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# The standard Frances Hodgson Burnett plot is one in which a

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The standard Frances Hodgson Burnett plot is one in which a disadvantaged person, often a child, is resotred to the wealth and position which is their natural birthright.

(A)
(B) that are their
(C) which are his
(D) being their
(E) of his

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21 Jul 2004, 07:08
I think it is E.

It should be 'his'. So, C & E are in and the rest, out.

'the wealth and position' should be treated as singular whereas 'the wealth and the position', as plural. So, C is out.

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becoolja wrote:
The standard Frances Hodgson Burnett plot is one in which a disadvantaged person, often a child, is resotred to the wealth and position which is their natural birthright.

(A)
(B) that are their
(C) which are his
(D) being their
(E) of his

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21 Jul 2004, 07:24
True, E or C.

I am not sure if wealth and position is singular. I would go with E.
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21 Jul 2004, 08:00
I agree with Bhai. Anyway, I think E is better. It's really precise and concise.
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21 Jul 2004, 08:50
E is good
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21 Jul 2004, 11:54
mallelac wrote:
I think it is E.

It should be 'his'. So, C & E are in and the rest, out.

'the wealth and position' should be treated as singular whereas 'the wealth and the position', as plural. So, C is out.

What is OA?

becoolja wrote:
The standard Frances Hodgson Burnett plot is one in which a disadvantaged person, often a child, is resotred to the wealth and position which is their natural birthright.

(A)
(B) that are their
(C) which are his
(D) being their
(E) of his

Mallelac:

Could you please elobate what you mean with the wealth and position' should be treated as singular whereas 'the wealth and the position', as plural. " ?
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21 Jul 2004, 22:57
If we say "The wealth and postion is important for anybody to survive in a better way", then we are treating both of them as a necessary tool required for a better survival.

If we say "The wealth and the postion are important for anybody to survive in a better way", then we treating the wealth and the postion as two tools required for a better survival.

The key here, is 'the'. 'The' before a noun indicates an entity. Thus, multiple 'the's make multiple enities(plural). A single 'the' followed by a list of nouns refer to a single entity(singular).

Please note that I am not an expert on Engilsh grammar. Thus, the above explanation is more colloquial than authentic and is fallible too. Please donot hesitate to correct me.

afife76 wrote:
mallelac wrote:
I think it is E.

It should be 'his'. So, C & E are in and the rest, out.

'the wealth and position' should be treated as singular whereas 'the wealth and the position', as plural. So, C is out.

What is OA?

becoolja wrote:
The standard Frances Hodgson Burnett plot is one in which a disadvantaged person, often a child, is resotred to the wealth and position which is their natural birthright.

(A)
(B) that are their
(C) which are his
(D) being their
(E) of his

Mallelac:

Could you please elobate what you mean with the wealth and position' should be treated as singular whereas 'the wealth and the position', as plural. " ?

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22 Jul 2004, 11:10
QA :"C" why not "E". Anyone can explain?
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23 Jul 2004, 13:17
I chose C before reading all responses (1 min). My idea:
1. 'their' is wrong, sd be 'his'. So ans is either C or E.
2. To choose b/w "Which are his" and "of his" - sorry, I cannot explain clearly/authoritatively, but it has to do with the original meaning of what birthright means to the child.
My guess: birthright is a possession and u can use "=of= their birthright" to give a feeling that it is taken away (eg: deprived of their birthright, ripped of their money, etc).
"resotred to the wealth and position of his natural birthright" doesn't seem just right. It also has awkward structure "restored to X of his Y". 'of' just doesn't fit in.
"resotred to the wealth and position, which are his natural birthright" feels right.
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17 Apr 2005, 18:10
-- I am sorry. I did not mean to post anything on this topic
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17 Apr 2005, 22:26
'their' is the wrong pronoun. "person", "child" are singular

(A), (B), (D) are out
(E) of his is idiomatic in this sentece.

E it is.
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17 Apr 2005, 22:43
I think it is rather a toefl question.
I chose none because all are flawed. A, B and D are easily ruled out. Bet C and E, i also choose E. i would go with C, if it were "that are his/her".....
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18 Apr 2005, 06:13
I think the key is

(C) (wealth and position) which are his natural birthright

or

(E) wealth and (position of his natural birthright)

maybe choice E offended the original meaning.
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18 Apr 2005, 08:10
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-- I am sorry. I did not mean to post anything on this topic

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24 Jul 2010, 11:46
How can be C? which has to be always after a comma (except cases such as "in which", bla bla bla).
Im with E.

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26 Jul 2010, 08:54
what is the source of this question? Does not seem gmat type sentence correction.
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26 Jul 2010, 11:20
I picked C here, without any confusion..
I don't really know why was it so, but I guess C sounded much better than E to my ears..

the wealth and position are his natural birthright.. doesn't that sound correct..
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13 Nov 2010, 03:28
Nobody is going to clarify this?
Thanks.

noboru wrote:
How can be C? which has to be always after a comma (except cases such as "in which", bla bla bla).
Im with E.

Thanks.

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Re: ***** SC : 1_8_10 [#permalink]

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13 Nov 2010, 08:19
noboru wrote:
Nobody is going to clarify this?
Thanks.

noboru wrote:
How can be C? which has to be always after a comma (except cases such as "in which", bla bla bla).
Im with E.

Thanks.

I picked E going by the same logic used by Noboru. Could any expert please resolve the issue?
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13 Nov 2010, 09:20
becoolja wrote:
The standard Frances Hodgson Burnett plot is one in which a disadvantaged person, often a child, is resotred to the wealth and position which is their natural birthright.

(A)
(B) that are their
(C) which are his
(D) being their
(E) of his

It's clear

all that with THEIR lack of coherence: singular VS plural; so A B D out

between C and E: which are his : verb plural , his singular......wrong

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