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The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, were present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where she delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.

A) The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, were present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where she delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.
B) Including the editor’s secretary Mr. James, the editor’s team of expert writers were present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the editor delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.
C) The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, was present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the editor delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.
D) The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, was present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the delivery of speech was done by the editor on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.
E) The editor’s team of expert writers and her secretary Mr. James was present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the editor delivered the keynote speech on influence of Rap Music on conversational English.

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The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, were present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where she delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.
A) The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, were present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where she delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English. - Singular Verb WAS must be used. Moreover WHERE is placed too far from the word CONFERENCE,
B) Including the editor’s secretary Mr. James, the editor’s team of expert writers were present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the editor delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.-Singular Verb WAS must be used. Moreover WHERE is placed too far from the word CONFERENCE,
C) The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, was present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the editor delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.- CORRECT
D) The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, was present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the delivery of speech was done by the editor on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.- this option uses Passive voice
E) The editor’s team of expert writers and her secretary Mr. James was present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the editor delivered the keynote speech on influence of Rap Music on conversational English.Plural Verb WERE must be used. Moreover WHERE is placed too far from the word CONFERENCE,

So the answer has to be C.

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Re: The editor’s team of expert writers -My New 700+ Question [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2013, 12:57
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The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, were present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where she delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.

A) The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, were present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where she delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.
B) Including the editor’s secretary Mr. James, the editor’s team of expert writers were present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the editor delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.
C) The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, was present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the editor delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.
D) The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, was present at the conference where the delivery of speech was done by the editor on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.
E) The editor’s team of expert writers and her secretary Mr. James was present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the editor delivered the keynote speech on influence of Rap Music on conversational English.

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Meaning :- the editor`s team was present at the conference where the editor delivered a key note.

Error Analysis :- Subject verb error, editor`s team - were, should be was

POE :-
Option A :- Explained
Option B :- Subject-Verb error
Option C :- Correct, in this option, Relative pronoun correctly modifies the head of the noun phrase - the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English
Option D :- changes the meaning, here the conference is not specific, whereas the original choice provides a specific conference.
Option E :- Subject-Verb Error

IMO :- C
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Re: The editor’s team of expert writers -My New 700+ Question [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2013, 13:04
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Hey foks,

There was a typo, In D instead of "conference" it should be "conference on Modern Changes in Standard English". I have updated the question; you may revisit your responses in light of this change.

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Re: The editor’s team of expert writers -My New 700+ Question [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 08:57
I'd go with C on this one as it sounds appropriate. Also, the Team:Was connection seems to work best in this sentence.
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Re: The editor s team of expert writers, including her secretary [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2013, 05:15
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The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, were present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where she delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.


A long question with very different answer choices, but if one notices that there are a few common grammatical errors, one can quickly answer this question correctly.

A) The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, were present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where she delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.

Verb “were” should be singular as “the editor’s team” is singular. “She” on the other hand is an ambiguous pronoun with no clear antecedent.

B) Including the editor’s secretary Mr. James, the editor’s team of expert writers were present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the editor delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.

Again the same error incorrect usage of “were”, otherwise the rest of the sentence is correct.

C) The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, was present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the editor delivered the keynote speech on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.

Correct. This choice addresses all the issues, “the editor” is used in place of “she” which makes it clear that it is the editor who is delivering the keynote speech.

D) The editor’s team of expert writers, including her secretary Mr. James, was present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the delivery of speech was done by the editor on the influence of Rap Music on conversational English.

Passive construction “was done by” is less preferred to the other choice in active voice construction.

E) The editor’s team of expert writers and her secretary Mr. James was present at the conference on Modern Changes in Standard English where the editor delivered the keynote speech on influence of Rap Music on conversational English.

This choice combines “the editor’s team” and “her secretary” thus making a plural subject, which requires a plural verb. Here the use of “was” is incorrect

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Re: The editor s team of expert writers, including her secretary [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2013, 16:20
confused 'cause "her" doesn't seem to have an antecedent. can anyone verify the sentence's validity?
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Re: The editor s team of expert writers, including her secretary [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2014, 17:14
Hi,
I agree that C is the best answer but I believe the sentence should use "in which" rather than "where" to refer to the Conference on Modern Changes in Standard English. I think a venue or a location is a phyiscal place but a conference is not.

Please correct me if I am wrong. I would really like to know more about the where-vs.-in-which difference.

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Re: The editor s team of expert writers, including her secretary [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2014, 08:55
foars wrote:
confused 'cause "her" doesn't seem to have an antecedent. can anyone verify the sentence's validity?


Same question for me!
What does "her" refer to? the team? It shouldn't be "its"?
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