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I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music: it has given me so much pleasure.

A. I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music:
B. I would like to thank whomever it was that has written that piece of music:
C. I would like to thank whomever it might be that wrote that piece of music:
D. Whoever it was that wrote that piece of music, I would like to thank because
E. I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music,
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We will hire him. You recommend him.
look at above sentences. "He" is direct object in both the sentences (him + him = whomever). So, you use Whomever when we join both the sentences and say "We will hire whomever you recommend"

We will hire him. He is most qualified.
In this situation, "He" is object in first sentence and same "He" is subject in second sentence. So, use Whoever...so, we say "We will hire whoever is most qualified".

In our SC problem: lets split "I would like to thank whoever/whomever it was that wrote that piece of music" into:
I would like to thank him. he wrote that piece of music. So, we pick whoever. So, B and C are gone. E has a comma and hence eliminated because two complete sentences are joined here and 2nd sentence supports the first one why he is thanking.

now down to A and D.
D - whoever it was that wrote that piece of music... two that's are causing awkwardness.. we can simply say whoever that wrote or whoever wrote...

So, A is the winner
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Originally posted by sarangadhar on 09 Sep 2011, 11:59.
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I picked E. i still don't know why is wrong!! isn't a comma better than : to join clauses. The second statement depends on the first one.
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the second sentence is relatively independent.
you can say
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it has given me so much pleasure.

which is grammertically correct.
The dependency is thorugh the pronoun "it" to make the sentence complete in meaning.
If the second clause was not having this dependency a full stop could have used instead of a semicolon.
Just think
I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music.The music has given me so much pleasure.
here a full stop is perfect. We can not use semicolon here
like
I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music:The music has given me so much pleasure.
can we?
That is why
I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music:it has given me so much pleasure.
is a better option

if we use comma , the second clause would be even grammertically dependent on first clause.
Consider this

I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music,which has given me so much pleasure.

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New post 10 Sep 2011, 06:10
agree with you jitbec.. but shouldnt it be a ";" instead of a ":"
just wondering...
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New post 17 Oct 2013, 04:31
I also have the same question as raised by viks4gmat above.

Shouldn't there be ";" instead of ":" ? Can experts comment on this.
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I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music: it has given me so much pleasure.

A. I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music:
B. I would like to thank whomever it was that has written that piece of music:
C. I would like to thank whomever it might be that wrote that piece of music:
D. Whoever it was that wrote that piece of music, I would like to thank because
E. I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music,


Tip here: Who wrote it? He/Him wrote it? HE wrote it! So we need whoever not whomever

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I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music: it has given me so much pleasure.

A. I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music: -- Looks fine hold on

B. I would like to thank whomever it was that has written that piece of music: -- that has written : it has given me pleasure >> two actions in present perfect indicates they are parallel in time frame and not in sequence. whomever is wrong instead it must be whoever.
I would like to thank him / he has written that piece of music : rule wise him + he = whoever
Refer this link for more detail http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/whoever.asp

C. I would like to thank whomever it might be that wrote that piece of music: --- it might be and whomever are not appropriate.
D. Whoever it was that wrote that piece of music, I would like to thank because -- run on sentence -- clause1, clause2
E. I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music, --- run on -- clause1, clause2
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I eliminated option E thinking that we cannot join two independent clauses with a comma; we have to use a conjunction.

Am I wrong?
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I eliminated option E thinking that we cannot join two independent clauses with a comma; we have to use a conjunction.

Am I wrong?


Yes you are right option E is a run on sentence.
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I found the below article to be very useful in the context of this question. I am pasting it here.

Original article: http://grockit.com/blog/gmat/2010/04/01/what-to-put-between-two-independent-clauses/

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One of the most common GMAT errors in Sentence Correction will require you to fix run-on sentences. A run-on sentence contains more than one independent clause that is not properly joined. It’s important to remember that you can’t combine two independent clauses with a comma. For example:

Ruth and Jack saw “Avatar”, I decided to go see “The Hurt Locker.”


Because we have two complete thoughts in this sentence, it is grammatically incorrect to separate them with only a comma. Here are a few possible ways to correctly separate two independent clauses:

Add a period. The simplest fix is to make the clauses two separate sentences.

Ruth and Jack saw “Avatar.” I decided to go see “The Hurt Locker.”


Add a conjunction. Another way to correct this error is to add a conjunction between the two clauses. It’s important to remember that if you add a conjunction, you will need to keep the comma. The comma will always go BEFORE the conjunction.

Ruth and Jack saw “Avatar,” but I decided to go see “The Hurt Locker.”


FANBOYS is an easy acronym to remember the coordinating conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.

Add a semi-colon. If you see an answer choice that adds a semi-colon, you will often want to start there. The semi-colon will simply replace the comma. It’s often the most concise way to correct a run-on.

Ruth and Jack saw “Avatar”; I decided to go see “The Hurt Locker.”


Add a colon. A colon can sometimes be used to separate two independent clauses if the first sentence introduces a list, an explanation, or a quote. This wouldn’t work with our example sentence, so let’s modify it slightly.

Ruth and Jack were anxious to see some of the latest movies: “Avatar,” “The Hurt Locker,” and “A Single Man.”

Add a dash. A dash could also potentially be used if the second independent clause indicates a change in thought. An example would be:

Ruth and Jack saw “Avatar” – or was it “The Hurt Locker”?


The key to correctly identifying and correcting this error is to pay attention to any comma used in a GMAT Sentence Correction. Always check to make sure the clauses on each side of the comma aren’t independent. If they are, you’ll need to find the answer choice that employs one of the above corrections without introducing a new error or changing the meaning of the sentence.
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Is Colon an appropriate conjunction here?
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Yes. A colon is typically used to illustrate/elaborate on a general idea introduced in the section of the statement before the colon.
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i misread the colon for a semi-colon and eventually chose E! GMAT is 5 days away, hope to be super alert on the Judgement Day!
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jitbec wrote:
I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music: it has given me so much pleasure.

A. I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music:
B. I would like to thank whomever it was that has written that piece of music:
C. I would like to thank whomever it might be that wrote that piece of music:
D. Whoever it was that wrote that piece of music, I would like to thank because
E. I would like to thank whoever it was that wrote that piece of music,

I've just realized answer A, E has no difference ??? Could you please check the question again? that's confusing me when i eliminate both and decide C is final
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meaning: I want to thank the person who wrote a particular piece of music. Because it has given me so much pleasure.

The two sentences are independent. So use of FANBOYS or colon, semicolon is needed. Eliminate D,E

B) and C) use Whomever. Whom does the author want to thank? ....I want to thank him.He has written beautiful poetry. he is the subject of the sentence. Thus Whomever usage is wrong. It should be whoever (referring to the person)
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New post 01 Mar 2019, 01:49
whomever’ is the wrong word to use here…so B and C are straight OUT. I couldn’t tell what was wrong with D at first, but then I realized that it’s a run on. Same thing with E. This means A is the right option.
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Can you please be generous enough to weigh in with your ideas for arriving at the correct answer.....with a special mention for whoevr/whomever dilemma....
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