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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2010, 09:06
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Adalfu...I have the MGMAT SC book...do you happen to know where I can find all the subgroup modifiers and the if...then constructions?

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subgroup mod: pg 236
if...then...: part of the subjunctive mood section, pg 112
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2010, 09:09
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2010, 11:07
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.
There is no problem in the original sentence. "Surround" is modifying green fields. "bustles" is modifying the patch work. many of them is pointing to workers.
(A) surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them --> No error
(B) surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of whom are --> error: surrounds
(C) surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of who are ---> error: many of who
(D) surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustle with farm workers, many of which ---> error: bustle, many of which
(E) surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many are ---> error: surrounds, "many are" is not clearly modifying
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2010, 22:56
Can anyone explain why the patchwork of greenfields is plural
as far as mgmat only SANAM pronouns are plural

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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2010, 08:15
Could you please post OA and OE? I don't think that OA is A.
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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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A


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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2010, 09:14
These OAs have no meaning whatsoever unless you also post the source of the question and explanation that is provided there. If the question is taken from well-known study guide, the OA should probably be correct. But if it's from various "practice sets" and "1000 sc/rc/rc/ps/ds" you cannot trust OAs, too many mistakes are there

In this particular case answer is (B). "parchwork" is the subject of the sentence, of-phrase could be omitted, it makes no difference
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2010, 17:09
I checked beat the gmat link provided in earlier response
Even Kaplan teacher is saying answer as B . What is the source of this question
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2010, 02:20
Its confusing :(

i have two Doubts here.

1) That is restrictive so does it modify the immediate precedent Noun or the Subject?


2) With This Question my understanding on modifiers is completely trashed.

I have read in some book.

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.

if there is single comma Should`nt the modifier always modify the subject ???


and if there are 2 comma the modifier modifies the object?



Can some one please explain me in detail abt this
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2010, 11:10
(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

does changing surrounds in B to surround make the sentence B correct?
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2010, 23:32
why is that "the patchwork of green fields " is plural ?

going by the rule the patchwork has to be singular
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2010, 06:35
Hi,

Can anyone plz clear the doubt of patchwork-singular?

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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2010, 11:39
For me is clear that the subject is patchwork, so it should be sourrounds.

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PS: "that" does not necessary have to refer to the immediate early noun.
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2010, 21:41
I still don't get why we're taking "patchwork of green fields" and not "patchwork" as the subject.
Please explain.
I chose B as the option since i thought the subject is patchwork only.
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2010, 03:23
It would be great if any SC guru could shed some light on this issue.

The question is whether the construciont Singular noun + of Plural nouns that Verb has a plural or a singular verb.
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2010, 06:52
I will also go with A. Waiting for SC expert to advise us so that we can end the confusion of A or B.

@SC expert, We need your assistance here
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2010, 08:43
Chose A. The "that' makes "surround" refer to "green fields" IMO.
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 13:48
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It would be great if any SC guru could shed some light on this issue.

The question is whether the construciont Singular noun + of Plural nouns that Verb has a plural or a singular verb.
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2010, 03:26
A for me.

"green fields" is the antecedent of "surround the San Joaquin Valley town", so the verb is plur.--- Leave A,C,D options

The main subject is patchwork, so the main verb is single. ---Leave A,C options

In C, "many of who" means "farm worker", so it should be "many of whom".

A is correct.
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2010, 06:13
I agree with B .. its patchwork of green fields.. so singular .. hence surrounds.. !
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Re: SC- Good Years [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2010, 07:59
Subject Verb agreements lets it to two choices A and E... And the answer should be A..
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