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Pronoun: The artwork of Vincent Van Gogh

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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Pronoun Revision Project.

The artwork of Vincent Van Gogh, mostly paintings executed in bright colors with loose, expressive brushstrokes and drawings done in pen and ink, will be shown for the first time in minor museums where they can be appreciated by people who a trip to a major city may be too expensive for.

A. they can be appreciated by people who a trip to a major city may be too expensive for

B. they can be appreciated by people for whom a trip to a major city may be too expensive

C. people who a trip to a major city is too expensive for can appreciate it

D. it can be appreciated by people for whom a trip to a major city may be too expensive

E. it can be appreciated by people who a trip to a major city may be too expensive for

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27 Mar 2015, 00:44
The artwork of Vincent Van Gogh, mostly paintings executed in bright colors with loose, expressive brushstrokes and drawings done in pen and ink, will be shown for the first time in minor museums where they can be appreciated by people who a trip to a major city may be too expensive for.

A. they can be appreciated by people who a trip to a major city may be too expensive for - incorrect as artwork is a collective noun and should take a singular pronoun i.e. should take 'it' instead of 'they'
B. they can be appreciated by people for whom a trip to a major city may be too expensive - same as A
C. people who a trip to a major city is too expensive for can appreciate it - same as A
D. it can be appreciated by people for whom a trip to a major city may be too expensive - Correct! Whom refers to the 'people' which is the object in this sentence. An easy way to confirm who/whom is to as a question and respond with a pronoun. For instance, the trip is expensive for whom? The trip is expensive for 'them' (the people) and not 'they'. 'They' is a subject case pronoun and will take 'who. 'Them' is an object case pronoun and will take 'whom'
E. it can be appreciated by people who a trip to a major city may be too expensive for - Incorrect! Even if we ask 'who is the trip expensive for?' The answer is still 'them and not 'they'. So, 'who' is incorrect.

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29 Mar 2015, 19:28
The antecedent of the pronoun "they" is "artwork". But "they" is plural and "artwork"
singular, so we need to find a choice that changes "they" to "it". Moreover, "people
who a trip to a major city may be too expensive for" is incorrect. It should be "people
for whom..."
(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.
(B) The pronoun "they" is incorrect, as is the construction "people who a trip to a
major city may be too expensive for."
(C) The construction "people who a trip to a major city may be too expensive for" is
incorrect.
(D) CORRECT. The pronoun "it" correctly refers to the singular antecedent "artwork"
and "for whom a trip to a major city may be too expensive" is the correct modifier of
people.
(E) The pronoun "it" is correct, but the construction "people who a trip to a major city
may be too expensive for" is not.
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28 Jan 2016, 14:04
Doesnt the following modifier "mostly paintings executed in bright colors...." indicate that artwork is plural instead of singular especially the word "paintings" because this answer choice should be "b" ?. Also, collective nouns can be both singular or plural, which can be decided by the rest of the sentence(see MGMAT SC for choosing the plurality for collective nouns, they fall under the same category as "SANAM" pronouns) in this case "paintings" is not underlined.
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29 Jan 2016, 18:41
All collective nouns comprise plural units in the back. Mostly they are deemed as singular while in some contexts
they also work as plurals. But the artwork of one individual is always considered singular while the artwork of several people are considered plural
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29 Jan 2016, 19:58
1. who is the wrong pronoun; whom is the correct one. Dump A, C and E. 2. Eliminate D for subject – pronoun number error. B survives.
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'It' is a wrong pronoun. Dump C, D and E. Between A and B, eliminate A for using the wrong pronoun who. B remains.
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13 Mar 2017, 13:49
The artwork of Vincent Van Gogh, mostly paintings executed in bright colors with loose, expressive brushstrokes and drawings done in pen and ink, will be shown for the first time in minor museums where they can be appreciated by people who a trip to a major city may be too expensive for.

A. they can be appreciated by people who a trip to a major city may be too expensive for
the Artwork is the subject of the sentence and not the paintings.

B. they can be appreciated by people for whom a trip to a major city may be too expensive
Same as A

C. people who a trip to a major city is too expensive for can appreciate it
change of meaning

D. it can be appreciated by people for whom a trip to a major city may be too expensive
Correct choice since the Artwork is singular and is correctly refered by 'it'.

E. it can be appreciated by people who a trip to a major city may be too expensive for
who is wrongly used for people,whome should have been used in the context that some specific set of people are refered for,

The subject of the sentence is the Artwork and not the paintings.

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Abhishek is right. the subject is the singular artwork and not the plural paintings. So D is the correct choice.
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