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# San Joaquin Valley

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07 Sep 2008, 05:23
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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07 Sep 2008, 05:34
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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07 Sep 2008, 07:35
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

IMO C)
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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.

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07 Sep 2008, 08:25
B obviously
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07 Sep 2008, 09:35
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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07 Sep 2008, 09:39
OA is A

B changes the meaning here .
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07 Sep 2008, 09:45
Nihit wrote:
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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07 Sep 2008, 09:52
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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07 Sep 2008, 10:14
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 )

You might want to read this

http://www.beatthegmat.com/many-of-them ... t8979.html
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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.
Cheers mate !
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07 Sep 2008, 20:56
IMO B
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07 Sep 2008, 21:00
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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08 Sep 2008, 21:20
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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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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08 Sep 2008, 21:50
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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08 Sep 2008, 23:37
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.
Cheers mate !

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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10 Sep 2008, 11:08
IMO A
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10 Sep 2008, 16:54

the usage of "whom" is wrong

i was crossed between A and C
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10 Sep 2008, 19:30
stallone wrote:

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.
Re: San Joaquin Valley   [#permalink] 10 Sep 2008, 19:30

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