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# Several recent studies suggest that a child born into a

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Several recent studies suggest that a child born into a family whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies following the onset of a minor viral infection.
(A) a child born into a family whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies
(B) children born into families whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies
(C) a child born into a family the members of which have allergies will probably develop an allergy
(D) in those families where members have allergies, children will probably develop allergies themselves
(E) children born into a family in which there are allergies will themselves probably develop an allergy

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15 Sep 2005, 23:29
(A) a child born into a family whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies

themselves is plural, referent child is singular
(B) children born into families whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies

CORRECT
(C) a child born into a family the members of which have allergies will probably develop an allergy

little awkward, plus singular allergy changes meaning.
(D) in those families where members have allergies, children will probably develop allergies themselves

where is incorrect
(E) children born into a family in which there are allergies will themselves probably develop an allergy
awkward,etc.
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16 Sep 2005, 07:26
A- Wrong pronoun a child- themself--> out
D& E: awkward and redundant
I am between B&C but I prefer C because themselves in B sounds awkward

Plz post the OA

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16 Sep 2005, 09:31
eastcoaster9 wrote:
(A) a child born into a family whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies

themselves is plural, referent child is singular
(B) children born into families whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies

CORRECT
(C) a child born into a family the members of which have allergies will probably develop an allergy

little awkward, plus singular allergy changes meaning.
(D) in those families where members have allergies, children will probably develop allergies themselves

where is incorrect
(E) children born into a family in which there are allergies will themselves probably develop an allergy
awkward,etc.

I'll go with the sound reasoning of eastcoaster and vote B for this one.
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16 Sep 2005, 09:42
I dont think B is correct.

Why do we need THEMSELVES here.

I think sentence flows pretty fine when you say, a child will develop an allergy on the onset of a viral infection.

All of WHICH is a correct idiom too.

So my pick is C...
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16 Sep 2005, 10:57
B.

in C:
a family the members of which have allergies

here usage of which is wrong:
at the minimum, it should be seperated by comma

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16 Sep 2005, 12:57
Going for B on this one. Can anyone elaborate on the usage of "which?" I have trouble with those sometimes and book explanations fly past me.
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16 Sep 2005, 13:31
duttsit wrote:
B.

in C:
a family the members of which have allergies

here usage of which is wrong:
at the minimum, it should be seperated by comma

No, That is not true

It is a common usage.

ALL of WHICH is a correct idiom...

Which is a pronoun, and can be used anywhere without any problem. The only issue comes in when you use it in Relative clauses.

For restrictive relative clause, you use THAT and for non-restrictivem, you can use WHICH. It usually follows a comma, but only in relative clause use.

Hope it helps.

I may be wrong about the answer choice I picked, but what I wrote for you is correct.

Hope it helps.
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16 Sep 2005, 14:13
riteshgupta1 wrote:
duttsit wrote:
B.

in C:
a family the members of which have allergies

here usage of which is wrong:
at the minimum, it should be seperated by comma

No, That is not true

It is a common usage.

ALL of WHICH is a correct idiom...

Which is a pronoun, and can be used anywhere without any problem. The only issue comes in when you use it in Relative clauses.

For restrictive relative clause, you use THAT and for non-restrictivem, you can use WHICH. It usually follows a comma, but only in relative clause use.

Hope it helps.

I may be wrong about the answer choice I picked, but what I wrote for you is correct.

Hope it helps.

Thanks, ritesh. Could you give me an example of a relative clause and a restrictive relative clause?
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16 Sep 2005, 16:34
Restrictive Relative clause
The Program that was instituted last year was a success.

Non-Restrictive Relative clause
The program, which was institued last year, was a success.
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18 Sep 2005, 21:38
OA is B
18 Sep 2005, 21:38
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