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Modifier Concepts [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2010, 08:47
Hello and summoning all Gods in SC section:

Modifier (noun, verb, etc.) concepts have been easy in colloquial sense, but not really in SC. I have seen a number of posts regarding this topic, but people provided their "opinions", but no bottome-line, this-is-the-answer type answers.

I have MGMAT SC book, and must say it is worthy of getting recommended as the bible. However, it doesn't seem to go all the way :|

For instance, "a son of a farmer who grows wheats" -- Theoretically, "who" explains "farmer" rather than "son". Is there any way to make it that "who" actually explains "son"?

For instance, "a loan of a bank that went sour" -- Does "that" act as a modifier for "bank" or "loan"? In previous post, one member said that if "that" is used, it explains "loan" and if "which" is used, it explains "bank". Good rule of thumb, but I would like a definite clarification.

If the SC Gods in GMAT club can outline concepts in modifiers, I would deeply appreciate it :P
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Re: Modifier Concepts [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2010, 09:41
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Hello and summoning all Gods in SC section:

Modifier (noun, verb, etc.) concepts have been easy in colloquial sense, but not really in SC. I have seen a number of posts regarding this topic, but people provided their "opinions", but no bottome-line, this-is-the-answer type answers.

I have MGMAT SC book, and must say it is worthy of getting recommended as the bible. However, it doesn't seem to go all the way :|

For instance, "a son of a farmer who grows wheats" -- Theoretically, "who" explains "farmer" rather than "son". Is there any way to make it that "who" actually explains "son"?

For instance, "a loan of a bank that went sour" -- Does "that" act as a modifier for "bank" or "loan"? In previous post, one member said that if "that" is used, it explains "loan" and if "which" is used, it explains "bank". Good rule of thumb, but I would like a definite clarification.

If the SC Gods in GMAT club can outline concepts in modifiers, I would deeply appreciate it :P


A son of a farmer who grows wheat: who modifies farmer. In this case "son" is the main subject and needs a verb. "Who grows wheat" would have to come right after son, such as: a son, who grows wheat, of a farmer recently switched to beets. The alternative is to put a reference to "grown wheat" after the main verb. A son of a farmer grows wheat (leaving out who).


"that" explains "loan" and "which" for "bank is not always the case.

For example, the loan of a bank that went sour was recently readjusted. "that went sour" modifies the noun before or bank. The loan of a bank, which went sour, was recently readjusted. In the first example "that" does not have clear referent. A bank can go sour, depending on your vernacular.
Re: Modifier Concepts   [#permalink] 15 Apr 2010, 09:41
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