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John Mercer Brooke created a sounding apparatus that is essentially a rod, connected to a string, that strikes the sea floor, causing the tension on the string to slack and a ball to fall to the ground; the rod, released from its weight, is easily drawn up, bringing with it a cup-like apparatus, in which was remaining all specimens able to adhere, for an extended period of time, to a special glue lining the cup.

(A) with it a cup-like apparatus, in which was remaining the specimens
(B) a cup-like apparatus with it, and in which remaining specimens
(C) with it a cup-like apparatus, in which remain the specimens
(D) with it a cup-like apparatus in which remains specimens
(E) with it a cup-like apparatus and remaining in it all the

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10 Jun 2010, 08:30
IMO C. will exp if my ans is right
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10 Jun 2010, 09:28
What about apparatus? apparatus is singular noun.

[strike]with it[/strike]a cup-like apparatus, [strike]in which[/strike] remain [strike]the specimens[/strike]

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John Mercer Brooke created a sounding apparatus that is essentially a rod, connected to a string, that strikes the sea floor, causing the tension on the string to slack and a ball to fall to the ground; the rod, released from its weight, is easily drawn up, bringing with it a cup-like apparatus, in which was remaining all specimens able to adhere, for an extended period of time, to a special glue lining the cup.

(A) with it a cup-like apparatus, in which was remaining the specimens - past tense was
(B) a cup-like apparatus with it, and in which remaining specimens - Coordinating Conjunction and spoils the party
(C) with it a cup-like apparatus, in which remain the specimens
(D) with it a cup-like apparatus in which remains specimens - Inverted order - Specimens is plural and requires a plural verb remain
(E) with it a cup-like apparatus and remaining in it all the - Coordinating Conjunction and spoils the party

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the rod, released from its weight, is easily drawn up, bringing with it a cup-like apparatus, in which was remaining all specimens able to adhere, for an extended period of time, to a special glue lining the cup.

THe rod is easily drawn up, bringing up with it a cup-like apparatus, - there ends this clause.

eg: The roller-coaster is a fantastic ride, in which there is a number of seats - this sentence can be re-written as, There is a no of seats on a roller-coaster - vague in s-v right.

There are a no of seats on a roller-coaster - this is the right version without doubts - Right???

SO The roller-coaster is a fantastic ride, in which there are a number of seats.
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10 Jun 2010, 10:04
ykaiim, Is it time for the OA??
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10 Jun 2010, 10:32
OA is C. Well done.
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10 Jun 2010, 23:56
The sentence displays a subject-verb agreement error. The subject of the underlined, singular verb was is the plural all specimens. When the object of a preposition a clause beginning with the relative pronoun which, the verb within this clause often comes before the subject. Think: WHAT subject corresponds with the action? WHAT was or were remaining in the cup? All specimens is a plural subject.

Also, the rest of the clause is in the present tense but were remaining is in the past.

Choice C uses the plural and present tense verb remain and does not introduce additional errors.

Choice B connects a clause that is not independent (in which remaining...) to an independent clause with a comma and coordinating conjunction. Additionally, in which remaining is connected to the list of things that the rod is doing; it is illogical for the specimens to remain in the rod.

Choice D retains the subject-verb agreement error.

Choice E uses the pronoun it to refer to two different logical antecedents; the rod was bringing with it, referring to the rod, a cup-like apparatus, but remaining in it uses the pronoun to logically refer to the cup.

The correct answer is C.
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11 Jun 2010, 00:12
Ok sure. I am not convinced since I have seen less SC in which subject and verb is reversed. So while I vote yes for C pls illustrate with examples.

I think "remain" should go with apparatus than with specimens. If not Why??? Pls illustrate.

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11 Jun 2010, 11:40
Nusmavrik-

In this sentence the "specimen" are "remaining" in the apparatus.

If the "apparatus" were "remaining" it would illogically imply that the "apparatus remains specimen," which clearly cannot be the case.

Therefore we must find the answer in which either "the specimen remains" or "the specimens remain" and we find that in answer choice C.

Hope this was of some help...

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Ok sure. I am not convinced since I have seen less SC in which subject and verb is reversed. So while I vote yes for C pls illustrate with examples.

I think "remain" should go with apparatus than with specimens. If not Why??? Pls illustrate.

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11 Jun 2010, 18:10
Hey sameermunshi

If the "apparatus" were "remaining" it would illogically imply that the "apparatus remains specimen," which clearly cannot be the case. >>> apparatus in which remains specimens. your forgetting "in which". Specimens are still inside the apparatus. D is still good.

Therefore we must find the answer in which either "the specimen remains" or "the specimens remain" and we find that in answer choice C. >> apparatus, in which remain the specimens. actually its upside down - remain the specimens.

I will give you an example -

He is American
Is he American -----> This changes the meaning of the sentence. subject and verb reversed. That's the point.

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Ok sure. I am not convinced since I have seen less SC in which subject and verb is reversed. So while I vote yes for C pls illustrate with examples.

I think "remain" should go with apparatus than with specimens. If not Why??? Pls illustrate.

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11 Jun 2010, 20:33
think you're missing the point...

the specimen (plural) remain in the apparatus. <--correct

the specimens (also plural) remains in the apparatus. <--incorrect

So D is not a viable answer choice, which is why C is the OA.

The apparatus is not the subject of the verb remain in this sentence.

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Hey sameermunshi

If the "apparatus" were "remaining" it would illogically imply that the "apparatus remains specimen," which clearly cannot be the case. >>> apparatus in which remains specimens. your forgetting "in which". Specimens are still inside the apparatus. D is still good.

Therefore we must find the answer in which either "the specimen remains" or "the specimens remain" and we find that in answer choice C. >> apparatus, in which remain the specimens. actually its upside down - remain the specimens.

I will give you an example -

He is American
Is he American -----> This changes the meaning of the sentence. subject and verb reversed. That's the point.

nusmavrik wrote:
Ok sure. I am not convinced since I have seen less SC in which subject and verb is reversed. So while I vote yes for C pls illustrate with examples.

I think "remain" should go with apparatus than with specimens. If not Why??? Pls illustrate.

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11 Jun 2010, 20:42
you are taking the sentence out of context here.

A simple rewording of this sentence can be taken as:
the specimens remain in the cup-like apparatus.
In the cup-like apparatus remain the specimens.
This is the cup-like apparatus in which remain the specimens.

In all of these sentences the (plural) specimens remain in the apparatus.

Again, the "apparatus" is not doing the "remaining" therefore the fact that apparatus is a singular noun has no effect on the verb "remain"

hope this was a little more clear?

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What about apparatus? apparatus is singular noun.

[strike]with it[/strike]a cup-like apparatus, [strike]in which[/strike] remain [strike]the specimens[/strike]

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John Mercer Brooke created a sounding apparatus that is essentially a rod, connected to a string, that strikes the sea floor, causing the tension on the string to slack and a ball to fall to the ground; the rod, released from its weight, is easily drawn up, bringing with it a cup-like apparatus, in which was remaining all specimens able to adhere, for an extended period of time, to a special glue lining the cup.

(A) with it a cup-like apparatus, in which was remaining the specimens - past tense was
(B) a cup-like apparatus with it, and in which remaining specimens - Coordinating Conjunction and spoils the party
(C) with it a cup-like apparatus, in which remain the specimens
(D) with it a cup-like apparatus in which remains specimens - Inverted order - Specimens is plural and requires a plural verb remain
(E) with it a cup-like apparatus and remaining in it all the - Coordinating Conjunction and spoils the party

Source - Knewton

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This one was diff for me
I think its 800+
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This one was diff for me
I think its 800+

Yes, definitely it is a 700+. However, the trick here is to focus only in what really matters. In this case, the clause after the semi colon
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Ok sure. I am not convinced since I have seen less SC in which subject and verb is reversed. So while I vote yes for C pls illustrate with examples.

Examples

1. A recent national study of the public schools shows that there are now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were four years ago.
(A) there are now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were
(B) there is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many than there were
(C) there is now one microcomputer for every thirty-two pupils, four times as many as there were
(D) every thirty-two pupils now have one microcomputer, four times as many than there were
(E) every thirty-two pupils now has one microcomputer, four times as many as

2. Among the emotions on display in the negotiating room were anger for repeatedly raising the issue over and over again and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal.
(A) were anger for repeatedly raising the issue over and over again and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal
(B) was anger for repeatedly raising the issue and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles from ever beginning to heal
(C) were anger over repeatedly raising the issue and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles to begin healing
(D) was anger about the issue, which was raised over and over, and preventing the wounds from earlier battles, still raw, to begin healing
(E) were anger about the issue, which was raised repeatedly, and preventing the raw wounds from earlier battles to begin to heal

3. Out of America’s obsession with all things pet-related have grown a market for human-inspired accessories and accoutrements that are bringing forth rhinestone studded collars, cashmere dog sweaters, and canopied pet beds.

things pet-related have grown a market for human-inspired accessories and accoutrements that are bringing

things pet-related has grown a market for human-inspired accessories and accoutrements that is bringing

things that are pet-related has grown a market for human-inspired accessories and accoutrements that bring

pet-related things have grown a market for human-inspired accessories and accoutrements that are bringing

pet-related things has grown a market for human-inspired accessories and accoutrements that bring

4. Out of UK's obsession with all India-related things has grown a national market for gourmet Indian cuisine and Indian music that is bringing rich South Asian culture to the street corners of London.
A India-related things has grown a national market for gourmet Indian cuisine and Indian music that is bringing
B India-related things have grown a national market for gourmet Indian cuisine and Indian music that bring
C things India-related have grown a national market for gourmet Indian cuisine and Indian music that brings
D things India has grown a national market for gourmet Indian cuisine and Indian music that are bringing
E things related to India that have grown a national market for gourmet Indian cuisine and Indian music that is bringing

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yes, the length of the question made it little difficult.

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i think the level of difficulty varies from person to person. some questions we find very difficult while they are easy to others and some q others find very diff. which seem very comfortable.
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Picked C after eliminating the rest of the answers. Quite a tricky question. The length of the question makes it even more difficult to comprehend.

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This was good one, I chose C, although I was kind of falling for B too, but 'and' ruined my mood.
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