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# The Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for a

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21 Nov 2004, 12:28
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The Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for a white suburb to refuse to change zoning rules (which practical effect was to block) construction of racially integrated housing.

B. which practical effects were to block
C. whose practical effect was to block
D. of which the practical effects were blocking
E. whose practical effects were blocked by

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21 Nov 2004, 14:57
I will go with C.

"which" the way it is used in the answer choices is incorrect, so that eliminates A, B & D
E changes the meaning of the sentence.

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22 Nov 2004, 14:05
I am going to vote for D, but I am unsure.

A and B use which and this gives a confusing meaning.
I don't like C and E because they use whose when refering to rules as the thing posessing the effects. I think that strict grammar only allows the use of whose for people, animals and nouns that indicate groups of people (eg country). I think that rules need the form of which. However, I am a bit unsure about D because it does not need to be plural, because construction is singular.

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22 Nov 2004, 18:46
C sounds best.. artabro raised a good point, but I think whose here refers to The Supreme Court
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22 Nov 2004, 23:50
My answer is C. I only had to choose between C and E.
I eliminated A,B and D because there was no comma before it.

Here is a tip from Erins' test magic forum.:
But first, a testmagic tip: GMAT almost always (I say almost always because I've seen two questions that did not follow this rule, but the rule was violated in all five answer choices) wants you to put a comma before which. In other words, if you see which without a comma before it, it's probably wrong.
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Re: SC rules   [#permalink] 22 Nov 2004, 23:50
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