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# Minnesota is the only one of the contiguous forty-eight

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Minnesota is the only one of the contiguous forty-eight states that still has a sizable wolf population. and where this predator remains the archenemy of cattle and sheep.
(A) that still has a sizable wolf population, and where
(B) that still has a sizable wolf population, where
(C) that still has a sizable population of wolves, and where
(D) where the population of wolves is still sizable;
(E) where there is still a sizable population of wolves and where
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26 Feb 2004, 15:51
gmatblast wrote:
Minnesota is the only one of the contiguous forty-eight states that still has a sizable wolf population. and where this predator remains the archenemy of cattle and sheep.
(A) that still has a sizable wolf population, and where
(B) that still has a sizable wolf population, where
(C) that still has a sizable population of wolves, and where
(D) where the population of wolves is still sizable;
(E) where there is still a sizable population of wolves and where

IMO, E is best

Its the only choice that is parallel and logical to the first part of the sentence. In all of the others, the "where" seems out there...with no clear logical referent. E clearly suggests that "where" refers to Minnesota.

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26 Feb 2004, 16:02
Yeah E should be it. The most parallel and no confusion.
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26 Feb 2004, 16:43
Yes the answer is E. This one is from OG.

But I selected A.

Here was my reasoning: Because the un-lined portion has "this predator" (singular), I thought that wolf needs to be singular. So I just discarded all the choices where the word "wolves" (plural) is appearing. And hence I had to select A unwillingly.

Is there any possibility that ETS had committed a mistake while creating this question?

If that is not possible, then is there any explanation for why my reasoning should not work?

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01 Mar 2004, 08:45
Here is the rule

one of + Noun(Usually Plural) + Plural verb

This gets rid of A,B and C. Now between D and E
E is the best
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01 Mar 2004, 08:49
anandnk wrote:
Here is the rule

one of + Noun(Usually Plural) + Plural verb

This gets rid of A,B and C. Now between D and E
E is the best

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02 Mar 2004, 12:44
Hi gmatblast,

Accept my apologies. I am dead wrong on this one. My rule is correct but does not apply to this sentence.
Refer to
http://www.bartleby.com/64/pages/page23.html

The only explanation I can think of is as follows

If Minnesota is only one of the few states - then how can these states have sizeble population of wolves. Then it is no longer a unique state in this aspect. So "that" is not clear in what it refers to. It could refer to the states or just Minnesota. Generally it should modify whatever is closest to it.
"Where" clearly refers to Minnesota because otherwise the sentence would use ",which still have"
Choice E does not create a confusion because of its construction.
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02 Mar 2004, 13:03
anandnk wrote:
Hi gmatblast,

Accept my apologies. I am dead wrong on this one. My rule is correct but does not apply to this sentence.
Refer to
http://www.bartleby.com/64/pages/page23.html

The only explanation I can think of is as follows

If Minnesota is only one of the few states - then how can these states have sizeble population of wolves. Then it is no longer a unique state in this aspect. So "that" is not clear in what it refers to. It could refer to the states or just Minnesota. Generally it should modify whatever is closest to it.
"Where" clearly refers to Minnesota because otherwise the sentence would use ",which still have"
Choice E does not create a confusion because of its construction.

Anand,

Please note that you have specified that

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My rule is correct but does not apply to this sentence.

I think the rule is not correct and it will not be correct in any situation. "One" in "one of the (plural noun)" will always take singular verb (with 's')

I think the rule you talked about it as follows:

SANAM + of + NOUN (plural) + verb (plural, without s)
SANAM + of + NOUN (singular) + verb (singular, with s)

Here S = some, A = Any, N = None, A = All, and M = Most

So Some of the students that were taking the exam.......
But None of the counterfeit money has been found

Having said that,

I think the explanation you offered (about "that" not being clear referent) is not precise. "That" in this case always refers to Minnesota. Similarly where will always refer to Minnesota.

The only reason E is better than the other choices is it is more parallel. Because it uses "where" in both clauses. If you watch other choices closely ther are not as parallel and clear as E.

My only contention with this question was: The un-lined portion of the sentence contains "this predator". This is singular. So the lined portion should also have singular word "[b]wolf" and not "[b]wolves[/b]". [/b] Because of this only I eliminated E.

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02 Mar 2004, 13:06
Yeah I agree.

Sizable wolf population is awkward. Only choices C D and E remain. and E is the most parallel.

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02 Mar 2004, 14:43
ETS did not make mistake. You can fault ETS, if the sentence were to look like: ... THIS remains the archenemy of cattle and sheep.
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20 Aug 2005, 03:18
gmatblast wrote:
Minnesota is the only one of the contiguous forty-eight states that still has a sizable wolf population. and where this predator remains the archenemy of cattle and sheep.
(A) that still has a sizable wolf population, and where
(B) that still has a sizable wolf population, where
(C) that still has a sizable population of wolves, and where
(D) where the population of wolves is still sizable;
(E) where there is still a sizable population of wolves and where

I understand E is most parallel but I would like to know what does that restrict to in A,B and C? is it Minnesota or states.
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