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Much work performed by small business owners, like managing human relations, keeping track of accounts, and paying taxes, which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.

(A) which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(B) which are essential to successful operations, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(C) which is essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by its employees.
(D) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(E) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by its employees.

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Much work performed by small business owners, like managing human relations, keeping track of accounts, and paying taxes, which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.

(A) which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(B) which are essential to successful operations, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(C) which is essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by its employees.
(D) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(E) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by its employees.


(D) is the answer. The work in the subject is singular so the verb should also be singular. Thus, options (A), (B) and (C) are ruled out. "Small business owners" is plural so "its" in (E) is incorrect. Hence, (D) is the correct answer.

But I have one question in the stimulus. Is "like managing human relations, keeping track of accounts, and paying taxes" correct? Should'nt it be such as as it is citing examples and not comparing anything?
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"Like" can also be used to point examples​

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Whats the source of this question? Like in gmat is always used to compare nouns never to introduce examples.
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Much work performed by small business owners, like managing human relations, keeping track of accounts, and paying taxes, which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.

(A) which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees. (Work is singular)
(B) which are essential to successful operations, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees. (Same as A)
(C) which is essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by its employees. (Same as A)
(D) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by their employees. (Correct)
(E) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by its employees. (Small business owners are plural. So usage of its is wrong)

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Much work performed by small business owners, like managing human relations, keeping track of accounts, and paying taxes, which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.

(A) which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(B) which are essential to successful operations, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(C) which is essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by its employees.
(D) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(E) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by its employees.


Answer Choice B)

Much work x,y and z Plural
Hence plural verb " which are essential"

And plural verb have gone unnoticed .

Their correctly refers to Business owners.


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Is "which" used correctly here? Shouldnt "which" always refer to a noun, and not a clause? In this case, Which should refer to `work` so shouldnt it be `which is essential`?
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Much work performed by small business owners, like managing human relations, keeping track of accounts, and paying taxes, which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.

(A) which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(B) which are essential to successful operations, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(C) which is essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by its employees.
(D) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(E) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by its employees.


This does'nt seem like GMAT question. especially on using like and on the structure of the question itself. What is the source?
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"much" work is singular....
usage of which? It cannot refer to a noun...but how is it doing here...
like is used to give examples...
SV Agreement is not clear...
Out of consistency and meaning I marked B. But due to SV it is not correct
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Much work performed by small business owners, like managing human relations, keeping track of accounts, and paying taxes, which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.

(A) which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(B) which are essential to successful operations, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(C) which is essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by its employees.
(D) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(E) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by its employees.


I have a feeling that D is not correct. Here which refers to 'much work' and acts as the subject of the next clause. Now option D states which are, meaning 'much work' is plural, but then says has gone, meaning the same 'much work' is singular. It contradicts itself as to whether much work is singular or plural.
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their can't refer to much work
B) Much work performed by small business owners, like managing human relations, keeping track of accounts, and paying taxes, which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by work employees. - If we substitute "work" in place of their , it is not making sense.

B) Much work performed by small business owners, like managing human relations, keeping track of accounts, and paying taxes, which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by small business owners employees. - Now its making sense.
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Much work performed by small business owners, like managing human relations, keeping track of accounts, and paying taxes, which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.

(A) which are essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(B) which are essential to successful operations, have gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(C) which is essential to its successful operation, have gone virtually unnoticed by its employees.
(D) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by their employees.
(E) which are essential to successful operation, has gone virtually unnoticed by its employees.


Red colored portions are the incorrect part.
So, the answer is D.
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