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rss GMAT Practice Question (One of Hundreds)
During the early months of 2009, some economists concluded that the slew of U.S. government programs created during the fall of 2008 to stabilize an economy marked by an absence of credit, a wave of enormous asset write downs, a precipitous decline in housing prices, and a historic loss of consumer confidence has not succeeded in engendering healthy intra-bank credit flows and reviving depressed equity prices.
Correct Answer: A
the slew of programs (singular subject) must be matched with has (singular verb).

There are two main grammatical issues that are being tested in this problem.

(1) the slew of programs is a singular subject and must be matched with a singular verb (i.e., has)

(2) The two actions meant to be accomplished by the slew of programs must be parallel: (a) engendering healthy intra-bank credit flows (b) reviving depressed equity prices.

  1. The subject and verb agree; the actions meant to be accomplished by the slew of programs are parallel
  2. The subject (the slew of programs, which is singular) does not agree with the verb (have, which is plural)
  3. The two actions meant to be accomplished by the slew of programs are not parallel. I.e., the phrase engendering ... and bringing about the ... is not parallel
  4. The subject (the slew of programs, which is singular) does not agree with the verb (have, which is plural); The two actions meant to be accomplished by the slew of programs are not parallel. I.e., the phrase engendering ... and to revive is not parallel
  5. The two actions meant to be accomplished by the slew of programs are not parallel. I.e., the phrase engendering ... along with a revival of is not parallel