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Greatly influenced by the Protested missionary Samuel Kirkland, the Oneida was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided with the colonists during the American Revolution.
A. was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided
B. was alone of the five-nation Iroquois League when they sided
C. alone among the five-nation Iroquois League sided
D. were the only ones out of the five nations of Iroquois League in siding
E. only of the five-nation Iroquois League had sided

explain your choices ...


A who is wrong
B when is out of scope of the original meaning
C The Oneida... sided with - correct
D THE Oneida / Were - wrong
E only of the five - wrong

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New post 03 Mar 2014, 18:52
Option C.
Option A-it was the Oneida not the Iroquois League which sided with the colonists.A changes the meaning with 'who'.
Option B-suggests Oneida was isolated because of its decision to side with the colonists.Changes meaning.
Option D-the Oneida will take singular verb 'was' not 'were' .

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Greatly influenced by the Protestant missionary Samuel Kirkland, the Oneida was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided with the colonists during the American Revolution.

A) was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided
B) was alone of the five-nation Iroquois League when they sided
C) alone among the five nations of the Iroquois League sided
D) were the only ones out of the five nations of the Iroquois League in siding
E) only of the five-nation Iroquois League had sided


A) was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided
Explanation: With league "who" cannot be used
B) was alone of the five-nation Iroquois League when they sided
Explanation:Incorrect usage
C) alone among the five nations of the Iroquois League sided Correct
D) were the only ones out of the five nations of the Iroquois League in siding
Explanation: singular is required. "were" is used with plural
E) only of the five-nation Iroquois League had sided
Explanation:Incorrect usage
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3. Greatly influenced by the Protested missionary Samuel Kirkland, the Oneida was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided with the colonists during the American Revolution.

"who" is a restrictive modifier here, as it is not set off by commas. This means it is incorrectly modifying "Iroquois League" than "Oneida"

A. was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided - Incorrect because of the above pre-thinking
B. was alone of the five-nation Iroquois League when they sided - As per the intended meaning of the sentence, "they" (plural pronoun) should refer to "Oneida" (singular subject), but the choice of pronoun is incorrect. It should have been "he/ she" as per the context.
C. alone among the five-nation Iroquois League sided - Hold on.
D. were the only ones out of the five nations of Iroquois League in siding - "the" before "Oneida" implies it is collective noun ("The Football League") and hence a singular verb is needed. Therefore, the choice of "were" is incorrect.
E. only of the five-nation Iroquois League had sided - This sentence is set in the past, and no sequencing "had sided" is needed. We do not know what happened after the action of "had sided" was done?
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Greatly influenced by the Protested missionary Samuel Kirkland, the Oneida was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided with the colonists during the American Revolution.
A. was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided
B. was alone of the five-nation Iroquois League when they sided
C. alone among the five-nation Iroquois League sided
D. were the only ones out of the five nations of Iroquois League in siding
E. only of the five-nation Iroquois League had sided

explain your choices ...


SO AS IT BOILS DOWN TO TWO CHOICES C AND D(BOTH ARE CORRECT BY THE WAY)
we should choose C as it is less wordy and D

You shouldn't confuse with THE ONEIDA,
so you have a simple rule whenever THE+TRIBE is used (eg. THE ONEIDA) such constructions are always and always considered plural so the oneida will definitely go with WERE that's why you can cancel A&B.
Another example is THE FRENCH "ARE" very generous people so here THE french means the french people similarly you can apply this above
Regarding E it doesn't make any sense

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The tribe-when used for collective purpose is singular but when used for the people who are in that tribe can be plural.
So D is wrong as we are using the tribe for singular.

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hey do we need a connecting verb after 'Oneida'? Can someone please explain this?

Connecting verb?? Can you write with the help of given question.

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oneida 'was' or oneida 'were'. A verb that connects oneida with the rest of the sentence

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X did something-- do i need was as connector here-- i guess no.. Did is verb already and we know x did = something in past...so no extra connector required.
X was doing something-- here we need to know when X was doing it could be was / is.

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The Oneida is plural. the GMAT considers all “the + tribe” constructions plural:
The ONEIDA, THE MOHAWK, THE ANASAZI etc. are all considered plural.

So A, B are out. D uses the correct verb "were", however the idiom "in siding" is wrong.
We don't need past perfect tense "Had sided" in E.
C looks fine.
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A) was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided who refers to the league - Wrong
B) was alone of the five-nation Iroquois League when they sided alone of : awkward, they : ambiguous
C) alone among the five nations of the Iroquois League sided Correct choice, removes all the above errors
D) were the only ones out of the five nations of the Iroquois League in siding were : plural , incorrect
E) only of the five-nation Iroquois League had sided only of : awkward, had sided : wrong tense

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Seeing as many of us have selected option A (wrongly), I think I have an easier way to reject it -
Who is for People. Nothing Else! I know, it doesn't sound "natural" to me as well.
Who should refer to a noun (people) directly.
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Why is D wrong here?
People are writing that because of S-V agreement, were shouldn't have been used.

But the Onida, is a plural construction such as the English or the French, so "were" seems alright. Apart from that, it uses a better idiom, only one of the 5 nations..So not really understanding the issue with D. Can someone help explain?


In option D, Oneida is the name of a nation (e.g. England or France): it is one "out of the five nations". The part "out of the five nations" makes it clear that Oneida is not the people of a country (e.g. English or French) as you interpreted. Therefore "were" is wrong.
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The below question is purely based on meaning. As per the meaning we are saying, he was the one who sided something and others didn’t do so.

Greatly influenced by the Protested missionary Samuel Kirkland, the Oneida was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided with the colonists during the American Revolution.
A. was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided --> Did only he sided or others also sided? Here who sided is referring to the league. So, how could he be the only one? Incorrect
B. was alone of the five-nation Iroquois League when they sided Same as A + incorrect usage of when.
C. alone among the five-nation Iroquois League sided
D. were the only ones out of the five nations of Iroquois League in siding
E. only of the five-nation Iroquois League had sided No need of Had. Incorrect
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Greatly influenced by the Protested missionary Samuel Kirkland, the Oneida was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided with the colonists during the American Revolution.

A. was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided
B. was alone of the five-nation Iroquois League when they sided
C. alone among the five-nation Iroquois League sided
D. were the only ones out of the five nations of Iroquois League in siding
E. only of the five-nation Iroquois League had sided


Please explain your answer and what's wrong with the rest of the answer choices.
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Greatly influenced by the Protestant missionary Samuel Kirkland, the Oneida was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided with the colonists during the American Revolution.

A. was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided --- Oneida is the name of a nation or a tribe originating from that part but not certainly the name of some people and therefore it is not normally referred by the relative pronoun 'who'.
B. was alone of the five-nation Iroquois League when they sided -- it is not clear a what 'they' stands for. There are no plural nouns that the word 'they could represent.
C. alone among the five-nation Iroquois League sided --- Correct choice-- sided is the direct verb of the subject the Oneida.
D. were the only ones out of the five nations of Iroquois League in siding --The Oneida is a singular noun and hence cannot take the plural verb 'were'
E. only of the five-nation Iroquois League had sided -- had sided is wrong tense. There is no other corresponding past tense event that took place after their siding.

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This is a confusing problem. Could an expert please help?

1. the Oneida - singular or plural
2. Is the use of who wrong in A?
3. In A,
was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided
does this construction mistakenly imply that it is the five-nation Iroquois League, not the Oneida, who sided with the colonists?

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C can't have the same modifier problem as A, since it swaps out the modifier at the end ("who sided") for a verb ("sided"). That's not a modifier at all. On the contrary, the preceding text ("alone among the . . . League") modifies "sided"! The meaning is that of the five nations in the Iroquois League, only the Oneida sided with the colonists. This is definitely not a fragment.
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Greatly influenced by the Protested missionary Samuel Kirkland, the Oneida was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided with the colonists during the American Revolution.

A. was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided ("who" wrongly refers to Ironquois Leaque)
B. was alone of the five-nation Iroquois League when they sided (correct)
C. alone among the five-nation Iroquois League sided (missing verb, sided is note a verb)
D. were the only ones out of the five nations of Iroquois League in siding
E. only of the five-nation Iroquois League had sided (the Oneida only of ... gramatically incorrect)


"sided" is the verb in C
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Greatly influenced by the Protested missionary Samuel Kirkland, the Oneida was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided with the colonists during the American Revolution.

A. was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided
B. was alone of the five-nation Iroquois League when they sided
C. alone among the five-nation Iroquois League sided
D. were the only ones out of the five nations of Iroquois League in siding
E. only of the five-nation Iroquois League had sided


Similar to the usage of -- "The Americans" or "The French", "The Oneida" is a plural subject and thus requires a PLURAL VERB "were" and not "was". Thus, A and B are incorrect for PRONOUN NUMBER AGREEMENT error.

Choice d is wrong because it is extremely, incredibly wordy. 'out of' is also a problem (because the GMAT would only use 'out of' if it meant literally out of something, or in standard idioms like '3 out of 4').

choice e is wrong because it uses the past perfect to refer to a single event. you need the simple past here (just 'sided', not 'had sided'), because there is no more recent time signal to justify the use of the past perfect for the 'earlier' event.

Thus, choice C is correct.
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