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In the most common procedure for harvesting forage crops such as alfalfa, as much as 20 percent of the leaf and small-stem material, which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell to the ground.
(A) which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell
(B) the most nutritious of all parts of the plant, shatter and fall
(C) the parts of the plant which were most nutritious, will shatter and fall
(D) the most nutritious parts of the plant, shatters and falls
(E) parts of the plant which are the most nutritious, have shattered and fallen

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21 Jul 2004, 22:07
need an appositive here. B or D. I think, when we use % (20%), we consider the resultant plural.

If this is correct, then B else D
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21 Jul 2004, 23:45
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In the most common procedure for harvesting forage crops such as alfalfa, as much as 20 percent of the leaf and small-stem material, which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell to the ground.
(A) which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell
(B) the most nutritious of all parts of the plant, shatter and fall
(C) the parts of the plant which were most nutritious, will shatter and fall
(D) the most nutritious parts of the plant, shatters and falls
(E) parts of the plant which are the most nutritious, have shattered and fallen

I think 'the leaf and small-stem material' is kept as singular (ref. mallelac's explanation under topic http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=8208).

B has 'shatter and fall' which points to a plural object, so should be rejected.

D has 'shatters and falls' but it also has 'the most nutritious parts of the plant', indicating that the object of the sentence is plural.

I think either of these options needs to be changed, because all other options are surely incorrect and then we'll be left without a single correct option.
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22 Jul 2004, 01:42
I vote for B because -

A - which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell - shattered and fell - past tense incorrect.
C - the parts of the plant which were most nutritious, will shatter and fall - again will shtter is future tense, incorrect.
D - the most nutritious parts of the plant, shatters and falls - shatters and falls (singular) must be plural because they refer to the parts.
E - parts of the plant which are the most nutritious, have shattered and fallen - unnecessay use of present perfect tense.
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22 Jul 2004, 05:41
(B) it is,

You need plural to represent "leaf and stem material".
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In the most common procedure for harvesting forage crops such as alfalfa, as much as 20 percent of the leaf and small-stem material, which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell to the ground.

(A) which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell
(B) the most nutritious of all parts of the plant, shatter and fall
(C) the parts of the plant which were most nutritious, will shatter and fall
(D) the most nutritious parts of the plant, shatters and falls
(E) parts of the plant which are the most nutritious, have shattered and fallen

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I think it's D!

A & E are out - 'shattered and fell' - we can't use Simple Past when we're talking about a common procedure which generally happens.

C - ridiculous 'the parts of the plant which were most nutritious, will shatter and fall - mixing Simple Past and Simple Future

B & D - even without considering plural vs singular it's clearly D - 'the most nutricious of all parts' in B is clearly redundant

(B) the most nutritious of all parts of the plant, shatter and fall
(D) the most nutritious parts of the plant, shatters and falls
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22 Jul 2004, 10:21
a thought:

% is considered plural.

consider:
1/2% of the profit are from ancillary units.
as, there is no definite amount given, it is safe and recommended to consider it plural.

exception to the rule: what's 1% of 100 -- is or are? we know that the resultant quantity is singular. Here, what I have read, both singular and plural usage is right. This is controversial, but better be on the safe side than be sorry.

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28 Nov 2006, 12:41
416. In the most common procedure for harvesting forage crops such as alfalfa, as much as 20 percent of the leaf and small-stem material, which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell to the ground.
(A) which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell
(B) the most nutritious of all parts of the plant, shatter and fall
(C) the parts of the plant which were most nutritious, will shatter and fall
(D) the most nutritious parts of the plant, shatters and falls
(E) parts of the plant which are the most nutritious, have shattered and fallen
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28 Nov 2006, 13:29
In the most common procedure for harvesting forage crops such as alfalfa, as much as 20 percent of the leaf and small-stem material, which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell to the ground.
(A) which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell
(B) the most nutritious of all parts of the plant, shatter and fall Correct ?
(C) the parts of the plant which were most nutritious, will shatter and fall
(D) the most nutritious parts of the plant, shatters and falls
(E) parts of the plant which are the most nutritious, have shattered and fallen
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28 Nov 2006, 13:30
416. In the most common procedure for harvesting forage crops such as alfalfa, as much as 20 percent of the leaf and small-stem material, which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell to the ground.
(A) which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell
(B) the most nutritious of all parts of the plant, shatter and fall

(C) the parts of the plant which were most nutritious, will shatter and fall
(D) the most nutritious parts of the plant, shatters and falls
(E) parts of the plant which are the most nutritious, have shattered and fallen
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29 Nov 2006, 00:57
D for SV agreement...'20% of X'is singular so we need singular verb
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as much as. much here means the subject is uncountable, so the verb must be singular.
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29 Nov 2006, 04:37
I would have gone with B.

I just read the explanation for D and agree with it now.
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29 Nov 2006, 07:52
...the leaf and small stem...shatter and fall...

B is a good.
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29 Nov 2006, 20:05
D

20 percent of the leaf and small-stem material .... shatters and falls
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29 Nov 2006, 20:44
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416. In the most common procedure for harvesting forage crops such as alfalfa, as much as 20 percent of the leaf and small-stem material, which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell to the ground.
(A) which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell
(B) the most nutritious of all parts of the plant, shatter and fall
(C) the parts of the plant which were most nutritious, will shatter and fall
(D) the most nutritious parts of the plant, shatters and falls
(E) parts of the plant which are the most nutritious, have shattered and fallen

D - try removing the clause and re-writing "as much as 20% of the leaf and small stem material shatters and falls to the ground"
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In the most common procedure for harvesting forage crops such as alfalfa, as much as 20 percent of the leaf and small-stem material, which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell to the ground.

(A) which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell
(B) the most nutritious of all parts of the plant, shatter and fall
(C) the parts of the plant which were most nutritious, will shatter and fall
(D) the most nutritious parts of the plant, shatters and falls
(E) parts of the plant which are the most nutritious, have shattered and fallen

What is the Subject?? Singular or Plural?
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"20 percent of the leaf and small-stem material"
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Q is more to do with TENSE Usage
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In the most common procedure for harvesting forage crops such as alfalfa, as much as 20 percent of the leaf and small-stem material, which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell to the ground.

(A) which is the most nutritious of all the parts of the plant, shattered and fell
(B) the most nutritious of all parts of the plant, shatter and fall
(C) the parts of the plant which were most nutritious, will shatter and fall
(D) the most nutritious parts of the plant, shatters and falls
(E) parts of the plant which are the most nutritious, have shattered and fallen

What is the Subject?? Singular or Plural?

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Others-try first then check
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18 Mar 2009, 13:25
nitya34 wrote:
"20 percent of the leaf and small-stem material"
--singular
Q is more to do with TENSE Usage
is OA D?

Could you please justify why you think that "20 percent of the leaf and small-stem material" = singular ?

20% of singular = singular [agree]
20% of plural = plural [agree]
but is leaf and small-stem material = singular? WHY?
"Leaf" is noun and "material" is another noun = should be plural....?!
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