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# Hi there, I have a question

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Hi there, I have a question  [#permalink]

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22 Dec 2017, 02:07
For example, GMAT employs a "which" that refers to "X of Y" rather than just Y; It always has been the case that X was singular and Y was plural (or Vice Versa).

Example Sentence: the box of nails, which is on the counter, is to be used.

My take: the box of nails, which ARE on the counter, is to be used.

>>> I always thought WHICH should modify closest noun (in this case, nails) and "are" should be inserted. (plural for nails). However, some people suggest that above sentence is correct and "which is on the counter" is simply modifying "the box."

Is it depends on cases?

Could you please clarify on this?
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22 Dec 2017, 19:18
Hi tuongericdoan, following is a correct official question:

Although she had been known as an effective legislator first in the Texas Senate and later in the United States House of Representatives, Barbara Jordan did not become a nationally recognized figure until 1974, when she participated in the hearings on the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, which were televised nationwide.

What do you think which is modifying in the above sentence and why?
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25 Dec 2017, 08:44
Hi!

Here is a great tutorial by Ron:
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