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The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime.


A. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

B. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, whom their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

C. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, of which fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

D. Two suspects, whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime, are being questioned by the Oklahoma City Police Department

E. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime



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The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime.


A. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

B. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, whom their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

C. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, of which fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

D. Two suspects, whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime, are being questioned by the Oklahoma City Police Department

E. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime



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The only close competitors are D & E.

However, D uses passive voice which is less preferred by GMAC. Hence IMO the correct answer is E.

Originally posted by oldmonkforever on 22 May 2020, 01:30.
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IMO E,


A. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime
Relative pronoun error - who is incorrect. Hence eliminate

B. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, whom their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime
whom is incorrect relative pronoun here. Hence eliminate

C. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, of which fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime
of which is incorrect. Hence eliminate

D. Two suspects, whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime, are being questioned by the Oklahoma City Police Department
Use of being as modifier is incorrect. Hence eliminate


E. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime
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My answer is (E). It took me 32 seconds.

In reading original sentence (A), we should realize that "whose fingerprints" is the right construct. That rules out A, B, and C.

Between (D) and (E), (E) uses active voice, which is better than passive voice in (D). So, (E) it is.
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The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime.

A. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime
- the clause that follows 'two suspects' must be a relative clause that modifies the subject (the suspects). Fingerprints belong to the suspect and hence should be indicated here by using the possessive form. Instead, the subjective form of the pronoun ('who') is being used. Hence, eliminate (A)

B. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, whom their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime - Fingerprints belong to the suspect and hence should be indicated here by using the possessive form ('whose'). Instead, the objective form of the pronoun ('whom') is being used. Hence, eliminate (B)

C. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, of which fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime - suspects of which fingerprints were found? Super awkward. Additionally, Fingerprints belong to the suspect and hence should be indicated here by using the possessive form ('whose'). hence, eliminate (C)

D. Two suspects, whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime, are being questioned by the Oklahoma City Police Department - Here, we have the correct usage of the relative pronoun 'whose'. But the only reason why I think this option is incorrect is that the modifier clause is necessary to establish who is being questioned. In such scenarios, these relative clause modifiers should never be separated from the target noun by a comma. Hence, eliminate (D).


E. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime - this option has no error in it. Hence, (E) is the right answer.
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The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime.


A. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime :- Who their is wrong, we need whose fingerprints

B. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, whom their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime :-Whon their in incorrect

C. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, of which fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime :-of which is wrong

D. Two suspects, whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime, are being questioned by the Oklahoma City Police Department :-passive voice

E. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime :-correct
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The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime.

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We need to see here which pronoun is correctly referring to the suspects. 'whose' is the right one. Eliminate (A), (B), (C)
Eliminate (d) - being is redundant on gmat.

A. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

B. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, whom their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

C. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, of which fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

D. Two suspects, whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime, are being questioned by the Oklahoma City Police Department

E. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime - Correct
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The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime.

FACT 1-> who their makes the sentence awkward.
FACT 2-> Same goes with whom their and of which. It should have been whose and of whom respectively. Hence B and C are out.
FACT 3-> Now D and E seems right option, but involving an additional passive voice in Option D seems unnecessary.

ANSWER - E.

A. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

B. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, whom their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

C. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, of which fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

D. Two suspects, whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime, are being questioned by the Oklahoma City Police Department

E. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime
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A. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime -> Should be "whose" instead of who their

B. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, whom their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime -> Should be "whose" instead of whom their

C. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, of which fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime ->-> Should be "whose" instead of "of which"

D. Two suspects, whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime, are being questioned by the Oklahoma City Police Department -> Passive voice

E. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime ->Correct

Note: While Passive voice doesn't indicate that sentence is wrong, if there is a correct sentence (grammatically and meaning wise) in Active voice, GMAT will state that as the correct option.
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Answer: Option: E

A. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime
B. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, whom their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

=> Both A and B use incorrect relative pronoun. "whose" is required as a pronoun for "two suspects".

C. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, of which fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime
=> Wrong reference to two suspects by "of which".

D. Two suspects, whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime, are being questioned by the Oklahoma City Police Department
=> While this answer is grammatically correct but this sentence is in passive voice while the sentence is in Active voice and we have option E which is correct and in the active voice. So eliminating D.

E. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime
=> Correct use of "whose" as a pronoun for "two suspects".
=> Active voice matching with that of the original question.
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The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime.


A. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects who their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

There is a possessive relationship between the suspects and the fingerprints: the fingerprints belong to the suspects. There is a certain relative pronoun - not who - that should be used when such a relationship exists.

What helps us identify this question as a Relative Clause question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign: who, which, that, whose, whom



B. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, whom their fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

This answer choice repeats the original Relative Clause error. There is a possessive relationship between the suspects and the fingerprints: the fingerprints belong to the suspects. There is a certain relative pronoun - not whom - that should be used when such a relationship exists.

What helps us identify this question as a Relative Clause question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign: who, which, that, whose, whom



C. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects, of which fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

This answer choice repeats the original Relative Clause error. There is a possessive relationship between the suspects and the fingerprints: the fingerprints belong to the suspects. There is a certain relative pronoun - not which - that should be used when such a relationship exists.

What helps us identify this question as a Relative Clause question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign: who, which, that, whose, whom



D. Two suspects, whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime, are being questioned by the Oklahoma City Police Department

While this answer choice corrects the original Relative Clause mistake by using the correct relative pronoun in the case of a possessive relationship, it is stylistically flawed. Using the passive form (are being questioned) creates Redundancy. Since there is another grammatically correct answer choice that does not use the passive form, it is preferable to this one.


E. The Oklahoma City Police Department is questioning two suspects whose fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime

There is a possessive relationship between the suspects and the fingerprints: the fingerprints belong to the suspects. This answer choice corrects the original Relative Clause mistake by using the correct relative pronoun (whose) in the case of a possessive relationship.
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