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

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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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04 Nov 2005, 06:21
here's my pick.

"to surround" clearly refers to the green fields (plural). Therefore, B and E are out.
"to bustle" refers to the patchwork (singular). Eliminate D as well.

Between A and C, I choose C, because the second phrase needs a verb, otherwise it creates a sentence fragment.
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04 Nov 2005, 08:47
The subject is "the patchwork" so ACD are out. Between B and E, B is better because "many of whom" is appreperiate to refer some/many workers.
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04 Nov 2005, 09:06
shahnandan wrote:
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

C?

"that surround" is correct usage. eliminate B & E.
Many of Who modifies the farm workers. Eliminate A & D.
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04 Nov 2005, 09:13
HIMALAYA wrote:
The subject is "the patchwork" so ACD are out. Between B and E, B is better because "many of whom" is appreperiate to refer some/many workers.

opppppssssssss...........i went to the wrong way. let me correct myself. It is A not B. i was lost.

Yes subject is plural "green fields" so needs "surround" as verb. "many of whom" is preferred to "many of them" but "many of whom" is in B, which is wrong. So left with A.

B, D and E have wrong verbs. In C "many of who" is not idiomatic.
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04 Nov 2005, 13:10
I will close my eyes and choose between A and B.

Last edited by Bhai on 09 Nov 2005, 19:35, edited 1 time in total.
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04 Nov 2005, 14:10
CORRECT - green fields...surround
CORRECT - green field...surrounds

Since the main part of the sentence is referring to "green fields" as the subject, "green fields...surround" is correct.

The confusing part of the sentence is to identify whether patchwork (singular) or green fields (plural) is the subject.
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04 Nov 2005, 18:06
I think OA is A.
Paul gave a very good explanation for this.

When you have a restrictive clause, the clause describes the closest noun. And in the given sentence, the restrictive clause starting with "that..." describes "fields".

Hence, A is correct.
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05 Nov 2005, 06:09
congrats , OA is A
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13 Jul 2007, 19:22
Hi HIMALAYA
How do you know "that" refers to green fields not patchwork? Would you explain how you realized it? Thank you
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13 Jul 2007, 21:53
i chose B as the answer thinking the subject of the sentence was patchwork. Could anyone eplain a little more detail about option A as the correct answer.
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14 Jul 2007, 22:13
That is used to create a restrictive claue, i.e., it specific the subject. And it picks up the nearest noun. Here it is green fields(plural) so surround is correct.
That restricts choices to ACD and among many of them, many of who and
many of which, many of them is most suitable.

So picking A.
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10 Jun 2011, 06:11
IMO B. I don't know how the OA is A because "surround" is plural
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10 Jun 2011, 06:28
shahnandan wrote:
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

A in IMO.

Surround correctly refers to fields, eliminating B & E.

C can't be correct because no coordinating conjunction.

D: which incorrectly refers to workers.
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10 Jun 2011, 06:58
+1 A

B, C and E are out because they are run on sentences. They require a semi colon or " , and " to separate the clauses.
D is out because the patchwork is the subject, and it is singular.
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11 Jun 2011, 04:01
Just a bit confused with the subject..if A is the correct option, then is BUSTLES correct, shouldnt it be BUSTLE?
I chose B but there is a problem of clause in it..
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11 Jun 2011, 04:20
maverick04 wrote:
Just a bit confused with the subject..if A is the correct option, then is BUSTLES correct, shouldnt it be BUSTLE?
I chose B but there is a problem of clause in it..

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.

"that surround the San Joaquin Valley town" is a dependent clause modifying the noun fields. Here "that" is a relative pronoun that correctly refers to the noun immediately preceding it, "fields".

Since bustles is the verb of main independent clause, it can't refer to a noun in prepositional phrase "of green fields", thus bustles is the main verb used for main subject patchwork.
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11 Jun 2011, 07:47
green fields ==> surround which means that choice B & E are out.

Difference between A , C & D is many of ' many of them ' , 'many of who are' and 'many of which'.... this leads to selecting choice A.

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