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In good years, the patchwork of green fields that surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them in the area just for the season.

A. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them

B. surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of whom are

C. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of who are

D. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustle with farm workers, many of which

E. surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many are

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Nihit wrote:
In good years, the patchwork of green fields that surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them in the area just for the season.

A. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them
correct
B. surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of whom are
surrounds is wrong
C. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of who are
who is wrong usage
D. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustle with farm workers, many of which
which is wrong usage
E. surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many are
surrounds should be surround.

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In good years, the patchwork of green fields that surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them in the area just for the season.

A. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them

B. surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of whom are

C. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of who are

D. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustle with farm workers, many of which

E. surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many are


IMO C)
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New post 07 Sep 2008, 08:19
I would go with B even though C sounds tempting. Here, "patchwork of green fields" is singular and this warrants the use of Surrounds. Also, the mention of workers, warrants the use of whom, not who.

Grammar gurus, please chime in!
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B obviously
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Subject is patchwork (singular) verb is surrounds (singular)

A C D out

between B and E it has to be B. many in E can refer to green fields or farm workers

B remains
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OA is A

B changes the meaning here .
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OA is A

B changes the meaning here .


Can you explain how it changes the meaning? Grammatical correctness takes precedence over everything else. A has S-V agreement issue.
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In good years, the patchwork of green fields that surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them in the area just for the season.

A. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them

B. surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of whom are

C. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of who are

D. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustle with farm workers, many of which

E. surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many are


B has an error as well (surrounds )
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Nihit wrote:
Nihit wrote:
In good years, the patchwork of green fields that surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them in the area just for the season.

A. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of them

B. surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of whom are

C. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many of who are

D. surround the San Joaquin Valley town bustle with farm workers, many of which

E. surrounds the San Joaquin Valley town bustles with farm workers, many are


B has an error as well (surrounds )


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http://www.beatthegmat.com/many-of-them ... t8979.html
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New post 07 Sep 2008, 13:16
Thanks Icandy, it does make sense now. I went for B as well initially. I think the tendency is to somehow provide a logic even if the OA is wrong.
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IMO B
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Nihit wrote:
OA is A

B changes the meaning here .


I think OA is Wrong. "the patchwork " is clearly a singular subject. And "whom" clearly refers to the human being i.e. farm workers here. Any Comment are most welcome!
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IMO A.

A, C and D has the correct verb form surround for fields ; 'many of who are' in C and 'many of which' in D are incorrect.
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New post 08 Sep 2008, 21:45
I chose (B).

From the link provided by iCandy:
The subject of the sentence is "patchwork", not "green fields". Whenever there's an "of" in the subject, you can generally ignore everything attached to it.


BTW, please read Chapter 2, Page 28 of MGMAT SC book. Good question.
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But, I think the subject-verb relation in this sentence is like :

the patchwork of ( green fields that surround the San Joaquin Valley town ) bustles
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Nihit wrote:
Thanks Icandy, it does make sense now. I went for B as well initially. I think the tendency is to somehow provide a logic even if the OA is wrong.
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What is the explanation for OA? B seems to have S-V issue (patchwork of green fields that surrounds...) patchwork cannot surround the valley. It is the green fields that surround the valley.

However, in A, "many of them in the area just for the season" looks awkward. Does this qualify "patchwork" or "farm workers"?


Confusing.
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New post 10 Sep 2008, 16:54
B cannot be the answer

the usage of "whom" is wrong

i was crossed between A and C
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B cannot be the answer

the usage of "whom" is wrong

i was crossed between A and C


Why is whom wrong? Can you please explain .. I thought it is clearly refering to farmers.
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