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# SC: OG12

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29 Apr 2009, 09:46
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Can anybody please explain where one can use 'many of whom' vs 'many of them'. is 'many of them' wrong to use in the context of answer C?
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29 Apr 2009, 10:02
I think E retains the original meaning and remains parallel

C is wrong for other reasons, not because of the use of "them"

check this out
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/whom

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29 Apr 2009, 15:22
OA says that reference of them is unclear. Can anybody please explain why it's unclear in C but not in E?

Secondly, what're the other problems with ANS C?

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29 Apr 2009, 15:45
i reasoned this expl:

In orignal sentence it " where many are" does not clearly refers to population, now 4 million population figure shld be treated as singular( isn't it? correct me if i am wrong) so singular object form "whom"should be used rather than "them"

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29 Apr 2009, 15:46
Well let's see .. In C,

Laos has a land area that is about the same as Great Britain's land area, but in Laos with a population of only 4 million, many of them are members of hill tribes ...

Do you now see the issues with this construction :

'but in Laos with a population of' - is incorrect construction in this context.
There is also another issue with the land area comparison. As compared to option E, which makes it concise and clear by using 'comparable' .. this option is quite wordy. Also you should avoid constructs like 'Great Britain's' unless absolutely required.
Regarding 'many of them' - the phrase does not clearly modify population. As soon as you read many of them - the question 'who' arises .. so 'many of whom' or 'many of them, who are' is the right construction.
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02 May 2009, 11:15
IMO E.

Not C, because C is neither concise, nor elegantly constructed.

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