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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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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2012, 23:52
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why can't it be C. I don't see any pronoun error


Hi there,
Choice 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.

This choice is incorrect because of its wordiness and awkwardness. There is no grammatical issue in this sentence as such. However, it is not very direct. Compare this portion in choice C - problems that rural migrant workers face – with this one in the correct choice D - problems faced by rural migrant workers. Undoubtedly, the latter is more precise and clear than the former.

The stylistic issue in Choice C makes it incorrect.
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I am very confused on A. Please guide why A is not correct.


A : Case of dangling modifier : In ASSESSING the problems.....................

Deciding to retake the GMAT , the problematic questions were posted in the forum = WHO is deciding, where's the subject without which the reader stays baffled ( Is it the questions decided to retake GMAT ); thus in A , the connection of In assessing the .................... with........... The question = Illogical/Sloppy.

To clear the maze : Deciding to retake GMAT, SKM posted the problematic questions in the forum.

Thus A is incorrect
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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2012, 15:35
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why can't it be C. I don't see any pronoun error
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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2012, 21:16
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.--Verbing +doer - is the normal construcstion -> so Who? -> not surely the question
(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.- pronoun err
(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.
- Awkward construction, pronoun err, meaning changed

(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.
- contender
(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.
- pronoun err


So D
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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2012, 22:53
Good question...I chose A and got it wrong...

A seems to be the most concise choice but "assessing" illogically modifies "question"
I initially eliminated D because I thought it was wordy.
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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2012, 07:51
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why can't it be C. I don't see any pronoun error


Hi there,
Choice 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.

This choice is incorrect because of its wordiness and awkwardness. There is no grammatical issue in this sentence as such. However, it is not very direct. Compare this portion in choice C - problems that rural migrant workers face – with this one in the correct choice D - problems faced by rural migrant workers. Undoubtedly, the latter is more precise and clear than the former.

The stylistic issue in Choice C makes it incorrect.
Hope this helps.
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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2012, 08:19
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why can't it be C. I don't see any pronoun error


Hi there,
Choice 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.

This choice is incorrect because of its wordiness and awkwardness. There is no grammatical issue in this sentence as such. However, it is not very direct. Compare this portion in choice C - problems that rural migrant workers face – with this one in the correct choice D - problems faced by rural migrant workers. Undoubtedly, the latter is more precise and clear than the former.

The stylistic issue in Choice C makes it incorrect.
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I am very confused on A. Please guide why A is not correct.
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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2012, 06:21
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I am very confused on A. Please guide why A is not correct.


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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2012, 06:39
SC is my weakest verbal element so please please please critique my answer / logic:

The problem in the original question is the use of 'they'. Who is the author referring to? I think the sentence reads that the problems are better off than the urban workers since 'faced by rural migrant workers' is a modifier of problems, making problems the subject.

I think C changes the focus of the statement. The original is looking at the welfare of 2 groups of people, C looks at a question and discusses it's irrelevance.
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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2012, 07:06
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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.

Well, I’m afraid your assessment of this problem is not quite correct. Notice that “In assessing… workers” is a long modifier. Hence any part of this modifier cannot be the subject of the sentence.

Now the opening verb-ing modifier “assessing” denotes an action that needs a doer. Generally, the subject of the modified clause is the doer of the action denoted by the verb-ing modifier. In this case, the subject of the modified clause is “the question”. Now, can “the question” do the job of “assessing”? No, it cannot. Hence this modification is incorrect. This incorrect modification makes the original choice incorrect.

I don’t think there is any ambiguity in the reference of pronoun “they”. The context of the sentence clearly suggests that the logical antecedent of this pronoun is “rural migrant workers”.
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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2012, 21:39
The correct answer is D..... A seems tempting but comparing A and D, D is clear winner
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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2012, 03:26
Why is "they" in Choice B a Pronoun Error.

I chose A but am confused about the whole pronoun error in B
Can someone please explain
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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2012, 11:45
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Why is "they" in Choice B a Pronoun Error.


Though a bit late, if you ask me, the problem with "they" is that we don't know what "they" refers to - if "urban working poor" or "migrant worker".

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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2013, 17:52
Good question!! In assesing... is a dangling modifer with question as a subject. I missed this point in the first attempt
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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2013, 17:57
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.
Seems okay. Table.
(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.
Incorrect comparison between one migrant worker, and a class of people, the urban working poor. In addition, "they" is vague.
(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.
Awkward structure. Also, slightly changes the meaning. The point isn't that the world is full of irrelevant questions about rural worker welfare, and this just so happens to be one of them. It's that this question in particular is irrelevant.
(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.
Assessment changes the meaning a bit. Go for A.
(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.
Rural worker and they disagree, incorrect comparison above as in B.

Post-edit: Now I recognize the dangling modifier in A. The question isn't doing the assessing, so D it is.
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IMO, D is correct.

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.
>>> Wrong. the question can access.

(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.
>>> Wrong. Worker is singular,

(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.
>>> Wrong. Very bad structure and awkward.

(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.
>>> Correct.

(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
>>> Wrong. Worker is singular

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Re: In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2013, 05:52
I choose C over D because use of the verb form "assessing" is more concise than the noun an assessment and there C is grammatically correct. This is in accordance with the rule mentioned in mgmat SC. Having extra relative clause is the only reason for preferring D rather than C. ? Experts pls help out.
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