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In good years, the patchwork of green fields that surround [#permalink]
14 Sep 2006, 15:04
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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
I think the patchwork is the subject here, not the green fields, so "surrounds" is the right verb. That leaves with B o E. "Many of whom" connects well with the rest of the sentence than just "many are".
it cannot be B. The reason is "that" always refers to the word/phrase immediately preceeding it. Hence the verb form must be plural.
See Pauls example below(picked from one of the links)
Each of the books reminds me of her
In red is the independent clause and in blue is the prepositional phrase. "reminds" in this case is part of the independent clause and should be conjugated with the subject of the independent clause "each". In blue is just extraneous information splitting the independent clause. Do not get bothered by it. "reminds" should still be singularly conjugated.
Each of the books that rest on the table reminds me of her
In the above sentence, the independent clause and prepositional phrase have the same explanation as in the first example. However, there is an intruder, another obstacle splitting the independent clause; the relative/restrictive clause in green. A relative clause usually refers to the closest noun and in this case, it is "books" from the prepositional phrase. Hence, it is why "rest", the immediately following verb, will be conjugated with "books" rather than "each".