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28 Nov 2017, 11:37
"Water is a finite resource; a message that has not permeated to the bulk of the industry and that is not entirely their fault. " in this sentence " that has not permeated to the bulk of the industry and that is not entirely their fault." is a noun clause or Adjective clause?
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29 Nov 2017, 13:44
Ashikujjaman wrote:
"Water is a finite resource; a message that has not permeated to the bulk of the industry and that is not entirely their fault. " in this sentence " that has not permeated to the bulk of the industry and that is not entirely their fault." is a noun clause or Adjective clause?

Dear Ashikujjaman,

I'm happy to respond.

This is not a well-written sentence--what is the source? The semicolon break is 100% incorrect: perhaps they intended a colon or comma rather than a semicolon. Also, it's not clear to me that the two "that" clauses are intended to be in parallel. This is part of the ambiguity of the sentence as it stands. Finally, the plural pronoun "their" is highly suspect.

The first "that" clause clearly is an adjectival clause, a noun-modifying clause, that modifies the noun "message." I believe the second "that" clause is intended to be an independent clause that comments on the overall situation. Here is a slightly better version of the sentence.
Water is a finite resource--a message that has not permeated to the bulk of the industry--but this failure to receive the message is not entirely the fault of industry.
The original version could not be the correct answer on the GMAT SC, but this version is much closer to something that might appear on the GMAT.

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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02 Dec 2017, 20:17
Thanks you sir . I got this sentence from a daily news paper.
Re: clause &nbs [#permalink] 02 Dec 2017, 20:17
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