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07 Jun 2004, 12:51
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

Plz explain ur answer. Also can we use 'many of them' . Rather I think the correct usage should be 'many of whom'

What do u guys think?

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07 Jun 2004, 13:15
singh_satya wrote:
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

Plz explain ur answer. Also can we use 'many of them' . Rather I think the correct usage should be 'many of whom'

What do u guys think?

Thanks
Satya

I will go with C
I think usage of "who" is correct. It is the subject of the clause.

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07 Jun 2004, 14:19
Sorry for those who read my previous answer. I had time to reread it and it seemed wrong to me and I did not want to mislead anyone. I will go with A. Final answer. First, ask yourself the question: What surround(s) the San Joaquin Valley? The "patchwork" or the "fields"? The "fields" it is and we can eliminate B and E.
C) many of who --> "whom", the object form is needed here. Ask yourself the question: Is many of "them" or many of "they" right? Them it is and you should pick "whom".
D) "whom" is prefered to "which" when refering to a person/group of person

My previous explanation about A not having a verb is wrong because "many of them in the area just for the season" is a noun phrase (no verb needed) which modifies "farm workers". I believe the usage of "whom" would have been better but it is also not grammatically wrong to use "them"
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07 Jun 2004, 14:19
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