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# Jamiesons proposal was rejected for several reasons, the

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Jamieson’s proposal was rejected for several reasons, the chief among which was cost.

(A) the chief among which was cost
(B) among which the chief was its cost
(C) the main one was cost
(D) the chief reason of which was its cost
(E) the chief of which was cost
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24 Jun 2009, 18:42
I think B is the answer -

Jamieson’s proposal was rejected for several reasons, the chief among which was cost.

(A) the chief among which was cost - doesnt make sense
(B) among which the chief was its cost - this modifier correctly modifies 'reasons'. Also 'its' refers to the proposal.
(C) the main one was cost - this would have been correct if there was a semicolon separating the 2 independent clauses
(D) the chief reason of which was its cost - 'of which' not idiomatic
(E) the chief of which was cost - 'of which' not idiomatic

What is the OA?
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25 Jun 2009, 10:44
I am of the view that it is D. "Chief" alone appears akward. What is the OA?
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25 Jun 2009, 10:49
skim wrote:
I am of the view that it is D. "Chief" alone appears akward. What is the OA?

I also think same that chief seems awkward. Lets see what others think.
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25 Jun 2009, 13:12
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chief of is used to narrow our option to the main
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25 Jun 2009, 14:42
Economist wrote:
Jamieson’s proposal was rejected for several reasons, the chief among which was cost.

(A) the chief among which was cost --> incorrect construction
(B) among which the chief was its cost --> incorrect construction
(C) the main one was cost --> one is ambiguious (it could modify proposal or reasons)
(D) the chief reason of which was its cost --> redundancy (reason - which)
(E) the chief of which was cost

E is the correct answer. Which modifies reasons. The chief of which here means the chief reason.
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29 Jun 2009, 19:01
Dear All,

Thanks for the explanations. Is the OA E?
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