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The capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo’s population on the eve of the First World War was 51,919.

(A) Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo’s population
(B) Bosnia-Herzegovina is Sarajevo, whose population
(C) Bosnia-Herzegovina is Sarajevo, with a population
(D) Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo having a population that
(E) Bosnia-Herzegovina, the population of Sarajevo

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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 05:17
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The capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo’s population on the eve of the First World War was 51,919.

(A) Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo’s population
Here subject is population of sarajevo. Capital should refer to place and not to population
(B) Bosnia-Herzegovina is Sarajevo, whose population
Here capital refers to place and then comma is appropriate. is in this sentence is correct as its a fact
(C) Bosnia-Herzegovina is Sarajevo, with a population
with a population is of 51,919 would have been appropriate. But sentence has was 51,519
(D) Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo having a population that
having is not correct
(E) Bosnia-Herzegovina, the population of Sarajevo
capital should refer to place

So B
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2010, 06:42
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I think what has been tripping up most people is the use of whose. whose – can modify people or things.

Also - you can solve this problem by the process of elimination.

1) Remove the fluff - The capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo’s population was 51,919
2) Check each answer

sacmanitin wrote:

(A) Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo’s population
- Sarajevo’s population is NOT the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina - WRONG.
(B) Bosnia-Herzegovina is Sarajevo, whose population
- let's leave this alone, since there is doubt in the use of whose
(C) Bosnia-Herzegovina is Sarajevo, with a population
- The capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina is Sarajevo, with a population of was 51,919 - grammatical error - WRONG
(D) Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo having a population that
- The capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo having a population that was 51,919 - verb tense error - WRONG
(E) Bosnia-Herzegovina, the population of Sarajevo
- The population of Sarajevo is NOT the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina - WRONG.


The only remaining answer is B - The capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina is Sarajevo, whose population was 51,919
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 22:39
The only answer which makes sense is B.However I was a bit confused with "whose"..Can "whose' refer to a state??
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2009, 00:32
Ya same question, whose' refer to a state?
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2009, 04:33
WE are looking for EXPLANATIONS guys
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2009, 09:50
@talk2pk ,with a population is not right usage ,with a population of would be more correct in that case
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2009, 14:19
I like B as well. I don't see a problem with whose.

We would say the population of Sarajevo is 15 thousand. Therefore the possessive works.
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2009, 19:11
OA is B
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 05:33
talk2pk wrote:
pls explain wt is wrong with C?

The capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina is Sarajevo, with a population on the eve of the First World War was 51,919.

grammatic mistake.

i think the correct one should be:

the capital of B-H is S, with a population of 51,919 on the eve of the WWI.

however, i don't like whose to follow a place:(
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 06:26
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The only answer which makes sense is B.However I was a bit confused with "whose"..Can "whose' refer to a state??


whose is referring to Sarajevo.
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 09:17
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The only answer which makes sense is B.However I was a bit confused with "whose"..Can "whose' refer to a state??

Yes. "whose" can refer to the noun Sarajavo.
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 15:11
Good example of GMAT usage of whose.
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 16:01
It's b

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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2010, 20:15
I felt this was a pretty easy one compared to all the other chokers on the QOTD... :-D
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2010, 09:28
For those who hesitate over WHOSE
in Manhattan SC it is explicitly mentioned that WHOSE can be used for either people or things.
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2010, 12:26
B - Seems the only least wrong of all the choices here.

Also 'Whose' as per Manhattan SC can refer to people and Things .... I assume that includes states also.
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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2010, 14:21
I agree. I always look for bigger mistakes, the extremely obvious ones, and then if there is a tie, then I look around for these kind of things. No need worrying about WHOSE, when there are bigger issues to resolve !

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Re: capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2010, 04:05
B is the best of the other weird options...
A bit hesitant in choosing B for using "whose", but now I feel
more comfortable.

For an example of the use of "whose" in the OG12, refer to SC114:
The original building and loan associations where organized as limited
life funds, whose members made monthly payments on
their share...

"whose" refers to funds; members of the funds made monthly payments...

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Re: The capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevos population on [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2011, 22:21
B sounds best and appropriate uses possessive whose for population without having an awkward modified to the country.
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