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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

Originally posted by brothers on 06 Sep 2009, 19:53.
Last edited by Bunuel on 19 Jun 2018, 02:39, edited 1 time in total.
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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

Question talks about 2 things - 'a coolness of judgment' & 'mutability of purpose' hence we need were to address both!
Leaves us only with B & C...
Since 2 things have said to grow naturally out of the religious zeal (the pronoun 'it'), it should be plural again. Hence.. C is correct...

key is to consider 'a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose that some writers have though inconsistent with their religious zeal' as one relative clause and 'but which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it. (to be corrected part)' as a subordinate clause which would modify the relative clause. Hence it needs to modify both the things and not one.
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Wow, i totally ignored "outgrowths"... i picked b.

I don't understand why you cant have something plural and represent it as a singular noun...

i.e., X and Y were a natural outgrowth vs X and Y were natural outgrowths

I don't see how the former is NOT correct...
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Wow, i totally ignored "outgrowths"... i picked b.

I don't understand why you cant have something plural and represent it as a singular noun...

i.e., X and Y were a natural outgrowth vs X and Y were natural outgrowths

I don't see how the former is NOT correct...


It entirely depends what X and Y out grows of....

if the subject from which is outgrows is singular, then you need a singular form of verb.... i.e. outgrowths
if the subject from which is outgrows is plural, then you need a plural form of verb.... i.e. outgrowth

in this example,... it the religious zeal.... which is singular... hence u need to use outgrowths....

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C as 'coolness of judgment' & 'mutability of purpose' insert the plural verb 'were' and also outgrowths.
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Def answer choice C.
"but which were" because were talking about to things, "coolness and mutability." two things equal the need for a plural verb. Choices A, D, and E all incorrectly use the singular "was" to modify the two things (coolness and mutability, which together call for a plural verb).

Same thing for outgrowth. It should be "outgrowths" because they -- the two things -- were out growths. If this confuses you, use the need for parallel construction throughout a sentence as your fall back -- i.e. keep the sentence consistent. If we're going to use the plural "were" verb, let's keep it consistent. Think about it like this in your head: "[they]... were... outgrowths," which is correct. But, [they]... were... a outgrowth," which is what choice B says in a nutshell and is incorrect.

You could also read it like this: "...brought to civil and military affairs a coolness... and mutability... that some writers have though{t} inconsistent with their religious zeal, but which [were] in fact natural [outgrowths] of it.
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Question talks about 2 things - 'a coolness of judgment' & 'mutability of purpose' hence we need were to address both!
Leaves us only with B & C...
Since 2 things have said to grow naturally out of the religious zeal (the pronoun 'it'), it should be plural again. Hence.. C is correct...

key is to consider 'a coolness of judgment and mutability of purpose that some writers have though inconsistent with their religious zeal' as one relative clause and 'but which was in fact a natural outgrowth of it. (to be corrected part)' as a subordinate clause which would modify the relative clause. Hence it needs to modify both the things and not one.

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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

This problem is tough. I couldn't figure out its structure to understand the meaning at first.


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.

'but' usage is to modify 'a coolness ~ and mutability ~' not to modify 'their religious zeal'.
Also, for 'outgrowth', which is in a singular form, I wasn't sure of a plural form of outgrowths.

Can somebody help me on 'outgrowths' whether be a singular or plural for an uncountable noun?
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But doesn't 'Which' points to immediate preceding noun..
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