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379. In good years, the patchwork of green fields that surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them in the area just for the season.

(A) surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them
(B) surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of whom are
(C) surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of who are
(D) surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustle with farm workers, many of which
(E) surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many are
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15 Jun 2005, 16:35
surround vs surrounds - go with the singular form. Patchwork is singular and so need singular 'surrounds'. A, C, D are out.

Between B and E, B is better. 'many of whom' is also correctly used to refer to the workers.

B it is.
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15 Jun 2005, 23:27
I go for E

Can anyone explain why "of whom" is needed in choice B
I feel that it is redundant.
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16 Jun 2005, 00:04
I go for E

Can anyone explain why "of whom" is needed in choice B
I feel that it is redundant.

with just 'many are'...it feels like either side of the comma is a sentence in itself...doesn't seem like a continuation. would be more appropriate with a semi colon..i think!

anyway my answer is B too
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16 Jun 2005, 00:59
'Patch work of green fields' is a singular noun so the verb form has to be 'surrounds'. so A, C and D are out.

It is either B or E. many of whom are in the area just for the season' in B is a better form.

The Answer is B.
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16 Jun 2005, 05:51
The OA is A.
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16 Jun 2005, 07:46
All choices that are using "are" in the end need to be out. Reason is, this make it a IC and we need a cordinate conjunction or semicolon.

So B, C and E are out

In D (which) can not refer to people. It can pnly refer to things...

Only left with A.
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16 Jun 2005, 08:44
I think patchwork is plural. Hence the best choice left is A.
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16 Jun 2005, 08:56
If patchwork is plural then ans should be A.
Could someone verify if patchwork is singular or plural?
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16 Jun 2005, 12:24
Check my explanations for preposition phrases and restrictive clauses here: http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... 2&start=20
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Re: SC: San Joaquin Valley [#permalink]

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16 Jun 2005, 13:38
It's the green fields (pl) that surround the town, and it is the patchwork (single) that bustles with farm workers.
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16 Jun 2005, 21:49
Thanks to Paul.
I cracked this one only because I have read your explanation of restrictive clauses.
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17 Jun 2005, 18:21
check this out. "B" is correct per "Erin" (TM)

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25 Jul 2005, 19:19
Bhai wrote:
I think patchwork is plural. Hence the best choice left is A.

If patchwork is plural then it should be "bustle " not "bustles" because these are the patchwork od farms which are bustling with activity.

Answer should be B and if its A agreeing to Ritesh's reasoning then I think bustle has not been used correctly ..

Correct me if i am wrong
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25 Jul 2005, 19:23
I understand paul's previous post and hence the reasoning for using "surround" but dont agree with the use of "many of them". it should be many of whom...

wow this question is a ball buster!
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26 Jul 2005, 11:43
I am confused too... after reading "erin"'s posting on the external link.

What does the 379. refer to... is that from a particular book? kaplan? online? other? I'd like to read the OA's reasoning....
26 Jul 2005, 11:43
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