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# 3 In good years, the patchwork of green fields that

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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

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John Smith provides information on the conditions that lead women to a gynecologist, <and he notes that these conditions can, and sometimes are, used in the promotion of surgery which is not needed.>
(A) and he notes that these conditions can, and sometimes are, used in the promotion of surgery which is not needed
(B) noting that these conditions can be, and sometimes are, used to promote needless surgery
(C) and notes that they could and sometimes are used unnecessarily in promoting surgery
(D) sometimes promoting needless surgery
(E) which they use sometimes to promote unnecessary surgery
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16 May 2004, 21:12
3. Again, i think mis print in asnwers. QA given was A.

4. Whats wrong with D? it is shorter. B is wordy isn't it?

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17 May 2004, 05:51
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3. Again, i think mis print in asnwers. QA given was A.

4. Whats wrong with D? it is shorter. B is wordy isn't it?

OA will follow....

4. "sometimes" in D refers to John. That's incorrect.

C.Ans. is B

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17 May 2004, 09:33
No for 3) i believe that the official answer A is correct.

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17 May 2004, 09:47
Yes, I also believe that A in (3) is the best answer.

The patchwork bustles while the fields surround the valley.

Subject-verb agreement!

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17 May 2004, 12:22
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Yes, I also believe that A in (3) is the best answer.

The patchwork bustles while the fields surround the valley.

Subject-verb agreement!

Why patchwork can not bustle and surround at the same time?

I just can not bear with "many of them in the area just for the season" - there is no verb! As long as A is an OA I just have to explain why the verb is missing.
Can anybody help?

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17 May 2004, 14:52
<shrug> as is i don't see why the sentence needs a conjuction ...its modified by an absolute phrase which is parenthetical (what is the need to make it a dependant clause??).

The basic problem is that there is a parsing ambiguity in this sentence and syntactically both A/B are correct. If you draw the tree diagram you could go.

[ the patchwork [ of [green fields [that ...] ]] ] , green fields is the head

or
[the patchwork [ of [green fields] ] that.. ] . patchwork is the head.

I'll stick with A .. semantically i like the notion of "green fields sorrounding" than "patchwork sorrounding".

YMMV

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17 May 2004, 16:35
In anycase what does many of them refer to ?
green fields or workers?. Because seasons also affect greenary.

Using "whom clears the ambiguity in what it refers to.

Hi version2,

The topic I mentioned is posted by Erin. He is a very good authority on American English Grammar. You can shrug if you want but I warn you that ETS consults him on verbal questions.

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17 May 2004, 19:15
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In anycase what does many of them refer to ?
green fields or workers?. Because seasons also affect greenary.

Not sure what you mean. I don't see "green fields" as being "in the area" or "out of the area " (funny imagery though ). Semantically 'them' can only refer to the workers, and this is syntactically reinforced by adjacent placement . No ambiguity here .....

Hi Anandnk,

Thanks for the link BTW . I don't know Erin, so i'll accept your word that he is very good. But the explanation is unconvincing at best.

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17 May 2004, 19:19
I concur with Version2, even after looking at the Erin's explanation.

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