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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 [#permalink]

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New post 17 Feb 2017, 09:33
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' refers to the green fields in particular instead of 'patchwork' grammatically as well as logically. Many green fields surround the town. Moreover, that is an essential modifier which modifies the immediate preceding noun 'green fields'. So, plural surround is applicable. However, these many green fields form a singular noun - patchwork. So, it takes singular verb bustles.
Hence, the original one is correct and the OA is A.


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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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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 correct
(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,D and E can be eliminated for above reasons.
B rejected for above marked reason.
A remains.

I have one question though,
B has ...farmers, many of whom are.... .Can B be rejected for comma splice?

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daagh wrote:
Many have argued that the object pronoun ‘them’ may refer to either the fields or the workers. But, can it logically referto the fields? If we accept that premise, then we have to accept that the fields appear around the San Joaquin Valley town for the season, and then disappear or take a vacation in the non- season or in not so good years, and then reappear. Can this logic hold well?

On the contrary, in the context, we can assign such mobility only to workers; so I see no dilemma of ‘them’ referring to the fields.


Can we delve into these points? We can’t crack such hard nuts, unless there is an official version to this kind of hair- pullers.


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I think the pronoun "them" can only refer back to the farmers because of the word many.Farmers are countable but the patchwork of green field are not.Is the reasoning correct?

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daagh wrote:
Before we decide the subjects and their agreement with their corresponding verbs, let us refresh some facts and ask some questions.

1. What is the verb in question? “Surround” –
2. What ‘surround’? It must be some plural subject.
3. What are the available plural subjects prior to surround? There is only one plural subject i.e. ‘green fields’.

In addition, as per the relative pronoun touch - rule, the relative pronoun modifies the noun just before it and assumes all the characteristics of its gender and number.

So there can be no doubt that the noun phrase ‘-green fields –' is the subject of ‘surround’.


Let us now go to the next verb ‘bustles’. This is a singular verb and its subject has to be singular.

What singular subjects are there before ‘bustles? They are the patch work and the town. But green fields are not even a contender because of its plurality.

The singular subject town is not a logical contender in the context, because the town is the object of the verb surround. We have to conclude that the ‘patch work’ is the only plausible subject of the verb ‘bustles’

I am interested in knowing any better logic than this .



Hi daagh, I am thoroughly confused, because I selected B. I was assuming 'surround' to be a verb for 'the patchwork'.
Just want to know, if this is a genuine GMAT-like question. :)
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New post 13 Nov 2017, 08:44
Answer should be (A)

Even option B corrects the subject-verb agreement error "surrounds" -> surround, still choice B will be wrong, because "many of whom are " is proper independent clause leading to run-on, Choice B needs to get rid of the verb "are" to compete with choice A.

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