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# In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers,

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In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.

(A) In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.
(B) The question of whether the rural migrant worker is better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant in assessing the problems that they face.
(C) A question that is irrelevant in assessing the problems that rural migrant workers face is whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor.
(D) In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.
(E) The question of whether the rural migrant worker is better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant in an assessment of the problems that they face.
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29 Sep 2004, 19:39
The most dreaded SC types are ones where the whole sentence is underlined .Anyway,here is my best attempt

I think it is C.

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(C) A question that is irrelevant in assessing the problems that rural migrant workers face is whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor.

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02 Oct 2004, 17:02
Any more takers on this one.... some of the veterans need to share their wisdom here...
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02 Oct 2004, 17:13
Any more takers on this one.... some of the veterans need to share their wisdom here...
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02 Oct 2004, 19:59
I'd go with C also.
A and D have dangling modifier problems
B and E have improper pronoun reference "they"
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02 Oct 2004, 20:50
OA is D... from GMAT+

Paul, can you explain the dangling modifier problems with A & D?
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02 Oct 2004, 22:08
In C, "they" improperly refers to "a question". Proper construction should be: A question that is irrelevant... is whether it...
D does not suffer from dangling modifier problem.
In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant
Red part is an absolute phrase construction and "they" would rightly refer to "rural migrant workers"
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03 Oct 2004, 00:53
D
Apart from the first statement all others except D have a "they" in the end which does not sepcify whom it refers to.
The first one just sounds creaky with "in assessing" ..
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03 Oct 2004, 00:53
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A just sounds horrible..can someone explain what rule is violated in A
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07 Oct 2004, 11:07
Paul wrote:
In C, "they" improperly refers to "a question". Proper construction should be: A question that is irrelevant... is whether it...
D does not suffer from dangling modifier problem.
In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant
Red part is an absolute phrase construction and "they" would rightly refer to "rural migrant workers"

Can you explain the whole logic in greater detail? How does it affect to have an abslute phrase. How do you determine that "they" is referring to "question" when "they" is actually preceded by "rural workers" in choice C
pls explain again   [#permalink] 07 Oct 2004, 11:07
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