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In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2004, 15:45
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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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 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2004, 19:01
I have tried to search a satisfactory answer for this Q. I have not found such an answer so far. However I can eliminate one close contender on some grounds but not for sure.

(A) In + assessing +
Here the sentence opens with a prepositional phrase and uses a participle form assessing as an adjective to qualify a following noun. This calls for a subject of the sentence which is doing the action. You can see that the fragment following the comma does not have a subject.

(B) has subject-verb agreement problem

(C) is grammatically correct and qualifies for an answer
(D) is also grammatically correct and qualifies for an answer

(E) has subject-verb agreement problem

How do we choose between (C) and (D)

I am not very sure. But I know that it is awkward to say
"A question that is irrelevant".
This can be concisely written as
"An irrelevant question is"

(D) has no such problems.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2004, 19:31
I had a very long discussion with a fellow member on this question. This is what it boiled down to:

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I'm afraid to go into overanalysis but I know that often times, the use of multiple restrictive clause should be avoided and D better simplifies the sentence by avoiding exactly that. C has double restrictive clause:

that is irrelevant in assessing the problems that rural migrant workers face

Above 2 restrictive clauses could be simplified to a simple adverb clause introduced by the first part of the sentence in D. Read on with adverb clauses here:
http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/clau ... rb_clauses

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 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2004, 20:32
Thanks you guys! Really appreciate your help. The OA is D.

Hope I can reason out and/or eliminate the "close but" wrong answers when taking the test on Monday :-)
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