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# John first fell in love when he saw a woman sitting on a bench in the

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Bunuel wrote:
John first fell in love when he saw a woman sitting on a bench in the park, whose long hair shimmered in the sun.

A. woman sitting on a bench in the park, whose long hair shimmered in the sun

B. woman sitting in the park on a bench, whose long hair shimmered in the sun

C. women, whose long hair shimmered in the sun, sitting on a bench in the park

D. woman sitting on a bench in the park, whose hair shimmered in the sun

E. woman, whose long hair shimmered in the sun, sitting on a bench in the park

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John first fell in love when he saw a woman sitting on a bench in the park, whose long hair shimmered in the sun.

A. woman sitting on a bench in the park, whose long hair shimmered in the sun

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and illogical. The relative clause whose long hair shimmered in the sun is intended to modify the noun woman. However, it follows the noun park.

What helps us identify this question as a Relative Clause question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign: whose, which, that, whose, whom

B. woman sitting in the park on a bench, whose long hair shimmered in the sun

This answer choice repeats the original mistake.

This answer choice is grammtically incorrect and illogical. The relative clause whose long hair shimmered in the sun is intended to modify the noun woman. However, it follows the noun bench.

What helps us identify this question as a Relative Clause question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign: whose, which, that, whose, whom

C. women, whose long hair shimmered in the sun, sitting on a bench in the park

While this answer choice corrects the original Relative Clause mistake, it does not fit into the original sentence. Replacing the singular count noun woman with the plural noun women creates a Parts of Speech mistake because the article a (right before the underlined part) must be followed by a singular count noun. A women is grammatically incorrect.

D. woman sitting on a bench in the park, whose hair shimmered in the sun

This answer choice repeats the original mistake.

In addition, the omission of the word long changes the meaning of the original sentence.

E. woman, whose long hair shimmered in the sun, sitting on a bench in the park[/quote]

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