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Re: Biologists believe [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 23:57
I hope we are not talking about two different topics.
from the Q in this post, I think topic is 'one of plural noun + RELATIVE PRONOUN + verb'
(for 'one of plural noun + verb', verb is always singular. No issues.)

One is similar to 'patchwork' (sing noun).
'green fields' is 'plural noun'

IMO we should settle on 'verb after relative pronoun refers mostly(more than 99%?) to immediate noun but one should still have leeway for the noun modified by prepositional phrase, of course, keeping the context and logical correctness in mind'

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Unfortunately a subject can not have two verbs unless connected by a conjunction. This is the fatal error in choice B.


Does that mean B is incorrect?
And how about below sentence
The dog that runs well doesn't bark. (very weird ex :-D )

I am taking out 'of-part' to show that there is just one noun(subject) which has two verbs.
There is no conjunction in it either, only a relative pronoun 'that'. Am I going wrong here?

So in 'patchwork' problem, 'patchwork' can have 'surrounds' and 'bustles'.
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Re: Biologists believe [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2011, 00:33
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The dog of the Artican breeds that run/ runs fast does not bark … which will you take now? run or runs? Will you still use runs? Let me repeat again, the issue here is about the use of objects of prepositions.


Yes; in your choice as well in B, the verb is connected with the subject by a connector ‘that’ I meant to say that if that connector was absent, the sentence will be ‘the dog runs well doesn’t bark’.
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Re: Biologists believe [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2011, 01:02
Here is how I would go if i am given two choices
A) The dog of the Artican breeds that run fast does not bark+ XYZ---no error in XYZ - CORRECT will prefer this
B) The dog of the Artican breeds that runs fast does not bark + XYZ---no error in XYZ

2nd case
A) The dog of the Artican breeds that run fast does not bark+ XYZ---apparent error in XYZ
B) The dog of the Artican breeds that runs fast does not bark + XYZ---no error in XYZ - will MARK this correct.

(Consider C,D & E wrong)

Would you mark B correct in 2nd case or consider all the choices wrong, a faulty Q?
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Re: Biologists believe [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2011, 02:03
Just realized "The dog of the African breeds that run/runs fast does not bark" is an interesting example.

If my intended meaning is " The dog doesn't bark if it runs fast i.e. runner dog doesn't bark and the dog is of African breeds",
Moreover I am not restricting 'the African breeds' i.e I don't know whether they run fast, I do not want talk about them,
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"The dog of the African breeds that runs fast does not bark"
seems much better.
"The African breed dog that runs fast doesn't bark" is best.
But if I don't have a choice the above sounds good too.

If I say "The dog of the African breeds that run fast does not bark".
This seems to suggest that the dog (of Afr breeds) doesn't bark and African breeds run fast.
This is not talking about the particular case of dog i.e fast runner.
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Re: Biologists believe [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2011, 07:10
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B) The dog of the Artican breeds that runs fast does not bark + XYZ---no error in XYZ - will MARK this correct.

On the day of the exam, as per my training, I may not go for B as the correct choice; But you are entitled to your stand just as much as I am wedded to my own.

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Not all; on the contrary, you sounded very reasonable and focused. I liked your points.
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Re: Biologists believe [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 07:08
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