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Emily Dickinson’s letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumbering her letters to anyone else.

(A) Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumbering

(B) Dickinson were written over a period that begins a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ended shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber

(C) Dickinson, written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and that ends shortly before Emily’s death in 1886 and outnumbering

(D) Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother, ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, and outnumbering

(E) Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber
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13 Jun 2009, 23:30
D and E are having pronoun reference error...B and C are having parallelism error...So A is the correct answer...
I totally disagree with E..."which" is having a reference error in E....
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14 Jun 2009, 04:25
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D and E are having pronoun reference error...B and C are having parallelism error...So A is the correct answer...
I totally disagree with E..."which" is having a reference error in E....

I totaly agree which modifies Dickinson so wrong.
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14 Jun 2009, 04:42
perfectstranger wrote:
trainspotting wrote:
D and E are having pronoun reference error...B and C are having parallelism error...So A is the correct answer...
I totally disagree with E..."which" is having a reference error in E....

I totaly agree which modifies Dickinson so wrong.

IMO
'which' is referring to "Emily Dickinson's letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson" ==> *subject of the main clause.
how can 'which' refers to a person? it should be 'who' to refer to a person.
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14 Jun 2009, 04:48
perfectstranger wrote:
trainspotting wrote:
D and E are having pronoun reference error...B and C are having parallelism error...So A is the correct answer...
I totally disagree with E..."which" is having a reference error in E....

I totaly agree which modifies Dickinson so wrong.

I'm assuming you disagree with E, because "which" doesn't refer to "letters" but it refers to "dickinson".

Think about it this way - If the sentence were like this:

Emily Dickinson's letters, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan's marriage to Emily's brother and ending shortly before Emily's death in 1886, to Susan Huntington Dickinson outnumber her letters to anyone else.

that would change the meaning of the sentence altogether. In such case, "which" refers to all the letters written by Emily.

I think in answer E, "which" correctly refers to "letters written to dickinson" and not any other letters.

please comment this view.
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27 Jun 2010, 04:04
Neochronic wrote:
E has the famous Which problem..

Which doesnt refer to the letters..

I would go with A..becoz when compared to others.. it luks better..

Actually it does.
Which refers to the previous noun, which is Letters to SHD.

Another example:

The car of my brother, which is blue, has only 2 doors.

In the sentence above which refers to the car, not to my brother.

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24 Sep 2010, 23:26
wow !!! nice question. I dropped the last two options after reading 'which'.

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28 Sep 2010, 02:29
I like E. It clearly refers to the letters.
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28 Sep 2010, 06:02
Also, "which" in choice E is not wrong and clearly refers to Emily Dickinson's letters --> subject of the sentence.
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30 Sep 2010, 10:43
Nice explanation papillon86. Kudos!
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10 Oct 2010, 14:43
Emily Dickinson’s letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumbering her letters to anyone else.

(A) Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumbering

(B) Dickinson were written over a period that begins a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ended shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber

(C) Dickinson, written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and that ends shortly before Emily’s death in 1886 and outnumbering

(D) Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother, ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, and outnumbering

(E) Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber

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I ended up with A, after concluding that "which" in E refers to "Susan Huntington Dickinson" rather than to "letters." I was following the general rule that ", which" needs to refer to the object just before the comma.

Can someone please clarify the use of ", whcih" please?

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10 Oct 2010, 18:40
Even I struggled to decide between a and e and finally ended up opting for e. OA pls

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10 Oct 2010, 22:08
E for me for the reason that the logical predication needs outnumber as the main verb, pushing the writing and ending to play the secondary part.
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E for me for the reason that the logical predication needs outnumber as the main verb, pushing the writing and ending to play the secondary part.

Why doesn't "outnumber" have to be parallel to "writing" and "ending"?

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11 Oct 2010, 07:34
Fremontian wrote:
Nice catch on the "comma which" rule. Just referred to Ron's explanation in the MGMAT forum

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if you have "X of Y, which..."
then:
* if Y works as the antecedent of "which", then "which" should stand for Y.
* if Y doesn't work as the antecedent, but "X of Y" DOES work, then "which" can stand for "X of Y".

Interesting...in this case then, "letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson" stand for "X of Y"?

Hmm, this would be a very hard catch for me on the exam...

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11 Oct 2010, 07:45
rules of SC are kind of limited, their applications are broad though.
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every now and then I get disappointed :/
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11 Oct 2010, 07:49
martie11:Why is the concern about writing , which is not a part of
any of the choices.?
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11 Oct 2010, 08:39
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martie11:Why is the concern about writing , which is not a part of
any of the choices.?

Hey daagh,

I'm referring to choices D and E, which begin with "Dickinson, which"...

Conicidentally, even in the line that I wrote above ", which" refers to "D and E"...where as in the correct answer (E), ", which" does not refer to Dickenson, but rather to "letters"...that's what's throwing me off.

I think the point for me is that within the first 10 seconds of reading the question I discounted D and E incorrectly due to the ", which" rule of thumb.

...I'm over analyzing...time to move on. Thanks.
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Even I struggled to decide between a and e and finally ended up opting for e. OA pls

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The reason the answer ie E because the which rule can be voilated in case of mission critical modifiers. In this case, letters to Susan Huntington Dickenson acts as a mission critical modifier because if you remove this phrase, the whole sentence will become meaningless.
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11 Oct 2010, 13:20
Fremontian wrote:
Nice catch on the "comma which" rule. Just referred to Ron's explanation in the MGMAT forum

Copy+paste of his summary

if you have "X of Y, which..."
then:
* if Y works as the antecedent of "which", then "which" should stand for Y.
* if Y doesn't work as the antecedent, but "X of Y" DOES work, then "which" can stand for "X of Y".

Fremontian, thanks for the link to MGMAT forum...for others, the MGMAT thread explains in great DETAIL the solution...excellent reply by Ron of MGMAT...

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Emily Dickinson’s letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumbering her letters to anyone else.
A. Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumbering
B. Dickinson were written over a period that begins a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ended shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber
C. Dickinson, written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and that ends shortly before Emily’s death in 1886 and outnumbering
D. Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother, ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, and outnumbering
E. Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber
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