Practitioners of cognitive therapy

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Practitioners of cognitive therapy

by GMATsid2016 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:14 am
Practitioners of cognitive therapy believes that clinical depression, along with several other mental illnesses, are exacerbated by irrational or maladaptive thoughts.

A) believes that clinical depression, along with several other mental illnesses, are exacerbated by

B) believe that clinical depression, along with several other mental illnesses, is exacerbated by

C) believe that clinical depression, along with several other mental illnesses, are exacerbated by

D) believed that clinical depression, along with several other mental illnesses, is exacerbated in

E) had believed that clinical depression, along with several other mental illnesses, has been exacerbated by

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Why C is wrong?

In C the nearest noun is plural so why not plural verb required?

Please explain.

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by fiza gupta » Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:29 pm
Practitioners of cognitive therapy believes that clinical depression, along with several other mental illnesses, are exacerbated by irrational or maladaptive thoughts.

Practitioners(plural) will go with plural verb, so should be believe
and clinical depression being singular will go with singular verb, so is

SO C
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by [email protected] » Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:32 am
GMATsid2016 wrote:Why C is wrong?

In C the nearest noun is plural so why not plural verb required?

Please explain.

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Sid
Hi Sid.

If you have two nouns joined by "and," you need a plural verb, as the subject is the nouns combined.

The mouse and the cat ride on the dog's back.

If you have singular and plural nouns joined by a word like "or," the verb matches the closer noun.

Neither the bicycle nor the boots match your team colors.

"along with" does not mean the same thing as "and" and does not work the way words like "or" do.

"along with" indicates that the subject is along with something else, but what the subject is along with is not part of the subject.

The phone, along with a protective case, was delivered on Tuesday.

So "several other mental illnesses" is not part of the subject, and therefore the verb "are" in C does not correctly match the subject, which is singular "clinical depression."
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by GMATsid2016 » Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:30 am
Hi Sid.

If you have two nouns joined by "and," you need a plural verb, as the subject is the nouns combined.

The mouse and the cat ride on the dog's back.

If you have singular and plural nouns joined by a word like "or," the verb matches the closer noun.

Neither the bicycle nor the boots match your team colors.

"along with" does not mean the same thing as "and" and does not work the way words like "or" do.

"along with" indicates that the subject is along with something else, but what the subject is along with is not part of the subject.

The phone, along with a protective case, was delivered on Tuesday.

So "several other mental illnesses" is not part of the subject, and therefore the verb "are" in C does not correctly match the subject, which is singular "clinical depression."
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Hi Marty ,

Thanks you so much for the explanation. It really helps.

Thanks,

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Re: Practitioners of cognitive therapy

by Klais » Sun Mar 07, 2021 5:20 pm
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