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The committee rejected the proposal for several reasons, the chief among which were the cost of borrowing the money.

(A) the chief among which were the cost of borrowing the money

(B) the chief among which was the cost of borrowing the money

(C) the chief of which was the cost of borrowing the money

(D) of which the chief were the cost of borrowing the money

(E) with the cost of borrowing money being the one of the them

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14 May 2003, 11:25
I say C, but also think they all sound bad. Poor English

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15 May 2003, 04:41
Yes quite confusing...

The official though is "C".

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15 May 2003, 09:25
Is there an explanation?

Why is "chief ofwhich" more correct than "chief among which"? Is this just more idiomatic?

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16 May 2003, 02:16
IMHO: (C) had been perfect if it would have been: of which the chief was the cost of borrowing the money.

The committee rejected the proposal for several reasons, of which the chief was the cost of borrowing the money.

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18 May 2003, 02:26
chief of is right, because of here indirectly means among maybe that is why it is C

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18 May 2003, 02:27
chief of is right, because of here indirectly means among maybe that is why it is C

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29 Jan 2006, 13:08
chief of is the right usage. chief among ... does not sound right will find an explanation later for this..
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29 Jan 2006, 14:15
El Torro wrote:
chief of is the right usage. chief among ... does not sound right will find an explanation later for this..

I also narrowed down to B and C, but picked B because of "among"

Any explanation from the experts?
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29 Jan 2006, 19:40
Even i picked B... among to choose between many options...

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29 Jan 2006, 22:50
giddi77 wrote:
El Torro wrote:
chief of is the right usage. chief among ... does not sound right will find an explanation later for this..

I also narrowed down to B and C, but picked B because of "among"

Any explanation from the experts?

Giddi...I did the same mistake.........had to be B or C..chose B because of among....

Y is C right and B wrong
need an expert to comment on this..
where is vivek
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30 Jan 2006, 01:24
(A) the chief among which were the cost of borrowing the money ==> Cost of borrowing is singular, so "was" is needed

(B) the chief among which was the cost of borrowing the money ==> Incorrect usage of "among". I believe the usage of "among" is needed when referring to more than 2 items, however, it isn't clear here whether there are more than 2 reasons or just 2 as "several" was used

(C) the chief of which was the cost of borrowing the money ==> Correct! (1) Does not use "among" (2) "which" is clearly modifying "several reasons" (3) Correct usage of "was"

(D) of which the chief were the cost of borrowing the money ==> Cost of borrowing is singular, so "was" is needed

(E) with the cost of borrowing money being the one of the them ==> Use of "being" is almost always wrong
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30 Jan 2006, 08:39
TeHCM wrote:
(A) the chief among which were the cost of borrowing the money ==> Cost of borrowing is singular, so "was" is needed

(B) the chief among which was the cost of borrowing the money ==> Incorrect usage of "among". I believe the usage of "among" is needed when referring to more than 2 items, however, it isn't clear here whether there are more than 2 reasons or just 2 as "several" was used

(C) the chief of which was the cost of borrowing the money ==> Correct! (1) Does not use "among" (2) "which" is clearly modifying "several reasons" (3) Correct usage of "was"

(D) of which the chief were the cost of borrowing the money ==> Cost of borrowing is singular, so "was" is needed

(E) with the cost of borrowing money being the one of the them ==> Use of "being" is almost always wrong

Thanx TEHCH
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