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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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08 Jun 2007, 09:18
POE and 2/3 splits

green fields + surround [plural]

eliminate B and E

the patchwork + bustles [singular]

eliminate D

Between A and C, the only difference in the second part of the sentence:
many of them VS many of who are

many of who are sounds incorrect and hence A wins

Although I can see how A is th best among the answer choices, I don't like this question a bit as the original, and correct, sentence sounds very awkward and incorrectly phrased. sometimes I would rather go with C as it has fewer errors.

I don't think a question like this will show up on the GMAT.
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08 Jun 2007, 12:00
I go with (B)

I consider 'the patchwork' as the subject ans hence vote the singular verb - surrounds.

B - also correctly uses 'whom' - object pronoun reference for farmers.

Interesting question .. OA ?
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08 Jun 2007, 12:47
vshaunak@gmail.com 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

I pick B also. The patchwork is the subject and it's singular. Many of whom means many of the farm workers, which is more clear.
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08 Jun 2007, 21:54
I go with (B)

I consider 'the patchwork' as the subject ans hence vote the singular verb - surrounds.

B - also correctly uses 'whom' - object pronoun reference for farmers.

Interesting question .. OA ?

Agree with grad_mba...E it is...of greenfields is just a middleman.
08 Jun 2007, 21:54
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