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# Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made

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14. Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.
(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of
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21 Oct 2005, 21:58
nakib77 wrote:
14. Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.
(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

powers.....make....
Go for D coz it is more concise.
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22 Oct 2005, 09:56
OA is indeed D. good job.
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23 Oct 2005, 07:10
Did u miss something---structure is" make someone+something"
If i have time, i will explain later. Now just guess what i try to explain.

14. Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.
(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of
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23 Oct 2005, 07:56
ong wrote:
Did u miss something---structure is" make someone+something"
If i have time, i will explain later. Now just guess what i try to explain.

14. Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.
(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

I do agree with Ong. Moreover, "makes " is the correct verb becuase the subject implied is "the fact that" Byron possessed powers of observations. So C should be appropriate.
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05 Dec 2005, 11:05
Hello Guys,

Shouldn't the verb be 'makes' here?
I thought, because of the restrictive clause 'that', it refers to 'observation' & not 'powers', the nearest preceeding noun!
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05 Dec 2005, 11:14
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Hello Guys,

Shouldn't the verb be 'makes' here?
I thought, because of the restrictive clause 'that', it refers to 'observation' & not 'powers', the nearest preceeding noun!

Vivek> powers is plural, so the correct S-V agreement must be make...
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05 Dec 2005, 11:34
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vivek123 wrote:
Hello Guys,

Shouldn't the verb be 'makes' here?
I thought, because of the restrictive clause 'that', it refers to 'observation' & not 'powers', the nearest preceeding noun!

Vivek> powers is plural, so the correct S-V agreement must be make...

MATT, my point is...

"Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time"

Restrictive clause 'that' in above sentence should refer to 'observation', which is singular & not to 'powers'. So, the subject of the sentence is singular (observation).

Is it not? Am I missing something?
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05 Dec 2005, 21:57
vivek123 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
vivek123 wrote:
Hello Guys,

Shouldn't the verb be 'makes' here?
I thought, because of the restrictive clause 'that', it refers to 'observation' & not 'powers', the nearest preceeding noun!

Vivek> powers is plural, so the correct S-V agreement must be make...

MATT, my point is...

"Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time"

Restrictive clause 'that' in above sentence should refer to 'observation', which is singular & not to 'powers'. So, the subject of the sentence is singular (observation).

Is it not? Am I missing something?

Sorry Vivek, I didnt address your point clearly

....<plural noun> of <singular noun> .... construction is always stated in the plural tense. This is an all time favorite GMAT trap.

Example:

Songs of Christmas (that bring joy to the season) are often sung by carolers.

The restrictive clause that has no bearing on the S-V agreement.
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05 Dec 2005, 21:59
Please feel free to discuss !
I'm confused over this

I saw one more SC, where 'that' is used in the way I mentioned above!
Here it is: http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=22885
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05 Dec 2005, 22:02
GMATT73 wrote:
vivek123 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
vivek123 wrote:
Hello Guys,

Shouldn't the verb be 'makes' here?
I thought, because of the restrictive clause 'that', it refers to 'observation' & not 'powers', the nearest preceeding noun!

Vivek> powers is plural, so the correct S-V agreement must be make...

MATT, my point is...

"Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time"

Restrictive clause 'that' in above sentence should refer to 'observation', which is singular & not to 'powers'. So, the subject of the sentence is singular (observation).

Is it not? Am I missing something?

....<plural noun> of <singular noun> .... construction is always stated in the plural tense. This is an all time favorite GMAT trap.

Example:

Songs of Christmas (that bring joy to the season) are often sung by carolers.

The restrictive clause that has no bearing on the S-V agreement.

Oops, I posted another while you were postiong this I guess
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23 Jan 2006, 14:45
I just came across this one again. I still don't think the answer is D.
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23 Jan 2006, 16:19
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I just came across this one again. I still don't think the answer is D.

This must be between D and E. I think D.

"which" is always preceded by a comma. E is missing that comma. Also "which" in E is modifying "group" instead of "his letters".
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23 Jan 2006, 18:58
Its a clear D...
Only D and E have "make" but E has a "which" and that too without comma;)
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23 Jan 2006, 21:05
Whats wrong with A? I think A is right as it is.......
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23 Jan 2006, 23:59
No OA for a long time. Seems that Nakib is busy with his apps.

I just got this one in the SC1000. Its question number 193. OA is D
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22 Mar 2006, 16:35
nakib77 wrote:
14. Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.
(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

Answer is D. "make" is in reference to "powers" and "as a group" is better than the wordy "a group which is".
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24 Mar 2006, 09:48
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is make in D right?

Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that make his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

"that" means "which" here, they are parallel and "powers" need a plural verb.
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24 Mar 2006, 19:31
nakib77 wrote:
14. Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.
(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

nice to see old posts. old days are always gold.
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