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Hey,

can someone help me here please:

MGAT SC, chapter 6 - modifiers, problem #8

Problem:

People that are well-informed know that Bordeaux is a French region whose most famous export is the wine [highlight]which[/highlight] bears its name.

Correction:

Well-informed people know that Bordeaux is a French region whose most famous export is the wine [highlight]that[/highlight] bears its name.


I do get the corrections in the first part of the sentence, the only part I have problems with is the "...which bears its name". Can anybody explain to me why I can't use which here?

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Re: People that are well-informed know that Bordeaux is a ... [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2012, 22:45
we need to use THAT because this sentence does not make sense without the ending of "bear its name"

if we didnt need "bear its name" we could use which.

We dont know why well informed people know what the region is called what it is, without "bear its name" The wine and city have the same name.

Does that make sense?
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Re: People that are well-informed know that Bordeaux is a ... [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2012, 11:15
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Always use that for essential phrases (The house that has been painted red , is mine)
use which for non essential phrases. (This house ,which i bought last year is a 3BHK)

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Re: People that are well-informed know that Bordeaux is a ... [#permalink] New post 03 May 2012, 02:10
andih wrote:
Hey,

can someone help me here please:

MGAT SC, chapter 6 - modifiers, problem #8

Problem:

People that are well-informed know that Bordeaux is a French region whose most famous export is the wine [highlight]which[/highlight] bears its name.

Correction:

Well-informed people know that Bordeaux is a French region whose most famous export is the wine [highlight]that[/highlight] bears its name.


I do get the corrections in the first part of the sentence, the only part I have problems with is the "...which bears its name". Can anybody explain to me why I can't use which here?

Thanks in advance,

Andreas





which must used for non essential modifier and that must be used for essential modifiers if we see which in the sentence then there must be a comma before it to make it correct and if we see a which without a comma then in gmat it's always wrong and we must check that in the given sentence we should use essential modifier or non essential modifier so if we remove a non essential modifier then it should not change the meaning of the sentence if we remove the essential modifier then the meaning is changed so in the sentence above

People that are well-informed know that Bordeaux is a French region whose most famous export is the wine which bears its name.

we can avoid which for two reasons 1. we can't see a comma before which so we should not use which here and 2.if we remove which then we feel something must exist between wine and bears so if we feels like that we must insert that, which makes it correct.
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