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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

Which one is better sizable wolf population or sizable population of wolves.
Please explain the answer?


That cannot be used to modify a place for 1st three options are out. Also, states.. have.. (not has)

semi-colon in D is wrong as they suggest independent meanings..

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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
Here, "sizable" and "wolf" both are adjectives modifying population. Therefore, the construction in its present form is INCORRECT as it appears "sizable" is modifying "wolf" instead of "population", as it is present just before wolf. That is INCORRECT. So, the correct or preferred construction over here would be -- "sizable population of wolves" and not "sizable wolf population".

Also, there is a parallelism issue w.r.t choice E, that is, that....... and where........ The presence of COMMA BEFORE "AND" is incorrect.


(B) that still has a sizable wolf population, where
Similar error as with option A. Also, "where" is modifying "population" due to the change in its position, its modifying the closest noun, which is incorrect. "where" is specifically used to refer to PHYSICAL PLACES/ LOCATIONS. Incorrect.

(C) that still has a sizable population of wolves, and where
parallelism issue -- that..... and where......, option E is better than this choice w.r.t this regard. Just reiterating -- the easiest criterion on which to eliminate choice (c) is the fact that its parallelism is inferior to the parallelism exhibited in choice (e).
Also, the comma before "AND" does not seem logical. INCORRECT.

there should not be a comma in the construction "X and Y" unless "X" and "Y" are independent clauses -- i.e., each is a complete sentence on its own, with "and" serving as a coordinating conjunction.

(D) where the population of wolves is still sizable;
(d) is out because it contains a significant change in meaning. the semicolon in (d) separates its meaning into two unrelated sentences; i.e., the part of (d) that follows the semicolon suggests that the wolf is still the archenemy of the sheep in general. this is almost exactly the opposite of the intended meaning, which is that minnesota is the only state where that's still true!

(E) where there is still a sizable population of wolves and where
CORRECT.

TAKEAWAY FROM THE QUESTION :
if two or more sentences are grammatically correct, then you must pick the one whose meaning adheres most closely to the original meaning.
although the original is grammatically incorrect, its intended meaning is clear:
* minnesota is the only state where there is a sizable wolf population;
AND
* minnesota is the only state where the wolf is still the worst enemy of the sheep.

ALSO ONE MORE THING THAT I NEED TO CLEAR OUT FOR THIS QUESTION WHICH MOST OF THE PEOPLE HAD POSTED IN THE PREVIOUS COMMENTS AS INCORRECT IS ACTUALLY CORRECT :

The constructions in A, B, and C --
The only one of X that/who + singular verb is ACTUALLY CORRECT. We cannot eliminate options A, B and C directly on that basis, because the CONSTRUCTION is correct. I think most of the people are confusing with the FOLLOWING CONSTRUCTION which is INCORRECT as that is NOT tested in the question above and that is,

Only one of X that/who + plural verb -- This is NOT the construction in the question at hand. Notice "THE" missing in the beginning of this construction. Though a subtle difference but worth noting.
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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 That is referring to States and it must have ‘have’ instead of ‘has’

B. that still has a sizable wolf population, where same as A

C. that still has a sizable population of wolves, and where same as A

D. where the population of wolves is still sizable; It is changing he meaning. As per the original sentence we must convey the meaning that those states have two things. But this sentence conveys only one things and makes the other thing as a part of Independent clause. Hence, incorrect.

E. where there is still a sizable population of wolves and where


Hi Abhimahna,
We can use semicolon to join 2 independent clause and finfd the relationship between them by the use of because (implied)
Example- My grandmother seldom goes to bed this early; she's afraid she'll miss out on something.

Now, in choice D-
Minnesota is the only one of the contiguous forty-eight states ) where the population of wolves is still sizable; this predator remains the archenemy of cattle and sheep.
Cant we say- where the population of wolves is still sizable because this predator remains the archenemy of cattle and sheep. This gives a cause and effect relationship. But again, in the original sentence, we dont have a causal relationship and the intended meaning implies Minnesota is the place where there is X and where there is Y. So, just because of the reliability on the original structure, are we eliminating D
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I understand that choice E maintains meaning, but choice D seems to convey a different, better meaning.

Choice E has two things in parallel: Minnesota is a place 1) where there is a sizable population and 2) where the predator is still the arch enemy of cattle and sheep. Grammatically, this is perfect, but it doesn't make sense logically. What does the number of wolves have to do with their predatory habits? Are we to assume that a smaller population of wolves, let's say in South Dakota, don't eat cattle and sheep? I find it hard to imagine that Minnesota is the only place where cattle and sheep are at odds with wolves...

Thus, D seems to make more sense. Minnesota is the only place where there is a large population of wolves, BUT we should use the ";" to denote that all wolves - regardless of what state they live in - are still at odds with cattle and sheep.
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I understand that choice E maintains meaning, but choice D seems to convey a different, better meaning.

Choice E has two things in parallel: Minnesota is a place 1) where there is a sizable population and 2) where the predator is still the arch enemy of cattle and sheep. Grammatically, this is perfect, but it doesn't make sense logically. What does the number of wolves have to do with their predatory habits? Are we to assume that a smaller population of wolves, let's say in South Dakota, don't eat cattle and sheep? I find it hard to imagine that Minnesota is the only place where cattle and sheep are at odds with wolves...

Thus, D seems to make more sense. Minnesota is the only place where there is a large population of wolves, BUT we should use the ";" to denote that all wolves - regardless of what state they live in - are still at odds with cattle and sheep.


Hey mbit ,

I am happy to help :)

I agree that D is grammatically correct but please note that D by using a semicolon separates the clause "this predator remains the archenemy of cattle and sheep." from where it is happening.

As per the meaning of the sentence we are saying both the things are happening in Minnesota. So, I used "where this predator... " but if I don't use a conjunction and instead use a semi color, I am breaking the relationship of this clause we have with Minnesota. Hence, D should be straight out option.

Does that make sense?
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Dear experts,

There is disagreement among experts in whether the original sentence has S-V agreement error or not. Although this doesn't prevent us from identifying the right AC, I would request your help is understanding the point.

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.
Is has correct here? What is it with "The only one of the Xs that/who" construction that requires singular verb?

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Dear experts,

There is disagreement among experts in whether the original sentence has S-V agreement error or not. Although this doesn't prevent us from identifying the right AC, I would request your help is understanding the point.

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.
Is has correct here? What is it with "The only one of the Xs that/who" construction that requires singular verb?

Thanks in advance.
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Hey NikMan ,

There is a very good explanation given by our expert here.

I would prefer to stick to what has been explained by him.

Yes, Since we are saying "only" one of the states -- We need to use "has" otherwise how could it be only?

Yes, for your 2nd query also, it has to be "has".

Does that make sense?
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Choice D woefully misses the conjunction that bridges Minnesota with the un-underlined part of the sentence, resulting in a debate as to what purpose the second part serves after separated from the main part, by a semicolon.

In B, doesn’t the pronoun where, by virtue of its placement, modify population, which is wrong?

Though wordy, by using where for both the parts of the sentence and also by employing the more customary population of wolves rather than the odd wolf population, E seems to stand out IMO



But what does 'this' refers to in option E. We have 'a sizeable population of wolves' in option E which refers to population not wolves. Even if I assume it is referring to 'wolves' not 'population', 'wolves' is still plural and 'this' is singular.
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But what does 'this' refers to in option E.

Hi Manish, this predator in E clearly conveys that this is referring to predator.
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Choice D woefully misses the conjunction that bridges Minnesota with the un-underlined part of the sentence, resulting in a debate as to what purpose the second part serves after separated from the main part, by a semicolon.

In B, doesn’t the pronoun where, by virtue of its placement, modify population, which is wrong?

Though wordy, by using where for both the parts of the sentence and also by employing the more customary population of wolves rather than the odd wolf population, E seems to stand out IMO


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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 - 'where' incorrectly refers to 'population'

(C) that still has a sizable population of wolves, and where - usage of comma+ AND is incorrect as the part that follows is not an independent clause

(D) where the population of wolves is still sizable; - the semicolon in (d) separates its meaning into two unrelated sentences; i.e., the part of (d) that follows the semicolon suggests that the wolf is still the archenemy of the sheep in general. this is almost exactly the opposite of the intended meaning, which is that Minnesota is the only state where that's still true!

(E) where there is still a sizable population of wolves and where - Correct

Answer E

1. I understand that 'that' correctly refers to 'the only one of the contiguous forty-eight states' which is Minnesota. So, there is no subject-verb agreement issue in options A-C.
2. usage of comma+ AND is incorrect in options A and C as the part that follows is not an independent clause. So, can we use this rule to eliminate?
3. Is the parallelism in options A and C incorrect or are those options just inferior to option E? Can 'that' clause be parallel to 'where' clause?
4. Does 'this predator' need to refer to a noun? sizable wolf population-- wolf is an adjective
sizable population of wolves-- wolves is a noun and it is plural too, whereas 'this predator' is singular

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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 - 'where' incorrectly refers to 'population'

(C) that still has a sizable population of wolves, and where - usage of comma+ AND is incorrect as the part that follows is not an independent clause

(D) where the population of wolves is still sizable; - the semicolon in (d) separates its meaning into two unrelated sentences; i.e., the part of (d) that follows the semicolon suggests that the wolf is still the archenemy of the sheep in general. this is almost exactly the opposite of the intended meaning, which is that Minnesota is the only state where that's still true!

(E) where there is still a sizable population of wolves and where - Correct

Answer E

1. I understand that 'that' correctly refers to 'the only one of the contiguous forty-eight states' which is Minnesota. So, there is no subject-verb agreement issue in options A-C.
2. usage of comma+ AND is incorrect in options A and C as the part that follows is not an independent clause. So, can we use this rule to eliminate?

I don't really believe that the presence of that comma is a reason to eliminate those choices. Commas can be used optionally to create pauses and indicate emphasis in sentences. So, the presence of that comma before "and" does not constitute a clear flaw.

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3. Is the parallelism in options A and C incorrect or are those options just inferior to option E? Can 'that' clause be parallel to 'where' clause?

The parallel structure in A and C is not clearly incorrect. To choose E over those two, you have to use the GMAT SC approach of just choosing the most parallel choice.

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4. Does 'this predator' need to refer to a noun? sizable wolf population-- wolf is an adjective
sizable population of wolves-- wolves is a noun and it is plural too, whereas 'this predator' is singular

I think "this predator" would ideally have the noun "wolf" to refer to. In the OA, (E), "this predator" almost seems to refer to the only preceding singular noun, "population."

Overall, the truth is that this question is not very good. You have to choose a not particularly well written OA on the basis of the presence a comma, which may nor may not be a flaw, and other vague differences between choices.

We can only hope that SC quality control keeps us from seeing a question as lame as this one when we take the test.
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