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# While the Senate of the Roman Republic did not have the

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While the Senate of the Roman Republic did not have the power to enact laws, their decrees generally were obeyed like law, and through them they exercised considerable influence.
(A) their decrees generally were obeyed like law, and through them they
(B) its decrees generally were obeyed as if to be law, and through these it
(C) their decrees, generally obeyed as law, through it they
(D) its decrees generally were obeyed like law, and through them it
(E) their decrees were generally obeyed as was the law, and through it they

The original in this sentence is loaded with pronoun problems. Do you see them all? Here's a blog that discusses the major pronoun problems in GMAT SC questions:
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16 Apr 2013, 11:19
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Hi mike,

even though I picked D,I have a question about "like": "like" should express comparisons and not express function (this is the case IMO), am I wrong?
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16 Apr 2013, 11:42
Zarrolou wrote:
Hi mike,

even though I picked D,I have a question about "like": "like" should express comparisons and not express function (this is the case IMO), am I wrong?
Thanks

"like" in this case is actually expressing comparison.... Comparison between decrees and law....
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16 Apr 2013, 11:49
While the Senate of the Roman Republic did not have the power to enact laws, their decrees generally were obeyed like law, and through them they exercised considerable influence.
(A) their decrees generally were obeyed like law, and through them they Senate on a whole is one body, so use singular pronoun
(B) its decrees generally were obeyed as if to be law, and through these it We are comparing decrees to law; we are not saying decress is law. Also wordy construction
(C) their decrees, generally obeyed as law, through it they pronoun error again as in A
(D) its(Senate) decrees generally were obeyed like law (Comparison between nouns decrees and law), and through them (decrees which is plural) it (Senate)
(E) their decrees were generally obeyed as was the law, and through it they pronoun error, wordy, ambiquity

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24 Mar 2014, 11:27
mikemcgarry wrote:
While the Senate of the Roman Republic did not have the power to enact laws, their decrees generally were obeyed like law, and through them they exercised considerable influence.
(A) their decrees generally were obeyed like law, and through them they
(B) its decrees generally were obeyed as if to be law, and through these it
(C) their decrees, generally obeyed as law, through it they
(D) its decrees generally were obeyed like law, and through them it
(E) their decrees were generally obeyed as was the law, and through it they

The original in this sentence is loaded with pronoun problems. Do you see them all? Here's a blog that discusses the major pronoun problems in GMAT SC questions:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-pronoun-traps/
You will find a full explanation of the question there.

Experts: anything you would like to add about pronouns and typical pronoun mistakes on the GMAT SC?

Mike

Mike In this sentence should'nt have be replaced with has. : While the Senate of the Roman Republic did not have/has the power to enact laws, their decrees generally were obeyed like law, and through them they exercised considerable influence.
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24 Mar 2014, 11:59
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Mike In this sentence should'nt have be replaced with has. : While the Senate of the Roman Republic did not have/has the power to enact laws, their decrees generally were obeyed like law, and through them they exercised considerable influence.

Dear 282552,
This is a funny point of English grammar. When the verb "to have" is use with an auxiliary verb, it always appears in its infinitive form, which is identical to the plural.

Without auxiliary verb:
he has (singular form)
they have (plural form)

he doesn't have ("do" in singular form, "have" in infinitive form)
they don't have ("do" in plural form, "have" in infinitive form)

You can see more about auxiliary verbs here:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/auxiliary- ... -the-gmat/

Let me know if you have any further questions.
Mike
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11 Jan 2018, 06:01
so much confusing, but D is quite an obvious answer.
I think gmat will not ask for too difficult types of comparisons.
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11 Jan 2018, 09:28
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