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Puritan fanatics brought to civil and military affairs a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose that some writers have though inconsistent with their religious zeal, but which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it.

(A) but which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it

(B) but which were in fact a natural outgrowth of it

(C) but which were in fact natural outgrowths of it

(D) but it was in fact a natural outgrowth of them

(E) which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it
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08 Dec 2005, 09:35
D.

(D) but it (a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose) was in fact a natural outgrowth of them(Puritan fanatics)
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08 Dec 2005, 13:15
I was wondering if we need to use a plural (were) verb since we have two entities (namely coolness of judgement and mutability of purpose) in the sentence which is what is referred here....Any thoughts about subject verb agreement here...
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08 Dec 2005, 15:17
Bhai wrote:
C.

it (religious zeal)

I got now. Bhai is correct, I guess. Any idea what this question testing? meaning? I could not interpret its meaning properly the first time.
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08 Dec 2005, 20:55
Puritan fanatics brought to civil and military affairs a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose that some writers have thought inconsistent with their religious zeal, but which were in fact natural outgrowths of it

(C) for multiple reasons:

1. "but" is needed for the contradiction.
2. "were" for the correct S-V agreement (judgement and mutability)
3. "outgrowths" needs to be plural
4. "it" properly restates "religious zeal"
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08 Dec 2005, 21:21
C. there is no debate over A/D/E.

(B) but which were in fact a natural outgrowth of it => a natural growth cannot be which were.

(C) but which were in fact natural outgrowths of it => which (a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose) were in fact natural outgrowths of it (zeal). but note here the usage of "which", which is not refering to the noun that prededs it.
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09 Dec 2005, 09:12
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C. there is no debate over A/D/E.

(B) but which were in fact a natural outgrowth of it => a natural growth cannot be which were.

(C) but which were in fact natural outgrowths of it => which (a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose) were in fact natural outgrowths of it (zeal). but note here the usage of "which", which is not refering to the noun that prededs it.

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10 Dec 2005, 07:01
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HIMALAYA wrote:
C. there is no debate over A/D/E.

(B) but which were in fact a natural outgrowth of it => a natural growth cannot be which were.

(C) but which were in fact natural outgrowths of it => which (a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose) were in fact natural outgrowths of it (zeal). but note here the usage of "which", which is not refering to the noun that prededs it.

What a hao kan explanation! The Best answer is (C).

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10 Dec 2005, 07:08
HIMALAYA wrote:
gamjatang wrote:
HIMALAYA wrote:
C. there is no debate over A/D/E.

(B) but which were in fact a natural outgrowth of it => a natural growth cannot be which were.

(C) but which were in fact natural outgrowths of it => which (a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose) were in fact natural outgrowths of it (zeal). but note here the usage of "which", which is not refering to the noun that prededs it.

What a hao kan explanation! The Best answer is (C).

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05 Jan 2006, 19:46
it is C

It is about a comparsion of a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose to religious zeal.

1)which refers to (a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose), so plural verb
2) therefore outgrowths should be used
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05 Jan 2006, 21:12
A) Correct

(B) noun/verb agreement problem

(C) noun/verb agreement

(D) pronoun reference error

(E) I peak A over E, "but" is needed to contrast 2 ideas
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05 Jan 2006, 23:12
I would go for C.. sub verb error it is in A , C only resolves it
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07 Jan 2006, 20:14
I would prefer 'B' to 'C' in this case as the word 'outgrowths' sounds awkward.

By the way, What is the OA for this?
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08 Jan 2006, 08:20
IMO it shud be B.

I don't think "outgrowths" is correct.
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10 Jan 2006, 16:46
one more for C b4 the OA is out !
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22 Mar 2006, 15:19
gamjatang wrote:
Puritan fanatics brought to civil and military affairs a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose that some writers have though inconsistent with their religious zeal, but which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it.
(A) but which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it
(B) but which were in fact a natural outgrowth of it
(C) but which were in fact natural outgrowths of it
(D) but it was in fact a natural outgrowth of them
(E) which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it

This is one confusing sentence. I have to go with C because "were" is in reference to the fanatics' "coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose" and because "natural outgrowths" refers to those two things I just mentioned.
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22 Mar 2006, 20:19
C it should be.
'it' refers to the 'zeal'
'were' refers to 'coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose'
B uses 'were' but then uses 'a'
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23 Mar 2006, 08:23
Puritan fanatics brought to civil and military affairs a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose that some writers have though inconsistent with their religious zeal, but which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it.
(A) but which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it
(B) but which were in fact a natural outgrowth of it
(C) but which were in fact natural outgrowths of it
(D) but it was in fact a natural outgrowth of them
(E) which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it

Though people have said it is C, which in my opinion is correct, nobody has given correct reasoning for their answer choices. When you can explain with reasoning why other answers are wrong, you can explain why C is right. (What's wrong with this sentence?...an exercise for all).

Jokes apart,
"but which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it" refers to "coolness and mutability" both qualities of judgement and purpose, resp. They both are nouns. and together they need prural subject and verb.
So, A,D, & E are out as these answers use "was" a verb for singular.
Between B & C, I think at this point it should be "C" for using natural outgrowths. "outgrowth" acting as a noun in the sentence with natural adjective. So it should be prural.
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24 Mar 2006, 02:41
OA is C. It is preferred over B as it uses outgrowths which is parallel to other plurals.
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24 Mar 2006, 18:33
gamjatang wrote:
Puritan fanatics brought to civil and military affairs a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose that some writers have though inconsistent with their religious zeal, but which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it.
(A) but which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it
(B) but which were in fact a natural outgrowth of it
(C) but which were in fact natural outgrowths of it
(D) but it was in fact a natural outgrowth of them
(E) which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it

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