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The resort was advertised as a place where  singles can meet

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22 Mar 2014, 13:52
Struck with below problem found in MGMAT SC FLASHCARDS -
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The resort was advertised as a place where
singles can meet one another and that offers
an Olympic‐sized swimming pool.

This question is about parallelism. Parallel clauses involving
(“where” and “that” do not match.)

Hence : The resort was advertised as a place where
singles can meet one another and where guests can swim in
an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

My Doubt -
Above highlighted part contradicts with Below point mentioned in MGMAT SC GUIDE -

The subordinators do not have to be identi­cal.
Right: There are many people WHO speak English BUT WHOSE parents do not.

Thus, according to MGMAT SC GUIDE - relative clauses in parallel can start with different words.

Kindly resolve this paradox, whether Relative clauses(also acting as subordinate clauses) in parallel can start with different words or not ?

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Re: The resort was advertised as a place where  singles can meet [#permalink]

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24 Mar 2014, 12:07
What looks like a paradox here in your setup isn't really much of an issue. Your flashcard example states in the answer that parallel structures "should" have matching relative pronouns. Clearly we can (and should) fix the mismatch of relative pronouns in that sentence. The second example, on the other hand, is a rare counterexample that doesn't allow us to use the exact same relative pronoun. We can't say "There are many people WHO speak English BUT WHO parents do not." We can use a a variation of the pronoun "Who", namely "Whose, that creates proper meaning. By using "Whose" we are staying as true as possible to the principle that we "should" match pronouns while maintaining the meaning of the sentence.

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Re: The resort was advertised as a place where  singles can meet   [#permalink] 24 Mar 2014, 12:07
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