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Cajuns speak a dialect brought to southern Louisiana by the four thousand Acadians who migrated there in 1755; their language is basically seventeenth-century French to which has been added English, Spanish and Italian words.

A. to which has been added English, Spanish and Italian words

B. added to which is English, Spanish, and Italian words

C. to which English, Spanish, and Italian words have been added

D. with English, Spanish, and Italian words having been added to it

E. and, in addition, English, Spanish, and Italian words are added
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Re: Cajun SC [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2008, 04:47
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Cajuns speak a dialect brought to southern Louisiana by the four thousand Acadians who migrated there in 1755; their language is basically seventeenth-century French to which has been added English, Spanish and Italian words.

A. to which has been added English, Spanish and Italian words

B. added to which is English, Spanish, and Italian words

C. to which English, Spanish, and Italian words have been added

D. with English, Spanish, and Italian words having been added to it

E. and, in addition, English, Spanish, and Italian words are added



I choose C. Here is why


A. to which has been added English, Spanish and Italian words
no agreement between "has" and the compounded nouns "English, Spanish and Italian words." We need "have."

B. added to which is English, Spanish, and Italian words
same reasoning as A, but this time, we have the singular linking verb "is."

C. to which English, Spanish, and Italian words have been added
Correct


D. with English, Spanish, and Italian words having been added to it

essentially, "with" and "having" say the same thing...so they're redundant

E. and, in addition, English, Spanish, and Italian words are added
this option implies that their language was not just French, but also English, Spanish, and Italian. Pretty hardcore language if you wanna ask me...lol
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Re: Cajun SC [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2008, 07:07
Doesn't "has" agree with French, rather than the remaining 3 languages?
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Re: Cajun SC [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2008, 07:21
I chose C. In A we have words...has, which is wrong. In B, the same problem: words ...is. In D "having" is wrong, and in E we have a problem with "are".
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Re: Cajun SC [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2008, 07:31
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Doesn't "has" agree with French, rather than the remaining 3 languages?


well, to answer your question, i'll pose a question to you. What's being added? if it's just the french, then surely you will need the "has", but it's not french language that's being added, but rather the 3 languages mentioned are being added.
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Re: Cajun SC [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2008, 08:18
Hypothetically, if we change A) to say this:

A. to which have been added English, Spanish and Italian words

C. to which English, Spanish, and Italian words have been added

Then what is correct here. A or C?
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Re: Cajun SC [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2008, 08:43
bigfernhead wrote:
Hypothetically, if we change A) to say this:

A. to which have been added English, Spanish and Italian words

C. to which English, Spanish, and Italian words have been added

Then what is correct here. A or C?


I would still prefer C because the generally preferred sentence structure is : subject + verb. In your option A, the structure is verb + subject ----> not a very nice sentence structure.
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