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New post 16 Nov 2010, 18:51
B. which she agreed verbally with the rest of the family to pay. IMO, here, she agreed with her family. Wrong.

C. of which she agreed verbally with the rest of the family to pay. “OF” is incorrect, and again, she agrees with the family. Wrong

D. both of which she verbally agreed to pay with the rest of the family. I think “which” should cover the word “costs”, not each individually.

E. both of which she agreed to pay with the rest of the family verbally. Same as D.
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New post 16 Nov 2010, 21:45
Thanks Brett.

scheol79, can we have the OA please?
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New post 16 Nov 2010, 22:41
Wow. I got it wrong on the second chance as well! Can you please tell me why B is better than A?
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New post 16 Nov 2010, 23:49
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Wow. I got it wrong on the second chance as well! Can you please tell me why B is better than A?



A and B have slightly different meanings.
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New post 16 Nov 2010, 23:57
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Wow. I got it wrong on the second chance as well! Can you please tell me why B is better than A?



A and B have slightly different meanings.


Does A imply that the family will also be paying?
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New post 17 Nov 2010, 03:19
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Great Question, I simply sticked out A and B because of "Which" as a knee jerk reaction. Will keep this thing in mind :) Thanks @ Brett !!!

About difference between option A and B, I believe it goes as follows :
A. which she verbally agreed to pay with the rest of the family.
B. which she agreed verbally with the rest of the family to pay.
In Option A, it appears as if she were paying not by money but by "rest of family" !!
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This sentence requires the correct placement of the adverb verbally, indicating the way in which the agreement was made, and the correct use of phrases indicating with whom (the rest of the family) the agreement was made.

A. The phrase with the rest of the family is misplaced, making it sound as if the subject of the sentence and the rest of the family were planning to pay the fees together.
B. The adverb verbally comes immediately after the verb agreed, indicating their correlation, and the placement of the phrase with the rest of the family makes it clear that the agreement was between the two parties.
C. The word of is unnecessary and confusing.
D. The phrase with the rest of the family is misplaced, making it sound as if the subject of the sentence and the family were planning to pay the fees together; also the word both is unnecessary and confusing.
E. Verbally is misplaced, making it sound as if the promised payments will be made by speaking.
The correct answer is B.

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New post 17 Nov 2010, 21:23
I would eliminate B just for the reason that it changes the meaning of the original sentence. If A is grammatically correct, IMO we should look no further.

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This sentence requires the correct placement of the adverb verbally, indicating the way in which the agreement was made, and the correct use of phrases indicating with whom (the rest of the family) the agreement was made.

A. The phrase with the rest of the family is misplaced, making it sound as if the subject of the sentence and the rest of the family were planning to pay the fees together.
B. The adverb verbally comes immediately after the verb agreed, indicating their correlation, and the placement of the phrase with the rest of the family makes it clear that the agreement was between the two parties.
C. The word of is unnecessary and confusing.
D. The phrase with the rest of the family is misplaced, making it sound as if the subject of the sentence and the family were planning to pay the fees together; also the word both is unnecessary and confusing.
E. Verbally is misplaced, making it sound as if the promised payments will be made by speaking.
The correct answer is B.
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New post 25 Nov 2010, 17:52
I am still a little confused. Is the correct answer A or B ?
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New post 25 Nov 2010, 23:24
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Great Question, I simply sticked out A and B because of "Which" as a knee jerk reaction. Will keep this thing in mind :) Thanks @ Brett !!!

About difference between option A and B, I believe it goes as follows :
A. which she verbally agreed to pay with the rest of the family.
B. which she agreed verbally with the rest of the family to pay.
In Option A, it appears as if she were paying not by money but by "rest of family" !!


we have an idiom "agree with sb to do sthing" i guess
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Our understanding was that she would continue to cover the costs of school enrollment and room and board for the children, which she verbally agreed to pay with the rest of the family.


A. which she verbally agreed to pay with the rest of the family.
B. which she agreed verbally with the rest of the family to pay.
C. of which she agreed verbally with the rest of the family to pay.
D. both of which she verbally agreed to pay with the rest of the family.
E. both of which she agreed to pay with the rest of the family verbally.

My initial choice was to eliminate any A & D because the phrase "to pay with the rest of the family." makes it appear as if she is using her family as the monetary exchange to pay. I eliminated E because of the same reason only it's a verbal payment?

The decision between B & C was a bit tougher but because she was covering 2 things (school enrollment and room and board), of which sounded like it was addressing a single item rather than multiple; and thus this leaves B.

I'm pretty terrible at SCs so I was giddy to get this right.. I think.
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New post 22 Jun 2013, 04:59
I agree with which modifies children and hence choose D. I dont trust the OA either. Request an expert to comment pls!
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New post 22 Jun 2013, 23:21
KyleWiddison, thanks for weighing in here. Wanted to check with you, how did you decide that the meaning conveyed in option B was the originally intended meaning.
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New post 22 Jun 2013, 23:30
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KyleWiddison, thanks for weighing in here. Wanted to check with you, how did you decide that the meaning conveyed in option B was the originally intended meaning.


The meaning conveyed in choice B is unambiguous (she agreed with the rest of the family that she would pay). In the other options you don't know if she agreed with the rest of the family that she would pay or if she agreed that she would pay along with the rest of the family. In matters of meaning, we can't always know the original intent, so you have to use a process of eliminating choices that have problems like unclear, illogical, or ambiguous meaning.

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Can someone tell me if the OA is A or B?
I find some posts saying A, some saying B.

But if it's B, then wouldn't it be a deviation from the statement given?
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Can someone tell me if the OA is A or B?
I find some posts saying A, some saying B.

But if it's B, then wouldn't it be a deviation from the statement given?


In my first post I explain the problem of meaning in option A where the agreement becomes unclear. Did she agree to pay the costs along with the family (the family pays too)? Or, did she agree with the family that she alone would cover the costs? The original sentence has unclear meaning. Changing the position of the modifier in B fixes that ambiguity.

What do you mean when you say "wouldn't it be a deviation from the statement given"?

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I encountered this question in my test today; picked D. After the test came to know that the OA is option B. New learning for me.
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New post 20 Mar 2016, 08:45
Honestly speaking, it is difficult to accept the OA (B).
It is not clear who is going to pay finally, she or the family.
The first aberration seems to be to state that the family to pay, meaning that it is the family which is going to pay both the costs, contrary to what the prompt says that she would continue to cover those cost. IMO, B and C deserve to be thrown out at first sight.
If the adverb ‘verbally ' is indeed modifying the verb 'agreed ' then it should be placed close to the verb; This prompts E to be dropped from the contenders. Between A and D, I am unable to comprehend the difference between ‘which’ and both ‘of which’.
The whole percept is a muddle.
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thanks for a gr8 question on modifiers.... got to learn new things which always help.. thanks again for all your valuable explanations
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