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While some may doubt the feasibility of the proposal, it is based on empirical evidence, unlike policies resulting from either fanciful suppositions or as a result of political whims.

(A) it is based on empirical evidence, unlike policies resulting from either fanciful suppositions or as a result of

(B) it is based on empirical evidence, unlike policies that result from either fanciful suppositions or

(C) based on empirical evidence, unlike policies that result from either fanciful suppositions or from

(D) because it is based on empirical evidence, unlike policies that result from either fanciful suppositions or

(E) it is based on empirical evidence rather than fanciful suppositions or
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(A) it is based on empirical evidence, unlike policies resulting from either fanciful suppositions or as a result of : Either X or Y. || is broken here.

(B) it is based on empirical evidence, unlike policies that result from either fanciful suppositions or : Correct

(C) based on empirical evidence, unlike policies that result from either fanciful suppositions or from : Same as A

(D) because it is based on empirical evidence, unlike policies that result from either fanciful suppositions or: Run on sentence, no Independent clause.

(E) it is based on empirical evidence rather than fanciful suppositions or: Changes the meaning and we cannot skip the comparison present in the original sentence like this. Where do we have policies in this option? Hence, incorrect
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daagh Sir,
Why am i feeling this question is a bit awkward.

Though i understand B is right answer
Due to two reasons
- Either X or Y
- While... because - wrong in E.

My doubt what does it refers to - it can refer to either the feasibility or the proposal.
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@sayantanc2k, can you please explain this one!
policies are being compared to a proposal? can singular items be compared to plural ones and how do we assume they are both synonymous?
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sayantanc2k, can you please explain this one!
policies are being compared to a proposal? can singular items be compared to plural ones and how do we assume they are both synonymous?


Your query 1:
Yes, a singular noun can be compared to a plural noun. Consider the following:
I am not as intelligent as my brothers.

Your query 2:
No assumption is required. The sentence makes it clear that "proposal" is compared with "policies". Nonetheless ideally the modifier "unlike policies..." should touch the noun/pronoun it refers to ("proposal" / "it").

I hate maths, unlike my brother.....not preferred.
Unlike my brother, I hate maths..... correct.
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daagh Sir,
Why am i feeling this question is a bit awkward.

Though i understand B is right answer
Due to two reasons
- Either X or Y
- While... because - wrong in E.

My doubt what does it refers to - it can refer to either the feasibility or the proposal.
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A few thoughts here. First, this is a non-official question, so... well, you've all read my warnings about those dozens of times by now. :)

Your first thought should always be that "it" refers to the most recent singular noun. And if we interpret it that way, the "it" seems to refer to "proposal" here, and that seems reasonable enough. After all, "feasibility" can't be based on "empirical evidence."

But sure, pronouns often "reach farther back" into the sentence. And in this case, the pronoun could refer back to either of the singular nouns, in theory. But you don't want to be TOO mechanistic if you're worried about pronoun ambiguity. We'll post something new about this at some point in the next few months, but here's a good old thread about why pronoun ambiguity isn't an absolute rule on the GMAT: https://gmatclub.com/forum/pronoun-ambi ... 45387.html. And in this particular question, I don't see any problem with "it" at all.

I hope this helps!
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