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Re: SC - Chinese [#permalink] New post 02 May 2011, 09:17
a miniature calligraphic composition - will describe a singular entity.
A fits in perfectly.
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Re: SC - Chinese [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 08:02
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Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, consists of tens of thousands of ideographic characters, each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

(A) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(B) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(C) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(D) every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(E) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their


Each refers to a plural noun phrase "tens of thousands of ideographic characters", then why there is no problem with "Each"?
I understand "B" is wrong because "a miniature" is wrong in "all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside their"
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Re: Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 06:13
A it is and here is why:

(A) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its

(B) all the characters {awkward} a miniature calligraphic composition inside their{Wrong pronoun should be its}

(C) all the characters {awkward} a miniature calligraphic composition inside its

(D) every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their{Wrong pronoun should be its}

(E) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their{Wrong pronoun should be its}

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Re: Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 06:57
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Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, consists of tens of thousands of ideographic characters, each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

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The meaning of this sentence is easy to understand. Chinese is the most ancient of living writing systems. It consists of tens and thousands of ideographic characters. Each character is a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

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Usage of “each” is correct in this sentence. It denotes every individual character of tens and thousands of characters that the writing system has. Singular pronoun “its” also agrees in number with “each” and also the phrase “a miniature calligraphic composition”, which is singular in number, agrees in number with “each”. Hence this sentence is correct as is.

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Choice A: Correct for above mentioned reasons.

Choice B: all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside their. Incorrect. Singular phrase “a miniature calligraphic composition” has been used to refer to plural “all characters”. Again, plural pronoun “their” does not agree in number with singular “composition”.

Choice C: all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside its. Incorrect. This choice repeats the first mistake of choice B. Singular phrase “a miniature calligraphic composition” has been used to refer to plural “all characters”.

Choice D: every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their. Incorrect. Plural pronoun “their” agrees in number neither with its antecedent “every” nor with singular “composition”.

Choice E: each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their. Incorrect. Plural pronoun “their” agrees in number neither with its antecedent “each” nor with singular “composition”.

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1. “All” is used for plural entities.
2. “Each” and “every” are always singular.
3. Pronouns must agree in number with their antecedents.

PS: “Each” denotes every individual entity in the collective group while “every” refers to the all the entities in that group. In this sentence, if there were a choice that read: every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its, then also this choice would be correct as it conveys the same meaning.
Hope this helps.

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Re: Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 08:42
nick_sun wrote:
Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, consists of tens of thousands of ideographic characters, each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

(A) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(B) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(C) all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
(D) every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their
(E) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their

(A) each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its
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Re: Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2012, 05:09
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Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, consists of tens of thousands of ideographic characters, each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

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The meaning of this sentence is easy to understand. Chinese is the most ancient of living writing systems. It consists of tens and thousands of ideographic characters. Each character is a miniature calligraphic composition inside its own square frame.

Image

Usage of “each” is correct in this sentence. It denotes every individual character of tens and thousands of characters that the writing system has. Singular pronoun “its” also agrees in number with “each” and also the phrase “a miniature calligraphic composition”, which is singular in number, agrees in number with “each”. Hence this sentence is correct as is.

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Choice A: Correct for above mentioned reasons.

Choice B: all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside their. Incorrect. Singular phrase “a miniature calligraphic composition” has been used to refer to plural “all characters”. Again, plural pronoun “their” does not agree in number with singular “composition”.

Choice C: all the characters a miniature calligraphic composition inside its. Incorrect. This choice repeats the first mistake of choice B. Singular phrase “a miniature calligraphic composition” has been used to refer to plural “all characters”.

Choice D: every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their. Incorrect. Plural pronoun “their” agrees in number neither with its antecedent “every” nor with singular “composition”.

Choice E: each character a miniature calligraphic composition inside their. Incorrect. Plural pronoun “their” agrees in number neither with its antecedent “each” nor with singular “composition”.

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1. “All” is used for plural entities.
2. “Each” and “every” are always singular.
3. Pronouns must agree in number with their antecedents.

PS: “Each” denotes every individual entity in the collective group while “every” refers to the all the entities in that group. In this sentence, if there were a choice that read: every character a miniature calligraphic composition inside its, then also this choice would be correct as it conveys the same meaning.
Hope this helps.

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Amazing..

Had there been choices which are as follows, would it have been correct? ( Is this sentence grammatically correct ? :) )

all the characters miniature calligraphic compositions inside their own

all the characters being miniature calligraphic compositions inside their own

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Re: Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2013, 19:07
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In choice A, do not we need "is" between "each character" and "a miniature"?
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Re: Chinese, the most ancient of living writing systems, [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2013, 03:22
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Hi there,

Since this is a noun + noun modifier, we don't need the verb 'is'. Adding 'is' will make the part after the comma an independent clause, and two independent clauses cannot be separated by just a comma. We would need to change the comma into a semicolon, or add a connecting word.

I hope this helps!

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