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# Most of the university's faculty is utterly appalled by the decision

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Most of the university's faculty is utterly appalled by the decision to hire as university president the senator censured for influence peddling, although there are some of these willing to extend to him a welcome that is civil on their own.

A. although there are some of these willing to extend to him a welcome that is civil on their own
B. but some on their own are willing to extend to him a civil welcome
C. and some of it has the willingness on their own to civilly extend a welcome to him
D. but some of it is willing to extend to him on their own a civil welcome
E. although some of it is civilly willing to welcome him on their own

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Most of the university's faculty is utterly appalled by the decision to hire as university president the senator censured for influence peddling, although there are some of these willing to extend to him a welcome that is civil on their own.

A. although there are some of these willing to extend to him a welcome that is civil on their own
B. but some on their own are willing to extend to him a civil welcome
C. and some of it has the willingness on their own to civilly extend a welcome to him
D. but some of it is willing to extend to him on their own a civil welcome
E. although some of it is civilly willing to welcome him on their own

+1 for B

A. although there are some of these willing to extend to him a welcome that is civil on their own --> 'These' is referring back to faculty, incorrect pronoun
B. but some on their own are willing to extend to him a civil welcome --> 'But' shows the contrast, 'their' refers to University's faculty and 'him' refers to Senator.
C. and some of it has the willingness on their own to civilly extend a welcome to him --> 'It' is not the right pronoun for university's faculty
D. but some of it is willing to extend to him on their own a civil welcome
E. although some of it is civilly willing to welcome him on their own
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24 Sep 2018, 19:28
university faculty is a singular , groups are always singular, correct answer would be d.
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24 Sep 2018, 19:40
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university faculty is a singular , groups are always singular, correct answer would be d.
+1 for D

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What is 'their' referring to in Option D? Isn't it referring to the same faculty? If yes, then how come we use 'it' and 'their', two different pronouns for the same noun?

D and E commit the same mistake I believe.
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Most of the university's faculty is utterly appalled by the decision to hire as university president the senator censured for influence peddling, although there are some of these willing to extend to him a welcome that is civil on their own.

A. although there are some of these willing to extend to him a welcome that is civil on their own
B. but some on their own are willing to extend to him a civil welcome
C. and some of it has the willingness on their own to civilly extend a welcome to him
D. but some of it is willing to extend to him on their own a civil welcome
E. although some of it is civilly willing to welcome him on their own

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Split #1: idiom

One idiom is English is “to extend [someone] a civil welcome.” In other word, we are not overjoyed to see this person, but we still will be properly polite. This idiom gets butchered among the five answers.

Choice (A): “to extend to him a welcome that is civil” = awkward long and indirect

Choice (B): “to extend to him a civil welcome” = perfectly correct

Choice (C): “to civilly extend a welcome to him” = awkward and unnatural*

Choice (D): “to extend to him ... a civil welcome” = perfectly correct

Choice (E): “is civilly willing to welcome him” = unrecognizably wrong

Choices (C) & (E) have to be incorrect.

Split #2: parts of a whole

The “faculty” is a singular noun, and if we were referring to the whole faculty, we would need the singular pronoun. Everything about pronouns gets dicier when some of this whole are doing one thing and some are doing something else. Once we get to individual and differing actions, we are talking about multiple individuals. The most important thing is not to have a conflict of pronouns, simultaneously refers to “some of the faculty” as both “it” and “them.” All five answer choices have “on their own,” so we should avoid the “it.” Choices (C) & (D) & (E) use “it” and are incorrect.

Split #3: phrasing

Choice (A), by far the longest answer, is indirect, rambling, and tedious. The phrasing “that is civil on their own” is odd—it’s an odd place to put the modifier “on their own.” It almost sounds as if we are emphasizes different individual definitions of what counts as “civil.” This simply adds to the tremendous awkwardness of the whole distended mess. Choice (A) is incorrect.

As the result of these splits, the only possible answer is (B).
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I believe " on their own " is a modifier which modifies "some" . So it should be as close to "some" as possible. Option B states that.
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