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# The state of California contains 58 counties, of which some of them ha

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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
(B) some of which having
(C) some of them having
(D) some of them have
(E) some of which to have
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12 Jul 2015, 08:06
A is redundant and awkward. B and E are clearly wrong. D is missing an "of" after population. So C IMO...
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12 Jul 2015, 08:18
Can you explain why choice "C" is correct?

I am trying to put choice "C" in the original sentence and to move mofier before the main clause (so that there will be no change of meaning) and it doesn't make sense:

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

This sentence conveys the same meaning, since a verb-ing modifier put before the clause, can modify the clause:
Some of the counties having a population less than 10,000, The state of California contains 58 counties.

Doesn't work.
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12 Jul 2015, 10:02
bakavoice wrote:
Can you explain why choice "C" is correct?

I am trying to put choice "C" in the original sentence and to move mofier before the main clause (so that there will be no change of meaning) and it doesn't make sense:

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

This sentence conveys the same meaning, since a verb-ing modifier put before the clause, can modify the clause:
Some of the counties having a population less than 10,000, The state of California contains 58 counties.

Doesn't work.

C does work. It's an absolute clause type sentence.

The state of California contains 58 counties. = Complete thought.
Some of them having a population less than 10,000 = Not a complete thought.

Similar to the sentence: "All things being equal, the best choice is C."

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12 Jul 2015, 10:08
iPen wrote:
bakavoice wrote:
Can you explain why choice "C" is correct?

I am trying to put choice "C" in the original sentence and to move mofier before the main clause (so that there will be no change of meaning) and it doesn't make sense:

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

This sentence conveys the same meaning, since a verb-ing modifier put before the clause, can modify the clause:
Some of the counties having a population less than 10,000, The state of California contains 58 counties.

Doesn't work.

C does work. It's an absolute clause type sentence.

Thanks! I somehow skipped absolute constructions in my preparation.
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