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In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.

(A) In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.

(B) The question of whether the rural migrant worker is better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant in assessing the problems that they face.

(C) A question that is irrelevant in assessing the problems that rural migrant workers face is whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor.

(D) In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.

(E) The question of whether the rural migrant worker is better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant in an assessment of the problems that they face.


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I would go for answer choice D.

Answer choices B and E are confusing as the "they" could refer to either the rural migrant workers, the urban poor or both.

Choice C is quite wordy and sounds awkward.

Furthermore, the first modifier in choice A does not have a subject, thus the answer choice is wrong.

Choice D is the only clear sentence which preserves both grammar and meaning;

The sentence aims to inform the reader about the irrelevance of the comparison between the material wealth of the rural migrant workers and the wealth of the working poor.

You can pretty much boil it down to:

If you want to asses A´s problem, don't compare A´s wealth to B´s wealth.
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In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.

Meaning : In an assesment (evaluation) of a certain situation, considering a scenario is irrelevant.

Quote:
(A) In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.

- Here "in assessing "needs a doer because "in assessing " is a modifier modifying some noun. The "question " does not assess the problem .

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(B) The question of whether the rural migrant worker is better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant in assessing the problems that they face.

- Same error as A.
Quote:
(C) A question that is irrelevant in assessing the problems that rural migrant workers face is whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor.

- Same error as A . Also "they " is ambiguous
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(D) In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.

- "an assessment " is correct. This clearly states that "in an assessment , considering bla bla bla is useless" . Here assessment itself is a noun and hence does not need a doer
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(E) The question of whether the rural migrant worker is better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant in an assessment of the problems that they face.

- Wordy and awkward . "they " in the end unnecessarily makes the sentence wordy. Also "they "does not have a clear antecedent
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In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.

(A) In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.
(B) The question of whether the rural migrant worker is better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant in assessing the problems that they face.
(C) A question that is irrelevant in assessing the problems that rural migrant workers face is whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor.
(D) In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.
(E) The question of whether the rural migrant worker is better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant in an assessment of the problems that they face.

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION
• Choice A presents a dangling modifier because nothing mentioned in the sentence
can perform the action of assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers.
Choice A states illogically that the question is assessing these problems.

• In B, the plural pronoun they cannot refer as intended [by the author of this question] to the singular rural migrant worker.

• C is awkward ( :thumbdown: ) and ambiguous: again, the question is not assessing the problems,
and irrelevant in assessing could be taken to mean either that the act of assessing the problems is irrelevant OR
that the question described is irrelevant in an assessment of the problems.

• Choice D is best

• As is the case in B, the lack of agreement between worker and they makes E wrong.

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This OE is good, except for the use of "awkward" to describe (C).
The author is correct. (C) IS awkward.
Why?

The author does an excellent job at explaining why (C) is confusing and ambiguous.

Arro44 rewrote the meaning of the sentence in her or his own words. Bravo!
If you want to assess A´s problem, don't compare A´s wealth to B´s wealth.

AdityaHongunti is spot on about why GMAC often prefers the noun form of an ING word if there IS a noun form.
- "an assessment " is correct. This clearly states that "in an assessment , considering bla bla bla is useless" . Here assessment itself is a noun and hence does not need a doer

PRONOUN ambiguity - Read carefully.
"They" is not ambiguous.
It's clear from the logic of the sentence that "they" refers to rural migrant workers.
Why would a sentence compare problems to the urban working poor
in the context of assessing problems OF or FACED BY rural migrant workers?
Or, if we were to move forward for an antecedent, why compare working poor to working poor?
GMAC tolerates a lot more pronoun ambiguity than many people realize.
If it is clear from the structure / logic / cue words in the sentence which noun SHOULD be the antecedent,
GMAC allows that noun to stand for the pronoun.

Noun/pronoun disagreement.
B and E use the singular "worker."
When answer choices are long, look for single words that differ:
-- worker vs. workers
-- assessing vs. assessment

Answers by forum members
Although neither answer is entirely correct in analysis,
both posters chose the correct answer, and both had a couple of standout details.
I am encouraged when I see people "dare" to post.

It's a tie.

Kudos to both!

If I could award two kudos to each of you, I would. Why?
Your efforts will help others learn.
And you were brave. I respect that quality. :thumbup:
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In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.

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(D) In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.


Can you help me understand if this is a noun+noun modifer or a simple noun phrase
with nouns assessment and problems with faced as verb-ed mofidier modifying noun - problems:

In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers

I am familiar with verb-ed and verb-ing modifying nouns, but can a noun phrase on its own
modify a noun - question on its own?
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In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.
Quote:
(D) In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.

Can you help me understand if this is a noun+noun modifer or a simple noun phrase
with nouns assessment and problems with faced as verb-ed mofidier modifying noun - problems:

In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers

I am familiar with verb-ed and verb-ing modifying nouns, but can a noun phrase on its own
modify a noun - question on its own?

adkikani , I think you are asking about the introductory phrase in (D).

That introduction is a prepositional phrase that begins with "in."

Prepositional phrases are versatile.
Further, introductory phrases often "set the stage" or give context for the main clause.

An introductory prepositional phrase is not subject to rules that govern some other kinds of introductory phrases,
with one exception (preposition + __ING) addressed below.

Specifically, prepositional phrases at the beginning of a sentence do not have to modify the subject that follows.
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By contrast, here are 5 types of introductory phrases that must modify the subject that follows the phrase:

• phrases that start with an adjective
Wet and slippery, the frog escaped from the little boy's grasp.

• phrases that start with a past participle (verbED)
Frightened by the wind, the child hid under the bed

• phrases that begin with a noun and modifiers
A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, the American soldier could not bear to be idle while civilians in Syria were gassed and massacred, so he joined the Kurdish YPG forces.

• phrases that begin with present participles (___ING or verbING)
Weeping with relief, the refugee handed his child to the rescue workers.

• phrases that begin with a preposition and a participle, such as in assessing
In refusing to be cowed, the American press has played a pivotal, perhaps decisive, role in defending democracy.
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Unlike those phrases just listed, introductory phrases that begin with a preposition
do not have to modify the subject that follows.

This introductory phrase is an adverbial modifier.
In context X, the question of ABC is irrelevant [to X].

Introductory phrases MAY set up a sort of causal link, as Arro44 wrote:
If you want to assess A's problem, don't compare A's wealth to B's wealth.
Slight rewrite:
While [or in the context of] performing an assessment of A's problems,
whether A is marginally better off than B is irrelevant [to that process of assessment].


• The introductory prepositional phrase acts as an adverbial modifier.
In what way, in what context, is the entire question of whether A is marginally better off than B irrelevant?
The question is irrelevant when or while performing an assessment of problems faced by rural migrant workers.

I do not think that the phrase is an adjectivial modifier of "question."

Hope that helps.
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adkikani wrote:
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In assessing the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.

Quote:
(D) In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers, the question of whether they are better off materially than the urban working poor is irrelevant.


Can you help me understand if this is a noun+noun modifer or a simple noun phrase
with nouns assessment and problems with faced as verb-ed mofidier modifying noun - problems:

In an assessment of the problems faced by rural migrant workers

I am familiar with verb-ed and verb-ing modifying nouns, but can a noun phrase on its own
modify a noun - question on its own?


"In an assessment ..." is a prepositional phrase modifying "the question".
In A, B is irrelevant.

We prefer the noun form because if we use "in assessing .." we need the doer of the action as the subject.
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Thanks for the feedback and the in-depth analysis! It is quite helpful to see the steps & cues one missed even though one chose the correct answer.

Another small step on the path of constant progression! :)
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