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New post 15 Jun 2017, 00:14
Hello gmatclub members,

during quizzing some official guide questions I stumbled across a question including relative pronouns.
Is it considered as incorrect to use e.g. "who" or "that" after a plural noun (e.g. "woman and men")?

The question was following:
The first detailed study of magpie attacks in Australia indicates that by the time they had reached adulthood, 98 percent of men and 75 percent of women born in country have been attacked by the birds.

a) by the time they had reached adulthood, 98 percent of men and 75 percent of women born in country have been attacked by the birds.
b) by the time they reach adulthood, 98 percent of men and 75 percent of women, who were born in the country, had been attacked by birds.
c) by the time they reached adulthood, 98 percent of men and 75 percent of the women born in the country had been attacked by the birds.
d) 98 percent of the men and 75 percent of the women that were born in the country were attacked by the birds by the time they reach adulthood.
e) 98 percent of men and 75 percent of women who were born in the country, by the time they reached adulthood had been attacked by birds

There were some comments about this issue, but as there are other flaws in the incorrect answers, I'm not sure whether this initially questioned issue is commonly valid. I did also some research on websites dealing with English grammar. There are always examples with nouns that resemble a single person - but of course this doesn't clear the issue, if it is invalid to use it with plural nouns.

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Is it considered as incorrect to use e.g. "who" or "that" after a plural noun (e.g. "woman and men")?

Hi ChrisL1988, relative pronouns relating to plural nouns is not considered as incorrect, but considered as is incorrect (the correct idiom is just considered, not considered as :) )

Coming back to the original question, all relative pronouns can relate to either singular or plural nouns.

There are numerous official examples available. For example:

In theory, international civil servants at the United Nations are prohibited from continuing to draw salaries from their own governments; in practice, however, some governments merely substitute living allowances for the paychecks of their employees who have been assigned to the United Nations.

Notice that who is relating to plural nouns employees.

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ChrisL1988 wrote:
Is it considered as incorrect to use e.g. "who" or "that" after a plural noun (e.g. "woman and men")?

Hi ChrisL1988, relative pronouns relating to plural nouns is not considered as incorrect, but considered as is incorrect (the correct idiom is just considered, not considered as :) )

Coming back to the original question, all relative pronouns can relate to either singular or plural nouns.

There are numerous official examples available. For example:

In theory, international civil servants at the United Nations are prohibited from continuing to draw salaries from their own governments; in practice, however, some governments merely substitute living allowances for the paychecks of their employees who have been assigned to the United Nations.

Notice that who is relating to plural nouns employees.

p.s. Our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana discusses Relative pronouns, their application and examples in significant detail. Have attached the corresponding section of the book, for your reference.


Thank you for the clarification and the quick reply!

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Is C the correct option to this question?

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PearlRay wrote:
Is C the correct option to this question?


Hi PearlRay ,

This question is discussed here.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-first-de ... 77464.html
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