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New post 19 Jun 2006, 03:17
A it is

Vast constellation is singular

and, nonetheless, yet are not required in C/D/E
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New post 04 Jul 2006, 11:15
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How can OA be B?!!!
I don't think the use of "they" is correct for it avoids the ambiguousity of two singular nouns. The sentence expresses the contrasting features of a common subject that is the constellation, so the use of "it" is not ambiguous, people can easily tell that "it" points to discussed subject.


I'm back to this problem again. (see my post above)

Now I'm sure 100% that the correct answer is A:

Although the vast constellation of small islands that dot the South Pacific has a population of only a few million people, it is home to about a sixth of the world's 6,000 or so languages.

It after comma correctly refers to the subject CONSTELLATION.
We modify small islands not with the word after comma but with clause - "that dot the South Pasific" - that's it, THE END. Now forget about small islands and refer to constellation...

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New post 04 Jul 2006, 11:30
Yeah - looks like A to me as well... Here the subject is the 'vast constellation', so the rest of the sentence should also be in singular...
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New post 01 Aug 2007, 15:11
B for me.

Because the vast constellation has a population of ----
but the islands are home to -----------

I am alerted by the use of that -a relative pronoun in front of small islands.

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Although the vast constellation of small islands that dot the South Pacific has a population of only a few million people,it is home to about a sixth of the world's 6,000 or so languages.

A. Pacific has a population of only a few million people,it is
B. Pacific has a population of only a few million people,they are
C. Pacific is populated by a only a few million people, and it is
D.Pacific, having a population of only a few million people, is nonetheless
E. Pacific, is populated by only a few million people, yet they are


The relative pronoun decides the number whether it is singular or plural

"that" is the rel pronoun and the closest noun is islands...So"they" is needed as a pronoun.

B stands

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Although the vast constellation of small islands that dot the South Pacific has a population of only a few million people,it is home to about a sixth of the world's 6,000 or so languages.

A. Pacific has a population of only a few million people,it is
B. Pacific has a population of only a few million people,they are
C. Pacific is populated by a only a few million people, and it is
D.Pacific, having a population of only a few million people, is nonetheless
E. Pacific, is populated by only a few million people, yet they are


The relative pronoun decides the number whether it is singular or plural

"that" is the rel pronoun and the closest noun is islands...So"they" is needed as a pronoun.

B stands



Although the vast constellation of small islands that dot the South Pacific has a population of only a few million people,it is home to about a sixth of the world's 6,000 or so languages.

Vikram, just don't read the bold part of the sentence. Does it make sense why A is good and B is not?
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Although the vast constellation of small islands that dot the South Pacific has a population of only a few million people,it is home to about a sixth of the world's 6,000 or so languages.

A. Pacific has a population of only a few million people,it is
B. Pacific has a population of only a few million people,they are
C. Pacific is populated by a only a few million people, and it is
D.Pacific, having a population of only a few million people, is nonetheless
E. Pacific, is populated by only a few million people, yet they are

Please provide explanations as well...


A it refers to constellation.

They is ambigious. Very odd... that OA is B... Il ask my MGMAT teachers tomorrow. O wait, another person said the OA is A??? wut is this just a glitch?

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The second part of the sentence "it" refers to vast constellation of small islands?

Its between A and B

How can the constellation be home to a sixth of the world's languages?
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New post 07 Aug 2013, 08:23
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The second part of the sentence "it" refers to vast constellation of small islands?

Its between A and B



ALTHOUGH is always attached to two clauses...and the two clauses are supposed to be parallel.

Although the vast constellation of small islands that dot the South Pacific has a population of only a few million people,it is home to about a sixth of the world's 6,000 or so languages.

A. Pacific has a population of only a few million people,it is
this one is correct IT: CORRECTLY REFERRING TO the vast constellation of small islands
B. Pacific has a population of only a few million people,they are
the vast constellation of small islands==>SINGULAR ...THEY==>PLURAL hence incorrect
C. Pacific is populated by a only a few million people, and it is
although always connects 2 clauses with a COMMA and no conjunction is required and hence use of AND is wrong HERE.
D.Pacific, having a population of only a few million people, is nonetheless
The verb IS doesnt have a subject...hence fragment.
E. Pacific, is populated by only a few million people, yet they are
although -yet ==>wrong
is populated by only a few million people==>it is between the commas==>it seems that it is a modifier.
pronoun THEY is wrong same as in B
hence wrong



fozzzy wrote:
How can the constellation be home to a sixth of the world's languages?


constellation doesnt always means group of stars ...it can also be said to BE cluster of something...in this case it is cluster of islands.
on this islands many languages are being spoken

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fozzzy wrote:
The second part of the sentence "it" refers to vast constellation of small islands?

Its between A and B

How can the constellation be home to a sixth of the world's languages?


You would have to look at the prepositional modifier vast constellation of small islands

This is a tricky good question because there is another GMATPREP question in which that following a prepositional modifier takes the object of the preposition which is plural..
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Hi RonPurewal ,

as per your explanation for the GMAT prep question (Over 75 percent of the energy produced in France derives from nuclear power,...) ,in this question 'It' refers to ' the vast constellation of small islands that dot the South Pacific' correct?

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Although the vast constellation of small islands that dot the South Pacific has a population of only a few million people, it is home to about a sixth of the world's 6,000 or so languages.

(A) Pacific has a population of only a few million people, it is

(B) Pacific has a population of only a few million people, they are - Subject verb agreement - constellation is singular

(C) Pacific is populated by a only a few million people, and it is - although .. ,and is incorrect as we need an independent clause before and

(D) Pacific, having a population of only a few million people, is nonetheless - not even a sentence

(E) Pacific, is populated by only a few million people, yet they are- no verb

Answer A
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'of small islands' is a prepositional phrase used to distract us from the subject 'the vast constellation'..
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