan2u wrote:
While many politicians have been able to abuse recent changes in the law, the original spirit of the bill was that it was equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status.

A that it was equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status
B that it was equally applied to all residents, and their socio-economic status did not matter
C that it was to be applied equally to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status
D that it be applied equally to every resident, no matter their socio-economic status
E that it be equally applied to all residents, no matter their socio-economic status correct

A,B,C are all incorrect because subjunctive is being tested or there is some other reason. can you please explain?
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15 Apr 2019, 20:30
Can anyone explain what is wrong with Option D?
Is there a difference in meaning between "equally applied" and "applied equally" ?

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