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New post 23 Nov 2019, 23:47
Hi,

Can anyone explain the right answer choice?

We live in a world in which crime is rampant, children are recalcitrant, change is the only
constant, and uncertainty prevails.

(A) children are recalcitrant, change is the only constant, and uncertainty prevails.
(B) children are recalcitrant, change is the only constant, and uncertainty is prevalent.
(C) in which children are recalcitrant, in which change is the only constant, and in which
uncertainty is prevalent.
(D) where children are recalcitrant, where change is the only constant and where uncertainty is
prevalent.
(E) where children are recalcitrant, change is the only constant, and uncertainty is prevalent
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New post 24 Nov 2019, 15:25
ishh0311 wrote:
Hi,

Can anyone explain the right answer choice?

We live in a world in which crime is rampant, children are recalcitrant, change is the only
constant, and uncertainty prevails.

(A) children are recalcitrant, change is the only constant, and uncertainty prevails.
(B) children are recalcitrant, change is the only constant, and uncertainty is prevalent.
(C) in which children are recalcitrant, in which change is the only constant, and in which
uncertainty is prevalent.
(D) where children are recalcitrant, where change is the only constant and where uncertainty is
prevalent.
(E) where children are recalcitrant, change is the only constant, and uncertainty is prevalent


Hello, ishh0311. I am curious, what is the source of this question? For my part, and I do find myself pretty strong at SC questions, I would go with (B). Notice the barebones structure of the sentence: ... in which [noun] + is/are + [adjective]. Going through the answer choices:

(A) uncertainty prevails - This violates the is/are + [adjective] construct of the other items in the list, turning the adjective into a verb.
(C) in which... in which... in which - Why do we need the repetition of a clause trigger that can encompass multiple items (i.e. in which A, B, and C)?
(D) where - This is casual and not in parallel with in which. People often use the two interchangeably in conversation, but this is a grammar test, and Standard American English in its written form prevails.
(E) where - See above.

Please let me and everyone else know the answer. Thank you, and good luck with your studies.

- Andrew
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Re: SC - need exmplanation   [#permalink] 24 Nov 2019, 15:25
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