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# In the most common procedure for harvesting forage crops

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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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05 Feb 2008, 17:47
D, as we are concerned about the amount in question, not what the items are .... ie 20% of x and y is still considered singular, so we need 'shatters and falls', as opposed to 'shatter and fall'.
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I will go with 'B'.

'Leaf and small stem material' is plural.
Hence the '20% of leaf and small stem material' is plural.
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06 Feb 2008, 13:23
very confusing
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06 Feb 2008, 15:18
B because leaf and small stem material are plural
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JCLEONES wrote:
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

Material 'shatters' or 'shattered' not 'shatter'. This rules out B and C.
They are not refering to the procedure in the past tense so it would be 'shatters' which rules out A and E.

Leaves me with D
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07 Feb 2008, 14:50
maratikus wrote:
B because leaf and small stem material are plural

Material is singular. Leaf and small stem are just describing material.

Ex. The brown and blue material is sticky.
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I would go for (D).

(A), (C) and (E) all have wrong tenses. I ruled them out in my initial cut. The difference between (B) and (D) is basically the difference between treating "leaf and small-stem material" as singular or plural. I think the question is referring to "leaf and small-stem" as a group or system that refers to some "material". So it is singular and (D) prevails. (Note that for (B), "the most nutritious of all parts of the plant" also sounds awkward.)
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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
which should clearly refer back to a noun.
We are talikng about "procedure" that still exists, shattered and fell indicates
that the problem doesn't exist anymore

(B) the most nutritious of all parts of the plant, shatter and fall
Hold it
(C) the parts of the plant which were most nutritious, will shatter and fall
Eliminated , why future tense ???
(D) the most nutritious parts of the plant, shatters and falls
Hold it
(E) parts of the plant which are the most nutritious, have shattered and fallen
Eliminated , incorrect

Just left with B abd D.
For me, "leaf and small-stem material" sounds singullar.
So 20 % of singular = singular.
Ex 20% of a Choclate = singular. So,
I will go for [D]
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I think it's B (since 20% of leaf AND material - AND makes it plural).

What is the OA?
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Whats the OA ???
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10 Mar 2008, 23:01
JCLEONES wrote:
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. the subject is "as much as 20% of x and y". so "as much as 20%", which is singular, modifies the x and y. therefore, the subject is singular.
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