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The last “wild” Indian in North America, according to anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, was the lone survivor of California’s lost Yahi tribe, which staggered out of the mountains near Lassen Peak in 1912, deep in mourning for the last of his companions, expecting to be butchered and eaten by white ranchers.
(A) which
(B) who
(C) that
(D) the survivor having
(E) having

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Re: SC-which Vs who Vs That [#permalink]

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New post 01 Sep 2008, 19:58
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The last “wild” Indian in North America, according to anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, was the lone survivor of California’s lost Yahi tribe, which staggered out of the mountains near Lassen Peak in 1912, deep in mourning for the last of his companions, expecting to be butchered and eaten by white ranchers.
(A) which
(B) who
(C) that
(D) the survivor having
(E) having

Kindly share the explanation to solve this


B

The last “wild” Indian in North America was the lone survivor of California’s lost Yahi tribe, who staggered out of the mountains near Lassen Peak in 1912

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New post 01 Sep 2008, 20:27
My choice is B

Which is clearly wrong as it refers to the tribe and even though it is possible for the whole tribe to stagger out of the mountains the meaning of the sentence is changed.

If you remove the dependent clauses in between and read it was the lone survivor who staggered out.

Relative pronoun who is correct.

Also when ever that appears there is no comma before that.

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Re: SC-which Vs who Vs That [#permalink]

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spriya wrote:
The last “wild” Indian in North America, according to anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, was the lone survivor of California’s lost Yahi tribe, which staggered out of the mountains near Lassen Peak in 1912, deep in mourning for the last of his companions, expecting to be butchered and eaten by white ranchers.
(A) which
(B) who
(C) that
(D) the survivor having
(E) having

Kindly share the explanation to solve this


The last “wild” Indian in North America......(who) staggered out of the mountains near Lassen Peak in 1912. We are not discussing about the tribe in which case- "which" should be used. Remove the middleman and re-read the sentence. You should be able to spot the correct pronoun.
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Re: SC-which Vs who Vs That [#permalink]

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New post 01 Sep 2008, 23:29
I will go with A.

"which staggered out of the mountains near Lassen Peak in 1912" clearly modifies the tribe and not the last survivor of the tribe. If I remove this modifier from the sentence, it will read as below and the last section "deep in mourning...." will complement the sentence.

The last “wild” Indian in North America, according to anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, was the lone survivor of California’s lost Yahi tribe, deep in mourning for the last of his companions, expecting to be butchered and eaten by white ranchers.

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New post 02 Sep 2008, 01:37
I chose B because i think that we discuss about the last indian, so "who" is correct. "which" is used for non-esential modifiers, but i think that if we remove "which staggered out of the mountains near Lassen Peak in 1912" the sentence doesn't sound good.

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spriya wrote:
The last “wild” Indian in North America, according to anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, was the lone survivor of California’s lost Yahi tribe, which staggered out of the mountains near Lassen Peak in 1912, deep in mourning for the last of his companions, expecting to be butchered and eaten by white ranchers.
(A) which
(B) who
(C) that
(D) the survivor having
(E) having

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I see "his" at the later part of the question stem, so choose B.

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New post 02 Sep 2008, 05:16
B for me.

"which" always modifies the noun just before it... so "which" cannot work in this sentence since the rest of the sentence is clearly talking about an individual Indian. Only "who", choice B, works for this sentence.

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Dont understand 'B'

who, which, where should be placed immediately after the nour, they are referring to, rite?

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New post 28 Dec 2008, 21:31
May I please know the reason of the OA being 'B' and not E.

I thought 'having' would fit here.



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IMO B

"which" always modifies the noun just before it and a comma also precedes mostly in GMATland

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spriya wrote:
The last “wild” Indian in North America, according to anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, was the lone survivor of California’s lost Yahi tribe, which staggered out of the mountains near Lassen Peak in 1912, deep in mourning for the last of his companions, expecting to be butchered and eaten by white ranchers.

(A) which
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(C) that
(D) the survivor having
(E) having

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I see "his" at the later part of the question stem, so choose B.


Agree with B.

"Who" refers to "the last “wild” Indian"
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spriya wrote:
The last “wild” Indian in North America, according to anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, was the lone survivor of California’s lost Yahi tribe, which staggered out of the mountains near Lassen Peak in 1912, deep in mourning for the last of his companions, expecting to be butchered and eaten by white ranchers.

(A) which
(B) who
(C) that
(D) the survivor having
(E) having

Kindly share the explanation to solve this


I see "his" at the later part of the question stem, so choose B.


Agree with B.

"Who" refers to "the last “wild” Indian"


Gmattiger,

"who" cannot refer to "the last "wild" Indian". If you want to convey that meaning, you must use "participle" so E should be the right.

Moreover, look at the later part of the sentence that is not underlined, you see "expecting...and eaten by...". The phrase suggests that the sentence lacks another participle "having" to be parallel: "having....expecting...and eaten by..."

Give more light on B.

1. "who" can also modify "survivor"; in B, "who" clearly modifies "tribe", illogically suggesting that NOT "the last wild Indian" BUT RATHER all "California’s lost Yahi tribe" staggered, expected... and eaten by...". So B must go away.
2. To Spriya also, if this one comes from 1000SC, sometimes you should doubt the OA
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spriya wrote:
The last “wild” Indian in North America, according to anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, was the lone survivor of California’s lost Yahi tribe, which staggered out of the mountains near Lassen Peak in 1912, deep in mourning for the last of his companions, expecting to be butchered and eaten by white ranchers.
(A) which
(B) who
(C) that
(D) the survivor having
(E) having

Kindly share the explanation to solve this


I would bet all my net worth on E :-D
The three participle phrases at the end of the sentence are, in my view, independent from each other and (should) modify "the last Indian". To test that it works, try to shift these phrases to the beginning of the sentence - the sentence still works. It would be ideal if we had "and" before "expecting", but I can live without "and".

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