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# Our understanding was that she would continue to cover the

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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.

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03 Dec 2007, 04:07
Amardeep Sharma wrote:
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.

Amar

go for 'both of which'

is it 'D' ?? I would assume that room and board goes as one single entity... .

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03 Dec 2007, 08:20
No thats wrong, OA is B

Even I picked D.

Although I agree with the explantion that "agreed verbally" is correct, while "verbally agreed"is wrong as in D.

Only B and C qualifies.... in C - of which is awkward...

So choose B...

but my question is that isnt here "which" modifies incorrectly?

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03 Dec 2007, 12:03
I will also go with B for the below reasons:
I think agreed with is the correct construction and also if we remove the of construction then clearly which referes to costs.

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03 Dec 2007, 13:45
I think its D.

B uses which as the modifier which is incorrect. Can someone explain how come we ignoreing the modifier fact here , please..

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03 Dec 2007, 17:25
Ok setting aside GMAT..and its rules...following will be an usage note on 'which' as a relative pronoun...

Usage Note: The relative pronoun which is sometimes used to refer to an entire sentence or clause, rather than a noun or noun phrase, as in
She ignored him, which proved to be unwise.
They swept the council elections, which could never have happened under the old rules.

While these examples are unexceptionable, using which in this way sometimes produces an ambiguous sentence.

In otherwords which can refer to anything that is noun or noun phrase, a sentence or noun clause - especially as an object of the verb or preposition.

Now, coming back to GMAT, I am not sure if the same applies... looking at this SC it seems it does..

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04 Dec 2007, 07:02
Amardeep Sharma wrote:
No thats wrong, OA is B

Even I picked D.

Although I agree with the explantion that "agreed verbally" is correct, while "verbally agreed"is wrong as in D.

Only B and C qualifies.... in C - of which is awkward...

So choose B...

but my question is that isnt here "which" modifies incorrectly?

Amar

Good question - in retrospect, I see how B is wrong. You are correct; 'which' refers to 'children' here. I haven't come across an SC yet where 'which' did not refer to the noun immediately preceding it. What's the source of this question?

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04 Dec 2007, 08:16
This question is from the "challenges"- Gmatclub

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