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The doctor observed the butterfly rash on her patient's arm and the patient's evident fatigue, which was consistent with the symptoms of Lupus.

(A) which was consistent with the symptoms
(B) which were consistent with the symptoms
(C) that were consistent with those
(D) which symptoms were consistent with symptoms
(E) symptoms which were consistent with those
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In the explanation in the book, " it's not clear what "which" refers to ( the observation or the symptoms)."

I don't understand this explanation.
Doesn't "which" modify only preceding words? (In this Q, "which" modifies only "fatigue"

Can disagreement in number between fatigue and symptoms be a problem? --> I meant choice A.
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E is correct.

'Which' and 'that' modify only fatigue in choices A thru D.
Only E has the right parallel structure - 'symptoms' with 'those of Lupus'.
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The doctor observed the butterfly rash on her patient's arm and the patient's evident fatigue, which was consistent with the symptoms of Lupus.

(A) which was consistent with the symptoms
(B) which were consistent with the symptoms
(C) that were consistent with those
(D) which symptoms were consistent with symptoms
(E) symptoms which were consistent with those


WHICH will refers to EVIDENT FATIGUE. This is the singular nouns, but not proper in term of meaning with the symptoms of the Lupus. THAT is also wrong because it stand behind the comma ",".

Only choice E makes sense in term of meaning, modifier, and parallelism rules.
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hello every1..
in case if there would have been .."that were" in place of "which was"(with "comma" removed before "which")..
would it have been right to say.."that were" ..
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No, "that were" wouldn't work. "That" is only used for essential modifiers--modifiers that narrow down the intended subject.

The car that I wanted to buy just got recalled.
This is the movie that I was telling you about.
A marriage that begins with dishonesty is not going to end well.

Notice that in each case, the "that" modifier narrows down what we're talking about? Which car? What movie? What kind of marriage? In this sentence, we're not narrowing down and saying "this was specifically the kind of butterfly rash that is associated with lupus." Does that help?
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what's wrong with option "b" ?
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what's wrong with option "b" ?

which points only to fatigue, whereas both the symptoms were consistent with the disease.
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eybrj2 wrote:
The doctor observed the butterfly rash on her patient's arm and the patient's evident fatigue, which was consistent with the symptoms of Lupus.

(A) which was consistent with the symptoms
(B) which were consistent with the symptoms
(C) that were consistent with those
(D) which symptoms were consistent with symptoms
(E) symptoms which were consistent with those


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The largest problem in the original sentence is which because, as the sentence originally stands, it's not clear what which refers to (the observation or the symptoms). It more likely refers to the symptoms, but symptoms haven't even been discussed yet at this point in the sentence. Thus, for a few reasons, which on its own is an unclear pronoun. Eliminate (A), (B), and (C). Notice that that in (C) makes the situation no better. Which symptoms in (D) is not a common idiom and the rest of the choice is too wordy, so (E) it is.
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