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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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28 Feb 2006, 12:35
IMO its A.

I think its green field which surrounds the valley not the patchwork so verb will be plural.

Then we come down to A, C, D.

In C, many of whom and in D many of them is not correctly refering to workers.
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28 Feb 2006, 15:31
I think patchwork will make it singular .. so it should be surrounds.. no?

and many of whom sounds right.. i say B.
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28 Feb 2006, 15:56
I will go with B.

"patchwork" is singular and "them" in A is ambiguous.
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28 Feb 2006, 18:42
I think it should be A.
Green fields surround the valley.
But, I am not quite sure. THe construction "Green fields surrounding valley" is more clear.
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28 Feb 2006, 22:30
gmat_crack wrote:
IMO its A. I think its green field which surrounds the valley not the patchwork so verb will be plural. Then we come down to A, C, D.

In C, many of whom and in D many of them is not correctly refering to workers.

gmat_crack is correct. that refers to green fields, whihc is singular. b is wrong in S-V agreement.
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01 Mar 2006, 01:53
I think it should be B.

The rule is that you can ignore "of green fields" which follows the patchwork.

So "the patchwork that surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farmers, many of whom are in the ..."

Patchwork (singular subject) - surrounds/bustles (singular verb)

Also, "whom" is required as it refers to the farmers. Otherwise many (of what??) are in the area, doesn't make sense.
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02 Mar 2006, 08:13
patchwork....surrounds...

(B) for the correct S-V agreement
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03 Mar 2006, 19:39
one more a...
green fields ..surround
patch work of fields .. bustles
03 Mar 2006, 19:39
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