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# In good years, the patchwork of green fields that surround

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379. In good years, the patchwork of green fields that surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them in the area just for the season.
(A) surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them
(B) surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of whom are
(C) surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of who are
(D) surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustle with farm workers, many of which
(E) surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many are

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14 Sep 2006, 15:12
I like A, but i'm not positive on surround/surrounds.
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14 Sep 2006, 15:19
I will go with B...

First - the pathwork...surrounds...
Second - "many of whom" is more objective than "man of them".
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14 Sep 2006, 15:28
nitinlgb wrote:
I will go with B...

First - the pathwork...surrounds...
Second - "many of whom" is more objective than "man of them".

I agree that many of whom is better usage than many of them, but i'm still not sure whether surround or surrounds is correct here.
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14 Sep 2006, 15:35
patchwork of green fields

Now is it the "patchwork"?
Or is it the "fields"?

surround is to be used for plural subject
surrounds is to be used for singular subject

any other takers to this question?
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14 Sep 2006, 15:54
Hindustan wrote:
patchwork of green fields

Now is it the "patchwork"?
Or is it the "fields"?

surround is to be used for plural subject
surrounds is to be used for singular subject

any other takers to this question?

Here is my take ....
"patchwork" is the singular subject and "of green fields" is describing it. So the verb "surrounds" has to agree with it.
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14 Sep 2006, 15:58
Let's wait for some other ppl to respond, then I will reveal the Official Answer.
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14 Sep 2006, 16:12
Form surrounds should be in parallel with bustles

(a) - not parallel
(b) - is in parallel. But wordy many of whom when compared with other options
(c) - not parallel
(d) - in parallel. Usage of [/b]which is incorrect
(e) - in parallel and Concise

My money on
E. [b]howzatt?[/b]
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14 Sep 2006, 18:10

- "green fields" => surround
- "patchwork" => bustles
- many of them => ok

POE eliminates those incorrect choices easily.
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14 Sep 2006, 18:15
This is a straight A....

green fields that surround
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14 Sep 2006, 18:19
of green fields doesnt decide whether surround or surrounds is correct.

It is the patchwork that decides and the answer is B
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14 Sep 2006, 18:33
B.

I think the patchwork is the subject here, not the green fields, so "surrounds" is the right verb. That leaves with B o E. "Many of whom" connects well with the rest of the sentence than just "many are".
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15 Sep 2006, 00:07
The OA is "A"

But I am not convinced, my heart tells me it should be "B".
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15 Sep 2006, 00:10
it cannot be B. The reason is "that" always refers to the word/phrase immediately preceeding it. Hence the verb form must be plural.
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15 Sep 2006, 00:16
Futuristic,

Going by your logic, what would you choose here?

1-->A team of players is sleeping.
2-->A team of players are sleeping.

If the verb has to satisfy the subject preceding it, then by your logic 2 would be correct.

But I learnt that 1 is correct in this case.
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15 Sep 2006, 00:38
the way i look at it:

"In good years, the patchwork of (x) bustles with farm workers, many of them in the area just for the season."

where x = "green fields that surround the San Joaquin Valley town"
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15 Sep 2006, 00:54
Hindustan wrote:
Futuristic,

Going by your logic, what would you choose here?

1-->A team of players is sleeping.
2-->A team of players are sleeping.

If the verb has to satisfy the subject preceding it, then by your logic 2 would be correct.

But I learnt that 1 is correct in this case.

There's no "that" in your example above. I don't know why you're applying my reasoning to it.

Lets modify your example to represent the case in hand:

1-->A team of players that are sleeping is bound to lose.
2-->A team of players that is sleeping is bound to lose.

A is correct here.
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15 Sep 2006, 01:41
I went with B too. could someone who chose A please elaborate..
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15 Sep 2006, 07:56
Futuristic wrote:
it cannot be B. The reason is "that" always refers to the word/phrase immediately preceeding it. Hence the verb form must be plural.

I thought "which" was the only word that refers to the word preceding it.
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15 Sep 2006, 19:08
Futuristic wrote:
it cannot be B. The reason is "that" always refers to the word/phrase immediately preceeding it. Hence the verb form must be plural.

Absolutely correct

See Pauls example below(picked from one of the links)

Example 1:
Each of the books reminds me of her

In red is the independent clause and in blue is the prepositional phrase. "reminds" in this case is part of the independent clause and should be conjugated with the subject of the independent clause "each". In blue is just extraneous information splitting the independent clause. Do not get bothered by it. "reminds" should still be singularly conjugated.

Example 2:
Each of the books that rest on the table reminds me of her

In the above sentence, the independent clause and prepositional phrase have the same explanation as in the first example. However, there is an intruder, another obstacle splitting the independent clause; the relative/restrictive clause in green. A relative clause usually refers to the closest noun and in this case, it is "books" from the prepositional phrase. Hence, it is why "rest", the immediately following verb, will be conjugated with "books" rather than "each".

Sorry couldnt color it

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