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# In good years, the patchwork of green fields that surround

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1. 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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01 Nov 2005, 13:25
B.

surrounds agrees in number with patchwork
whom is needed at the end to refer back people (not them)
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01 Nov 2005, 13:57
Why would patchwork of green fields surrounds something? I would think that a patchwork of green fields would surround something.

I went with C on this one, even tho' I dislike the who. A with the them didn't work and D had a bustle instead of bustles.
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01 Nov 2005, 14:00
I go for A.

Two things:

1. green fields that surround

2. either many of them or many of whom are
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01 Nov 2005, 14:03
On second thought (and closer reading of duttsit's reply) patchwork surrounds something. So, yes, change mine to B.
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01 Nov 2005, 14:54
A is the answer. A restrictive clause splitting the independent clause should agree with the word(green fields) immediately preceding. This is a commonly tested GMAT concept. See my detailed explanations here and you will see why A is best. http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... 2&start=20
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01 Nov 2005, 20:14
The patchwork is a singular noun, and therefore, we need a singular verb. Eliminate A, C and D.

E is incorrect since "many" does not have a clear referant.

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01 Nov 2005, 20:22
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02 Nov 2005, 16:40
OA is A.

Great explanation Paul.
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02 Nov 2005, 18:55
great explanation Paul.
It did clear a concept.

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02 Nov 2005, 21:54
Thanks Paul!
That was a good one. I would have missed such a restrictive clause otherwise.
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02 Nov 2005, 22:54
This is tricky!!!!

Eliminate B and E due to the rules of restrictive clauses: "that + clause"

C is the only correct option. The correct pronoun is "who"
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03 Nov 2005, 00:25
rigger wrote:
The patchwork is a singular noun, and therefore, we need a singular verb. Eliminate A, C and D.

E is incorrect since "many" does not have a clear referant.

Thanks for the wonderful explanation, Paul. Agree with A.
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