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# A controversial figure throughout most of his public life,

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04 Jul 2012, 15:12
(A) that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom-PERFECT.
(B) that some Blacks return to the African land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him-WHO IS SYMBOLIZING?BLACKS? INCORRECT
(C) that some Blacks return to Africa which was the land which symbolized the possibility of freedom to him-TWICE"WHICH"IS INCORRECT.
(D) some Black’s returning to Africa which was the land that to him symbolized the possibility of freedom-BLACK'S RETURNING IS INCORRECT.
(E) some Black’s return to the land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him, Africa-BLACK'S RETURN IS INCORRECT.

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04 Jul 2012, 21:58
A controversial figure throughout most of his public life, the Black leader Marcus Garvey advocated that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom.

(A) that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom

(B) that some Blacks return to the African land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him
Meaning distortion

(C) that some Blacks return to Africa which was the land which symbolized the possibility of freedom to him
Meaning distortion

(D) some Black’s returning to Africa which was the land that to him symbolized the possibility of freedom
Meaning distortion

(E) some Black’s return to the land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him, Africa
a wrong modifier
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05 Jul 2012, 09:46
I got (A). Here's how I went about tackling this problem:

(A) that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom - didn't seem like the best answer, but nothing grammatically wrong
(B) that some Blacks return to the African land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him - "symbolizing the possibility of freedom" is applied to Some Blacks' return to Africa, which is distorts the meaning
(C) that some Blacks return to Africa which was the land which symbolized the possibility of freedom to him - the usage of "which" twice is awkward
(D) some Black’s returning to Africa which was the land that to him symbolized the possibility of freedom - the usage of a gerund (returning) preceding the possessive noun is correct, but it's missing "that," which should follow after "advocated"
(E) some Black’s return to the land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him, Africa - word order is awkward and the sentence is missing "that" preceding the possessive noun

Feel free to comment if any of my explanation is questionable!
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05 Jul 2013, 11:50
will go with A.

we need a that. so D and E are out.

B seems awkrd and in C bck to bck which constructions dont seem fine.
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05 Jul 2013, 14:19
rakp wrote:
In A, is it alright to use comma right after 'that'?

that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom

Hi rakp

As far as I know, there is a rule that requires you Not to put a comma before "that" between essential modifiers and their nouns .

**But there is also an exception rule: if there is a short and non-essential phrase intervenes ==> the comma before "that" is acceptable.
For example: I love eating fruit, such as orange, that has plenty of vitamin C.
Because "such as orange" is short and non-essential phrase ==> you could put it between noun "fruit" and "that".

However, I do not know any rule that requires "no comma" after "that". So A is correct.

Hope it helps.
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06 Jul 2013, 00:51
A controversial figure throughout most of his public life, the Black leader Marcus Garvey advocated that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom.

(A) that some Blacks return to Africa, the land that, to him, symbolized the possibility of freedom
after eliminating other option
there is a that that parallel - hmm good
Africa, the land right modifier so choose A

(B) that some Blacks return to the African land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him
what is African land?? so wrong

(C) that some Blacks return to Africa which was the land which symbolized the possibility of freedom to him
" , " is used before which-so wrong

(D) some Black’s returning to Africa which was the land that to him symbolized the possibility of freedom
wrong which
(E) some Black’s return to the land symbolizing the possibility of freedom to him, Africa
, Africa ?? disaster option
Now i will go for A once again
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20 Jun 2014, 12:35
Can some one explain Subjunctive thing in detail?
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21 Jun 2014, 02:02
honchos wrote:
Can some one explain Subjunctive thing in detail?

I hope you know everything that is explained in MGMAT SC guide chapter 7, Page 112.

Term advocate is setting command subjunctive mood in this sentence. and there is a proper structure and format to write a command subjunctive sentence.

Please refer MGMAT SC guide to understand this format further.
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Demand/Request/Recommend word +THAT + Subject+ Subjunctive Verb

1. Demand
2. dictate
3. Insist
4. Mandate
5. Propose
6. Recommend
7. Request
8. Stipulate
9. Suggest

Subjunctive Exceptions (to form is used)

2. Allow
3. Forbid
5. Want

Subjunctive or to verb both

2. Beg
3. Desire
4. Intend
5. Order
6. Prefer
7. Require
8. Urge
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