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Next month, state wildlife officials are scheduled to take over the job of increasing the wolf population in the federally designated recovery area, the number of which will however ultimately be dictated by the number of prey in the area.

A. area, the number of which will however
B. area; the size of the population, however, will
C. area, however the number of wolves will
D. area; the number of which will, however,
E. area, when the size of the population will, however,
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Next month, state wildlife officials are scheduled to take over the job of increasing the wolf population in the federally designated recovery area, the number of which will however ultimately be dictated by the number of prey in the area.

A. area, the number of which will however - Use of Comma to join two Independent clauses is incorrect. Moreover use of "The number" to modify POPULATION is incorrect
B. area; the size of the population, however, will - Correct since two Independent clauses are joined by semicolon
C. area, however the number of wolves will - Semi colon should be used before HOWEVER
D. area; the number of which will, however, - Use of "The number" to modify POPULATION is incorrect
E. area, when the size of the population will, however, - Why do we need to use WHEN
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Next month, state wildlife officials are scheduled to take over the job of increasing the wolf population in the federally designated recovery area, the number of which will however ultimately be dictated by the number of prey in the area.

This topic mostly tests the use of the conjugative adverb 'however'. For more reference visit <https://web.sonoma.edu/users/f/farahman/subpages/utilities/however.pdf>

A. area, the number of which will however - The adverb 'however', when interrupting a clause with the adverb however, use a comma before and after the adverb --, however,

B. area; the size of the population, however, will-- correctly done in this choice.

C. area, however the number of wolves will -- When you are writing a compound sentence, then use a semicolon before however- and a comma after --- area; however,

D. area; the number of which will, however, -- the clause after the semi-colon is not an IC. The number of which is equal to which.


E. area, when the size of the population will, however, --- When cannot be used to refer to a place
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I got down to B and D based on sentence structure. (Coma+FANBOYS absent in remaining options for joining two independent clauses)

I think which in (D) correctly refers to wolf population. On which basis can one eliminate D?
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Next month, state wildlife officials are scheduled to take over the job of increasing the wolf population in the federally designated recovery area, the number of which will however ultimately be dictated by the number of prey in the area.

A. area, the number of which will however
--> which can not stand for wolf because wolf is singular and plays the role of an adjective.
B. area; the size of the population, however, will
C. area, however the number of wolves will
D. area; the number of which will, however,
--> which can not stand for wolf because wolf is singular and plays the role of an adjective.
E. area, when the size of the population will, however,

Hi mikemcgarry :-D

I would to to ask if the phrase the number of wolf is correct? Is it mandatory to use plural form after the number of?

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The antecedent to which is wolf population, so a, d is out.

E is out because of when, which refers to time

C is out because it lacks a comma after however, changing it the meaning.
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A. number of which ....which is wrongly used here
B. ; is used as there are two Independent clause. size is correctly used for population
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D. which is incorrectly used here
E. awkward, when the size ..changes the meaning...the sentence doesn't make any sense
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Next month, state wildlife officials are scheduled to take over the job of increasing the wolf population in the federally designated recovery area, the number of which will however ultimately be dictated by the number of prey in the area.

A. area, the number of which will however
--> which can not stand for wolf because wolf is singular and plays the role of an adjective.
B. area; the size of the population, however, will
C. area, however the number of wolves will
D. area; the number of which will, however,
--> which can not stand for wolf because wolf is singular and plays the role of an adjective.
E. area, when the size of the population will, however,

Hi mikemcgarry :-D

I would to to ask if the phrase the number of wolf is correct? Is it mandatory to use plural form after the number of?

Many thanks for you great explanation!


Yes, it is mandatory to use plural - "the number of wolf" is wrong because there are more than one wolves.
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C. area, however the number of wolves will

So the reason for eliminating C is 1) the two independent clause joined by ',' and 2) usage of however. Correct?

I see the usage of 'The number of wolves' is correct in C and that's why I picked it ignoring the above two reasons to eliminate it.
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C. area, however the number of wolves will

So the reason for eliminating C is 1) the two independent clause joined by ',' and 2) usage of however. Correct?

I see the usage of 'The number of wolves' is correct in C and that's why I picked it ignoring the above two reasons to eliminate it.


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You are correct. In C, "the number of wolves" is totally fine.
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Next month, state wildlife officials are scheduled to take over the job of increasing the wolf population in the federally designated recovery area, the number of which will however ultimately be dictated by the number of prey in the area.

A. area, the number of which will however : 'which' incorrectly refers to area
B. area; the size of the population, however, will : Right. We can keep this one. The statement after the semicolon is independent and there is no incorrect reference of 'which' in this one.
C. area, however the number of wolves will : sounds incorrect. There should be a semicolon before however. Also, since the original statement talks about the population, it is better to refer to the wolf population after the punctuation , rather than the number of wolves. (though this would only be a preference , not a point of elimination)
D. area; the number of which will, however, : 'which' incorrectly refers to area
E. area, when the size of the population will, however, : Looks like the officials will take over the job only when the size of the population is determined by the prey in that area.

Answer : B

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adkikani wrote:
Hi Experts sayantanc2k GMATNinja
I got down to B and D based on sentence structure. (Coma+FANBOYS absent in remaining options for joining two independent clauses)

I think which in (D) correctly refers to wolf population. On which basis can one eliminate D?



"Which" always refers to the noun immediately preceding it. In the case of 'D', it refers to "area" and not the wolf population, hence you can eliminate this.
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adkikani wrote:
Hi Experts sayantanc2k GMATNinja
I got down to B and D based on sentence structure. (Coma+FANBOYS absent in remaining options for joining two independent clauses)

I think which in (D) correctly refers to wolf population. On which basis can one eliminate D?



Hello Arpit/adkikani,

I am not sure if your doubt still persists. Here is the explanation nonetheless. :-)

In Choice D, which CANNOT refer to the wolf population because then Choice D will have the phrase the number of the wolf population.

This expression is incorrect the population cannot have any number. Choice A has the same error.

We can say either the size of the wolf population or the number of wolves.


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