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D is wrong primarily not because it misses the preposition 'of' after population. but because it is a comma splice as Abhi has pointed out. There is no need to worry about the correctness of the not - underlined part, unless you can draw some clues from it to solve the error if any
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New post 28 Jul 2017, 15:50
mikemcgarry, would the following be correct in this case (had it been an option)?

The state of California contains 58 counties, of which some have a population less than 10,000.

I realize that the post is old and I might be bothering you :) Thanks in advance!
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mikemcgarry, would the following be correct in this case (had it been an option)?

The state of California contains 58 counties, of which some have a population less than 10,000.

I realize that the post is old and I might be bothering you :) Thanks in advance!

Dear mohit2491

I'm happy to respond. :-)

My friend, your version is awkward and not at all how a native speaker would phrase it. I guess it's grammatically correct, but that's beside the point. The version that would be 100% correct in every respect is:

The state of California contains 58 counties, some of which have a population less than 10,000.

Does this make sense?
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New post 28 Jul 2017, 21:35
mikemcgarry wrote:
mohit2491 wrote:
mikemcgarry, would the following be correct in this case (had it been an option)?

The state of California contains 58 counties, of which some have a population less than 10,000.

I realize that the post is old and I might be bothering you :) Thanks in advance!

Dear mohit2491

I'm happy to respond. :-)

My friend, your version is awkward and not at all how a native speaker would phrase it. I guess it's grammatically correct, but that's beside the point. The version that would be 100% correct in every respect is:

The state of California contains 58 counties, some of which have a population less than 10,000.

Does this make sense?
Mike :-)


Hi Can you please tell me why 'B' is wrong?
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mikemcgarry wrote:
mohit2491 wrote:
mikemcgarry, would the following be correct in this case (had it been an option)?

The state of California contains 58 counties, of which some have a population less than 10,000.

I realize that the post is old and I might be bothering you :) Thanks in advance!

Dear mohit2491

I'm happy to respond. :-)

My friend, your version is awkward and not at all how a native speaker would phrase it. I guess it's grammatically correct, but that's beside the point. The version that would be 100% correct in every respect is:

The state of California contains 58 counties, some of which have a population less than 10,000.

Does this make sense?
Mike :-)


Hi Can you please tell me why 'B' is wrong?



sarathgopinath Quoting again what Mike said,

The word "which" is a relative pronoun. It introduces a subordinate clause and acts as the subject of that clause. Thus, the word "which" always needs a 100% bonafide full verb following it. If there were an option with a full verb after "which", that would be correct ---- that's what many test-takers would expect, and the fact that this option is not available is part of what is tricky about this question. It would be perfectly correct to say -----
The state of California contains 58 counties, some of which have a population less than 10,000.
That's completely correct, but not an option here. You see, choice (B) has "which" + [participle}, which is never a legitimate structure. The structure in (C), with the ordinary pronoun "them" + [participle] ---- that is a legitimate structure: an absolute phrase, discuss in the link in that first post.


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this is an important grammar issue and pattern in SC in gmat; it is called absolute phrase. Test takers must know this.
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umeshpatil wrote:
The state of California contains 58 counties, of which some of them have a population less than 10,000.
(A) of which some of them have
(B) some of which having
(C) some of them having
(D) some of them have
(E) some of which to have

+1 kudo sir. I liked this question.
I was between C and D, but chose C correctly as dependent clause will not have its individual verb.



Independent or Dependent, A clause will always have a subject & a verb.

Here C is correct because ...., some of them (referring noun counties) + ing modifier - A noun + noun modifier
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The state of California contains 58 counties, of which some of them have a population less than 10,000.
(A) of which some of them have -redundant nouns
(B) some of which having -having is wrong
(C) some of them having -Correct
(D) some of them have -creates a run on sentence
(E) some of which to have -to have is wrong
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New post 15 Nov 2019, 07:09
mikemcgarry,

will you pls suggest what is wrong with option A ?
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New post 22 Nov 2019, 01:47
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The following is the explanation given by magoosh to why option A is incorrect.

The word “which” is a relative pronoun, and this means two important things. First, “which” begins a subordinate clause that, like any clause, must have a full [noun] + [verb] structure. Second, the pronoun “which” itself is the subject of this subordinate clause.
Choice (A) has a bonafide verb, “have”, but it gets in trouble with the second rule — it has a double subject, the word “which” and the phrase “some of them”

But I am confused here what if "which" here is acting as a subordinating conjunction and not a relative pronoun? I read that to differentiate between a relative pronoun and a subordinate conjunction is to check whether who, which, etc are the subject of sentence, if there's another subject present then they act as subordinating conjunction and not relative pronoun so why is A incorrect?
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