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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## However much Governments ##### This topic has 2 expert replies and 10 member replies ## However much Governments However much governments around the world may agree that nuclear proliferation must be halted and that steps should be implemented to reduce the level of nuclear stockpiles, it is difficult for countries to come to agreement on the specific methods of implementing such practices. A. However much governments around the world may agree that B. Despite the agreement among governments around the world to the fact that C. Although governments around the world agree D. Even though governments around the world may agree E. Despite there being agreement among governments around the world that OA is A why not C _________________ Bharath Legendary Member Joined 14 Aug 2013 Posted: 643 messages Followed by: 7 members Upvotes: 48 Target GMAT Score: 650+ bharath2787 wrote: However much governments around the world may agree that nuclear proliferation must be halted and that steps should be implemented to reduce the level of nuclear stockpiles, it is difficult for countries to come to agreement on the specific methods of implementing such practices. A. However much governments around the world may agree that B. Despite the agreement among governments around the world to the fact that C. Although governments around the world agree D. Even though governments around the world may agree E. Despite there being agreement among governments around the world that OA is A why not C I have edited your post to underline the appropriate portion. Further, Though, Even though and Although in general show contrast Although is used when there is a positive condition but Negative result. Although he was smart, John failed in the exam(Ignore the errors if any!) Even though and Though is used when there is Negative condition and positive result Eg: Even though he was bleeding, John won the race Despite usage is not correct for the same reasons above. However much here means no matter how much they may agree.So it is not contrast per se, it is just a state of acceptance. Hope it is clear _________________ You can, for example never foretell what any one man will do, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to! ### GMAT/MBA Expert Elite Legendary Member Joined 23 Jun 2013 Posted: 10197 messages Followed by: 496 members Upvotes: 2867 GMAT Score: 800 Hi bharath2787, I think vinay1983 has done a good job explaining the vocabulary, so I won't rehash those details. The phrase "however much" is a rare "style" phrase that you probably won't see on Test Day, even though it's in the "pool" of questions that the Randomizer can throw at you. Usually, the rare material shows up either when you're doing well AND the computer randomly throws you that rule (as opposed to a different rare rule) or during an experimental question (that doesn't count). The word "that" is typically used to point to specific nouns/ideas, so it makes sense to include the word "that" before the words "nuclear proliferation." Knowing this rule, you would have been a bit more suspicious about answer C. GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich _________________ Contact Rich at Rich.C@empowergmat.com Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 18 Apr 2013 Posted: 358 messages Followed by: 7 members Upvotes: 42 Test Date: 17-Nov Target GMAT Score: 690 GMAT Score: 730 bharath2787 wrote: However much governments around the world may agree that nuclear proliferation must be halted and that steps should be implemented to reduce the level of nuclear stockpiles, it is difficult for countries to come to agreement on the specific methods of implementing such practices. A. However much governments around the world may agree that B. Despite the agreement among governments around the world to the fact that C. Although governments around the world agree D. Even though governments around the world may agree E. Despite there being agreement among governments around the world that OA is A why not C This a tricky one. The intended meaning is to stress on the amount of agreement.. C and D sound better but miss out on the word 'much'. Hope that helps. _________________ A good question also deserves a Thanks. Messenger Boy: The Thesselonian you're fighting... he's the biggest man i've ever seen. I wouldn't want to fight him. Achilles: That's why no-one will remember your name. Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 22 May 2012 Posted: 271 messages Followed by: 3 members Upvotes: 7 Test Date: 04/09/2013 Target GMAT Score: 700+ To add to the points above. The options B,C,D can be eliminated because they make a sutle change in the intended meaning. Because in the sentence it is mentioned governments "MAY" but in these options it implies governments 100% agree. Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 06 Feb 2009 Posted: 39 messages Upvotes: 1 Thanx guys! it is cleared. "Meaning" and agree that ... _________________ Bharath Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 16 Jul 2013 Posted: 234 messages Upvotes: 9 Target GMAT Score: 700+ I was thinking it should be how many! But this explanation make sense for using how much! However much here means no matter how much they may agree.So it is not contrast, it is just a state of acceptance. Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 22 Apr 2012 Posted: 447 messages Followed by: 13 members Upvotes: 46 Test Date: 25/08/2014 GMAT Score: 700 My take on this question is bit different. I think the real decision point is not a choice among however/although/despite...but the referent of "it" and the usage of "that". lets take on option C and D. In option C and D governments are not agreeing on Nuclear proliferation but about the halt of Nuclear proliferation, hence require "that". Hence eliminate them. Now option E, the usage of Being is not correct over here. If you want to know more about the correct way to use Being, refer to this link - http://www.beatthegmat.com/where-to-use-being-t165891.html Option B is clearly wordy when compared to Option A. I personally feel spooky about the insertion of perpositional phrase "to the fact". May be experts can pitch in over here and provide more tangible reason to eliminate B. Let me know your thoughts on my approach. Cheers, Hemant _________________ I'm no expert, just trying to work on my skills. If I've made any mistakes please bear with me. Legendary Member Joined 14 Aug 2012 Posted: 1556 messages Followed by: 34 members Upvotes: 448 Target GMAT Score: 750 GMAT Score: 650 Hemant, you are useful contradicting the usage of "being".. The link you provided and the reason on basis of which you eliminated {E} contradicts. To eliminate an answer choice based on the "Wordier" concept we must be sure that "meaning" & "grammar" are fine. The problem with {B} & {E} is meaning. _________________ R A H U L Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 22 Apr 2012 Posted: 447 messages Followed by: 13 members Upvotes: 46 Test Date: 25/08/2014 GMAT Score: 700 theCodeToGMAT wrote: Hemant, you are useful contradicting the usage of "being".. The link you provided and the reason on basis of which you eliminated {E} contradicts. To eliminate an answer choice based on the "Wordier" concept we must be sure that "meaning" & "grammar" are fine. The problem with {B} & {E} is meaning. I disagree with you on the usage of being. As per the post the correct usage of being is one of the either form - Noun or passive construction but in the above sentence being appeared in neither of these forms. Being is used as modifier and upto my knowledge it is wrong way(at least in GMAT). In option B I don't see any meaning change, you are welcome to elucidate what is the change in meaning in B. Cheers, Hemant _________________ I'm no expert, just trying to work on my skills. If I've made any mistakes please bear with me. Legendary Member Joined 14 Aug 2012 Posted: 1556 messages Followed by: 34 members Upvotes: 448 Target GMAT Score: 750 GMAT Score: 650 I have not provided any rule for "being".. so "being" in the state of disagreement is purely a state of confusion. In the above sentence, is the "being" usage correct or wrong? Regarding {B} I will put-on two sentences for you.. -> However much Ram studied for GMAT, he scored only 500 -> Despite Ram studied for GMAT, he scored only 500. Do you see the meaning gap? _________________ R A H U L ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 25 May 2010 Posted: 15351 messages Followed by: 1864 members Upvotes: 13060 GMAT Score: 790 The SC above mimics an official SC that I explain here: http://www.beatthegmat.com/og-verbal-review-2nd-edition-sc-3-pg-270-t107106.html _________________ Mitch Hunt Private Tutor for the GMAT and GRE GMATGuruNY@gmail.com If you find one of my posts helpful, please take a moment to click on the "UPVOTE" icon. Available for tutoring in NYC and long-distance. For more information, please email me at GMATGuruNY@gmail.com. Student Review #1 Student Review #2 Student Review #3 Free GMAT Practice Test How can you improve your test score if you don't know your baseline score? Take a free online practice exam. Get started on achieving your dream score today! Sign up now. Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 19 Nov 2016 Posted: 161 messages Followed by: 4 members Upvotes: 2 bharath2787 wrote: However much governments around the world may agree that nuclear proliferation must be halted and that steps should be implemented to reduce the level of nuclear stockpiles, it is difficult for countries to come to agreement on the specific methods of implementing such practices. A. However much governments around the world may agree that B. Despite the agreement among governments around the world to the fact that C. Although governments around the world agree D. Even though governments around the world may agree E. Despite there being agreement among governments around the world that OA is A OFFICIAL EXPLANATION Correct Answer: A The correct answer to this question is A. The sentence begins with parallel subordinate clauses that are followed by the main clause. The parallel subordinate clauses are both introduced by the word 'that' ' i.e. 'that nuclear proliferation'' and 'that steps should be implemented'' Answer choices C and D are incorrect as each leaves out the word 'that,' and in doing so, parallel structure with the second subordinate clause is violated. Answer choices B and E violate the GMAT standards of Brevity and Fluency, employing lengthy, awkward constructions. • Free Practice Test & Review How would you score if you took the GMAT Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • 1 Hour Free BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Veritas GMAT Class Experience Lesson 1 Live Free Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • FREE GMAT Exam Know how you'd score today for$0

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