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Re: The sudden outbreak of a devastating disease that has not [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2011, 07:27
Ruling out A, C and E were straight forward as many posts have mentioned. I got stuck between B and D.

The way I looked at the question to understand the deeper meaning of the problem:

XYZ (representing the subject of this sentence) THAT HAS................AND......WITH.....THAT is NOT PARALLEL.
Why?
On both sides of the AND should be talking about the same subject which is XYZ. But when we use WITH A CAUSE, THAT is describing the CAUSE rather than XYZ.

In Option, B where it goes THAT (HAS..............AND......WHOSE) is parallel and both describe the XYZ subject correctly.
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Re: The sudden outbreak of a devastating disease that has not [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2011, 18:07
How can it be B. I thought whose can only be used to refer to a person.
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Re: The sudden outbreak of a devastating disease that has not [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2012, 00:37
The sudden outbreak of a devastating disease that has not been reported before and which is unknown in cause is a rarity in modern medicine.

Modifier : that has not... and <need some pronoun - that or whose>

(A) which is unknown in cause - wrong absurd structure and meaning issus
(B) whose cause is unknown - Correct
(C) is unknown as to its cause - wrong parallelism
(D) with a cause that is unknown - paralllelism issue
(E) unknown in cause - parallelism
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Re: The sudden outbreak of a devastating disease that has not [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2013, 19:23
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The sudden outbreak of a devastating disease that has not been reported before and which is unknown in cause is a rarity in modern medicine.

(A) which is unknown in cause
(B) whose cause is unknown
(C) is unknown as to its cause
(D) with a cause that is unknown
(E) unknown in cause

A) -> which doesnot work well here because it is suppose to modify immediate.
C) -> Wordy, also 'is unknown as to its cause' -> ambiguous
D) -> with a cause => doesnot make sense
E) -> requires a supporting verb -> say 'is unknown in cause' is better.
B) -> 'whose' can refer to living as well as non-living and is appropriately placed here to refer to the disease that has been modified in first clause.
Hence correct answer is B).

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Re: The sudden outbreak of a devastating disease that has not [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2013, 00:20
To maintain parallelism, that (clause) & which/whose (clause) .
Options left are A&B.
According to GMAT, "whose" can modify either people or things. Sounds more clear ; concise.

B.

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Re: The sudden outbreak of a devastating disease that has not [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2014, 10:02
Dear Friends !!

Pl check OGs, GMAT does not consider whose, which, what, and alike parallel to that. Only that to that, which to which, when to when.

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