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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.

1.which she verbally agreed to pay with the rest of the family.
2.which she agreed verbally with the rest of the family to pay.
3.of which she agreed verbally with the rest of the family to pay.
4.both of which she verbally agreed to pay with the rest of the family.
5.both of which she agreed to pay with the rest of the family verbally.
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06 May 2009, 00:00
think the answer should be D, although none of the answers really sit well with me
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06 May 2009, 00:57
B.

"both of which" seems irrelevant as she agreed to pay the costs.
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06 May 2009, 01:08
scthakur wrote:
B.

"both of which" seems irrelevant as she agreed to pay the costs.

I think you need "both of which" in order to make the second clause modify school enrollment and room and board. With out "both of which" we have a misplaced modifier

we wouldnt need "both of which" if the sentence looked like this:

Our understanding was that she would continue to cover the costs, school enrollment and room and board for the children, which she verbally agreed to pay with the rest of the family.
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06 May 2009, 04:51
D.

Agree that "both of which" is required to provide more clarity to what was agreed upon.
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06 May 2009, 04:58
scthakur,

Doesn't "which" qualify the word (noun) immediately preceding it. So, pls explain your ans. for B
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06 May 2009, 05:05
Isn't "agree to" the correct idiom.

D for me.
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06 May 2009, 08:34
The inderlined sentence need to begin with "both of which" otherwise it will become a modifier error....E has a destorted meaning....So IMO D is the correct Ans....
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06 May 2009, 08:57
rampuria 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.

1.which she verbally agreed to pay with the rest of the family.
2.which she agreed verbally with the rest of the family to pay.
3.of which she agreed verbally with the rest of the family to pay.
4.both of which she verbally agreed to pay with the rest of the family.
5.both of which she agreed to pay with the rest of the family verbally.

A, B are clearly out.

"Which" modifies children.. which is incorrect.

logically which should refer to " cost and board"

"both of which" --> clear this ambiguity..
C is out

between D and E

D looks good
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07 May 2009, 13:58
Is there any difference between

verbally agreed vs agreed verbally?
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07 May 2009, 20:38
IMO "costs of school enrollment and room and board for the children, which" is correct.

which is referring to "costs" not to chikdren. If the senetence were written "costs of school enrollment and room and board for the children which ", which would refer to children.

I do not see any difference between A and B. I would like to go with A. (agree to pay)
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07 May 2009, 22:45
a moment of clarity!

After reading other posts on this SC, I believe that D is wrong. It appears that "which" refers to costs, because of the preposition "of". "Which" has to modify the closest PRIMARY noun. enrollment and room and board describes the primary noun, "costs" with the use of "of". Other posts say the OA is B

sc-agreed-verbally-vs-verbally-agreed-71899.html#p530789

a similar lesson on the use of "of" with a modified clause is learned here

sc-brain-78333.html
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08 May 2009, 04:17
rampuria wrote:
scthakur,

Doesn't "which" qualify the word (noun) immediately preceding it. So, pls explain your ans. for B

"which" should reference the noun of preposition. In this case, it should be referencing "costs".

What is the OA?
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08 May 2009, 04:40
OA IS B

SCTHAKUR,

WHY IS "A" WRONG?
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08 May 2009, 06:58
Ok, between B and D.

B is better because it's more concise than D (better expression) - is this correct?

Is there anything gramatically wrong with D?
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08 May 2009, 07:29
rampuria wrote:
OA IS B

SCTHAKUR,

WHY IS "A" WRONG?

I get stuck between B & C, however B seems better maybe because of is redundant

(A)which she verbally agreed to pay with the rest of the family --> this is not correct because it incorrectly means that she uses the rest of the family to pay for the cost

(C) & (D), also the same error
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08 May 2009, 11:03
Now I'm even more confused. Do we have a resident GMAT teacher.

Minheequang wrote:
rampuria wrote:
OA IS B

SCTHAKUR,

WHY IS "A" WRONG?

I get stuck between B & C, however B seems better maybe because of is redundant

(A)which she verbally agreed to pay with the rest of the family --> this is not correct because it incorrectly means that she uses the rest of the family to pay for the cost

(C) & (D), also the same error
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08 May 2009, 15:51
rampuria wrote:
OA IS B

SCTHAKUR,

WHY IS "A" WRONG?

A changes the meaning with incorrect positioning of "with the rest of the family".
The intended meaning is that she agreed with the rest of the family to pay and not that she agreed to pay with the rest of the family.
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