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The sudden outbreak of a devastating disease that has not been reporte

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New post 30 Dec 2011, 19:07
How can it be B. I thought whose can only be used to refer to a person.
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The sudden outbreak of a devastating disease that has not been reported before and which is unknown in cause is a rarity in modern medicine.

Modifier : that has not... and <need some pronoun - that or whose>

(A) which is unknown in cause - wrong absurd structure and meaning issus
(B) whose cause is unknown - Correct
(C) is unknown as to its cause - wrong parallelism
(D) with a cause that is unknown - paralllelism issue
(E) unknown in cause - parallelism
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New post 01 Jan 2013, 20:23
Hi,
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The sudden outbreak of a devastating disease that has not been reported before and which is unknown in cause is a rarity in modern medicine.

(A) which is unknown in cause
(B) whose cause is unknown
(C) is unknown as to its cause
(D) with a cause that is unknown
(E) unknown in cause

A) -> which doesnot work well here because it is suppose to modify immediate.
C) -> Wordy, also 'is unknown as to its cause' -> ambiguous
D) -> with a cause => doesnot make sense
E) -> requires a supporting verb -> say 'is unknown in cause' is better.
B) -> 'whose' can refer to living as well as non-living and is appropriately placed here to refer to the disease that has been modified in first clause.
Hence correct answer is B).

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New post 16 Feb 2013, 01:20
To maintain parallelism, that (clause) & which/whose (clause) .
Options left are A&B.
According to GMAT, "whose" can modify either people or things. Sounds more clear ; concise.

B.

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New post 29 Mar 2014, 11:02
Dear Friends !!

Pl check OGs, GMAT does not consider whose, which, what, and alike parallel to that. Only that to that, which to which, when to when.

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The sudden outbreak of a devastating disease that has not been reported before and which is unknown in cause is a rarity in modern medicine.

(A) which is unknown in cause
"that" should be used instead of "which"

(B) whose cause is unknown

(C) is unknown as to its cause
make the sentence run-on

(D) with a cause that is unknown
not parrallel

(E) unknown in cause
not parrallel
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New post 10 Jun 2015, 02:52
Longman contemporary dictionary says:
whose used to show the relationship between a person or "thing" that belongs to that person or thing
so B is correct
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Request you not to write your queries/answers/opinions in question window. It prevents ppl from analysing the question. The

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Dear Mod

I didn't get convincing reason why B is right . Could you please clarify.

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I didn't get convincing reason why B is right . Could you please clarify.

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It is NOT necessary that when two relative clauses are made parrallel, the relative pronouns that introduce the clauses be the same. It is alright to use one relative pronoun ("that") to introduce one of the clauses and another relative pronoun ("whose") to introduce the other relative clause. In Option B, the following relative clauses are parallel:

1. that has not been reported before
AND
2. whose cause is unknown

,both referring to "disease".
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New post 24 Jun 2017, 12:50
such questions in gmat can be solved by years of using English in conversations.
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Can you please brief on the use of whose in GMAT?
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Can you please brief on the use of whose in GMAT?


Only who and whom can be used strictly for animated objects. Whose can be used for both animated and unanimated ones. Try to search on Google first or read explanations above, because this is the pure grammar issue. We have to call experts because of real dellemas. Let's respect their time.
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Experts, there is quite an ambiguity in this question.
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