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Prepositional Phrases Clarified After going through several

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Works now :)

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Prepositional Phrases Clarified


Subject never resides in prepositional phrase, EXCEPT when quantity is expressed.


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According to the author of http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/prepositionalphrase.htm, whose content you've referred to as well (is this a correct sentence :) )

Remember that a prepositional phrase will never contain the subject of a sentence.

Now

The box of nails, which is black in color, is kept on the table.

Isn't the subject, 'The box of nails' ?

regards,

Actually the subject is the box just preceding the prepositional phrase, but here the box is "the box of nails" only. So no ambiguity.
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Why E is wrong?

Is "whatever your background" in D correct? Shouldn't it be "whatever is your background".

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Prepositional Phrases Clarified



After going through several sources, I made some points that I would like to share with everyone.
First of all, before even advancing, I shall ask a question.
His collections of music IS/ARE good.
What is correct here?

More example to clear the doubt. (The subject is green in color.)
1) Seven of the eleven medals, which were all gold, were won by Jamaican sprinters.
2) Most of the bananas have been bought from the nearby market.
3) A number of supporters of the the campaign have extended their support for Democratic Party.
4) THE number of birds migrating to the Marina Beach is increasing year by year.

So remember one thing, if any quantity word precedes the prepositional phrase, then your subject will reside in the prepositional phrase.
By the way, the answer to the question at the top is "IS".

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Hi Marcab,

In reference to the above highlighted sentences, please answer the below question.

Menlo University‘s range of graduate programmes have been developed to fulfil your needs whether you intend to pursue a career in industry, business, government, NGOs or academia, and whatever your background.

A. have been developed to fulfil your needs whether you intend to pursue a career in industry, business, government, NGOs or academia, and whatever

B. has been developed to fulfil your needs if you intend to pursue a career in industry, business, government, NGOs or academia, or whatever

C. have been developed to fulfil your needs whether you intend to pursue a career in industry, business, government, NGOs or academia, and whatever

D. has been developed to fulfil your needs whether you intend to pursue a career in industry, business, government, NGOs or academia, and whatever

E. has been developed to fulfil your needs whether one intends to pursue a career in industry, business, government, NGOs or academia, or whatever

Isnt Range a Quantity Word as Collection.

In view of the above can you provide a ball park list of Quantity Words.

TIA.


Actually all that I have for quantity words is SANAM pronouns. If you have MGMAT SC Bible then probably you know what I am talking about, if not then do let me know.
Regarding this question, if this question had appeared in the exam, I would have chosen D and clicked on confirmed.

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Prepositional Phrases Clarified



After going through several sources, I made some points that I would like to share with everyone.
First of all, before even advancing, I shall ask a question.
His collections of music IS/ARE good.
By the way, the answer to the question at the top is "IS".


I think this post is extremely misleading....(In all possibility due to no fault of you own)...
I am surprised that people and moderators of this great site couldn't catch this extremely faulty exercise you provided for all of us...

"His collections of music are good" would be the right answer...
Now the link which you have given as your source.. the question there says that..

Since digital recording offers essentially perfect reproduction - on compact discs, digital audiotapes, or videodiscs - audiophiles can accumulate vast collections of //music, transferring them from one format to another, copying it, and digitally altering it with little effort and not damaging //the sound quality.

Now since here the right answer is it and not them , you generalized a very very specific scenario...
The reason it is correct here is because you cannot transfer collections from one format to other but you transfer music.
So the pronoun it refers to music because that is what the author is transferring......

Your post gave me nightmares for 2 straight days before this very simple piece of logic struck me :D
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Marcab wrote:

Prepositional Phrases Clarified



After going through several sources, I made some points that I would like to share with everyone.
First of all, before even advancing, I shall ask a question.
His collections of music IS/ARE good.
What is correct here?

Before advancing further, the keything to understand is:

1)As an adverb, a prepositional phrase will answer questions such as How? When? or Where?
i)Freddy is stiff from yesterday's long football practice.

How did Freddy get stiff? From yesterday's long football practice!

ii)Before class, Josh begged his friends for a pencil.

When did Josh do his begging? Before class!

2)As an adjective, the prepositional phrase will answer the question Which one?

Read these examples:

1)The book on the bathroom floor is swollen from shower steam.

Which book? The one on the bathroom floor!

2)The sweet potatoes in the vegetable bin are green with mold.

Which sweet potatoes? The ones forgotten in the vegetable bin!

Now here is the trick.

Subject never resides in prepositional phrase, EXCEPT when quantity is expressed.


In the clauses where quantity words are used, WHICH or other relative pronouns will NOT JUMP otherwise it will have to jump.Consider an example:
The box of nails, which is black in color, is kept on the table.
Here the prepositional phrase is "of nails". But it can't be the subject because we have not used any quantity word here.
Now consider this:
Some of the stones, which were thrown by Sam in Thames, were round in shape.
Here the prepositional phrase is "of the stones" but since SOME is a quantity word here, hence subject is "stones" not "some of the stones".

More example to clear the doubt. (The subject is green in color.)
1) Seven of the eleven medals, which were all gold, were won by Jamaican sprinters.
2) Most of the bananas have been bought from the nearby market.
3) A number of supporters of the the campaign have extended their support for Democratic Party.
4) THE number of birds migrating to the Marina Beach is increasing year by year.

So remember one thing, if any quantity word precedes the prepositional phrase, then your subject will reside in the prepositional phrase.
By the way, the answer to the question at the top is "IS".

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Hi Marcab,

Thank you very much for your great post. However, I think that your answer to the main question of your post is incorrect.

The question is: His collections of music IS/ARE good.
Your answer is: IS
But the correct answer is: ARE

The correct sentences are: His collections of music ARE good. or His collection of music IS good.

Please, consider the following examples from the Cambridge Dictionary:

Edited collections of essays on a single topic usually suffer from an uneven coverage of relevant material and a lack of integration.

There is quite a collection of toothbrushes in the bathroom.

For more correct examples, please, visit here: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictio ... collection

You supported your answer with the following SC problem from GMAT Prep Question Pack 1:

...audiophiles can accumulate vast collections of music, transferring it from one format to another, copying it, and digitally altering it...

However, it in this sentence refers not to collections but to music. For more detailed explanation please read Ron's and Ali Tariq's posts here: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... 19360.html and here: https://www.beatthegmat.com/since-digit ... 02556.html

Rectifying your post could prevent other students from memorizing wrong conceptions. Once again thank you for a great post.
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