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33.A substance derived from the Madagascar periwinkle, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients, is cultivated in China as part of a program to integrate traditional herbal medicine into a contemporary system of health care.
(A) A substance derived from the Madagascar periwinkle, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients,
(B) A derivative, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients, of the Madagascar periwinkle,
(C) A Madagascar periwinkle derivative, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients,
(D) The Madagascar periwinkle has a derivative which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients, that
(E) The Madagascar periwinkle, a derivative of which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients,
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Re: sc-PERIWINKLE [#permalink] New post 24 May 2005, 23:49
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33.A substance derived from the Madagascar periwinkle, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients, is cultivated in China as part of a program to integrate traditional herbal medicine into a contemporary system of health care.
(A) A substance derived from the Madagascar periwinkle, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients,
(B) A derivative, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients, of the Madagascar periwinkle,
(C) A Madagascar periwinkle derivative, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients,
(D) The Madagascar periwinkle has a derivative which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients, that
(E) The Madagascar periwinkle, a derivative of which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients,


I'll pick E.
It is The Madagascar periwinkle which is being cultivated and it's derivative that has proved useful in decreasing mortality

The rest of the choices change the meaning.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2005, 04:23
My answer differ from others. I was oscillating betweeb B/C. Though I like B over C but the comma at the end of the sentence made me pick C.

I think C is best here if B has no typos.

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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2005, 08:24
I think it's C.

"which" should refer to "substance" or "derivative".

in A, "which" refers to "Madagascar periwinkle", which I believe is wrong.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2005, 10:20
I think this Sentence has a dobious SUBJECT. In my opinion answer can be C or E either.

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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2005, 13:11
saurabhmalpani wrote:
I think this Sentence has a dobious SUBJECT. In my opinion answer can be C or E either.

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E - Wrong - How can Madagascar periwinkle be a derivate...the original sentence , clearly states a substance derived from Mad Peri.

I think C is good.

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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2005, 07:39
Perez, What is the source of this question.
Both A and C could be equally correct.

Check this rule out from

http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/clauses.htm

the relative pronoun "which" could be used to refer to more than just the word it precedes:

E.g:

Some relative clauses will refer to more than a single word in the preceding text; they can modify an entire clause or even a series of clauses.

Charlie didn't get the job in administration, which really surprised his friends.

Charlie didn't get the job in administration, and he didn't even apply for the Dean's position, which really surprised his friends.

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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2005, 08:49
its definitly E). only the madagascar periwinkle itself can be cultivated. neither a substance in A) nor a derivative in C) can be cultivated. a "derivative" derives from something. the madagascar periwinkle can in fact derive from something else.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2005, 09:09
not knowing what a prewinkle is....

I am going with A!
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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2005, 09:54
I don't think the substance (derived from MP) is cultivated... cultivated should correspond to MP.. So I'll go with E
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 [#permalink] New post 30 May 2005, 11:40
Older discussion thread:

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=79652
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Re: sc-PERIWINKLE [#permalink] New post 31 May 2005, 16:45
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33.A substance derived from the Madagascar periwinkle, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients, is cultivated in China as part of a program to integrate traditional herbal medicine into a contemporary system of health care.
(A) A substance derived from the Madagascar periwinkle, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients,
(B) A derivative, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients, of the Madagascar periwinkle,
(C) A Madagascar periwinkle derivative, which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients,
(D) The Madagascar periwinkle has a derivative which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients, that
(E) The Madagascar periwinkle, a derivative of which has proved useful in decreasing mortality among young leukemia patients,


What is cultivated in china ? The periwinkle, so first phrase has to refer to the periwinkle.
A. Substance is not cultivated
B. Derivative is not cultivated
C. "which" is redundant here, and the derivative is not the one being cultivated.
D. seems odd. "that" is used wrongly here.
E. best answer.
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Re: sc-PERIWINKLE   [#permalink] 31 May 2005, 16:45
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