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09 Jun 2006, 10:15
Ms. Wright tries to get inside Iran to understand how it works, the role it has played in the Middle East and its intricate relationship with the United States, which is complex and depends heavily on understanding of the Farsi language.

(A) which is complex and depends
(B) because it is complex and depends
(C) but they are complex and depend
(D) which are complex and depend
(E) a task that is complex and depends

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09 Jun 2006, 10:45
This is E...

... getting inside Iran ...., a task which is complex and ...

This is tricky as A can fit as well until you see that the understanding of the farsi language doesn't go too well with the intricate relationship with United States.

Would be interesting to see others analysis and OA later on... Good Question.
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09 Jun 2006, 11:12
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This is E...

... getting inside Iran ...., a task which is complex and ...

This is tricky as A can fit as well until you see that the understanding of the farsi language doesn't go too well with the intricate relationship with United States.

Would be interesting to see others analysis and OA later on... Good Question.

E is correct to me as well but A is not cuz the use of which is incorrect.
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09 Jun 2006, 12:11
E. only it properly modifies the preceding clause.
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09 Jun 2006, 13:00
I concluded E as the correct answer as well.

But I dont know why B and C are incorrect. Can anyone please explain..because if I dont know why they are wrong then to me they could be correct as well.
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09 Jun 2006, 13:13
E clears the ambiguity.
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10 Jun 2006, 03:25
Thanks..I choose A....but OA is E
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10 Jun 2006, 05:32
I'm not clear why it should be 'E' and not 'A'.Can someone plz explain?
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10 Jun 2006, 07:13
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I'm not clear why it should be 'E' and not 'A'.Can someone plz explain?

What is complex? "United States" or "relationship with the United States" or something else....

E clears the ambiguity and states that the whole task is complex.
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11 Jun 2006, 23:07
Will go with E. B/C/D are ambiguous. Which is incorrect in A
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12 Jun 2006, 01:21
'E' - seems right .. but not sure why 'C' is wrong
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12 Jun 2006, 02:27
^ E ^

We need to specify "a task" because "which" does not clearly modify the whole task here.

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'E' - seems right .. but not sure why 'C' is wrong

Well Beyond700 let's look at the sentence this way :

Ms. Wright tries to get inside Iran to understand how it works
, the role it has played in the Middle East and its intricate relationship with the United States,

a task that is complex and depends heavily on understanding of the Farsi language.

We are talking about "her trying to get inside Iran to understand how it works". When you omit the red part from the sentence, as it is between two commas, the meaning is not spoiled. So, we cannot go on the sentence with "but they.." :

Ms. Wright tries to get inside Iran to understand how it works but they ... (what is "they" ?? )

Hope this helps
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12 Jun 2006, 02:38
A 1000 thanks for the explanation...

It is absolutely clear now.. 'E' is the sole winner here
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12 Jun 2006, 04:08
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I concluded E as the correct answer as well.

But I dont know why B and C are incorrect. Can anyone please explain..because if I dont know why they are wrong then to me they could be correct as well.
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E is the clear winner.

In both B and C, the use of ' it ' and ' they ' is ambigous respectively.
It is a task that is complex and E clears this ambiguity.
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01 Jan 2011, 08:32
inside Iran ...., a task which is complex and ...
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19 Jan 2011, 18:36
E. 'which' does not have clear referent.
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07 May 2011, 06:38
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Ms. Wright tries to get inside Iran to understand how it works, the role it has played in the Middle East and its intricate relationship with the United States, which is complex and depends heavily on understanding of the Farsi language.

(A) which is complex and depends
(B) because it is complex and depends
(C) but they are complex and depend
(D) which are complex and depend
(E) a task that is complex and depends

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E for this. But someone who didnt get this should search for "Summative modifiers". One good link below is:
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24 May 2011, 07:28
Definately E, funny question about my country haha..
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30 May 2011, 01:51
go for E!
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08 Jun 2011, 03:25
E for me
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