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Pandas in captivity, two of who live in the National Zoo

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Pandas in captivity, two of who live in the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., are being actively bred in hopes of developing a sustainable population to reintroduce into the wild.

A) two of who
B) and two that
C) including two of which
D) two of those that
E) two of which
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New post 18 Oct 2017, 09:02
Closest two options are "C" and "E"

(C) including two of which - The usage of "including" suggests that "Pandas in captivity along with the two of the other pandas are in the National Zoo in Washington, D.C" but this is not the intended meaning here. hence, we can reject this option.

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New post 03 Apr 2018, 09:23
Can you please explain why D is not the right option. Thanks in Advance !
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New post 03 Apr 2018, 14:03
I do not know about the pattern of this question anymore. It is because in the actual exam, verbal questions do not have patterns that are too familiar to test takers.
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New post 03 Apr 2018, 21:51
know this that the intended meaning of the sentence is derived from the given sentence with an exception that the given sentence does not make any sense. Here the given statement talks about 2 pandas which are held in captivity. The given statement talks about only those 2 pandas. So we cannot infer anything else and hence the answer choices that intend to change the meaning by adding other pandas is wrong. We may think that this change of meaning actually makes sense but let me remind you that we do not know the sex of the pandas. So adding to the already existing may sound good but is unwarranted. So stick to the given statement as long as it makes sense. Here it makes sense.

Let's dig in the answer choices :
Procedure :
1. Analyse the intended meaning
2. Error analysis:
1. SV PAIR ( SV makes sense. agree in no.)
2.Verb tense ( identify the time frame of the given statement)
3.Pronouns ( should aggree in no. And refer to the proper antecedent, without being ambiguous)
4.Modifiers ( should refer back to its subject , mostly the closest one)
5.parallelism ( all the verbs should be of the same tense unless PRESENT TENSE is present)
6. Idioms
7.Meaning

Do the above 2 steps on the given statement. And then start eliminating answers .

A. Modifier / relative pronoun error: who whom whose should only refer to persons..." which " is the right RP.
B. Meaning - " and" changes the meaning
C. Meaning - including two of which? Huh? Which 2 ?
D. Modifier/ meaning/ pronoun - 2 of those? We do not know how many pandas are there in the captivity to single out 2 by using " those " ... "Those " and " that " are two relative pronouns referring to the same subject ..hence is redundant. Also "that" is used for essential modifiers. The given statement adds two comma before the " two " and after D.C ; therefore the SV pair is non Essential. Hence using " that " is wrong.
E. No error - " which " is correctly is used.

Option E.

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New post 04 Apr 2018, 21:36
Narrowed it down to C and E by POE and finally marked C as it "seemed" right". What is the OA and why?
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New post 24 Apr 2018, 21:54
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Pandas in captivity, two of who live in the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., are being actively bred in hopes of developing a sustainable population to reintroduce into the wild.


A) two of who

B) and two that

C) including two of which

D) two of those that

E) two of which


A, B, and D are out for using "who, that, and those that" respectively.

From C and E, I marked C, though use of "including" seems a bit awkward.

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