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I have seen some questions where even though "which" has a prepositional phrase just before it and its usage is correct ...

I took Mnahattan gmat test(see example below from it) and the OA is C. Even though D uses "which" its usage is not correct according to the explanation but its correct in choice C.

The explanation of choice C says that which can refer to noun before the preopositional phrase too in some cases so in choice C it refers to "combination" and not "black"...It is the combination of yellow and black (of yellow and black - prepositional phrase) which signals that the insects are poisonous...

Where as the elimination of choice D says the usage of "which" is incorrect since noun before the clause " that are colored yellow and black " is " insects" and therefore insects cannot signal they are posionous...

This explanation had confused me too much and i do not know whats the proper use of which ...

Do we need to scan nouns if there is a prepositional phrase just before "which" like =>

or as a warning to predators, as in the case of insects bearing a combination of yellow and black, which often signals that they are poisonous.

In the above example "combination" is the noun so which refers to combination so its usage is correct...

whereas in choice d its choice is incorrect....

The coloration of insects can serve as camouflage, as in the case of green insects that spend their lives in or near foliage, or to warn predators, as in the case of insects colored in yellow and black, which often signals that it is poisonous.

A)or to warn predators, as in the case of insects colored in yellow and black, which often signals that it is poisonous.

B)or for warning predators, as in the case of insects that have yellow and black coloring, which often signals that it is poisonous.

C)or as a warning to predators, as in the case of insects bearing a combination of yellow and black, which often signals that they are poisonous.

D)or as a predator's warning, as in the case of insects that are colored yellow and black, which often signals that they are poisonous.

E)or to warn predators, as in the case of yellow-and-black insects, which often signals that they are poisonous.
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30 May 2011, 20:44
Good question first of all.. I am quite confused by the same.. this grammar does not have much logic to it... I was not sure how to distinguish between B/C.
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19 Jul 2011, 23:36
fluke wrote:
siddhans wrote:
The coloration of insects can serve as camouflage, as in the case of green insects that spend their lives in or near foliage, or to warn predators, as in the case of insects colored in yellow and black, which often signals that it is poisonous.

C)or as a warning to predators, as in the case of insects bearing a combination of yellow and black, which often signals that they are poisonous.
of yellow and black - ignore-prepositional phrase
combination is the noun before which
they are - correct usage because "insects" is plural.
Correct.

Fluke,
As you told that which" refers to noun preceding it. In C will the "combination fo yellow and black" act as noun for the Which.
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19 Jul 2011, 23:53
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fluke wrote:
siddhans wrote:
The coloration of insects can serve as camouflage, as in the case of green insects that spend their lives in or near foliage, or to warn predators, as in the case of insects colored in yellow and black, which often signals that it is poisonous.

C)or as a warning to predators, as in the case of insects bearing a combination of yellow and black, which often signals that they are poisonous.
of yellow and black - ignore-prepositional phrase
combination is the noun before which
they are - correct usage because "insects" is plural.
Correct.

Fluke,
As you told that which" refers to noun preceding it. In C will the "combination fo yellow and black" act as noun for the Which.

Yes, it can.

"which" can either refer back to the noun immediately preceding comma or to the noun part of "noun+preposition phrase" preceding the comma.

Here,
which can either refer to "yellow and black"
OR
which can refer to combination in "combination of yellow and black"
of yellow and black= prepositional phrase

"Combination" is intended and makes more sense. "which" is correctly referring to the combination.
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20 Jul 2011, 01:00
Fluke,

Thanks alot for the explanation. That clears all the doubts.

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