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The diplomatic machinery that drives America's day-to-day relations in Asia is also creaking.

A) The diplomatic machinery that drives America's day-to-day relations in Asia is also creaking.
B) The diplomatic machinery which drives America's day-to-day relations in Asia is also creaking.
C) The diplomatic machinery that drive the day-to-day relations of America in Asia are also creaking.
D) America's diplomatic machinery that drives day-to-day relations in Asia are also creaking.
E) America's diplomatic machinery drives day-to-day relations in Asia and it is also creaking.

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The Economist magazine | An American wrecking-ball? | Sep 2, 2017
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New post 11 Sep 2017, 02:27
Imo A
That is correctly working as a noun modifier .
The subject is a collective noun so it will take a singular noun .

Still I am not sure about B
Use which is also correct
What is the OA

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Imo A
That is correctly working as a noun modifier .
The subject is a collective noun so it will take a singular noun .

Still I am not sure about B
Use which is also correct
What is the OA

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You might want to relook at the use of that/which in this example.
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Thought of sharing this link to get the awesome reasoning behind when to use that and when to use which.

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New post 11 Sep 2017, 19:23
AFAIK, the use of 'that' is limiting the use of which diplomatic machinery we are talking about.

Which diplomatic machinery?
The one that drives America's day-to-day relations in China.

Without this restrictive clause, the meaning of the sentence is unclear.
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The diplomatic machinery that drives America's day-to-day relations in Asia is also creaking.
A) The diplomatic machinery that drives America's day-to-day relations in Asia is also creaking - CORRECT
B) The diplomatic machinery which drives America's day-to-day relations in Asia is also creaking. - Incorrect use of WHICH. WHICH is used for Non-essential Modifier. Hence Incorrect.
C) The diplomatic machinery that drive the day-to-day relations of America in Asia are also creaking. - It is incorrect to use plural verb "Drive" and "Are" for singular noun. Hence Incorrect.
D) America's diplomatic machinery that drives day-to-day relations in Asia are also creaking - It is incorrect to use plural verb "Are" for singular noun. Hence Incorrect.
E) America's diplomatic machinery drives day-to-day relations in Asia and it is also creaking - Use of AND changes the original intent. Hence Incorrect.
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