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# The Diary of Anne Frank tells the true story of a young girl

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The Diary of Anne Frank tells the true story of a young girl and her family that were hidden during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands by a gentile Dutch couple, though they were eventually discovered.

A. that were hidden during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands by a gentile Dutch couple, though they were eventually discovered

B. that were hidden by a gentile Dutch couple during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, though they were eventually discovered

C. whom a gentile Dutch couple hid during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands but were eventually discovered

D. who were hidden by a gentile Dutch couple during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands but were eventually discovered

E. who were hidden by a gentile Dutch couple during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands even though they were eventually discovered
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27 Jul 2006, 12:59
D, i've seen this before I think.

that is not used to refer to people. eliminate a,b

c is not ||.(whom were eventually discovered???)
d has better logical flow than e.
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27 Jul 2006, 13:24
I agree with D here

C isn't ||
E has "even though" which isn't needed because we are talking about the story
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27 Jul 2006, 13:32
Straight D.

I have seen this type in ARCO's Master GMAT
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28 Jul 2006, 07:12
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OA is D.

Look the OE for choice E. Is "they" ambiguous? Dutch couple is a singular. It means "they" is clearly referring to family.
Also don't we have to show a little contrast here, as shown in E?

OE:
The original sentence uses the relative pronoun "that" where "who" is preferred because the antecedent is a group of people. Also, the prepositional phrase "by a gentile Dutch couple" is placed in such a way as to suggest that the occupation was carried out by the couple. Finally, the pronoun "they" is ambiguous â€“ it could refer to the family or to the couple.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This choice incorrectly uses the relative pronoun "that" to refer to a group of people. Additionally, the pronoun "they" is ambiguous - it could refer to the family or to the couple.

(C) The use of the object pronoun "whom" makes "a girl and her family" the object of the clause "a gentile Dutch couple hid;" however "a girl and her family" are the subject of the next clause "were eventually discovered." This is a mismatch.

(D) CORRECT. It correctly uses the pronoun "who" to refer to a girl and her family. Additionally, the phrase "by a gentile Dutch couple" is placed immediately after "who were hidden" to clarify the meaning. Finally, the ambiguous pronoun issue is avoided altogether.

(E) The pronoun "they" is ambiguous - it could refer to the family or to the couple.
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29 Jul 2006, 19:40
vivek123 wrote:
You have a point. What is the source of this?

If you are also seeing this, then I am more confidence. Source is MGMAT SC Question bank.
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29 Jul 2006, 20:02
ps_dahiya wrote:
OA is D.

Look the OE for choice E. Is "they" ambiguous? Dutch couple is a singular. It means "they" is clearly referring to family.
Also don't we have to show a little contrast here, as shown in E?

OE:
The original sentence uses the relative pronoun "that" where "who" is preferred because the antecedent is a group of people. Also, the prepositional phrase "by a gentile Dutch couple" is placed in such a way as to suggest that the occupation was carried out by the couple. Finally, the pronoun "they" is ambiguous â€“ it could refer to the family or to the couple.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This choice incorrectly uses the relative pronoun "that" to refer to a group of people. Additionally, the pronoun "they" is ambiguous - it could refer to the family or to the couple.

(C) The use of the object pronoun "whom" makes "a girl and her family" the object of the clause "a gentile Dutch couple hid;" however "a girl and her family" are the subject of the next clause "were eventually discovered." This is a mismatch.

(D) CORRECT. It correctly uses the pronoun "who" to refer to a girl and her family. Additionally, the phrase "by a gentile Dutch couple" is placed immediately after "who were hidden" to clarify the meaning. Finally, the ambiguous pronoun issue is avoided altogether.

(E) The pronoun "they" is ambiguous - it could refer to the family or to the couple.

but

consider this

I met the couple at the party and then I saw them at the mall.

not saw it at the mall.
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29 Jul 2006, 22:05
old_dream_1976 wrote:

but

consider this

I met the couple at the party and then I saw them at the mall.

not saw it at the mall.

I fully agree with you that "couple" generally takes plural pronoun. Below is the usage note.
But I have a question: In the question being discussed, we have "a gentile Dutch couple", which is a singular. So how can we refer it as "they"??
Consider this:

An american couple WAS seen dancing at party.

An american couple WERE seen dancing at party.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/couple

When used to refer to two people who function socially as a unit, as in a married couple, the word couple may take either a singular or a plural verb, depending on whether the members are considered individually or collectively: The couple were married last week. Only one couple was left on the dance floor. When a pronoun follows, they and their are more common than it and its: The couple decided to spend their (less commonly its) vacation in Florida. Using a singular verb and a plural pronoun, as in The couple wants their children to go to college, is widely considered to be incorrect. Care should be taken that the verb and pronoun agree in number: The couple want their children to go to college.
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30 Jul 2006, 08:11
Folks,
I was exactly thinking of the format that OD1976 has given above. If we go technically on reference, it doesn't look correct but actually it "sounds" correct.

Can anybody shed some more light on this? Nandan, Matt, Wilfred, Pret, Paul?
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30 Jul 2006, 08:17
Was just feeling uneasy on this.

Looks like "couple" can take a singular verb or a plural verb, it depends how you are using it. If you consider it as a single unit it needs singular verb otherwise it needs plural verb.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/couple --> Read complete page, especially the "Usage Note"
http://www.asne.org/index.cfm?ID=6001
http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/edu/ ... 090204.htm

Goes straight into my log file. Very good SC Parmender
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31 Jul 2006, 15:30
I decided on D pretty quickly here. A, B & C were easly to eliminate based on the first few words of each.

Between D & E, D is clear and concise, while E includes 'they' which does not clearly indicate Ann Frank and her family or the Dutch couple.

D for me.
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02 Aug 2006, 02:24
ps_dahiya wrote:
OA is D.

Look the OE for choice E. Is "they" ambiguous? Dutch couple is a singular. It means "they" is clearly referring to family.
Also don't we have to show a little contrast here, as shown in E?

Agree that they isn't ambiguous.. But contrast is shown in D using "but".
"Even though" changes meaning a bit..
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23 Aug 2006, 23:34
ps_dahiya wrote:
OA is D.

Look the OE for choice E. Is "they" ambiguous? Dutch couple is a singular. It means "they" is clearly referring to family.
Also don't we have to show a little contrast here, as shown in E?

OE:
The original sentence uses the relative pronoun "that" where "who" is preferred because the antecedent is a group of people. Also, the prepositional phrase "by a gentile Dutch couple" is placed in such a way as to suggest that the occupation was carried out by the couple. Finally, the pronoun "they" is ambiguous â€“ it could refer to the family or to the couple.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This choice incorrectly uses the relative pronoun "that" to refer to a group of people. Additionally, the pronoun "they" is ambiguous - it could refer to the family or to the couple.

(C) The use of the object pronoun "whom" makes "a girl and her family" the object of the clause "a gentile Dutch couple hid;" however "a girl and her family" are the subject of the next clause "were eventually discovered." This is a mismatch.

(D) CORRECT. It correctly uses the pronoun "who" to refer to a girl and her family. Additionally, the phrase "by a gentile Dutch couple" is placed immediately after "who were hidden" to clarify the meaning. Finally, the ambiguous pronoun issue is avoided altogether.

(E) The pronoun "they" is ambiguous - it could refer to the family or to the couple.

Thanks for posting the OE on this one Dahiya. Clarified a few doubts I had about the pronoun use of "they."
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24 Feb 2008, 13:50
Are "but" and "though" interchangeable here?
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24 Feb 2008, 15:02
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"though" functions as subordinating conjunction. In this sentence though tries to subordinates "were eventually discovered" to independent clause "were hidden by a gentile Dutch couple". In this process "were eventually discovered" clauses forefits its independence.But in reality it can stand alone as a independent clause.

Sentence has pronoun referent and pronoun case issues

A. that were hidden during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands by a gentile Dutch couple, though they were eventually discovered [they can point to couple or family – eliminate it]

B. that were hidden by a gentile Dutch couple during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, though they were eventually discovered [they can point to couple or family – eliminate it]

C. whom a gentile Dutch couple hid during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands but were eventually discovered [we require a subject pronoun not “whom” – eliminate it]

D. who were hidden by a gentile Dutch couple during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands but were eventually discovered [Hold it]

E. who were hidden by a gentile Dutch couple during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands even though they were eventually discovered [they can point to couple or family – eliminate it]

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13 Jun 2008, 06:59
For D: couldnt the last WERE in the sentence refer to the couple or the family? Also is it possible for someone to explain EVEN THOUGH in E? I cant understand the explanation above.

Also from reading MGMAT's SC Guide, THAT could refer to things OR people.
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13 Jun 2008, 07:36
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For D: couldnt the last WERE in the sentence refer to the couple or the family? Also is it possible for someone to explain EVEN THOUGH in E? I cant understand the explanation above.

Also from reading MGMAT's SC Guide, THAT could refer to things OR people.

Hi LionHeart,

the last "were" actually is better than "they" in E because "they" is much more ambigous (since it could refer to the couple too). Were makes it parallel "were hidden...were discovered" and this parallelism make the sentence unambigous..

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13 Jun 2008, 08:58
I think the key here is the use of "even though". It conveys the message that, even though tha couple was discovered by the nazis, they were hidden. That´s makes no sense. The opposite is the truth.
So I think "but" here is correct, "even though" the way it is used is incorrect.
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13 Jun 2008, 09:03
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I think the key here is the use of "even though". It conveys the message that, even though tha couple was discovered by the nazis, they were hidden. That´s makes no sense. The opposite is the truth.
So I think "but" here is correct, "even though" the way it is used is incorrect.

correct, and thats another reason why D is right
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The Diary of Anne Frank tells the true story of a young girl and her family that were hidden during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands by a gentile Dutch couple, though they were eventually discovered.

A) that were hidden during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands by a gentile Dutch couple, though they were eventually discovered

B) that were hidden by a gentile Dutch couple during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, though they were eventually discovered

C) whom a gentile Dutch couple hid during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands but were eventually discovered

D) who were hidden by a gentile Dutch couple during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands but were eventually discovered

E) who were hidden by a gentile Dutch couple during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands even though they were eventually discovered

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